Three law changes help pharmacies

Pharmacists will finally receive backdated payments for medications supplied to concessional patients on the day on which they died.

The move is one of three pharmacy-related law changes approved by parliament this month.

It resolves a legislative anomaly that resulted in concessional benefits ending the day before a person died.

That meant pharmacies were not reimbursed for medications supplied the day the patient died, usually in a hospice or aged care facility

Benefits will now cease at midnight on the day the person dies, according to the National Health Amendment (Pharmaceutical Benefits) Bill 2016.

Payments to affected pharmacies will be backdated to April 2015.

Other law changes make it easier to claim for authority scripts and for pharmacies to move to temporary locations in exceptional circumstances.

Pharmacies will now receive the full PBS subsidy rather than 90