ALASKA PHARMACISTS: COVID-19 Testing CE, Supplies & Billing for Services


“Pharmacist Directed COVID-19 Testing Training Program:  Part 1”

Format:  Self-Directed Powerpoint (Click above to access the CE activity on AKPhA’s website.  The CE may take a moment to download.  Important information is included in the “Notes” section of the slides).
CPE Hours:  2.0 (0.2 CEU)
UAN:  0139-0000-20-203-H01-P, Application-Based Activity
Release Date:  6/22/2020, Expiration Date:  6/22/2023
Target Audience:  Pharmacists
Faculty:  Slides provided with permission from the Arizona Pharmacy Association/National Alliance for State Pharmacy Associations (NASPA) and adapted to Alaska practice by Michelle Locke, PharmD and Megan Meyers, PharmD
Disclosures:  NASPA/AKPhA does not endorse any specific COVID-19 test.  References to specific companies and tests in this training is for educational purposes only.  Further information on billing and reimbursement for pharmacists will be covered in a separate CE (see information below from Alaska Medicaid).
Cost:  FREE for AKPhA Members and Non-Members
To Receive Credit:  Read complete Powerpoint presentation, then complete and submit the Quiz and Evaluation form.


If you are unable to secure testing supplies through a commercial provider (preferred strategy), you may request testing supplies from the State of Alaska Emergency Operations Center using a Form 213, available at:  Please note that if the request has to do with supporting the fishing industry, that information should be included on the 213.

Sample Submission to the State—For appropriate collection supplies and process, follow all guidance provided here:

For storage and transport:

  • Store all specimens in your refrigerator (2-8°C) up to 72 hours, or freeze for longer storage.
  • Pack refrigerated specimens on ice packs to preserve viral integrity.  Pack frozen specimens with plenty of ice packs or dry ice.
  • Ship as a Biological Substance Category B UN3373.  If using dry ice, indicate UN1845 as well.

Each sample needs to be accompanied by a SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Requisition Form (unless an electronic option becomes available).  These are at:   All positive lab results need to be reported to the Alaska Section of Epidemiology by fax using the Infections Disease report form:


Alaska Medicaid—Pharmacist Billing for COVID-19 Sample Collection Services

Alaska Medicaid has expanded the billable services that can be provided by pharmacists during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The first instructor-led training webinar addressing Pharmacist billing for COVID-sample collection services was held today, June 26th.  Slides presented will be posted on their site and reposted on AKPhA’s website soon.  Additional sessions will be added in the subsequent weeks.