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03/12/14 - WSPA Commends Federal Legislation Recognizing Pharmacists as Providers
On March 11, 2014, HR 4190 was introduced in the US House of
Representatives to recognize pharmacists as providers under Medicare
The current legislation, introduced by
Representatives Brett Guthrie (R-KY), G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), and Todd
Young (R-IN), will enable patient access to, and reimbursement for,
Medicare Part B services by state-licensed pharmacists in medically
underserved communities. Pharmacists, as the most accessible health care
professionals, are uniquely positioned to provide patients in
medically underserved communities access to health care services that
are already within their scope of practice. By providing for a payment
mechanism under Medicare Part B, the bill will allow pharmacists to
help fill the gaps in care that have been created by shortages of
health care professionals and increases in the number of Americans who
are now eligible to gain health insurance under the Patient Protection
and Affordable Care Act.
Although provider status has been a
profession-wide goal for many years, activity began picking up in early
2013 and have come to a head with the formation of the Patient Access
to Pharmacists’ Care Coalition (PAPCC). The coalition currently
represents over 20 organizations and is continuing to grow. Members
include organizations representing patients, pharmacists, pharmacies,
and other interested stakeholders.
This coalition is focused on developing and helping
to enact a federal policy proposal that will enable patient access to,
and payment for, Medicare Part B services by state-licensed
pharmacists in medically underserved communities. Their primary goal is
to expand medically underserved patients’ access to pharmacist
services consistent with state scope of practice law.
Getting HR 4190 passed may be a long term effort (possibly even multiple years) that will require grassroots advocacy from all pharmacists. Get ready for action alerts asking you to send letters and emails and make phone calls to your legislators! The WSPA will continue to work with our national partners to make sure that you are kept up to date on the progress of HR 4190 and PAPCC. To read the press release from PAPCC, click here: http://bit.ly/1ix4RQQ.
10/01/13 - House Passage of Drug Quality and Security Act (Federal Compounding Legislation)
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Drug Quality and Security
Act on Saturday, Sept. 28. This legislation addresses pharmaceutical
compounding and the prescription drug supply chain.
Full bill text.
“Overall, ASHP is supportive of this proposal. The addition of the
outsourcing facility category will help promote the safety of products
that health care providers and the public receive from compounding
outsourcers,” said ASHP CEO Paul W. Abramowitz, Pharm.D., Sc.D. (Hon.),
FASHP. “However, we were disappointed that the bill did not go further
to require compounding outsourcing facilities to register with the FDA,
and create clearer risk-based criteria to help the FDA identify
outsourcers that are operating outside the scope of traditional pharmacy