Pharmacists are not currently recognized as healthcare providers under federal law, despite having more medication education and training than any other health care professional. Beyond being unfair to our profession, this lack of federal recognition restricts the contributions pharmacists can make to improving patient care.
That's why APhA has embarked on a campaign to achieve “provider status,” which will recognize pharmacists as valued members of the health care team, and allow us to use our unique skills and extensive education to enhance patient health. Join Pharmacists Provide Care, and demand to be recognized!
Current Status: On March 11, 2014, H.R. 4190 was introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressmen Brett Guthrie (R-KY), G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), and Todd Young (R-IN). H.R. 4190 amends Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to enable patient access to, and coverage for, Medicare Part B services by state-licensed pharmacists in medically underserved communities. Translation: A bill that would recognize pharmacists as healthcare providers! Contact your Member of Congress today and ask them to support and co-sponsor this bill!
APhA is proud to belong to the Patient Access to Pharmacists’ Care Coalition (PAPCC). The mission of PAPCC is to develop and help enact federal legislation that would enable patient access to, and payment for, Medicare Part B services by state-licensed pharmacists in medically underserved communities.
PAPCC recently developed the following background materials to help you educate your member of Congress on the importance of attaining provider status for pharmacists’ services:
In addition, APhA created documents which will also be helpful in talking to decision makers at the state and federal levels as well as private payers - "Making the Case" and "What Voters are Saying."
Use APhA's Legislation Action Center to urge your legislator to sign onto H.R. 4190 now!
U.S. Public Health Service report: Improving Patient and Health System Outcomes Through Advanced Pharmacy Practice: A Report to the Surgeon General 2011
AARP Public Policy Institute policy statement: Medicare Part D’s Medication Therapy Management: Shifting from Neutral to Drive
New York Times editorial: When the Doctor is Not Needed