APhA: Health reform should include improving access to care through pharmacists’ services

APhA also urges efforts with value-based care to remain steadfast

As health care continues to be a major focus for lawmakers in Washington, APhA is emphasizing the importance of patients’ access to care, including pharmacist-provided services and safe and affordable medications.

“Consistent with our recommendations related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and other health care reforms, APhA continues to call for policies that support patient access to and coverage of pharmacists’ patient care services, the pharmacy of their choice, and safe and affordable medications,” said Thomas E. Menighan, BSPharm, MBA, ScD (Hon), APhA Executive Vice President and CEO. “An important component to providing access is ensuring adequate reimbursement to pharmacists for their patient care services and to pharmacies for medications and other products. Securing enactment of these policies increases access, improves quality, and decreases costs.”

APhA also supports continued efforts to insert value into care delivery, payment, and coverage. In late January, APhA, along with colleagues in medicine and health care, including the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association, Aetna, and 119 other organizations across various medical and health care sectors, signed onto two letters to underscore the importance of this direction for the health care system. The letters—one addressed to President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence and the other to Congressional leaders—urged them to help continue the work toward value-based, patient-centered payment models.

“Congress and other policymakers cannot continue to view drug and medical coverage, and their related costs and outcomes, separately if we are to achieve true value in health care,” said Menighan.