January 29, 2015
As I hinted to you earlier this week, there was a lot of big news on the provider status front in the past few days. While many exciting activities are going on, I am proud to be writing about the introduction of provider status bills in the U.S. House of Representatives and in the U.S. Senate!  We…
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January 27, 2015
In every news program you watch or listen to, there’s a “tease” right before the commercial break about the next story. That’s how they keep our attention. I’m not sharing this just to tease, but to inform. The entire pharmacy profession will have big news to cheer about in the next day or two.…
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January 26, 2015
January brings us a new session of Congress as well as optimism to our profession’s pursuit of federal provider status legislation. We ended the last session of Congress with 123 cosponsors for pharmacy provider status legislation—H.R. 4190—which we expect to be reintroduced soon, thus receiving a…
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January 23, 2015
During President Obama’s State of the Union address on January 20, CVS Health President and CEO Larry Merlo sat in the box with Michelle Obama and was recognized by the president. During his speech, the president made a direct reference to CVS Health, drawing attention to the pharmacy chain’s work…
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January 22, 2015
There are many ways you can advocate for the pharmacy profession. You could take part in APhA's provider status campaign, e-mail your legislator, or even visit your legislator to discuss what you do as a pharmacist. As a New Practitioner, I know first-hand how busy life can be. Therefore, simple…
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January 15, 2015
Yesterday, the National Governors Association (NGA) released a report that draws attention to the important role of pharmacists as members of integrated health care teams. This is a significant addition to the list of government and nongovernment entities recognizing the value of pharmacists and…
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December 15, 2014
APhA has heard there’s concern about CMS’s recent Medicare Learning Network guidance requiring physicians and other eligible professionals who write prescriptions for Medicare Part D drugs or supplies to be enrolled in an approved status or to have a valid opt-out affidavit on file by a deadline in…
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December 11, 2014
As we are now in the heart of the holiday season, I find it only necessary to approach the topic of work–life balance. Pharmacists and student pharmacists alike may find it hard to find time away from their busy schedules to concentrate on the important things outside of work. With as much time as…
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November 21, 2014
On November 17, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released Final Report: Medication Therapy Management Interventions in Outpatient Settings, as reported in our news story on pharmacist.com. This report, a systematic review of the evidence for pharmacists’ medication therapy…
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November 14, 2014
On Monday, October 27, I headed to Little Rock, Arkansas, at the invitation of APhA–APPM President and Trustee Nicki Hilliard, PharmD, BCNP. During this trip I had the chance to interact with a number of students from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Pharmacy. Over…
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