Pharmacists Provide Care Champions
The Pharmacists Provide Care Champions Recognition Program is designed to recognize our most active and engaged campaign supporters. Every month, we select one pharmacist and one student pharmacist who have demonstrated a significant commitment to the Pharmacists Provide Care campaign and achieving provider status for pharmacists and recognize them as a Pharmacists Provide Care Champion.
Interested in becoming a Pharmacists Provide Care Champion? PPC Champions are chosen based on their campaign activity, including:
- Referring pharmacy friends and colleagues to join the campaign
- Sharing Pharmacists Provide Care posts on Facebook and Twitter
- Reaching out to Congress, either by sending a letter or visiting members in person
- Coordinating a PPC sign-up or another campaign-related event
- “Sharing Your Story” in a short video
- Participating in any PPC contests
PPC Champions will be recognized in our monthly newsletter and featured on the Pharmacists Provide Care website. Champions will also receive a Pharmacists Provide Care Champion gift as a token of our appreciation for all their hard work.
Keep your eye out for the PPC Champions feature in the monthly newsletter, and continue to actively support the provider status movement for your chance to be featured as one of our Pharmacists Provide Care Champions!
Bill Drake, PharmD, FASCP, FASHP, FMPA
Bill Drake, PharmD, FASCP, FASHP, FMPA, is an APhA member, and access to pharmacists’ services is an issue he has been working on for more than two decades. In addition to promoting Federal legislation that would codify provider status for pharmacists, Bill sought to allow pharmacists to provide injectable psychiatric medications to patients and bill Medicaid for the service. "Since 2003, the only way a Medicaid patient could receive injectable psychiatric medication, in the outpatient setting, was if the treating physician was willing to bill Medicaid directly," he said. “This caused access issues for patients, financial and billing challenges for physicians and community mental health organizations, and by-passed the benefits pharmacists could provide through medication monitoring." Bill's perseverance paid off earlier this year when Michigan Medicaid changed its policy to allow these medications to be dispensed and billed by physicians or pharmacists. "This has greatly improved access, improved adherence, has removed the financial and billing burden on physicians and mental health organizations, and has allowed for better monitoring of duplicate therapies, interactions, and potential adverse reactions for this high-risk patient population," he noted.