Did I Take the Right Road?

I’m in a quandary today.  I found myself wondering how California pharmacies are promoting and announcing their new opportunities to be paid pharmacy services fees starting as early as January 2017. I have a great sense of direction when cycling, knowing which road to take

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How Important is It for Pharmacists to Prescribe?

Two colleagues who’d read my blog post summarizing the recently passed legislation recognizing collaborative practice agreements in the Colorado Pharmacy Practice Act were interested in seeing how the actual language in the bill compared to their state’s pharmacy practice act.

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Can Pharmacists Prescribe?

Some of you might answer “of course pharmacists can prescribe!” Others might say “I don’t think so” or “I really don’t know.” What exactly does prescriptive authority mean? Do pharmacists in most states already have that authority? Well it depends

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Washington requires insurance carriers to include pharmacists as network providers

Passage of national legislation recognizing pharmacists as health care providers will be a long and challenging process. There are some states that are not waiting for Congress to act. The state of Washington successfully passed legislation ESSB 5557 that will

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Pharmacist’s Scope of Practice: The Big Picture

Whether you are speaking to a legislator, their aide or another interested party, invariably you will be asked if granting provider status will change your scope of practice. Federal provider status legislation, the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act

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What are the chances for passing Provider Status nationally?

Out of 5000 bills introduced every Congressional session, how many become law? The process of passing a bill is long and arduous and only a small number of introduced bills are eventually signed into law. In a previous blog, we

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Challenges to passing Provider Status

A major effort on the part of the pharmacy community is being made to make the passage of Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act (H.R. 592 and S. 314) a reality. A coalition of 37 organizations representing patients, pharmacists, and pharmacies,

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What are the details of pending Provider Status legislation?

In a previous blog, I discussed some of the basics of provider status as it relates to Medicare. In this blog we will look at more of the details that advocates may need if greater detail is required to respond to questions

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Do You Know the Basics of Provider Status?

In my conversations with pharmacists and pharmacy students, it seems there is very little disagreement that pharmacists should be recognized as health care providers and members of the health care team. Despite all the excellent materials provided by APhA, and

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Provider Status – What do I tell my Congressman?

I have asked all 7 Colorado Congressional Representatives and Senators to support provider status and the responses ranged from the simple question “why do you want provider status?” to “Who says pharmacists aren’t health care providers?” Since you may not know

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