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Health Care Reform: A Game Changer

Fred Eckel, Editor-in-Chief, Pharmacy Times
Published Online: Friday, March 26, 2010
Health Care Reform (HCR) is here, right?  That is true on one level, in that President Obama has signed a health care bill into law. But the signing of the bill only begins the process of change. Until the agencies write the rules, little change will occur. Today, the country is divided over whether the bill is good or bad, so time will tell whether the appropriate changes are in place to reform the system.

We can each determine now, based on our own political views, whether we like what was passed. Whether you think the bill went too far or not far enough—we can agree that what was passed will be a game changer for the health care system, just like the Medicare Program was when passed in 1965.  The new bill provides expansion of coverage, reforms the health insurance market, reforms the payment system, introduces many reforms to the health system, and includes an expanded focus on fraud and abuse.

How do you think pharmacy practice fared with the new health care bill?

What should pharmacy organizations focus on in the legislative arena, now that HCR has passed?

What should pharmacy practitioners do to prepare for the changes that HCR will require?

Fred Eckel
Pharmacy Times

Fred Eckel, RPh, MS, Editor-in-Chief of Pharmacy Times
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This blog focuses on what our Editor-in-Chief sees as the future of pharmacy.
Author Bio
Fred Eckel, RPh, MS, is the Editor-in-Chief of Pharmacy Times, a position he has held since 2002. Mr. Eckel is a professor at the Eshelman School of Pharmacy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He serves as executive director of the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists.

In this blog, Eckel will provide commentary on relevant issues impacting pharmacists and pharmacy professionals, including the merging of pharmacy benefit managers, the implications of health care reform, the conversion of major drugs from prescription to over-the-counter, trends in pharmacy careers, and opioid abuse. He will also discuss legislative issues that impact pharmacists, and comment on the evolving role of the pharmacist.
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