HR.592 introduced by US Rep. Brett Guthrie and S.314 introduced by US Sen. Chuck Grassley:
- Formally recognizes pharmacists as health care providers under Medicare Part B
- Follows states’ scope of practice for all licensed pharmacists
- Serves patients in medically underserved areas (73 of Arkansas’s 75 counties count as “underserved”)
- Cost of implementing the bill has not yet been released by the Congressional Budget Office
- Poor understanding of “pharmacist services” and the ways pharmacists provide value
- Bill needs 230 cosponsors (22 sponsors away) from moving forward in the US House of Representatives
- There is a lot of room for more pharmacy advocates. Only 7500 of the nation's estimated 290,000 pharmacists have sent letters to Congress in support of the bill.
- Studies showing cost versus savings of pharmacists being formally recognized as providers
- Copays/medical coding issues
- Documentation practice standardization
- Billing issues
- Tracking pharmacist readiness
- Workflow issues
- Sign up for the Pharmacists Provide Care Coalition Newsletter
- Send a quick “Thank You” or “Please Support” email to your Representatives and Senators.
- Spread the word on social media and include patient-focused messaging
- More co-sponsors are needed to get the bill passed by Congress in its current session.
- The bill should be “scored” by the Congressional Budget Office in the coming weeks or months.
- The bill does not grant prescriptive authority unless it is already in a state’s scope of practice for pharmacists.
- The bill only pertains to pharmacists being recognized as providers under Medicare Part B.
Blair Thielemier, PharmD
Blair Green Thielemier, PharmD is an independent consultant pharmacist living in Arkansas with her husband and daughter. Her latest project is the first-ever virtual pharmacy conference, the Elevate Pharmacy Virtual Summit. She is also the founder of Pharmapreneur Academy, an online e-Course and Community where she guides pharmacist-entrepreneurs through the process and barriers of building a pharmacy consulting business. She is the author of How to Build a Pharmacy Consulting Business, a contributing author for Pharmacy Times and guest host on the Pharmacy Podcast. More information about Dr. Thielemier can be found on her website.