Magazine article Drug Topics

State Pharmacy Groups, APhA Discuss Provider Status

Magazine article Drug Topics

State Pharmacy Groups, APhA Discuss Provider Status

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Executives from 11 state pharmacy associations met this fall with the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) to discuss their organizations' successes, opportunities, and challenges at the state level and what they may mean in the context of a larger national effort to achieve provider status.

According to Stacie Maass, BS Pharm, JD, APhA senior vice president of pharmacy practice and government affairs for the APhA, attendees highlighted pharmacy industry successes such as the recent passage of California's pharmacist provider-status bill, which recognized pharmacists as healthcare providers in the state, and other achievements, such as the passage of eight pharmacy bills in the state of Washington this legislative session and Tennessee's efforts to collaborate with insurers.

Executives also discussed challenges that state groups may face in the future, such as implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), fiscal concerns arising from the changing marketplace, and passage at the state level of legislation that supports a collaborative approach to healthcare.

Maass said that although implementation of ACA will present challenges to the healthcare community, it also serves as an opportunity for pharmacists to demonstrate their value as part of the healthcare team. …

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