Magazine article Drug Topics

R.Ph. Named to Health Reform Panel

Magazine article Drug Topics

R.Ph. Named to Health Reform Panel

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When Marily Rhudy got a phone call recently from the White House, asking her to serve on a committee review health-care reform proposals, the Kansas pharmacist hopped a plane to Washington, D.C.

Rhudy is representing pharmacy on the Health Professionals Review Group. The 40-member committee, heavily weighted toward physicians, is the "final filter" for proposals being forwarded by various working groups toiling to reshape health care, she said. By mid-May, the HPRG's recommendations will have landed on the desk of President Bill Clinton.

The HPRG serves as a "reality check for the Administration," said Rhudy, who owns Mulvane Plaza Pharmacy and Continental Pharmacy in Topeka. "We're being given options on different proposals and asked how they would work in the real world. Our purpose is to see that when the final decisions are made, provider groups won't say, 'This won't work. That's impossible.' One requirement for serving on the HPRG! was that you had to be a provider practicing every day."

Playing a stand-in roll for all R.Ph.s at the health-care refonn table carries "an enormous responsibility to do the right thing," said Rhudy, a past president of the American Phannaceutical Association. " feel I have to represent community, hospital, and mail-order pharmacists, as well as the phannaceutical industry. …

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