We received a big update on 2021 Pharmacist Provider Status this month and it is exciting to see that we still on the radar of the federal government. I have just emailed my representative this morning and am asking you to do the same. Pharmacist provider status will not happen without action. I will be placing a phone call on Monday as well. If there was ever a bill designed for bipartisan support, this is it.
I would ask that you reply below to this post after you have written a letter to your congressperson in support of HR 2759 (House of Representatives).
The official bill has been referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
If you have a representative on those committees I would strongly suggest an email and a phone call!
Here was the statement put out by ASHP on their Facebook page regarding the update.
ASHP applauds today’s introduction of The Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Area Enhancement Act that will give millions of Medicare patients access to #Pharmacists primary care services. The bill will authorize pharmacists to deliver primary care services already authorized by state law. It will expand access to care and improve outcomes for patients who live in medically underserved areas. Thank you to the bill’s sponsors @GKButterfield and @RepMcKinley for their leadership on this critical issue. Ask your member of Congress to support this important legislation that will expand patients’ access to primary care services and allow pharmacists to practice to the full extent of their training.-ASHP FB Page on 2021 Pharmacist Provider Status
ASHP has a template letter that you can take advantage of. Click Here to go to that link.
I’m tired of waiting for pharmacist provider status. Let’s collectively push this along a little faster and get this done in 2021!
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Eric Christianson, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP