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FEBRUARY 23, 2017

Update on the Federal Legislation Introduced to Help With Provider Status Designation for Pharmacists.

H.R. 592 Pharmacy & Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act
Sponsor:  Guthrie (R-KY)

Since our first posting we have picked up a few more NC Representatives as co-sponsors.  Currently we have 7 of 13:  Butterfield (D-NC-1), Jones (R-NC-3), Pittenger (R-NC-9), Price (D-NC-4), Hudson (R-NC-8), Rouzer (R-NC-7) and Walker (R-NC-6).  If you live in any of these Representatives' districts please contact them to thank them for their support.  If you live or work in the following districts please encourage your Representative to sign on as a cosponsor:  2 (Holding), 5 (Foxx), 10 (McHenry), 11 (Meadows), 12 (Adams) or 13 (Budd).
 
S. 109 Pharmacy & Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act
Sponsor:  Grassley (R-IA)

January 25, 2017

Provider Status Legislation Re-Introduced in the Senate as a New Bill (S. 109)

Last week, Senators Grassley (R-IA), Collins (R-ME), Brown (D-OH) and Cassey (D-PA), introduced S. 109 in the 115th Congress (2017-2018). The Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act (S.109) calls for better access to health care for Medicare patients in medically underserved areas through the use of pharmacist-provided preventative care and chronic disease management.

North Carolina pharmacists are encouraged to reach out to Senators Burr and Tillis to ask for their support and encourage them to sign on in support of S. 109.

On the heels of the introduction to S. 109, this Wednesday CMS called for the States to expand the pharmacist's scope of practice to promote patient access to medically necessary and time-sensitive medication through prescribing, modifying or monitoring of drug therapy.  This increased attention focused on our profession is very exciting and hopefully indicative of 2017's potential to be a historically impactful year for pharmacy.  Now is the time to come together and we need all of the profession working collectively to garner support. 

NCAP will keep you posted on the progress of S. 109 as well as when a companion bill gets introduced in the House.

The Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act (H.R. 592) was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill, like its Senate companion (S. 109), will allow pharmacists to be designated as health care providers under Medicare Part B.

The bill already has 107 cosponsors including North Carolina Representatives:   G.K. Butterfield (D-NC-1), W. Jones (R-NC-3), R. Pittenger (R-NC-9), D. Price (D-NC-4) and R. Hudson (R-NC-8).   If you live or work in the districts of these co-sponsors, please write to thank them for signing onto H.R. 592.  If your representative has not signed on yet, please contact him/her to ask for their support.

Updates from National Associations

American Pharmacist Association
American Society of Consultant Pharmacists
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists

National Community Pharmacists Association

Helpful Links

North Carolina Board of Pharmacy
North Carolina General Assembly
Federal Government
NC DMA Medicaid Newsletter

Additional Resources

Take Your Legislator to Work
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