Provider Status Legislation Introduced in the House

For Immediate ReleasePharmacistsCare.org – PAPCC
January 24, 2017

DENVER, CO. The Colorado Pharmacists Society, the voice of pharmacy in Colorado, and partner of the Patient Access to Pharmacists’ Care Coalition (PAPCC) – applauds the introduction of legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives to recognize the role that pharmacists can, and do, play in addressing patient access-to-care issues in medically underserved communities throughout the nation.

CPS commends the leadership of Representatives Brett Guthrie (R-KY), Tom Reed (R-NY), G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), and Ron Kind (D-WI) in introducing H.R. 592, the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act.

“H.R. 592 will enable Medicare patients in medically underserved communities to better access to important health care services that are often inaccessible to many Medicare beneficiaries, including health and wellness tests and chronic disease management. This legislation increases access by enabling pharmacists to provide services they are authorized to provide under state law, and are prepared to provide through their extensive professional education,” said Vince Ventimiglia, Vice Chair of Leavitt Partners and advisor to PAPCC. “We look forward to working with Congress to enact this important legislation into law.”

“This legislation seeks to increase Medicare patient access to important health care services, such as health and wellness testing, and chronic disease management by enabling pharmacists to provide services they already are authorized to provide under state law, and prepared to provide through their extensive professional education,” said Ventimiglia, “We look forward to working with Congress to enact this important legislation into law.”

ABOUT CPS: The Colorado Pharmacists Society (CPS), founded in 1890 as the Colorado Pharmacal Association, is the single voice of pharmacy in the state of Colorado. CPS provides support and services to member pharmacists, technicians and associated pharmacy professionals.  CPS represents pharmacists in all practice settings at state and national legislatures, boards of pharmacy, professional meetings and seminars.  CPS works closely with other state and national pharmacy organizations.

ABOUT THE COALITION: PAPCC is a multi-stakeholder and interdisciplinary initiative. Membership is comprised of organizations representing patients, pharmacists, and pharmacies, as well as other interested stakeholders. Our mission is to develop and help enact a federal policy proposal that would enable patient access to, and payment for, Medicare Part B services by state-licensed pharmacists in medically underserved communities. Our primary goal is to expand medically underserved patients’ access to pharmacist services consistent with state scope of practice law.

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