Provider Status Legislation Introduced in the Senate

For Immediate – PAPCC
January 17, 2017

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

“PAPCC commends the leadership of Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Bob Casey (D-PA) for introducing S. 109. The legislation will enable Medicare patients in medically underserved communities to better access health care through state-licensed pharmacists,” said Vince Ventimiglia, President of Leavitt Partners Collaborative Advocates and advisor to PAPCC.

“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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