News & Highlights
February 1, 2017
January 23, 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.
January 18, 2017
CMS Encourages States to Expand Pharmacists’ Scope of Practice
In a guidance released on January 17, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) encourages state Medicaid programs to consider expanding the ability of pharmacists to prescribe, modify, or monitor drug therapy to promote patient access to medically necessary and time-sensitive drugs. CMS notes that expanding pharmacists’ scope of practice allows states to facilitate timely access to medications and can help address priority public health issues. Click here
January 6, 2017
Chronice Care Practice Fourm Meeting
The Chronic Care Practice Forum Meeting registration is now open. The meeting will be held March 15-17, 2017, at the Sheraton Greensboro. Click here
to view the full program, register, and reserve your hotel room. This link also includes the Exhibitor Registration Form.
Pharmacists’ Roles on the Healthcare Team Are Expanding
Results released from the Pharmacy Workforce Center’s 2014 National Pharmacist Workforce Survey indicate that pharmacists are performing more patient care activities in a variety of healthcare settings, and spending less time in the traditional dispensing role. The 2014 report also reveals that pharmacy has shifted toward a female-dominated profession, with more women than men serving as actively practicing pharmacists and in management positions. Read the full story. This story is encouraging as we see how the role of the pharmacist is really changing. As NCAP begins to ”rebrand” itself we will be looking for your input on how we can help advance NC Pharmacy Practice
Immunization Update: What Every Pharmacist Needs to Know