State legislatures continue to look to pharmacists as a way to improve health outcomes and lower health costs. There are currently 50 pieces of legislation in front of legislatures across the country that relate to state-level pharmacist provider status. A majority of these are carry-overs from the 2017 session but some were newly introduced for the 2018 session. State-level provider status for pharmacists varies greatly from federal efforts and fall into one of three categories: scope of practice, payment for pharmacist-provided services, and designation of pharmacists as providers.
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