DC Finalizes Regulations for Collaborative Practice Agreements

Pharmacists in DC are celebrating the finalization of regulations related to the city’s collaborative practice agreements.  While the initial law permitting CPAs was passed in 2012, regulations finalizing the law didn’t pass until August of this year.

Washington DC Pharmacy Association (WDCPhA) President Andrew Gentles pointed out the advantage of the DC CPA in that it wasn’t written to highlight a specific domain or disease state.  “The amazing thing about this CPA is that it was written to be very broad, so it opens up opportunities for pharmacists who practice in many different specialties or have different backgrounds.”

WCDPhA is planning webinars and townhalls to engage the city’s pharmacists, and eventually plans on working with the city’s health care stakeholders and managed care organizations.  As Gentles stated, “we need to always make sure that it goes back to improving access to care, proving that [pharmacists’ services] improve patient outcomes, and displaying the contribution that pharmacists bring to the health care team.”

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