State Provider Status Comes to Texas

Two Texas bills recognizing pharmacists as providers and providing payment for pharmacist services were signed into law at the end of May. Championed by the Texas Pharmacy Association, HB 3441 prohibits insurers from denying reimbursement to pharmacists for services provided within the scope of their license, if those services are covered when provided by a physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice nurse. HB 1757 formally recognizes pharmacists as providers in the Texas Insurance Code. This payment parity and recognition is a huge step forward for pharmacist provider status.