NASPA has just released a Maternal Health Service Set concept paper that outlines opportunities for pharmacists to contribute in this area. Pharmacist-provided maternal health services can improve health care access, quality, and outcomes for women and infants and can reduce health disparities, and the paper highlights the services that can do this if implemented.
In addition, NASPA, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), and the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) have provided comments in response to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Request for Information Regarding Maternal and Infant Health Care in Rural Communities. Barriers in rural communities, opportunities for pharmacists to improve these shortcomings, and successful initiatives led by pharmacists in these areas were emphasized. We are hopeful that CMS will begin taking steps to support comprehensive pharmacist services in order to remedy the current gaps seen in maternal and infant health care.