Trump Administration: Ease Scope of Practice Laws

A new report out this week suggests that easing scope of practice laws would make U.S. healthcare more competitive and efficient.  The report, “Reforming America’s Healthcare System Through Choice and Competition,” was called for by President Trump and jointly issued by the departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury. “[A]dvanced practice registered nurses […]

CDC Asks Pharmacists to Help Prevent Diabetes

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a new guide to help pharmacists participate in the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP), the CDC’s initiative to combat type 2 diabetes. The Rx for the National Diabetes Prevention Program: Action Guide for Community Pharmacists outlines how pharmacists can promote awareness, screen at-risk patients, and either […]

Colorado Passes Payment for Services Legislation

Colorado passed legislation last week requiring payment for health care services provided by a pharmacist.  HB 18-112, which passed in the Colorado Senate on Friday, March 23, is the first bill in Colorado to require payment for pharmacist-provided services. The bill requires a health benefit plan to provide coverage for health care services provided by a […]

Chronic Care Management

Overview of Chronic Care Management* As of January 1, 2015, the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) reimburses qualified providers for Chronic Care Management (CCM) services for Medicare beneficiaries with two or more chronic health conditions. Pharmacists can participate in CCM as clinical staff, with their services being billed incident to by a qualified provider. CCM […]

CPhA Announces Payment for Services Legislation

The California Pharmacists Association (CPhA) just announced new legislation that will reimburse pharmacist-delivered care services in Medi-Cal! AB 1114 (Eggman) allows Medi-Cal to pay pharmacists for services such as furnishing hormonal contraceptives, naloxone, nicotine replacement therapy, travel medications, and tobacco cessation counseling. Utilizing pharmacists to provide these services for Medi-Cal beneficiaries will improve access to these […]