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 […]

Idaho Prescribing Rules Go Live July 1, Pharmacies Are Ready

On July 1, 2018, Idaho regulations governing pharmacists’ independent prescriptive authority for more than 20 categories of medications officially go into effect. Already, pharmacists in Idaho can prescribe tobacco cessation aids, immunizations, epinephrine, and more. Idaho’s new authority gives pharmacists the ability to prescribe medications used to prevent travel-related illness, treat common conditions, close clinical […]

State Provider Status Bill Count Nears 100

State pharmacy associations across the U.S. continue to advocate for pharmacist state-level provider status bills relating to scope of practice, payment for services, and pharmacists’ designation as providers. The bill count has now reached 98 with activity in almost half of the states (24 states plus the District of Columbia). Already, one bill in Pennsylvania, […]

State Provider Status Legislative Update

State legislative sessions are in full swing across the U.S. and a myriad of legislation pertaining to patient access to pharmacists services is in the works. There are now 95 active bills that fall in one of three areas of activity: scope of practice¬†(medication/immunization administration, collaborative practice agreements, prescriptive authority, etc); payment for services; and […]