This spring, bipartisan federal provider status legislation was introduced in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. H.R. 2759 and S. 1362 would recognize pharmacists as health care providers for Medicare patients. The legislation would do this by amending section 1861 (s) (2) of the Social Security Act to include pharmacists on the list of recognized healthcare providers.
This change would ensure that pharmacists be fairly compensated for the health care services they provide to their patients under Medicare Part B in medically underserved areas. These areas are more specifically defined as Medically Underserved Populations (MUPs) or Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) as designated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
These bills are a huge step forward in the effort to advance the pharmacy practice. With your help, we can keep the momentum going. Join IPC and your fellow pharmacists in reaching out to your legislators
about the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act. Tell them it is time to remove barriers and recognize pharmacists as part of a team-based care team for Medicare patients and allow them to be fairly compensated for the care they provide for their communities.