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Reflections on Pharmacy

A series of simple, progressive thoughts about the practice of hospital pharmacy from people who practice it every day.

Directors, professors, clinical pharmacists, and students come together to share the reason why pharmacists choose the hospital setting, and the focus of their practice — at Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists.

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Expanded Roles for Pharmacists

Expanded roles for Pharmacists in Canada is of great benefit to both the Patients and their caregivers as well as to fellow professionals in the Health Care system. Pharmacists in Canada have recently been given broader responsibilities, including in some provinces, prescribing privileges, ability to order and interpret laboratory tests and to vaccinate and inject medications. Pharmacists in other countries such as the United Kingdom, United States and New Zealand are also increasingly involved in collaborative care arrangements. There is strong evidence that indicates pharmacists’ care can benefit patients, especially in providing vaccines and managing high blood pressure, diabetes, heart failure, asthma and other conditions. One such benefit is because pharmacists, who have specialized expertise in drug dosing, drug interactions, pharmacology and related areas, can help physicians manage safe prescribing in complex (often elderly) patients taking 5 or more drugs. They can also help in tapering patients off medications.

Know your Pharmacist and ask your local elected Politicians to Recognize Pharmacists as Healthcare Providers as the expanded roles for Pharmacists can improve your health, lower healthcare costs and increase accountability in our health system.

Read news full article at: http://www.newswise.com/articles/expanded-role-for-pharmacists-is-an-opportunity-to-offer-better-patient-care

CMAJ Study PDF (FULL): http://www.cmaj.ca/content/early/2013/08/19/cmaj.121990

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Rebecca P. Snead on Pharmacist Provider Status

Rebecca P. Snead, RPh, the executive vice president and CEO of the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations, discusses the current movement toward pharmacist provider status, and elaborates on the challenges and opportunities encountered.

This video was taken at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy’s 25th Annual Meeting & Expo in San Diego, CA, on April 4, 2013.

Video Credit: The American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC TV) — in San Diego, CA.
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Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy on Provider Status for Pharmacists

Dear Mr. Soman,

Thank you for contacting me regarding the role of pharmacists in our nation’s healthcare system. I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue, and I welcome the opportunity to respond.

Throughout my time in Congress, providing Americans with affordable, high-quality healthcare has been among my highest priorities. As a nurse for over thirty years, I have seen firsthand the positive results from providing quality healthcare at a price that is reasonable and affordable. I believe Congress must do all that it can to ensure that all Americans have access to dependable medical coverage that medical providers receive appropriate compensation for their services. As your representative, I will continue to work to improve our nation’s health care system, with the goal that all Americans can enjoy affordable, high-quality health care.

I appreciate your taking the time to share your proposal regarding the recognition of pharmacists as healthcare providers under the Social Security Act. I understand the important role played by pharmacists in the healthcare workforce. Pharmacists are critical figures in the American health care system, providing quality health care to millions of Americans. Please know that, as relevant legislation moves through the House of Representatives, I will be sure to keep your views in mind.

Again, thank you for contacting me. I encourage you to visit my website http://www.carolynmccarthy.house.gov where you can find various constituent services and sign up for my electronic newsletter. As always, please feel free to contact me regarding any matter of concern to you.

Sincerely,
Carolyn McCarthy
Member of Congress

More information:
Petition can be viewed HERE.

White House Rule Change

Due to the new changes in White House “We the People” petition website, our provider status petition may not be issued an official response from the administration. The new rules are:

AS OF JANUARY 15, 2013:

To cross the first threshold and be searchable within WhiteHouse.gov, a petition must reach 150 signatures within 30 days.

To cross the second threshold and require a response, a petition must reach 100,000 signatures within 30 days.

Since we reached 25,000 signatures and met the old petition threshold well before the final date, we might still have a shot at an official response from the White House. Lets keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best.

Meanwhile, remember that our fight does not end here despite whatever ends up happening. We still need to work together and push this through the legislative process to attain non-physician healthcare provider status for pharmacists.

APhA Article on Provider Status Petition

Pharmacists call for recognition as health care providers

APhA published an article on the provider status petition on the White House “We the People” site. Within 12 days, our petition reached the goal of 25,000 signatures. This effort has been a clear team effort and I thank every pharmacist, pharmacy intern, pharmacy technicians, students, patients, supporters, family members and organizations that supported this petition. The fight does not end here, we will have to work on a framework and work on the legislative aspect of this issue with our senators and congressional representatives. As APhA article stated, “The petition will be a public awareness–raising tool,” Soman said. “It’s not going to have a legislative impact. However, it will highlight the issue that pharmacists are underutilized in the health care system, as well as gain official recognition of this from the [Obama] administration.”

Read the FULL APhA article here.

Open Letter on the Petition to Recognize Pharmacists as Healthcare Providers

Dear Administrators, Faculty Members, PharmD Candidates and Friends,

We need to let our society understand the key roles that pharmacists have in ensuring positive health and clinical outcomes. This includes, but is not limited to, the safe and effective use (and delivery) of medication. The benefits to society and impacts on human lives cannot be overemphasized. Pharmacists are not only key healthcare providers, but also lifesavers. Hence the petition to recognize pharmacists as healthcare providers.

Despite the overwhelming evidence of the positive impact that pharmacists could have on patients’ health, pharmacists are not recognized as healthcare providers under the Social Security Act, and therefore, cannot be paid by Medicare for medication therapy management and other patient consultation services. The Social Security Act currently recognizes other healthcare professionals, including dieticians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurse midwives, and clinical social workers.

Thus, please join me in advocating for our profession, and let President Obama know that the pharmacists in the United States of America need to be given healthcare provider status. The website for the petition is https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/recognize-pharmacists-health-care-providers/3lkFWfvw

If 25,000 people sign this petition by January 26, 2013, President Obama will respond with an official statement of the administration on this critical issue, which would set the stage for the ACCP’s new policy on this issue for 2013.

Sincerely,

Steve Soman
Rho Chi Post Editor-in-Chief
PharmD Candidate 2013
St. John’s University
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

For more information visit:
1) ACCP Report and Policy on this issue for 2013: http://www.accp.com/report/?iss=1212&art=1
2) Explanation on the petition: http://thepharmacopedia.com/petition-to-recognize-pharmacists-as-health-care-providers/
3) Rho Chi Post Article on the issue by Dr. Sandra Leal – http://www.scribd.com/doc/85976311/Rho-Chi-Post-Vol-1-Issue-5-February-2012-Issue#page=17
4) Original Change.org petition: https://www.change.org/petitions/the-president-of-the-united-states-recognize-pharmacists-as-health-care-providers