APhA is proud to belong to the Patient Access to Pharmacists’ Care Coalition (PAPCC). The mission of PAPCC is to develop and help enact federal legislation that would enable patient access to, and payment for, Medicare Part B services by state-licensed pharmacists in medically underserved communities.
On March 11, 2014, H.R. 4190 was introduced in the House by Representatives Brett Guthrie (R-KY), G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), and Todd Young (R-IN). H.R. 4190 amends Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to enable patient access to, and coverage for, Medicare Part B services by state-licensed pharmacists in medically underserved communities.
PAPCC recently developed the following background materials to help you educate your member of Congress on the importance of attaining provider status for pharmacists’ services:
In addition, APhA created documents which will also be helpful in talking to decision makers at the state and federal levels as well as private payers - "Making the Case" and "What Voters are Saying."
Use APhA's Legislation Action Center to urge your legislator to sign onto H.R. 4190 now!
Become a member of APhA and your state pharmacy association—your membership is vital to the effort.
Contact your state and Congressional legislators to advocate for pharmacists to be part of the health care team by being recognized as a provider. Use our legislative one-sheet and education sheet to make your case.
Invite legislators and policy makers to visit your practice and experience the clinical services you provide. Learn more about scheduling an in-pharmacy visit.
Share your experiences with providing clinical services, including their impact on patients, physicians, payers and health outcomes.
Provide the names of patients and/or physicians who would be willing to provide testimonials about the value of pharmacists’ clinical services.
Financially support APhA’s outreach activities to members of Congress. Learn how you can contribute to these activities.
Support the APhA Foundation’s patient care and consumer education activities.
U.S. Public Health Service report: Improving Patient and Health System Outcomes Through Advanced Pharmacy Practice: A Report to the Surgeon General 2011
AARP Public Policy Institute policy statement: Medicare Part D’s Medication Therapy Management: Shifting from Neutral to Drive
New York Times editorial: When the Doctor is Not Needed