More than 300 pharmacists turned out to support H.R. 244, the “MAC Transparency Act," and H.R. 793, the “Ensuring Seniors Access to Local Pharmacies Act of 2015.”
In this country, the practice of pharmacy is valued in two markedly different ways. Consequently, two different responses are necessary.
Value-based care is transforming the world of healthcare. Simple cost management must give way to utilization management, and alignment of stakeholder services is inevitable.
As a group, pharmacists outnumber employers, academe, and the government. What becomes of the profession depends on us.
Pharmacists are now being included in care teams wherever outcomes are being tracked. Provider status is only a matter of time.
When pharmacists achieve provider status, patients will benefit, payers will save on costs, and providers will get an assist. So what's holding things up?
Medication adherence counseling is something pharmacists do best. Evolving paradigms in healthcare delivery will resolve how they will be paid for it.
Under universal healthcare, no U.S. resident will be denied healthcare services. And the chief service deniers — and payment refusers — will be restructured or gone.
In the pharmacist's hierarchy of needs, which comes first? Provider status? Or getting paid for the work you're doing right now?
A pharmacy student and an industry professional offer two very different takes on the issues and what to do about them.