Healthcare Reform Expands Pharmacists’ Role

Healthcare reform enhances community pharmacists’ ability to advance patients’ outcomes.  The recently passed healthcare reform legislation includes provisions designed to enhance community pharmacists’ ability to advance patients’ outcomes.  http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100322/Pharmacy-provisions-in-health-care-reform-bill-will-help-pharmacists-improve-patient-outcomes-NCPA.aspx The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) notes that the most significant provisions scale back radical cuts in reimbursement for Medicaid generic prescription drugs; call for limited disclosure from pharmacy benefits managers operating in the exchanges to reduce costs; and exempt the majority of pharmacies from Medicare Part B Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics and Supplies accreditation.

Bruce T. Roberts RPh, NCPA executive vice president and CEO, issued the following statement:  “The pharmacy provisions in the healthcare bill passed by the House of Representatives are welcome steps towards improving the delivery of prescription drug services to patients across America.  Once the bill becomes law, many community pharmacies can continue serving Medicaid patients as well as offering Medicare beneficiaries’ essential medical supplies, like diabetes testing strips.”

Roberts points out that “Throughout this entire healthcare reform process, community pharmacists have offered constructive solutions.  The effective and efficient delivery of prescription drug services can produce considerable benefits. Other challenges remain and the implementation process will require our input to ensure the transition is a smooth one.”

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