The Top Six Ways Trump’s Policies Will Impact Pharmacies
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4. Pharmacist provider status and Medicare
In January, the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act (H.R. 592 and S. 109) was reintroduced in the House of Representatives and the Senate, after nearly being passed in last year’s Congressional session. The bills would allow underserved Medicare patients to receive certain services from pharmacists, in states in which pharmacists already are permitted to administer the functions. Nurse practitioners and physicians’ assistants currently can provide these services through Medicare.
If passed, pharmacists would be able to provide immunizations; help seniors manage chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart conditions, and asthma; conduct wellness or prevention testing; and help seniors take their medications correctly. “Pharmacists remain among the most highly trusted professionals. That, combined with their extensive education and accessibility, create tremendous opportunities for patient care,” Anderson said. “We hope the commonsense, bicameral, bipartisan legislation, which also generated a lot of support in the previous Congress, can pass both chambers and make it to President Trump’s desk for his signature,” Hoey said.