Why pharmacists should care about access to COVID-19 data

Data is vitally important to members of the profession of pharmacy and is essential in how we develop evidence-based methodologies that guide how we care for patients. Ensuring veracity of data is important in giving us the right foundation to develop long-term strategies to improve patient outcomes. That’s why it was particularly concerning to seeContinue reading “Why pharmacists should care about access to COVID-19 data”

Advocacy Alert: How to ask for provider status inclusion in the next COVID-19 bill

The next COVID-19 legislative package In this “new normal” of the pandemic we have seen giant pieces of legislation being crafted and passing through Congress. These packages are being used for a variety of different issues in order to help the country respond to the pandemic. We saw the results of the CARES Act asContinue reading “Advocacy Alert: How to ask for provider status inclusion in the next COVID-19 bill”

Provider Status Explained: Understanding the how behind the federal legislative strategy

Provider status is essential to the future of the profession of pharmacy. We explained last week the reason why pharmacists need provider status now more than ever (if you missed it, check out the post here) and began to discuss some of the background around why this shift in the business model is so substantial.Continue reading “Provider Status Explained: Understanding the how behind the federal legislative strategy”

Provider Status Explained: Why do pharmacists need provider status?

Provider status has been such a focus of the pharmacy profession for decades. However, before we talk about how to advocate for provider status, it’s important to understand why something needs to change.  It’s all about that product My grandfather was a community pharmacist in the Cleveland, Ohio area for nearly 50 years. I rememberContinue reading “Provider Status Explained: Why do pharmacists need provider status?”

The Assault on LGBTQ+ Health Access

Estimates predict that 1.4 million adults in the United States identify as transgender. Today we unpack a recent rule proposal that could jeopardize these individuals’ access to healthcare and how the most accessible healthcare professional, the pharmacist, can advocate against this systemic discrimination. On Monday, June 15, 2020, the Supreme Court of the United StatesContinue reading “The Assault on LGBTQ+ Health Access”

Provider Status Explained: Series Introduction

Provider Status….These two words are thrown around everywhere in our profession.  We see them on signs, flyers, and billboards. We have said them to Members of Congress, State Legislators, and even presidents. They have consumed the focus of a large amount of our profession’s advocacy efforts for the last ten years. However, even with theContinue reading “Provider Status Explained: Series Introduction”

Reflections on Systemic Racism in America

Over the past week, we have been torn about how to respond to the death of George Floyd and the resulting demands for justice taking place across our country. The murder of another human being by police officers is a symptom of underlying disease that has been a part of this country since it’s founding:Continue reading “Reflections on Systemic Racism in America”

Pharmacist state scope of practice overruled by HHS?

It’s been a few weeks since we launched our blog with our first blog post on pharmacists’s ability to provide SARS-COV-2 testing. But with all the policy changes taking place over the last few days, it was necessary to investigate some of the more recent changes. Today we’re going to take a look at theContinue reading “Pharmacist state scope of practice overruled by HHS?”

As Unemployment Rises, Access to Healthcare is in Question

Last week, the Department of Labor released its latest number showing nearly three million Americans filed for unemployment, bringing the total number of unemployed to 36.5 million. With the economic situation getting worse each week, Congress needs to consider what additional measures to take to address this growing problem. Last week, the House of RepresentativesContinue reading “As Unemployment Rises, Access to Healthcare is in Question”

Are pharmacists essential? Congress thinks so!

As states evaluate plans to reopen, despite cases of coronavirus continuing to rise, Congress has been at work on another COVID-19 emergency supplemental bill. House Democrats released a whopping 1,800-word initial draft of the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act this past week. Included in this bill are additional provisions for workers,Continue reading “Are pharmacists essential? Congress thinks so!”