Pharmacists tapped to provide COVID-19 vaccine in nursing homes

Late last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) made two surprising announcements. First, a press release was sent out that CMS would not be enforcing provider restrictions for the administration of the anticipated COVID-19 vaccine in skilled nursing facilities (SNF), specifically referencing pharmacists. Following this press release, a second announcement shared theContinue reading “Pharmacists tapped to provide COVID-19 vaccine in nursing homes”

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

It’s been a while since we posted in our Provider Status Explained series because of all that has been evolving in the quickly changing world of health policy. We now want to come back to continue our discussion on one of the most important legislative priorities for the patients of pharmacists and the pharmacy profession:Continue reading “Provider Status Explained: Understanding the how behind the state legislative strategy”

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?”

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”