The Future of the Supreme Court of the United States and Healthcare

With the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, feminist icon and inspiration to many, the future of many healthcare issues are uncertain. The Supreme Court of the United States serves to protect the rights and liberties of the American people and utilizes the Constitution to ensure “Equal Justice Under Law.” Although the precedent was setContinue reading “The Future of the Supreme Court of the United States and Healthcare”

Presidential Debate Recap for Pharmacists

On Tuesday night, the candidates faced off for the first time to discuss healthcare, COVID-19, and other important issues impacting the healthcare system. Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump met at the Cleveland Clinic, in Ohio in a heated exchange in which both candidates were rarely able to provide a complete statement withoutContinue reading “Presidential Debate Recap for Pharmacists”

The Basics of 340B and the Current Attacks on the Federal Drug Discount Program – Guest Writer Ariel McDuffie

It’s no secret that everyday many patients go without vital medications due to cost. As pharmacists, many of us have heard about the 340B drug pricing program however, the details of it aren’t always well-known. The current drug manufacturer attacks on 340B are bringing the program into the spotlight: not necessarily for good press, butContinue reading “The Basics of 340B and the Current Attacks on the Federal Drug Discount Program – Guest Writer Ariel McDuffie”

The pharmacist’s duty to address human rights abuses in immigration detention centers

Today, as you read this article, human rights abuses are occurring in the United States of America. Lack of access to vital acute, chronic, and preventative healthcare has resulted in suffering and death of children and adults under the eye of the U.S. government. Many of us do not see these horrors happening in ourContinue reading “The pharmacist’s duty to address human rights abuses in immigration detention centers”

Pharmacy Benefit Managers, Political Action Committees, and Lobbying… Oh My!

The twofold focus of this blog is on recognizing the strength of your individual voice and broadly increasing pharmacist engagement with grassroots advocacy. We firmly believe that the most significant change occurs when more individuals are involved and politically active. Through grassroots advocacy, we ensure our elected leaders know our perspectives on important healthcare issuesContinue reading “Pharmacy Benefit Managers, Political Action Committees, and Lobbying… Oh My!”

An Open Letter to Incoming Student Pharmacists: Our Profession Needs you

Dear Incoming Student Pharmacists, Congratulations, and welcome to the profession of pharmacy! You have taken the first step in the incredible journey of becoming the most accessible and one of the most trusted healthcare professionals, a pharmacist. Take this moment to reflect on the incredible hard work and dedication that resulted in you being whereContinue reading “An Open Letter to Incoming Student Pharmacists: Our Profession Needs you”

Déjà vu…Pharmacist state scope of practice overruled by HHS: Take 2!

If you liked the premiere, you are going to love the sequel. In a huge move on August 19, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has further amended his declaration of the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act. In doing so, he has allowed pharmacists and pharmacy internsContinue reading “Déjà vu…Pharmacist state scope of practice overruled by HHS: Take 2!”

Senate introduces bill to expand pharmacists’ ability to provide telehealth services

On August 4th, U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) introduced Senate Bill 4421: the Temporary Reciprocity to Ensure Access to Treatment (TREAT) Act. As stated by Murphy’s and Blunt’s press releases, this bill “allows any health care practitioner or professional in good standing with a valid practitioners’ license to render services—including telehealth—anywhereContinue reading “Senate introduces bill to expand pharmacists’ ability to provide telehealth services”

Racial Differences in COVID-19 and the Potential for Pharmacists

At the end of July, CMS published updated data on COVID-19 impacts on the Medicare population, including details on the American Indian/Alaskan Native Medicare beneficiaries for the first time. The new data indicated that this population has the second highest rate of hospitalization for COVID-19 among racial and ethnic groups after Blacks. The updated informationContinue reading “Racial Differences in COVID-19 and the Potential for Pharmacists”

Pharmacist Medicare incident-to telehealth services here to stay?

It is no news that pharmacists are able to bill incident to a physician when providing patient care services. This has been widely discussed since the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) requested clarification on this from CMS back in 2014. Despite this clarification, some pharmacists have still faced pushback on billing incident to theContinue reading “Pharmacist Medicare incident-to telehealth services here to stay?”