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”

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”

We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident: Addressing Gender Inequality in the Profession of Pharmacy

It has been over 170 years since the signing of the Declaration of Rights and Sentiments at the Seneca Falls Convention, a key moment in the gender equality movement. Although significant strides have been made since 1848 to encourage equal rights for women, gender inequality remains an issue in many facets of our society, includingContinue reading “We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident: Addressing Gender Inequality in the Profession of Pharmacy”

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”