Overview of state provider status legislative activity in 2016

As described in the April 2015 Pharmacy Today article, “More states address pharmacists’ provider status recognition,” the pursuit of “provider status” at the state level mirrors that at the federal level but has a different pathway to success. To ensure patient access to pharmacists’ services, state advocacy can be categorized into three key areas: 1) designation, or the defining of pharmacists as providers, which can ease some barriers depending on where the definition appears in state law; 2) scope of practice changes that enable pharmacists to provide services that are within their education and training; and 3) payment for, or coverage of, pharmacists’ services, typically the most important element for ensuring widespread access to pharmacists’ services.

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As described in the April 2015 Pharmacy Today article, “More states address pharmacists’ provider status recognition,” the pursuit of “provider status” at the state level mirrors that at the federal level but has a different pathway to success. To ensure patient access to pharmacists’ services, state advocacy can be categorized into three key areas: 1) designation, or the defining of pharmacists as providers, which can ease some barriers depending on where the definition appears in state law; 2) scope of practice changes that enable pharmacists to provide services that are within their education and training; and 3) payment for, or coverage of, pharmacists’ services, typically the most important element for ensuring widespread access to pharmacists’ services.