Pharmacists Provide Care

What you can do

For decades, pharmacists have been one of the few health care professionals that lack recognition as health care providers in federal law. Nearly all other health care professional services are rightfully covered under Medicare laws, including services provided by chiropractors, midwives, and dietitians, but not services provided by pharmacists.

APhA pursues avenues to the recognition of pharmacists as integral members of the health care team. This includes access to and coverage of pharmacist-provided patient-care services under Medicare Part B. Medicare Part B does not currently cover such services.

APhA and its members are calling on Congress to pass a bill that would amend section 1861(s)(2) of the Social Security Act to enable Medicare beneļ¬ciaries to access pharmacist-provided services under Medicare Part B. These services would be reimbursable under Medicare Part B if provided to patients in medically underserved communities and if the services are consistent with state scope of practice laws.