It looks like the health care bill has a good chance of passing on Sunday. There are a few mentions of pharmacists (indirectly or directly), and some of the changes that APhA and AMP have been lobbying for are included.
- http://www.pharmacist.com/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Home2&CONTENTID=22809&TEMPLATE=/CM/HTMLDisplay.cfmIncluded in the legislation are numerous pharmacy-related provisions, including a grants program for medication therapy management sought by APhA and other members of the pharmacy coalition. An adjustment for pharmaceutical pricing based on average manufacturer price, or AMP, is also in the bill.
-http://www.ashp.org/import/news/HealthSystemPharmacyNews/newsarticle.aspx?id=3281Meyer said the Senate- and House-passed bills call for the creation of a grant program to pay for pharmacists to provide MTM services to certain patients.
The bills, he added, provide better definitions of MTM services than does the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003, which created Part D.
Both bills also require the secretary of Health and Human Services to submit to Congress a report assessing the outcomes of pharmacist-provided MTM services.
Such a report, Meyer said, would overcome policymakers reluctance to extrapolate the findings of the relatively small-scale studies that have been conducted to date.
Neither piece of legislation requires Medicare Part B to recognize pharmacists as providers. But Meyer said the MTM grant program offers "a potential pathway for providing the needed data to make the case for provider status."