Bill seeks payment for pharmacy services

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Friday, January 13, 2017

WASHINGTON – Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Bob Casey (D-Penn.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) have re-introduced a bill to help pharmacists provide healthcare services to Medicare beneficiaries in underserved areas. The Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act, S.109, seeks to offer Medicare payment for services such as wellness screenings, immunizations and diabetes management. “Across the country and in Pennsylvania pharmacists play a critical role in helping seniors receive access to routine healthcare services like wellness checks,” said Sen. Casey in a release. “This legislation will aid those in rural communities who may not live in close proximity to the doctor but do have regular contact with their pharmacist. The National Community Pharmacists Association supports the bill. “Pharmacists are highly trained professionals and the most accessible health care providers for patients,” said NCPA CEO Douglas Hoey. “This legislation improves access to the full array of health care services pharmacists are able to provide under their state’s laws.” The bill has 27 original co-sponsors.