Senate joins House to carve out Rx

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

ALEXANDRIA, Va.--Sens. John Tester, D-Mont., and Sam Brownback, R-Kan.,  in March introduced a bill that seeks to exclude pharmacists from Medicare accreditation requirements. S. 511, the Access to Durable Medical Equipment Act of 2009, is a companion to H.R. 616, which was introduced in January by Reps. Marion Berry, D-Ark., And Jerry Moran, R-Kan. The National Community Pharmacists Association says that requiring pharmacies - which typically do only limited amounts of DME and diabetic supplies - to become accredited could limit patient access. In rural states like Montana and Kansas, for example, patients may have to travel long distances to obtain supplies.