This is a letter that I will fax to my Senators and Congressman. This bill can only make it better for us, enhance our professional standing and help ensure that we continue to get a professional’s wage. I don’t think that you will get extra pay YET. But, you will. There is a sea change happening. Either get on the ship or be left behind. I am older and worn out compared to most of you, but I don’t want to go out as a “Glorified Tech”. I want to ride this horse as hard as I can until I can’t anymore. None of you have an excuse other than ignorance and incompetence. There are pharmacists (like some doctors or lawyers) who are just warm bodies with licenses. They are not reading this, however, so we won’t be hurting their feelings.
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Senator Kay Hagan (NC) and Senator Al Franken have introduced legislation that improves the Medication Therapy Management (MTM) benefit in Medicare Part D by making more Seniors eligible. Like the House bill (HR 3108), the Senate bill will help insure that Seniors properly take medications. This can save billions of dollars.
The Senate Bill ensures that Seniors can receive MTM services from the pharmacy of their choice and creates a payment structure that assures that pharmacists are appropriately paid for providing MTM services.
I urge you to do everything in your power to see to it that this bill passes. The pharmacist represents a “bargain” compared to other health professionals. We are at the bottom of the funnel.
By education, the law and tradition, we are there to serve and to make a difference in the drug therapy of every single patient that receives prescription medication.
We could speculate that 90% of all office visits result in one or more prescriptions being dispensed. I know of a holistic doctor who plays the flute for his patients, but, in reality, drug therapy is medicine in the 21st Century. The pharmacist is alone with the patient at that point. The pharmacist is uniquely positioned to assure that positive outcomes are achieved. The pharmacist is the “finisher”. Passage of this legislation will benefit the patient and will also save billions of dollars.