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Landmark Legislation Positions
Community Pharmacies at Center of Preventive Care
“Provider status” revolutionizes pharmacists’ role in
New era of Obamacare, doctor shortages
ALISO VIEJO, Calif. – November 19, 2013 – In a move that may now spread throughout the states, California lawmakers have granted healthcare “provider status” to pharmacists.
“Most Americans don’t realize that pharmacists were not officially considered ‘healthcare providers,’” said Al Babbington, CEO of PrescribeWellness, a SaaS company that develops patient communications tools and services for community pharmacy. “The Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandates preventive healthcare coverage for millions more Americans. But with too few doctors serving more patients than they can effectively treat, a significant gap in care is created starting in 2014. This legislation paves the way for community pharmacies to fill that gap and provide these much needed services.”
Well beyond the traditional filling of prescriptions, the new law goes into effect January 1, 2014 and authorizes pharmacists to administer medications and counsel patients in a manner that directly improves outcomes. In the case of California, the nation’s most populous state, this will result in millions of citizens having access to critical services such as obesity counseling and smoking cessation support via their neighborhood pharmacy.
“Over 160 million Americans have at least one chronic disease and the numbers are growing. The ACA is far too costly and unsustainable unless effective, dependable and available healthcare providers can step up to the plate and manage some of the jobs performed by doctors, such as helping patients improve their use of medications and properly manage their disease,” said Babbington. “California has set a national example in assuring all citizens have access to preventive care. PrescribeWellness is proud to provide the training and tools that help pharmacists take on this new leadership role and become the center of wellness for the communities they serve.”
“A key to success of the ACA is collaboration of care between all healthcare providers, and this legislation allows pharmacy to work side by side with hospitals, physicians and other providers along the continuum of care,” said Terry Olson, Ph.D., vice president of behavioral solutions at PrescribeWellness. “We have the technical tools, the behavioral research and now the policies in place to step in and directly improve the health of our diabetic and other chronic disease patients. The result will be better quality of life and lower healthcare costs for millions.”
PrescribeWellness automates critical engagements between pharmacist and patient in the five key areas that improve patient compliance, care and outcomes: Medication Adherence, Chronic Disease Management, Transitional Care, Population Health and Behavioral Change Programs. With data integration and proprietary behavioral science at the foundation, PrescribeWellness cloud-based solutions position the pharmacist at the center of community healthcare prevention. For information on the industry’s most effective patient engagement tools and programs, please visit www.prescribewellness.com.