Jefferson City, MO (March 8, 2013) — The Missouri Pharmacy Association’s (MPA) Chief Executive Officer, Ron Fitzwater, was one of more than 200 pharmacy leaders that gathered in Los Angeles at the 2013 American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Annual Meeting and Exposition earlier this week.
One of the goals of this meeting was to work toward a unified, national action plan for integrating pharmacists into current and evolving health care delivery models. By increasing patient access to pharmacists’ care services through value recognition allows the profession to better contribute to optimal patient health services while saving health care dollars.
“Often the pharmacist role is one that is not as accessible to patients and health care providers because the proper payment models are not yet in place,” said Fitzwater. “Studies have shown that when the pharmacist is included in a patient’s health care team the patient’s outcomes improve, patients report higher rates of satisfaction, and overall costs of the care provided are reduced.”
”The Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion will be upon us in less than nine months. It is necessary to push forward on these initiatives of affirming pharmacists as healthcare providers to ensure patients can receive a range of care services from highly trained pharmacists,” said Fitzwater.
The attending pharmacy leaders considered a slate of draft principles for the profession to seek recognition for pharmacists’ role as health care providers under one unified voice and message. These broad-based principles will serve to frame the profession’s efforts to seek increased access for patients to pharmacists’ patient care services.
The three goals of this meeting were to:
• Discuss the framework for a national plan to achieve pharmacist provider status in an evolving healthcare delivery system.
• Review and discuss principles drafted by the National Pharmacy Provider Status Coalition.
• Identify ways that stakeholder individuals and organizations can support and contribute to the national effort so that pharmacy has a united front.
“By aligning our messages across local, regional and national pharmacies and pharmacy organizations, we believe our initiative will be successful,” said Fitzwater.
The Missouri Pharmacy Association (www.MORx.com), founded in 1859, promotes leadership, sharing, learning, and policy exchange among pharmacy leaders in the State of Missouri and provides education and advocacy to support pharmacists, patients, and communities working together to improve public health.