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Capitol Health Call
March 10, 2015

Bill Would Authorize Medicare Payments for Pharmacists

JAMA. 2015;313(10):1004. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.1536

A bill that would enable pharmacists to provide health care services to Medicare patients in communities lacking easy access to physicians has been reintroduced in Congress.

Originally proposed in last year’s Congress, the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act has bipartisan support. The legislation would encourage pharmacists to offer such services as health and wellness screenings, immunizations, and diabetes management by authorizing Medicare payments for them. Although most states already allow pharmacists to provide these services, according to a statement by Senate cosponsors of bill, Medicare does not reimburse them.