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ASHP Delegates to Deliberate Technician Training, Pharmacist Compensation

Access to pharmacists’ services for low-income patients, support for machine-readable coding on single-unit drug product packaging, and standards to achieve safe patient care when drugs are placed under restricted drug distribution programs are among the policy recommendations the ASHP House of Delegates will consider on behalf of members June 4 and 6 during the Society’s Annual Meeting 2001 in Los Angeles. Two of the key proposals up for adoption are:
  • Technician Education as Preparation for Practice: To support the goal that technicians working in health systems have completed a uniform, standards-based program of training or have attained comparable skills through practice experience.
  • Product Reimbursement and Pharmacist Compensation: To pursue, in collaboration with public and private payers, the development of improved methods of reimbursing pharmacies for the cost of drug products dispensed and associated overhead; further,

To pursue, with federal and state health-benefit programs and other third-party payers, the development of a standard mechanism for compensation of pharmacists for compounding/dispensing services and patient care services; further,

To pursue changes in federal, state, and third-party payment programs to (1) define pharmacists as providers of patient care and (2) issue provider numbers to pharmacists that allow them to bill for patient care services; further,

To assist pharmacists in their efforts to attain provider status and receive compensation for patient care services. (Note: This policy supersedes ASHP policy 0004.)

A complete listing of policy recommendations is available at the ASHP Web site and in the April 1, 2001, issue of AJHP. Send your comments to your state's delegate or to ASHP.