This podcast explores the reintroduction of provider status legislation by Congress. Tom Kraus and Doug Huynh discuss what the bill does, how it will impact pharmacy, what is the path forward, and what ASHP members can do to advance the legislation.
Nick Gentile is the Director of Political Action Committee and Grassroots Engagement for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. In this position, he promotes ASHP’s grassroots mobilization efforts and its political action committee, ASHP-PAC. He received his bachelor’s degree from The American University, where he majored in political science and law in society. Prior to ASHP, Nick spent ten years at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) working in various positions within the government affairs department. He worked with state and local government affairs issues, federal relations, grassroots mobilization and BUILD-PAC (NAHB’s political action committee).
Doug Huynh, J.D., as our new federal lobbyist and primary legislative advocate on Capitol Hill. Doug comes to ASHP with extensive experience from the Society of Interventional Radiology, where he worked for 12 years as Director of Government and Policy Affairs. Doug also served as a lawyer and lobbyist in a number of other healthcare-related organizations. He has an in-depth understanding of the healthcare landscape and the issues that impact pharmacists, physicians, healthcare organizations, and other providers, as well as excellent relationships on Capitol Hill and a strong knowledge of the political process.
Tom Kraus is Vice President for Government Relations at ASHP. He is a graduate of University of Michigan (BS Biology), Georgetown University Law Center (Doctor Of Law), and The Johns Hopkins University (MHS, Health Policy).
Tom previously served as the Chief of Staff and Associate Commissioner for Legislation at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. He was also a senior policy advisor to Sen. Ted Kennedy and Sen. Tom Harkin on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, where he served as Deputy Staff Director for Health.