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Provider Status for Pharmacists: Lessons Learned

Broadcast Date: August 24, 2022


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This podcast episode focuses on the journey to obtaining pharmacist provider status from pharmacy leaders in Minnesota, North Carolina, and Wisconsin who have been advocating on the frontlines. Listen in to learn about the growing need for pharmacist provider status, speakers’ experiences, and advice for those interested in getting involved in pursuing provider status.


Danielle WomackDanielle Womack is the Vice President of Public Affairs at the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin (PSW), where her work focuses on PSW's relationship with government entities, including the state legislature, Governor, state regulatory bodies, and the United States Congress. Danielle advocates on behalf of pharmacy professionals for patient-centered policy priorities relating to medication use and access to pharmacist-provided care. Danielle holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s degree in public health and health policy from Tulane University.

 Tamara BezdicekTamara Bezdicek, PharmD, BCPS, FMSHP is the medication policy manager for Fairview Pharmacy Services where she oversees the formulary and medication use projects for the health-system. Tamara received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed a PGY1 residency at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Tamara is currently serving as the co-chair of the Minnesota Pharmacy Alliance (MPA) representing the Minnesota Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP) advocacy efforts. She is a Past-President of MSHP.

Nicholas GazdaNicholas P Gazda, PharmD, MS, BCPS, CSP is the Assistant Director of Specialty Pharmacy at Cone Health in Greensboro, North Carolina. He oversees URAC/ACHC accredited specialty pharmacy operations including the specialty pharmacy call center, mail-order program, and medication assistance program as well as the embedded ambulatory clinical pharmacists. Nick completed his BS and PharmD at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill at the Eshelman School of Pharmacy and a two-year PGY1/PGY2/MS Health-System Pharmacy Administration residency at Cone Health.

Alysa BaumannDr. Alysa Baumann is the Inpatient Pharmacy Manager at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (At time of recording was a PGY2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration & Leadership (HSPAL) Resident at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare – University Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee). Originally from Wisconsin, Dr. Baumann received her Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Business Administration degrees from Concordia University Wisconsin. She is passionate about pharmacy practice advancement and advocating for the pharmacist role within interdisciplinary teams. Her involvement with ASHP started during her didactic training and has progressed through her appointment to the Section Advisory Group of Pharmacy Practice Leadership.

The information presented during the podcast reflects solely the opinions of the presenter. The information and materials are not, and are not intended as, a comprehensive source of drug information on this topic. The contents of the podcast have not been reviewed by ASHP, and should neither be interpreted as the official policies of ASHP, nor an endorsement of any product(s), nor should they be considered as a substitute for the professional judgment of the pharmacist or physician.