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The National Governors Association (NGA), in collaboration with the state boards of pharmacy, the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations and the American Pharmacists Association, has released a paper summarizing three key points in expanding the role of pharmacists in health care.

They define the three challenges as expanding collaborative practice agreement provisions, achieving provider status for compensation of pharmacist-delivered care services and allowing pharmacists access to health IT systems. The document, available online, can be useful for pharmacists wishing to contact their Congressional representative in support of recognizing pharmacists as health care providers. The Table 3 “Summary of State Policy Considerations” in the document provides a nice overview of the three points with examples of successes in other states.

Research that supports the value of expanding the role of the pharmacist is critically important to the success of professional initiatives, including provider status, scope of practice and innovative health care models that include the pharmacy setting. When speaking with patients, other health care professionals and policymakers, use this paper as a reference. To educate individuals on the important role of the pharmacist, share this document with them. In fact, you may even want to include this link in an e-mail to your local legislator. To learn more about contacting your legislator, visit the MPA Web site. Or, if you have any questions about advocacy, please contact Amanda Lick, MPA manager of advocacy, governmental and regulatory affairs, at Amanda@MichiganPharmacists.org or (517) 377-0254.

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