ASCP Legislative Agenda

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What is a Consultant Pharmacist?

A “consultant” or “senior care” pharmacist is a medication therapy management expert who provides advice on the use of medications by older adults, whether they live in the community or in long-term care facilities.

ASCP Policy Statements


Expanding the Medication Therapy Management (MTM) Benefit

ASCP Supports H.R.1024 and S. 557, The Medication Therapy Management Empowerment Act of 2013.
ASCP supports improvement of the Medicare Part D Medication Therapy Management benefit by extending these services to beneficiaries with a single chronic disease.  ASCP supports efforts to increase access to pharmacist-provided clinical services for seniors and ensure the appropriate and safe use of medications for the elderly.

Rescheduling of Hydrocodone Combination Products

ASCP opposes H.R. 1285 and S. 621, The Safe Prescribing Act of 2013.
Rescheduling hydrocodone combination products from Schedule III to Schedule II will make timely pain treatment for long-term care (LTC) residents more difficult by exacerbating existing barriers to pain medication access.

Eliminating Barriers to Controlled Medication Access

ASCP supports amending the Controlled Substances Act to ensure that nurses working in long-term care (LTC) facilities and in hospice programs are recognized as agents of physicians who prescribe controlled medications to patients in these settings. We support including a provision that would allow pharmacists to dispense controlled medication prescriptions to LTC and hospice patients based upon chart orders.

Recognizing Professional Services for LTC Pharmacy Dispensing Fees

ASCP supports S. 1493, the Medicare Efficient Drug Dispensing Act of 2013.
This proposed legislation clarifies that professional fees paid to LTC pharmacies should continue to be a fixed amount, separate from the number of days supplied, to adequately recognize the fixed cost for professional services required of LTC pharmacies when dispensing to and caring for skilled nursing facility residents.

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