Below is a summary of state-specific bills creating opportunities for pharmacists to be recognized as health care providers.
The California state Senate approved SB 493, a bill that expanded pharmacists’ scope of practice by including specialty drug administration, test orders and an “advanced practice pharmacists” designation. It will now undergo review by the California State Assembly.
Two bills were introduced in January 2013 and are currently under review. HB 2060 includes pharmacists in the definition of a health care provider without any mention of compensation for services. SB 484 adds pharmacists under health care providers, but also establishes benefits for services rendered by pharmacists acting under a collaborative practice agreement.
Even if pharmacists are not recognized as providers under statute, they can still obtain reimbursement for their services in certain states. Various states have defined the limited services for which pharmacists can get paid. For more information on state-specific compensation programs, see below.