Smiling male chemist consoling senior costumer at pharmacy.

Smiling male chemist consoling senior costumer at pharmacy.

What Ohio’s Move to Pharmacist Provider Status Means for the Rest of the Industry

On April 5th, the Senate bill designating pharmacists as healthcare providers was kicked off in the state of Ohio.  

According to an article by The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), under this new law in Ohio, pharmacist services that may be covered include medication therapy management and medication and vaccine administration. 

When asked about what it took to get this bill passed, Jaclyn Boyle, Immediate Past President of the Ohio Society of Health-System Pharmacists (OSHP), stated that collaboration with the Ohio Pharmacists Association (OPA) and other stakeholders was their “secret weapon for getting things moved forward”.  

Boyle’s testimony before legislature included data from pharmacists’ work in ambulatory care, which revealed how “the quality of care improves, the cost of care goes down, and the access to care also improves” when pharmacists are involved.1 

What does this mean for the pharmacist profession? 

  • New payment structures

    With the passage of Senate bill (S.B.) 265, it has introduced the opportunity to develop new billing and reimbursement options for the profession. 

  • Increased access to care 

    By granting provider status to pharmacists, patients will have more access to the care they need when they need it most.  

  • Greater physician-pharmacist collaboration

    While barriers still exist to truly effective and efficient communication between the two healthcare professions, the passage of this bill and others that are similar, continue to strengthen pharmacists’ involvement on healthcare teams.  

  • Supporting technology 

    In order to bridge the gap in the transfer of information between providers and simplify the way records are stored and the way services are billed, technology will have to play a significant role in supporting pharmacists’ transition to provider status.  

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