AMCP Urges CA Gov. to Grant Pharmacists Provider Status

Senate Bill 493 Will Improve Patient Care, Reduce Costs

For Immediate Release

Alexandria, Va., September 27, 2013 — The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) is urging California Gov. Edmund G. Brown, Jr. to sign Senate Bill 493, which would authorize pharmacists to perform additional health care services. It also would recognize pharmacists with specialized training as “advance practice pharmacist.” In a statewide action alert, AMCP also urged its over 1,000 California members to contact the governor urging him to sign the bill.
In a letter dated Sept. 24, 2013, AMCP CEO Edith A. Rosato, RPh, IOM, wrote:
"Whenever pharmacists are authorized to provide certain health care services, there are many benefits. Specifically, these benefits include, but are not limited to, reduction in overall health care costs, improved patient outcomes, decreased number of drug related adverse events, improved access to primary care services, and increased patient satisfaction. The pharmacist-provided services including preventative care services, wellness screenings, chronic disease management, immunization delivery, medication therapy management, and others have been recognized as beneficial to the increasing the overall quality of delivery and increased patient access."
According to AMCP, the high level of education and training that pharmacists receive qualifies them to be experts in medication use and evidence-based practices. AMCP, a national professional association of pharmacists and other health care practitioners who administer prescription drug formularies and pharmacy benefit programs, has over 1,000 members in California.

About AMCP  
The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy is a national professional association of pharmacists and other health care practitioners who serve society by the application of sound medication management principles and strategies to improve health care for all. The Academy's nearly 7,000 members develop and provide a diversified range of clinical, educational and business management services and strategies on behalf of the more than 200 million Americans covered by a managed care pharmacy benefit. It is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2013. More news and information about the Academy can be found at 
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Kevin Bruns | 703-683-8416 ext. 656