On Dec. 15, AMCP joined 29 other pharmacy organizations in a letter calling on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to build upon the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act with guidance clarifying that states should reimburse clinical services provided by pharmacists at the same rates as other non-physician providers.
Given the current complexities of the Medicaid, Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and Basic Health Program enrollment processes, AMCP submitted comments in response to a September 7 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Dated November 4, AMCP's comments support the NPRM's proposed goal to simplify the enrollment process for these vital health programs. The comments specifically address the cycle of enrollment and disenrollment that program beneficiaries face, often referred to as “eligibility churn."
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) unveiled a Request for Information (RFI) titled "Make Your Voice Heard" on September 6. The RFI sought public input on healthcare accessibility, understanding provider experiences, advancing health equity, and assessing the impact of waivers and flexibilities provided in response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. On November 4, AMCP responded with a comment letter offering insights into challenges related to access to medication. The comments also offer recommendations for advancing health equity within CMS.
On August 4, the Department of Health and Human Services released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities. In response, AMCP submitted comments on September 29 which applaud the Department's goal to reinstate regulatory protections from discrimination in covered health programs and activities.
On August 19, AMCP joined a wide coalition of pharmacy organizations in calling on the Department of Health and Human Services to issue a PREP Act declaration that pharmacists, pharmacy students, and pharmacy technicians, as appropriate, can order and administer FDA authorized or approved monkeypox vaccines, testing, and therapeutics.
On June 7, AMCP joined a pharmacy stakeholder letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) requesting clarification that pharmacies will maintain personnel flexibilities granted under the PREP Act emergency declaration through October 1, 2024.