An Update from Tom Menighan, CEO of APhA

January 2015 - ​10,000? WE DID IT!

In last month’s newsletter, we announced a goal of 10,000 supporters before the end of the year. We shattered that goal! More than 14,000 pharmacists from all around the nation have signed up to demand provider status. Your commitment to our profession is remarkable. This burst of energy and advocacy gives us increased momentum as the new Congress convenes, and we are ready to press for provider status in the new year. If you have not already done so, please visit PharmacistsProvideCare.com and join the campaign.


December 2014 - 10,000 STRONG BEFORE 2015

In last month’s newsletter, we reported that 5,000 pharmacists from all around the nation had signed up to demand provider status, and we asked you to help us double that number. Your commitment to our profession is remarkable, as we are already nearly there with well over 9,000 supporters!

Can YOU get us to 10,000 before the end of the year?

If you care about the pharmacy profession and have not already joined the campaign, please visit PharmacistsProvideCare.com and sign up. If you’ve already signed up, please ask a colleague or fellow student pharmacist to sign up. We need as many committed pharmacy voices as possible to tell Congress that patients need increased access to care that pharmacists can provide, so pass provider status legislation in 2015!

PROVIDER STATUS AWARENESS IS INCREASING

Check out the latest media story about our efforts in “Pharmacists Push For Health Care Provider Status.” This article was written based on an interview APhA CEO Tom Menighan participated in with popular D.C. publication The Hill, which is widely read by Members of Congress and their staff. In the article Tom notes, “We do so much more than safely dispense medicines. The health care system hasn’t quite kept up with the training and expertise pharmacists have developed over time.”

Not only have we seen an increase in media interest around the issue of provider status, as well as significant support in Congress for provider status, with a total of 123 Members of Congress cosponsoring H.R.4190 — the provider status legislation — but a new survey reveals some important findings about our own profession.

The survey found that, since APhA launched the Pharmacists Provide Care campaign, about one third of pharmacists are now MORE likely to be very familiar with the concept of provider status. That’s important because the more pharmacists are aware of how critical achieving provider status is to our profession, the more people will get involved to demand recognition.

Additionally, 95% of pharmacists polled said the issue of provider status is important to them, and nearly 8 in 10 pharmacists are likely to become involved in the Pharmacists Provide Care campaign. What are you waiting for? Get involved today!

ALL I WANT FOR THE HOLIDAYS IS… #ProviderStatus!

Keep demanding #ProviderStatus!

Tom Menighan
American Pharmacists Association
2215 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20037