The bipartisan Long-Term Care Pharmacy Definition Act of 2021 (S. 1574) was recently introduced in the Senate by Senators Tim Scott (R-SC) and Mark Warner (D-VA). Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Tina Smith (D-MN), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Jim Lankford (R-OK), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), joined as original co-sponsors.
This important legislation would establish a clear statutory definition of LTC pharmacies which would be extremely beneficial to the LTC pharmacy community. The bill defines LTC pharmacies as especially qualified to provide enhanced pharmacy and clinical services to patients with medically complex chronic conditions who rely extensively on prescription drugs to improve their health and quality of life.
By establishing a statutory definition, this bill would help modernize governmental oversight of the LTC pharmacy sector, drive regulatory consistency across all federal agencies, and create greater opportunities for LTC pharmacies to provide essential services to LTC patients wherever they live and to receive payment recognizing the value of those services.
We encourage all LTC pharmacists to weigh in with their legislators to urge their support/co-sponsorship of the legislation. When you click on the “Take Action Now” link below you will be directed to the Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) action alert page. To use the online letter-writing system, simply type in your contact information and the system will deliver the communications to your legislators.
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