Community pharmacists in California see greater opportunities

When California’s Senate Bill 493 was signed into law in 2013, it set the stage for provider status for pharmacists in the state. It also expanded the scope of practice for pharmacists to provide direct patient care in collaboration with the healthcare team, according to Jon Roth, CEO of the California Pharmacists Association.

At the time that SB 493 was being developed, California was coming out of the great recession of 2008-2010, so any bill with a fiscal component would be vetoed by the governor, Roth was told.

“We really had to make a strategic decision,” Roth recalled during a recent town hall meeting, sponsored by Pharmacists Planning Service, Inc, in Baltimore. “We decided to go ahead with provider status and scope of practice expansion, but disassociate the payment at that time.”

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