No more Rodney Dangerfield
Provider status for pharmacists will bring savings for patients and will increase the value of pharmacists to the system and their employers.
The change will lead to the restructuring of many corporate pharmacies that had viewed pharmacists as “expensive” employees. Under the new system, pharmacists will again be viewed as valuable assets. Instead of limiting the number of pharmacists on the payroll, companies that want to increase productivity, services, and revenue will seek to hire more pharmacists.
Don’t be deceived. There is opportunity for failure. Pharmacists cannot sit on their hands and wait for a professional association or their employers to get the job done.
In this new environment, pharmacists are the canaries in the coalmine. What we do to obtain and enhance our status as providers will have a profound effect on our profession.
Our achievement of provider status will quickly help resolve the dwindling supply of available services. It will also be a wake-up call for all primary care providers.