Wisconsin pharmacists gain provider status

April 25, 2014

Gov. Scott Walker recently signed a bill into law authorizing physician-pharmacist collaboration in any patient setting throughout Wisconsin.

Gov. Scott Walker recently signed a bill into law authorizing physician-pharmacist collaboration in any patient setting throughout Wisconsin.

Wisconsin law already authorized physicians to delegate authority to pharmacists, but the state’s pharmacy practice act needed to be changed for pharmacists to accept such delegations.

“We are excited about the signing of Wisconsin Bill 251 into law,” said Anna Legreid Dopp, PharmD, vice president of public affairs, Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin (PSW). “It facilitates team-based care and provides all pharmacists, practicing in any setting, with a robust scope of practice to care for their patients.”

Added Tamara Ravn, PharmD, PSW board member: “This legislation is a win for all parties…patients, providers and pharmacists. Pharmacists under this collaboration can maximize their knowledge and experience to provide timely, cost-effective medications in compliance with formularies. Providers have been asking for this for a long time to improve office efficiency and patient care.”

The new law does not list any limitations or restrictions on what can be delegated. And pharmacists do not need any special credentials to provide medical services.