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Provider Status and Digital Pharmacy: A Winning Combination for Patient Care and Labor Challenges

Omnicell Promotional Theater

Monday, Dec 6 | 2:00 PM–3:00 PM ET

The Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act is a bill that would grant pharmacists provider status under Medicare Part B to help address the worsening shortage of primary care physicians in a significant portion of the nation. For health systems, there would be a significant financial incentive to deploy pharmacists in higher-value, more patient-focused tasks in outpatient settings. Retail pharmacy clinics would also play a larger role in supporting care needs for medically underserved populations. Join Omnicell’s Chief Clinical Officer James G. Stevenson, PharmD, FASHP along with pharmacy and industry leaders for this important discussion.

Pharmacy leaders and providers will want to attend to learn more about:

  • Why Congress introduced the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act
  • How pharmacist provider status would impact pharmacists’ ability to get reimbursed for providing services to Medicare Part B enrollees in medically underserved areas
  • The impact that pharmacist provider status would have on both community and health-system pharmacy practice
  • Ways automation and data intelligence can enable pharmacists to exercise their provider status


Chris Fortier, PharmD, FASHP

Christopher Fortier, PharmD, FASHP, is Chief Pharmacy Officer and Residency Director for the PGY-1/PGY-2 HSPA Residency Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Fortier received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Connecticut and completed both a PGY-1 Practice Residency and a PGY-2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency at the Medical University of South Carolina Medical Center. Additionally, Dr. Fortier serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy, Northeastern University School of Pharmacy, and the MCPHS.

Ronna Hauser, PharmD

Ronna Hauser, PharmD, is Senior Vice President of Policy and Pharmacy Affairs for the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) where she is responsible for the association's public policy and regulatory initiatives, as well as federal, state, and non-profit/private sector outreach. Before joining NCPA, Ronna worked for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores as the Director of Pharmacy Advocacy and Policy. Ronna holds a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University and a Doctor of Pharmacy from The University of Texas at Austin, and has worked as a licensed community pharmacist.

Jeff Little, PharmD

Jeff Little, PharmD, is Director of Pharmacy at Saint Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. Currently, he chairs the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Section of Pharmacy Practice Leaders Executive Committee. At the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, he completed a residency in health-system pharmacy administration. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy from The University of Kansas School of Pharmacy and his Master of Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh.