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

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Since the onset of COVID, healthcare employment has dropped by 524,000 jobs, turning what has been one of healthcare’s biggest challenges into a full-blown crisis. Hear from pharmacy and industry leaders about the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act, how granting pharmacists provider status would impact clinical care needs, and why automation and intelligence will play a key role in exercising that status.

The Provider Status + Digital Pharmacy Webinar is now available on-demand. Feel free to send the link to any of your colleagues and peers who might be interested in this important topic.


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.