On-Demand Webinar

Medicare Beneficiaries in Underserved Areas and Pharmacist Provider Status

The public health emergency caused by COVID-19 has highlighted inequities in healthcare access across many parts of our country. For example, Medicare beneficiaries in underserved, often rural, communities are forced to travel to the doctor for basic services, such as immunizations, diabetes care, blood pressure screenings, and cholesterol monitoring. Even though local pharmacists already may be performing these services for commercially insured populations, there is no avenue for Medicare Part B to directly reimburse pharmacists for them. New bipartisan legislation before Congress aims to close this gap. The bill does not expand pharmacists’ scope of practice in any state. Rather, it simply allows pharmacists to provide Medicare beneficiaries with the same level of care that they are licensed to provide to other patients. The panelists demonstrate why this common-sense measure would solve real problems facing providers and patients.

As first presented at Scottsdale Institute

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Scott Knoer, MS, PharmD, FASHP

Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, American Pharmacists Association

Scott Knoer, MS, PharmD, FASHP, is the 13th Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Pharmacists Association. He received his BA in psychology from Creighton University in 1988 and his PharmD from the University of Nebraska in 1996. He completed a 2-year administrative residency with a concurrent MS degree in hospital pharmacy from the University of Kansas in 1998.

Before his current leadership role at APhA, Dr. Knoer was the Chief Pharmacy Officer at the Cleveland Clinic from 2011 to 2020, where he led an international pharmacy enterprise with a $1.4 billion dollar drug budget and 1,558 FTEs in 18 hospitals with facilities in Ohio, Florida, and Nevada; Toronto; London; and Abu Dhabi.

After graduation from pharmacy school, he was an Operations Manager at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston for 3 years. Moving to Minnesota, he was the Director of Pharmacy at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, for a decade before being recruited to the Cleveland Clinic in 2011.

Dr. Knoer has served the profession extensively through involvement in professional organizations at the local, state, and national levels. He is published widely on a variety of pharmacy and leadership topics. He is a frequent invited lecturer to state, national, and international audiences. He is often quoted as a health care expert on a broad array of topics in newspaper, radio, and television outlets.

Dr. Knoer is a passionate advocate for patients and the profession of pharmacy. He has successfully lobbied boards of pharmacy in Ohio and Minnesota to allow the advancement of pharmacy practice, and he has led initiatives that changed Ohio and federal law related to the elevation of pharmacy practice and reducing the impact of drug shortages.

Snehal Doshi, PharmD, MBA

Senior Vice President, Ancillary and Support Services, Wellstar Health System

Snehal Doshi, Senior Vice President Ancillary and Support Services, has over 15 years expertise delivering healthcare model transformations across the Government, Healthcare and Retail sectors. He brings innovation and leadership to influence and shapethe future and growth of Rehabilitation, Imaging, Laboratory, Pharmacy, and Sleep Lab services

Prior to joining Wellstar Health System, Snehal served as President PBM Operations and Group Director Managed Care for Safeway/Albertsons where he developed strategic initiatives centered on pharmacy retail operations and supply chain.

Snehal’s experience also includes serving as the Commanding Officer for the 344th Combat Support Hospital in Fort Hamilton, NY, and as the Chief Pharmacy Officer for the combat hospital unit.

He holds a doctorate in pharmacy from St. John’s University and an MBA from Georgia Institute of Technology.

He currently serves on the Boards of Mercer University College of Pharmacy, Chattahoochee Technical College and Partners Coop, Inc. He has served as a Taskforce Member for the California Pharmacists Association and Georgia Pharmacists Association.

He and his wife, Priyal, live in Alpharetta with their two active, young sons.

James G. Stevenson, PharmD, FASHP, FFIP

Chief Clinical Officer, Omnicell

James G. Stevenson, PharmD, FASHP, FFIP, is Chief Clinical Officer, Omnicell. Previously, he served as president of hospitals and health systems services at Visante, Inc. Before joining Visante, Stevenson was chief pharmacy officer at the University of Michigan Health System and associate dean and department chair of clinical, social, and administrative sciences at the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy. He also served on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.