FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
STATEMENT FROM NCODA LEGISLATIVE & POLICY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Contact: Kevin Scorsone | NCODA Legislative & Policy Liaison
Phone: (919) 903-2057
OKLAHOMA RECOGNIZES PHARMACISTS AS ESSENTIAL COMMUNITY PROVIDERS
NCODA applauds the recent efforts of the Oklahoma Legislature that passed HB 2322. This law recognizes pharmacists as Essential Community Providers and makes sure that a pharmacy or pharmacist receives direct payment or reimbursement from the Oklahoma Health Care Authority or a contracted entity when providing a health care service. This bill will additionally focus on the services that pharmacists can provide to Medicaid patients; the payment and rates that the pharmacists will receive when treating a Medicaid patient will be no less than the rates given to other health care providers that deliver the same service.
Pharmacists in the state of Oklahoma will be recognized for the value that bring to patients, especially in rural and underserved communities that rely heavily on the input, education, and opinions that pharmacists can provide. This now ensures that patients in under-serviced areas and Medicaid patients will be able to seek the same and equitable treatment that all cancer patients deserve and will now have a better chance in winning their battle with cancer. NCODA is hopeful that Pharmacists from coast to coast and around the world will be receiving the same distinction and recognition as the dedicated pharmacists in Oklahoma.
NCODA continues to lead when it comes to updating members of the medically integrated oncology team on all legislative oncology news. Our Legislative & Policy Advisory Committee (LPAC) is hosting a Legislative Roundtable Webinar on Monday, June 13th at 7PM Eastern. During this webinar legislative experts will be discussing issues surrounding the world of oncology. Invites will be sent to all NCODA members prior to the event.
NCODA is a leading non-profit organization dedicated to empowering medically-integrated oncology practices to deliver positive, patient-centered outcomes by providing leadership, expertise, quality standards, and best practices. For more information about NCODA visit www.ncoda.org or follow @NCODA on LinkedIn.