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Governor Signs Pharmacist Practitioner Bill

Wednesday, May 29, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Brian Sparks
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Gov. Greg AbbottOn May 29, Governor Greg Abbott signed into law HB 1757, which amends the Insurance Code for commercial health plans by adding pharmacists to the list of health care practitioners and allows an insured beneficiary to select a pharmacist to provide the services in the health insurance policy that are within the pharmacist’s scope of practice.

By being listed as a practitioner, an insurer may not discriminate against pharmacists for payment or reimbursement for services performed in the scope of the pharmacist’s license if the same services or procedures are provided and covered by another listed health care practitioner. Pharmacists may now be in provider networks and be reimbursed for services that are within their scope of practice.

The law affects health benefit plans issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2020.

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