Provider Status: It’s Happening

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Pharmacists’ patient care services have been proven to improve patient outcomes and reduce health care costs. However, access to these services is limited by barriers that include laws and regulations restricting pharmacists’ scope of practice and opportunities to receive payment for services. Provider status activities that promote patient access to pharmacists’ patient care services are crucial to addressing these barriers and optimizing the pharmacist’s role in the health care system. Changes to federal and state laws and regulations in recent years include expanding pharmacists’ scope of practice and payment opportunities. However, more work remains to be done, and ongoing advocacy is necessary to support efforts to expand patient access to pharmacists’ services. As pharmacy practice evolves, issues such as credentialing and privileging, access to electronic health records, and liability coverage should be considered by pharmacists.



Learning Objectives

After participating in this activity, the pharmacist will be able to:

  1. Discuss what is meant by “provider status” for pharmacists.
  2. Describe federal and state provider status legislation and regulation affecting the pharmacy profession.
  3. Provide an update on the status of efforts to recognize pharmacists and their services at the federal, state, and private-sector levels.
  4. Explain how compensation for pharmacists’ services can affect patient care and pharmacists’ practices and opportunities.

Activity type: Knowledge-based
Learning Level: 2


Accreditation Information

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The American Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

To obtain 2.0 contact hours of continuing pharmacy education credit (0.2 CEUs) for completing "Provider Status is Happening," complete the CPE examination and evaluation questions. Credit will be awarded upon achieving a passing grade of 70% or better. Please visit CPE Monitor for your statement of credit/transcript.

APhA continuing pharmacy education policy provides you with two opportunities to successfully complete this continuing pharmacy education examination. Please note that you will not be permitted to submit the examination a third time. Exam questions may not appear in the same order as printed.

The current policy of the APhA Education Department is not to release the correct answers to any of our CPE tests. This policy is intended to maintain the integrity of the CPE activity and the test. Individuals completing this activity by July 1, 2019 can receive credit.

Initial release date: July 1, 2016
Expiration date: July 1, 2019
ACPE Universal Activity Number: 0202-0000-16-132-H04-P


Advisory Board

Ryan M. Burke, PharmD
Associate Director, Practice Initiatives

Anne Burns,BSPharm
Vice President, Professional Affairs

Stacie Maass, BSPharm, JD
Senior Vice President, Pharmacy Practice and Government Affairs

James A. Owen, PharmD, BCPS
Vice President, Practice and Science Affairs
American Pharmacists Association.



Ryan M. Burke, PharmD; Anne Burns, BSPharm; Stacie Maass, BSPharm, JD; and James A. Owen, PharmD, BCPS, declare no conflicts of interest, real or apparent, and no financial interests in any company, product, or service mentioned in this program, including grants,employment, gifts, stock holdings, and honoraria. APhA’s editorial staff declare no conflicts of interest or financial interests in any product or service mentioned in this activity, including grants, employment, gifts, stock holdings, and honoraria.. For complete staff disclosures please see the APhA Accreditation Information section at



"Provider Status is Happening” is a home-study continuing education activity for pharmacists developed by the American Pharmacists Association.


Activity Fee

There is no fee associated with this activity for members of the American Pharmacists Association. There is a $25 fee for nonmembers.

Credit Information

Activity Number Credit Amount Accreditation Period
ACPE# 0202-0000-16-132-H04-P 0.2 CEUs July 01, 2016 - July 01, 2019