Provider Status: Old Idea, New Legislation

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The COVID-19 pandemic has created difficult times for people worldwide. The world of pharmacy, along with many other professions, has drastically changed. Since the beginning of the pandemic, pharmacists have been called upon to rise to the challenge of caring for patients during this pandemic. Almost 90% of Americans live within 5 miles of a pharmacy. At least 148 million people have received at least the first shot of a COVID-19 vaccination, many of these provided by pharmacists or pharmacy technicians. In addition to vaccinations, pharmacists across the United States provide many services including COVID-19, influenza, and strep testing, naloxone distribution, medication therapy management, transitional care services, and chronic disease state management. At this time, there is no reimbursement through Medicare for any of these services. The 2021 HR2759 and S1362 bills recently introduced into congress aim to amend the Social Security Act to allow pharmacist to bill Medicare Part B in medically underserved communities throughout the nation.

Pharmacists are encouraged to enroll in this accredited activity to learn more about pharmacist provider status at both the federal and state level, the differentiation between elements of provider status, and effective strategies on how to best advocate for provider status to promote the profession of pharmacy.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this knowledge-based activity, pharmacists will be able to:

  • Describe pharmacist provider status at both the federal and state level.
  • Differentiate between elements of provider status, including provider designation, scope of practice, and payment for services.
  • Discuss effective strategies on how to best advocate for the profession of pharmacy.

Activity type: Knowledge-based
Target Audience: Pharmacists 
Learning Level: 2

Accreditation Information


The American Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. The following education course is approved for 1.0 contact hour of CPE credit (0.1 CEU). The ACPE Universal Activity Number for this activity is 0202-0000-21-245-H04-P. 

To obtain credit for completing Provider Status: Old Idea, New Legislation, participants will need to watch the archived webinar, complete the assessment with a grade of 70% or better, complete the evaluation questions, and then CLAIM credit. Participants need to have a valid username and password to claim credit. After credit has been claimed, please visit CPE monitor for your transcript.

APhA continuing pharmacy education policy provides you with two opportunities to successfully complete this continuing pharmacy education assessment. Please note that you will not be permitted to submit the assessment a third time. 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 assessment.

Initial release date: July 21, 2021
Expiration date: July 21, 2024 - No credit can be earned after this date


Provider Status: Old Idea, New Legislation is an activity for pharmacists developed by the American Pharmacists Association. © 2021 American Pharmacists Association


Allie Jo Shipman, PharmD; Nimit Jindal, PharmD; and 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 a complete list of APhA staff disclosures, visit the APhA website at

Conflicts of interest have been resolved through content review by Helen Sairany, BA, PharmD, MBA, BCACP, Director of Content Development & Partnership at the American Pharmacists Association. 


There is no fee associated with this activity for current APhA members. In 30 days after initial release, nonmembers may purchase this e-learning activity at a cost of $129.*

System Requirements

Computer and internet access are required to complete this activity.  Please visit our website to view the Technology System Requirements in order to have a positive learning experience.

Credit Information

Activity Number Credit Amount Accreditation Period
ACPE# 0202-0000-21-245-H04-P 0.1 CEUs July 21, 2021 - July 21, 2024