Government Advocacy

Pharmacy Solutions

Amplifying your voice on the issues that matter most

Some of the most important issues facing community pharmacies today include fair and timely reimbursement, better access to patients and attaining provider status. To ensure your ability to compete in a free and fair marketplace, we provide data, statistics and a voice on Capitol Hill to showcase the true value community pharmacists bring to the evolving healthcare landscape. Together, we can make a difference in the issues that affect you and your patients most. 

Access to patients 

We recognize the important role pharmacists play in delivering essential healthcare to patients. Pharmacists are on the front line of the healthcare system, providing patient education, preventive care, testing and other invaluable services that are vital to improving quality of care while keeping healthcare expenditures low. Any willing pharmacy legislation and expanded Medication Therapy Management (MTM) services would enable patients to have increased access to high-quality pharmacist healthcare.
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Top issues 

DIR fees 

One of our primary goals is to secure fair, accurate and timely reimbursement for our pharmacy partners. Delays or uncertainty in payments destabilize the viability of pharmacies and patient access to life-saving medications. Direct and Indirect Remuneration (DIR) fees that are retroactively imposed by PBMs make it difficult for pharmacies to determine the actual reimbursement at the time of dispensing. That’s why ABC supports greater transparency on DIR fees and having them assessed at point of sale rather than retroactively.
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Provider status

AmerisourceBergen is committed to ensuring that patients have access to high-quality healthcare. Millions of Americans reside in rural or medically underserved areas, which can limit their ability to attain health services. Pharmacists have appropriate medical qualifications and routinely provide care to patients on a range of issues. AmerisourceBergen supports legislation that would grant pharmacists provider status under the Medicare program.
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Fair reimbursement

We champion our pharmacy partners by fully supporting fair reimbursement of generics when determining MAC pricing. Delays in adjusting MAC prices to reflect marketplace changes, like generic inflation, often lead to pharmacists selling products at a loss. Selling products below acquisition cost threatens pharmacy viability and jeopardizes patients’ ability to obtain life-saving medications.

We partner with these organizations to ensure fair reimbursement: 

  • National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA)
  • The Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC)
  • National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS)
  • Patient Access to Pharmacists’ Care Coalition (PAPCC)

Advocacy in action

By advocating for independent pharmacies at the federal level, we’re amplifying the already powerful voice of independent pharmacies so they can continue doing important work and making a difference in their communities. Watch our video to witness what can happen when pharmacy owners and AmerisourceBergen come together for a cause.