Pharmacists today do much more than dispense drugs. As the pharmacist’s role expands, independent pharmacists have become a key part of a patient’s care team. Regular touchpoints and personalized service enable community pharmacists to make a considerable impact in patient outcomes as an integral part of a patient’s healthcare network. This evolution has never been clearer than it is during the COVID-19 pandemic, as community pharmacists stand on the frontlines of the healthcare continuum.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that Medicare pharmacies can temporarily enroll as independent clinical diagnostic laboratories. The announcement, released on May 7, 2020, enables pharmacies that are enrolled in Medicare to test for COVID-19 and bill through Medicare. For independent pharmacies interested in conducting COVID-19 testing, this announcement comes as a welcome update.