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Medicare Part D could work if pharmacists recognized and reimbursed

Pharmacists are essential to the successful implementation of Medicare Part D, according to Helene Levens Lipton, PhD, professor of health policy in the department of clinical pharmacy, UCSF School of Pharmacy and UCSF Institute for Health Policy Studies. If policymakers would recognize and reimburse pharmacists for their rational approach to prescribing medications, patients would be better served and drug costs would be better controlled.

• Full story: A Prescription for Medicare Part D: Pharmacists Can Play a Critical Role in Making This Beleaguered Program Work.

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