Rebecca P. Snead, RPh, Discusses the Current Movement Toward Pharmacist Provider Status
Rebecca P. Snead, RPh, the executive vice president and CEO of the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations discusses the current movement towards pharmacist provider status, and elaborates on the challenges and opportunities encountered.
This video was taken at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy's 25th Annual Meeting & Expo in San Diego, CA, on April 4, 2013.
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