Affordable Care Act: Implications for the community pharmacy team

Target Audience:

Pharmacists in community-based practice.

Universal program number: 0401-0000-14-002-H03-P
Activity type: Knowledge-based


To provide community pharmacists with knowledge on how the Affordable Care Act may affect roles in pharmacy practice, allowing the team to better assist the pharmacy’s patients.


It is nearly impossible to avoid hearing media coverage about healthcare reform at both the federal and state levels.  The launching of the federal program known as the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, has been fraught with challenges from the initial passage of the legislation in Congress in 2010 to a Supreme Court ruling that held the challenged provisions as constitutional  to the initial technical difficulties with the websites, followed by the cancelation of certain individual policies.1,2,3 While there are still discussions about the future of healthcare reform, the reality is that many parts of the legislation have been successfully implemented. The ACA is moving forward, and it is important for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to possess accurate and current knowledge on the provisions of the ACA that become effective in 2014 and are important to pharmacy patients. This lesson is designed to provide the community pharmacy team with knowledge on how the ACA may affect their roles in pharmacy practice, allowing them to better assist their patients.

Learning objectives:

Upon completion of this program, the pharmacist should be able to:

  1. Describe three features of the Affordable Care Act that the pharmacy team may encounter in the community pharmacy.
  2. Recall the importance of Star measures in community pharmacy.
  3. State to a patient the location of resources to help with plan selection and questions.
  4. List two requirements for a drug to be included in the drug plan under the ACA.
  5. Define the concept of the individual mandate.
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A minimum test score of 70% is needed to obtain credit. Submit your answers to the learning assessment questions online at Your statement of credit will be available through CPE Monitor located at To ensure transmission of credit hours to CPE Monitor, you must enter your correct e-PID number in your CE profile.

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Drug Store News is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This CPE Activity is approved for pharmacists and is worth 1.5 contact hours (0.15 CEUs). The activity is available for CE credit through February 4, 2016.

Course summary
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  • 1.50 Pharmacist
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By Shari L. Miller, MA, CPhT, JD, attorney at Shari L. Miller, Attorney, PLLC

Shari L. Miller and the DSN editorial and continuing education staff do not have any actual or potential conflicts of interest in relation to this lesson.


The Affordable Care Act is a complicated collection of federal laws regarding healthcare reform. It is possible that there will be changes by the time this lesson is published, or shortly thereafter. This lesson was researched and prepared in November 2013. For the most current information, visit

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  • 1.50 Pharmacist

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