Why is PEER Needed Now?
With the passing of the Affordable Care Act, there is a shift in the payment model for pharmacies. This is causing a fear of the unknown and added stress on the future of practitioners. The future of pharmacy is unclear due to declining reimbursements, uncertainty due to changes in payment models, and changes in the profession.
Uncertainty may increase the chance of a professional making an unethical decision due to financial constraint. There are examples of pharmacists who are making good ethical decisions and these stories need to be told. Pharmacists are expressing a feeling of impotence and an inability to care for their patients to the extent they were educated.
No one is speaking to the profession and its stakeholders as a whole concerning these issues. The association is a resource for health care professionals on the topic of ethics to prevent harmful medication errors caused by ethics violations.