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Minnesota Pharmacy Legislative Day Sessions

8:15 a.m.
Welcome & Announcements

Michelle Aytay, RPh, CDE, Region #21 Clinical Services, Walgreens Co., MPhA President, PATF Co-Chair
Rachel Root, PharmD, MS, BCPS, Pharmacy Manager, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, MSHP President

Morning Sessions

8:30 a.m.
Minnesota Pharmacy Advocacy Agenda: Harnessing Your Power as a Key Contact

Rachel Root, PharmD, MS, BCPS, Pharmacy Manager, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, MSHP President, PATF Co-Chair
Jill Strykowski, MS RPh BCPS, Director of Pharmacy, Mercy & Unity Hospitals, Allina Health, PATF Co-Chairs
Pamela Phelps, Pharm.D., FASHP, System Director, Clinical Services, Fairview Health Services, MSHP Public Policy Committee Co-Chair
John Pastor III, PharmD, FASHP, Director of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota Health, MSHP Public Policy Committee Co-Chairs
Jeff Lindoo, RPh Thrifty White retired, MPhA Public Affairs Co-Chair
Julie Freeman, PharmD, Cub Foods, MPhA Public Affairs Co-Chairs
Buck Humphrey, PATF Lobbyist

This session will provide information on pharmacy related issues that are active or likely to be active in the 2018 Minnesota Legislature, details on the impact legislation will have on pharmacy practice.

After participating in this session, attendees should be able to:

  • List the MPhA, MSHP and Pharmacy Advocacy Task Force's 2018 legislative initiatives, describe for each initiative the present and future process it will need to go through toward passage, and explain what action is desired for legislator visits.

9:45 a.m.
Medicaid Overview and Role in US Healthcare

Sara Drake, RPh, MPH, MBA, Principal, Mercer (Invited)

"Overview of the laws, rules and regulations that govern Medicaid including the financing of prescription drugs through Medicaid. Discussion of the future of Medicaid and ongoing federal policy considerations. "

After participating in this session, attendees should be able to:

  • Discuss who is eligible for Medicaid programs and what services are covered.
  • Describe the Federal and State roles and how the programs are funded.
  • Explain how federal changes could impact states and Medicaid enrollees.

11:00 a.m.
Roundtable Briefings

PATF priorities: Various Hosts

  • PATF Priorities: Kyler Anderson; Michelle Aytay, RPh, CDE, Region #21 Clinical Services, Walgreens Co., MPhA President; Tamara Bezdicek, PharmD, BCPS, Fairview Health System, PATF Co-Chair; Molly Ekstrand, RPh, BCACP, AE-C, Medication Management Program Manager, Park Nicollet Health Services, MPhA Immediate
    Past President; Rachel Root, PharmD, MS, BCPS, Pharmacy Manager, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, MSHP President, PATF Co-Chair; Buck Humphrey, PATF Lobbyist

  • Pharmacists as Mental Health Providers: Randy Seifert, PharmD, University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy; Amy Pittenger, PharmD, MS, PhD, University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy
  • Pharmacist Medication Administration Health System: Jeremy Faulks, PharmD, Thrifty-White; Dale Masten, Genoa
  • Pharmacy Related Legislation/Topics: Pamela Phelps, PharmD, FASHP, System Director, Clinical Services, Fairview Health Services, MSHP Public Policy Committee Co-Chair; John Pastor III, PharmD, FASHP, Director of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota Health, MSHP, Public Policy Committee Co-Chair; Dana Simonson, PharmD, BCPS
  • Reimbursement Issues: Jeff Lindoo, RPh, Thrifty White (retired), MPhA Public Affairs Co-Chair
  • Board of Pharmacy Legislation Package
  • College of Pharmacy Updates: Marilyn Speedie, PhD, University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy

After participating in the roundtable session, attendees should be able to:

  • List the key pharmacy issues being discussed in Minnesota.
  • Explain key talking points for three issues.
  • Create one action item for your professional and/or practice development based on the key talking points learned.

Evening Sessions

5:30 p.m.
Welcome & Announcements

Michelle Aytay, RPh, CDE, Region #21 Clinical Services, Walgreens Co. MPhA President

5:45 p.m.
Program: Visit Experience Sharing

Rachel Root, PharmD, MS, BCPS, Pharmacy Manager, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, MSHP President, PATF Co-Chair
Molly Ekstrand, RPh, BCACP, AE-C, Medication Management Program Manager, Park Nicollet Health Services, MPhA Immediate Past President

This will be a moderated dialogue session where audience members share their experiences meeting with their legislators that day.

After participating in this session, Pharmacists should be able to:

  • Convey the concepts that are resonating with legislators at the capital.
  • State the who and the what that leads to successful conversations with legislators
  • Improve ability to talk with legislators by learning improvement tips from colleagues.

After participating in this session, Technicians should be able to:

  • Convey the concepts that are resonating with legislators at the capital.
  • Describe the who and the what that leads to successful conversations with legislators
  • Improve ability to communicate with legislators by learning improvement tips from colleagues.  

6:15 p.m.
Program: Minnesota Legislative Panel: What's on the Horizon?

Steve Schondelmeyer, PharmD, PhD, CMC Endowed Chair, Professor & Head, Department of Pharmaceutical and Health System, University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, Moderator, Legislators TBD and Invited

After participating in this session, attendees should be able to:

  • List the major health-related initiatives being considered by the Minnesota legislature
  • Explain the legislative process and create one action item for advocacy to advance practice.

7:00 p.m.
Program: Reforming Healthcare Reform: The Schondelmeyer Report

Steve Schondelmeyer, PharmD, PhD, CMC Endowed Chair, Professor & Head, Department of Pharmaceutical and Health System, University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy

After participating in this session, attendees should be able to:

  • List the major changes being considered related to the Affordable Care Act, drug pricing, transparency and other health reform issues.
  • Describe the potential impact of those changes to healthcare in Minnesota, and list likely milestones for implementing these changes.

7:30 p.m.
Minnesota Board of Pharmacy: Issue Update

Cody Wiberg, PharmD, MS, RPh, Executive Director, Minnesota Board of Pharmacy

After participating in this session, attendees should be able to: List the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy's 2018 legislative initiatives, describe the reasoning for each initiative and the process it will need to go through toward passage, and explain other key issues the Board intends to address in the coming year.

After participating in this session, attendees should be able to:

  • State key legislative proposals of the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy
  • Describe legislative proposals concerning opioid abuse
  • List key areas for which the Board may propose rule changes
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