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March 17, 2017
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MPhA Legislative Action Alert Succeeds!

On March 6, MPhA asked our members to contact Minnesota Representative Joe Schomacker to request a hearing this week on House File 1819. You called and emailed — and your voices were heard! The bill was heard in his committee and passed on to the finance committee, where it was heard and rolled over for inclusion in the overall (omnibus) HHS finance bill.  We are relatively confident of a hearing in the Senate.

MPhA Members at the Capitol

Speaker Daudt met with a group of MPhA members while at the Minnesota Retailers Association Day at the Capitol. 

Those pictured include MPhA Past President Jeff Lindoo, Natalie Roy, Speaker Daudt, President-Elect Michelle Aytay and Holly Christian.

MPhA Communcations

As a reminder, MPhA will never share our registration and/or mailing lists with vendors. We value you as our members and wanted to reiterate our commitment to you. If you have any questions on these standards, let us know.

Support the Pharmacy Advocacy Fund

Minnesota Pharmacy Legislative Day really showcased the energy and forward motion that PATF lobbyist Buck Humphrey has brought to proactively promote pharmacy’s advocacy agenda through the 2017 session of the Minnesota Legislature. This financial lobbying commitment is being shared equally by MPhA and the Minnesota Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Because of the good-faith commitment we have made, we need a commitment from you! Every member of the MPhA Board of Directors has contributed to the fund! Please join them — and contribute financially to our important work! Read more and donate now.

Minnesota News

Reminder: MDH Invites Comment on Opioid Prescribing Improvement Program Recommendations

The MN Department of Human Services invites the public to comment on the Opioid Prescribing Improvement Program Post-Acute Pain Opioid Prescribing Recommendations proposal and prescribing guide. Both documents are available on the DHS Opioid Prescribing Work Group (OPWG) web site. The public comment period will end March 27, 2017. After the public comment period, the OPWG will review the comments submitted and determine whether to make changes to the recommendations.

Please submit comments to OPWG staff by 4 p.m. Central Time on March 27, 2017.

The Opioid Prescribing Work Group (OPWG) is an advisory body of experts convened to forward DHS’ Opioid Prescribing Improvement Program (OPIP). The OPIP plays a crucial role in Minnesota’s response to the crisis of prescription opioid misuse and abuse, namely addressing inappropriate prescribing behavior among Minnesota health care providers. The work group will help shape the program by recommending statewide opioid prescribing protocols for various pain scenarios, such as acute, post-acute, and chronic pain. They will also recommend a quality improvement program within the Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP). The OPIP was created in 2015 at the direction of the governor and the Legislature, and the OPWG is convened through 2017.

Additional information is available on the OPWG website.

Phi Lambda Sigma Hosts Leadership & Networking Symposium

Phi Lambda Sigma (PLS) invites pharmacists and pharmacy students to attend a Leadership and Networking Symposium on Saturday, April 1, at the Campus Club in Coffman Memorial Union on the University of Minnesota’s Minneapolis campus. The event begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at 4 p.m. The keynote will be presented by MPhA member Craig Else, Pharmacy Director at HealthEast. The purpose of this event is to connect students with PLS alumni and other leaders in our profession. There is no cost for pharmacists to attend this event; simply RSVP to Michelle Tran at or (763) 222-4762. Download the flyer to get more information.

Use Your Member Benefits

Get Smart about Your Student Loan Repayment Options: MPhA Membership Benefit

When most pharmacists begin practicing, they’ve incurred steep education debt. When pharmacist borrowers learn about loan relief programs and correctly implement them, they reduce a major source of stress and save thousands of dollars on their student loans. MPhA is partnering with Navigate, LLC for student loan expert advice.

Through this benefit you will discover:

  • Is Public Service Loan Forgiveness right for me?
  • Will the new Revised Pay As You Earn repayment plan lower my payments?
  • Does private consolidation and refinance make sense for my situation?

Schedule your student loan consultation today. MPhA members receive over 50% off regular rates. A regular public service loan consult would be $1,000 — but MPhA members are able to receive this consult for $395. A regular loan refinance consult would be $500 but MPhA members are able to receive this service for $195. That’s a savings of $305-$605 and provides an incredible return on your MPhA membership investment. Satisfaction is guaranteed!

Navigate’s principal, Joy Sorenson Navarre, is a national expert on student loan management who consults individually with physicians and pharmacists. She is a popular speaker at residency programs, medical schools and hospitals. Her articles appear in journals and websites throughout the medical community.

Schedule your phone appointment today. Get smart about your student loan repayment options and take advantage of this important MPhA member benefit!

Complimentary On-Demand Virtual Coffee Break Webinars Available to MPhA Members

MPhA offers monthly educational webinars that provide you with education from experts on best practices, trends, effective solutions, and quality resources to help you advance your career as an pharmacy professional. E-learning is ideal for those who are unable to travel or are looking for educational opportunities in between conferences. The program provides opportunities to obtain CEs from the comfort of your home or office with both live and on-demand options. View the archive. These webinars are free for MPhA members — another benefit of membership!

Special Offer for MPhA Members: Individual Subscriptions to PharmacyLibrary Online References for You and Your Practice

MPhA is pleased to partner with the American Pharmacists Association to offer MPhA members a discounted subscription rate for the PharmacyLibrary — the leading collection of online pharmacy resources, updated monthly. The cost of even two of the more than 30 leading references for pharmacy are more than the discounted rate for the entire online library! A few of the references include:

  • Getting Started as a Pharmacy Faculty Member
  • Getting Started as a Pharmacy Manager
  • Getting Started as a Pharmacy Preceptor
  • Getting Started in a Pharmacy Residency
  • Handbook of Basic Pharmacokinetics, 7th edition

To take advantage of the special rate of $224.99 — a 40% discount off the regular rate — MPhA members should go to and enter promo code MPhA at checkout.

National News

NCPA Pharmacy Caucus Co-Chair Peter Welch and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings meet with President Trump to Talk about Soaring Prescription Drug Costs

From National Community Pharmacists Association Advocacy Center Update:
This week House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.), met with President Donald Trump on drug prices. Rep. Welch is also the lead on the DIR Fee legislation (H.R. 1038) which would prohibit PBMs from retroactively reducing fees to pharmacies who have submitted clean claims.  At the meeting they discussed legislation they plan to introduce to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to negotiate drug prices in Medicare Part D.  Other provisions of the legislation include those to:  direct the Secretary of HHS to establish a formulary to leverage the purchasing power of the government on behalf of Part D plans; allow Part D plans to use additional benefit design and formulary tools to secure higher discounts or rebates; establish a fallback process if negotiations with drug manufacturers are unsuccessful; require the inclusion of at least one drug to treat each clinical condition, as identified by the Secretary; and preserve patient appeals processes for non-formulary drugs.  NCPA provided materials to Cummings and Welch prior to the meeting outlining community pharmacy perspective on the issue.  They also issued a press statement, which includes a draft of the bill.

Nominate a Next-Generation Pharmacist

From Pharmacy Times:
The Next-Generation Pharmacist® awards program honors pharmacists, technicians, students, and industry advocates who are defining the future of pharmacy. The 2017 Next-Generation Pharmacist® program includes 10 categories. Nominations may be submitted through March 31, 2017. Visit this website to watch last year's highlights and learn how to nominate an industry leader for their contributions to the profession!

Register for the NCPA Congressional Pharmacy Fly-In

From National Community Pharmacists Association Advocacy Center Update: If you’re not sitting at the table, you could be on the menu. Ensure community pharmacy is heard as lawmakers replace the Affordable Care Act. Join the NCPA Congressional Pharmacy Fly-In April 26-27 in Washington, D.C. It’s much shorter and more affordable this year so you can come to Capitol Hill and advocate for your patients and your business. Help us urge lawmakers to ban retroactive pharmacy DIR fees, support ‘any willing pharmacy’ legislation, fight mandatory PBM mail order, and enact pharmacist provider status legislation. Register now online or by calling 1-800-544-7447 and make your voice heard in the halls of Congress.

MYTH/FACT on PBM Arguments Against Bipartisan MAC Legislation

From National Community Pharmacists Association Blog:
NCPA recently posted an analysis that debunks criticisms from PBMs of the bipartisan H.R. 1316, The Prescription Drug Price Transparency Act. Click here for more information.

MPhA Events

Register Now for APhA’s Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery Certificate Training Program

Join us on Saturday, April 8, for this full-day training program! This innovative, intensive, and practice-based continuing pharmacy education is based on national educational standards for immunization training from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This program is designed to educate pharmacists about the professional opportunities for vaccine advocacy and administration. This practice-based curriculum represents a fusion of science and clinical pharmacy. The program, which emphasizes a health care team approach, seeks to foster the implementation of interventions that will promote disease prevention and public health.

Register Online

Save the Date for MPhA’s Next Statewide Webinar on Wednesday, April 26

Topic: Medication Safety post Myocardial Infarction; Transitions Matter

Save the date! MPhA is planning on hosting another statewide webinar (taking place from 5:30 – 8:00pm) with viewing locations in Rochester, the Twin Cities and Moorhead.  More details to come next week!

Anne Schullo-Feulner, PharmD, BCPS is the Associate Professor and Clinical Education Coordinator, University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy and will be reviewing recent literature that details gold standard medication regimens for patients after a Myocardial Infarction. With special emphasis on care transitions, we will discuss various scenarios, looking for areas of potential miscommunication or gaps in care that may preclude patients from being placed on or staying on this Gold Standard treatment.

Register Now for APhA’s MTM Certificate Training Program

Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services

Join us on Thursday, May 4, for a full-day training program that qualifies you to register as a provider with Minnesota Medicaid and conduct and receive payment for Medication Therapy Management services. The program will be held at the Ewald Conference Center, 1000 Westgate Dr., St. Paul.

Our facilitators will be Jordan Wolf, PharmD, Certified Geriatric Pharmacist, Consultant Pharmacist, Thrifty White Pharmacy, and Michelle A. Johnson, BCACP, Pharmacist, Fairview Pharmacy Services. APhA’s Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services certificate training program has three components: online interactive self-study with assessment; the live seminar with online evaluation; and post-seminar case exercise. A Certificate of Achievement will be awarded to participants who successfully complete all program components, including an evaluation. Register no later than April 1 to get started on the self-study portion of the program!

Register Online

Save the Date!

Minnesota Pharmacists Association Statewide CPE Webinar

Wednesday, April 26 | Locations in the Twin Cities, Moorhead and Rochester

2017 MPhA Leadership Summit and House of Delegates Meeting

Tuesday, June 20 | Midland Hills Country Club

2017 MPhA Annual Learning Networking Event

September 7–8, 2017 | St. Paul RiverCentre