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May 26, 2017
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Breaking News

Legislature Concludes Special Session

The Minnesota Legislature concluded its special session in the early morning hours of Friday, May 26. The Health and Human Services (HHS) omnibus bill is among 10 bills that make up the state budget. Legislative leaders said they would send all 10 to Gov. Mark Dayton at the same time. Because the final language of the HHS bill was completed so late in the process, we will provide a more detailed report in next week’s edition of Small Doses.

News From MPhA

Nominate a Friend or Colleague Today for MPhA Awards and Recognition

Do you know a pharmacist or pharmacy technician who goes above and beyond the usual? The Minnesota Pharmacists Association wants to hear from you! Help us recognize these pharmacy leaders and inspirations by nominating a pharmacist or pharmacy technician for one of our awards. Nominations are now open.

Nomination form(s) and letters of support must be submitted to the MPhA office by Friday, June 16.

Minnesota News

MPhA Past President Steve Simenson Honored — You Can Participate

Steve Simenson CEO and managing partner of Goodrich Pharmacy, Inc.

Steve Simenson, a 1977 (BPharm) graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy and CEO and managing partner of Goodrich Pharmacy, Inc., has been selected by the University's Board of Regents to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award. The award is the U's highest non-degree honor.

Join the College in celebrating Steve as he receives the award from University President Eric Kaler at a reception on Wednesday, June 28, 4-6 p.m. at Eastcliff.


Steve was recognized for his innovation in pharmacy practice, and his leadership in his community and pharmacy in both Minnesota and nationally.

"Steve is perhaps the state of Minnesota's foremost community pharmacist who is often recognized nationally as a key example of what a community pharmacy and pharmacist can do to bring direct patient care services to its patients," said Marilyn Speedie, dean of the College of Pharmacy. "In a profession that is changing its focus from product to patient care, Steve is a pioneer and a leader. He demonstrates what is possible and then helps others do it as well."

He joined Goodrich pharmacy of Anoka in 1981. Under his leadership, the practice has grown to six locations and the services offered have expanded from traditional dispensing services to include immunizations, asthma management, blood-pressure monitoring, cholesterol screening, custom compounding (human and veterinary), diabetes management, medication therapy management, smoking cessation, as well as health services to employers.

He was instrumental in Goodrich Pharmacy becoming one of the first pharmacy practices to be connected to a health system's patient electronic medical record. This connectivity is now a national model for improving patient care by facilitating interdisciplinary practice.

He is a renowned pharmacy leader who served as president of the Minnesota Pharmacists Association in 2000, and of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) in 2014. He has been recognized for his leadership with a number of awards, including fellowship status in APhA, the Bowl of Hygiea Award, and the Distinguished Pharmacist Award from the Pharmacy Alumni Society. He also serves on the college's National Board of Advisors, and as a mentor and preceptor to pharmacy students and residents

Randy Seifert Accepts New Position at COP

Randy Seifert, PharmD, professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives, has been named the Peters Endowed Chair in Pharmacy Practice Innovation, effective July 1, 2017. This new position is a rotating, two-year appointment for College of Pharmacy faculty. Seifert's appointment was made following an external panel review.

The Peters Chair was established as part of a $13.5 million gift from William (Bill) and Mildred Peters to stimulate innovation and research that would advance the practice of pharmacy. Bill, a 1910 College of Pharmacy graduate, along with his wife Mildred owned and operated the Lowry Hill Drugstore in Minneapolis for 33 years.

Seifert has extensive experience in managed care, medical group management, clinical research, pharmacy services management, and academics. He has practiced in several settings including hospital, long-term care, clinical research, medical group management and managed care. He also has developed viable business models for community-based medication therapy management services.

As the Peters Chair, Seifert plans to study how best to meet the comprehensive mental and physical health needs of rural Minnesota, and in particular evaluate the impact a community mental health center and community pharmacy interprofessional team has on mental health patient outcomes.

“This project proposes a novel practice model to meet the unmet health needs of rural Minnesota by creating a powerful and intentional partnership between pharmacists providing comprehensive pharmacy care services, including medication management, and mental health care providers, harnessing a variety of strategies already in place, such as telehealth, but utilizing them in new and enhanced ways,” said Seifert. “This project will also incorporate students from a variety of health professional programs to ensure a qualified workforce to sustain and expand the delivery of quality comprehensive care to the entire state of Minnesota. This project can serve as a model for addressing unmet needs of a population that is underserved with limited access, poorly coordinated care, in many cases lack of community transitional care and multiple health conditions requiring complex medication therapy. My collaborators and I will document impact and sustainability through population health, patient experience and cost metrics.”

Along with his new role as Peters Chair, Seifert will serve as a co-director of the college's Center for Leading Healthcare Change, and will have an affiliate appointment as a Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems. He will also serve as Director of Advocacy within the Professional and External Relations Division, and will oversee government relations activities, including working with the Advocacy Task Force, and serving as a liaison to the Board of Pharmacy and the Minnesota Society of Health Systems Pharmacy Board of Directors.

Michael Swanoski Named COP Senior Associate Dean

Michael T. Swanoski, PharmD, from University of Minnesota

Michael Swanoski, PharmD, Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences (PPPS) and Co-Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, has been named Senior Associate Dean, effective July 1, 2017.

In this role, Swanoski will work closely with PPPS Department Head Grant Anderson, PhD, to provide overall leadership for the college’s Duluth campus, including managing faculty, research, operations and planning.

He will also provide leadership for the Duluth professional program and staff, and represent the Duluth program within the University and community, including Northern Minnesota pharmacists and health care systems.

Swanoski has extensive experience in pharmacy practice, research and education. He has practiced in several settings including community pharmacy, ambulatory care medication therapy management, acute care, long-term care, and population care.

Swanoski received his Bachelor's degree in pharmacy from North Dakota State University and his Doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota. He is a fellow of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists and is a certified geriatric pharmacist.

Use Your Member Benefits

Technicians: Get a Discount on Power-Pak Continuing Education — Earn Your Board-Required CE with Unlimited Two-Year Access

MPhA has entered a partnership with Power-Pak, one of the nation’s leading providers of continuing education for pharmacy technicians and pharmacists. MPhA pharmacy technician members receive a 12.5% discount off the Power-Pak CE Pharmacy Technician Library where you can earn your entire CE required by the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy during the two-year access period.

Power-Pak’s pharmacy technician recertification courses were developed by educational specialists from Postgraduate Healthcare Education, Power-Pak C.E. in conjunction with faculty from leading colleges of pharmacy. The objectives for each T-designated course align with the core competencies listed in PTCB's Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination Blueprint. So if you are a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) these resources will allow you to meet your PTCB CE requirements as well.

Normally the two-year access fee is $39.95. There are more than 20 activities across topics from patient safety and new drugs to pharmacy calculations and drug storage. There are also live Webinars every month.

MPhA pharmacy technician members are able to access the library for $34.95. In addition, MPhA pharmacy technician members will receive a discount for the Power-Pak MTM Certificate Training Course for Pharmacy Technicians — $24.95 rather than the $29.95 regular fee.

National News

APhA: Pharmacists Should Deliver Injectable Therapy Beyond Vaccines

From APhA Focus, a publication of the American Pharmacists Association: Pharmacists can fill a gap in care by expanding their injectable medication administration services beyond immunization, according to a report published online in the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association. The report summarizes the outcomes of APhA’s Stakeholder Conference on Improving Patient Access to Injectable Medications.

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Official PTCB Practice Tools — Best Way to Prep for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam

Spread the word! PTCB's new Practice Tools, including our new calculations app, are available at In order to provide the best preparation experience, our practice tools include questions from previous live PTCE exams. PTCB offers bulk discounts on the PTCB Practice Test for Advocate Employers and Educators.

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CMS Releases Annual Part D Plan Sponsor DIR Reporting Guidance

From National Community Pharmacists Association Advocacy Center Update: CMS has released a memo proposing guidance for Part D sponsors on reporting DIR data for CY 2016. Part D sponsors are required to report DIR data at the plan benefit package level (“summary level”) on the Summary DIR Report. CMS is modifying how pharmacy DIR is collected in the Summary DIR Report. Under the new collection format, Part D sponsors must report price concessions received from pharmacies and incentive payments paid to pharmacies separately in order to better allow CMS to verify the accuracy of the data reported.

Moreover, only amounts that could not be reasonably determined at the point-of-sale may now be reported as DIR. CMS will accept comments on this proposed guidance through June 2, 2017. NCPA will be commenting and continuing to stress that all pharmacy prices concessions can and should be determined at the point of sale and not reported as DIR after the fact.

MPhA Events

Help Set the Direction for Your Association at MPhA’s 2017 Leadership Summit and House of Delegates Event

Join Minnesota pharmacists, student pharmacists and pharmacy technicians for a day of inspiration, information, influence building and crafting MPhA’s policy agenda at the 2017 MPhA Leadership Summit and House of Delegates meeting on Tuesday, June 20, at Midland Hills Country Club in Roseville, Minn. The program, themed, “Building Influence to Advance Patient Care & Practice,” is open to all members and non-members, in addition to those who will serve as delegates to the MPhA House of Delegates meeting. Non-delegates are welcome to stay and observe the policy deliberations that will lay the groundwork for MPhA’s policy agenda for the next year. MPhA seeks delegates — you will be asked if you are willing to serve and for which constituency during the registration process. MPhA will strive to assign delegates to their desired constituency but retains the right to assign delegates as needed to ensure all groups are represented. Nearly 50 people have registered more than a month ahead of the event — this is always one of our most popular programs!

Registration Information

The registration fee for the event is $45 for MPhA members, $60 for MPhA non-members and $20 for student pharmacists and includes breakfast, lunch and reception appetizers. Register now!

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Sponsor/Exhibitor Registration Now Open!

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2017 MPhA Annual Learning Networking Event

September 7–8, 2017 | St. Paul RiverCentre

Register now as a sponsor or exhibitor!

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Did You Know?

Shannon Reidt Featured in AACP Video

MPhA member Shannon Reidt, an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, is featured in a video posted by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP). Shannon talks about how pharmacists do more than count pills — they provide expert, accessible patient care. It’s part of AACP’s #HealthyStartsHere campaign. Watch the video.

Shannon Reidt on Twitter for the Healthy Starts video

Wishing Our Members a Happy and Healthy Memorial Day Weekend

As Americans pause this weekend to remember the men and women of the U.S. military who died while serving, your staff at the MPhA office hope you and your family have time for fun as well. The MPhA office will be closed on Monday, May 29 in observance of the holiday.