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June 16, 2017
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Breaking News

Senator Franken’s Affordable Prescription Drugs Act Gets Committee Hearing

On June 13, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) held a hearing before the Senate Health Committee on the rising cost of prescription drugs. Read a summary of the bill.

Although the Minnesota Pharmacists Association agrees with Sen. Franken’s goal to make prescription medications more affordable for all Americans, we disagree with his plan to allow importation of medications from outside the U.S.

We encourage you to contact Sen. Franken to thank him for his work in keeping prescriptions affordable, but to suggest that he search for alternatives to importation. You can contact Sen. Franken through his website.

News From MPhA

Nominate a Friend or Colleague Today for MPhA Awards and Recognition

Just 10 More Days to Complete Nominations

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 Monday, June 26.

Minnesota News

Save the Date: Celebration Honoring Dean Marilyn Speedie

July 27, 2017 • Nicollet Island Pavilion, Minneapolis

Registration will open soon for an evening celebration of history and excellence as the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy honors Dean Marilyn Speedie for her 21 years of outstanding leadership at the college.

Once open, the online registration area will also allow you the options of sending a message to Marilyn and/or contributing to the Speedie Scholarship Fund (whether you attend the event or not). The cost for registration will be $100, which will include dinner and entertainment.

Aronson Welcomed as New Affiliate Member at Wulling Center

MPhA member Ben Aronson, PharmD, PhD, will join the newly forming Student Success Team at the Wulling Center for Innovation & Scholarship in Pharmacy Education (W-CISPE), part of the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. Dr. Aronson and his team will explore variables that help the college’s students to thrive professionally.

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This is one of the items that you could learn about by following us on Twitter @MinnPharmAssoc

Provide Your Feedback on the Healthy Minnesota Statewide Health Assessment

The Minnesota Department of Health has posted its draft 2017 Statewide Health Assessment for public review and comment. Among the sections that may be of particular interest to pharmacists are those on opioids and the health care system (for instance, the assessment notes the lack of physicians in rural areas; pharmacists could help provide health care services to isolated Minnesotans if able to provide medications for smoking cessation, travel medications, etc.). Once you have an opportunity to review the draft assessment, you can share your thoughts via a brief survey. The survey is open through Friday, June 30.

Use Your Member Benefits

MPhA Partners with AAA for Member Discount

MPhA has partnered with AAA to provide members, their families and friends with a 15% discount on new and renewal AAA membership. In addition to the well-known AAA roadside assistance, AAA membership provides significant discounts on travel, touring services, car care and insurance. AAA has discounts with more than 160,000 partners. If you already hold AAA membership, you’ll save on renewal dues with this benefit. For both new and renewal memberships, contact MPhA’s AAA representative, Scott Dieter, at 507-258-6366 or

National News

NCPA Urges Retention of Key Medicaid Managed Care Rules

From NCPA Advocacy Center Update, June 11: In light of the fact that the Administration is currently reviewing the policies included in the final Medicaid managed care rule released last year (88 Fed. Reg. 27498, May 6, 2016), NCPA wrote the new Administrator of CMS, Seema Verma, to offer suggestions for provisions that are critical for retention and also offer one suggestion for expansion or addition. NCPA suggestions include:

  • NCPA urges retention of provision in Final Rule that requires states to develop and enforce network adequacy standards (Time and Distance Requirements) for critical provider types, including Pharmacy.
  • NCPA urges retention of provision in Final Rule that requires MCOs to meet Medicaid Fee-for-Service Standards regarding availability and prior authorization of covered outpatient prescription drugs
  • CMS should advise states that MCOs must use Fee-for-Service Medicaid Pharmacy Provider Reimbursement Rates as a minimum reimbursement “floor.”

CDC Collaborative Practice Toolkit

The National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations (NASPA) has recently published a Collaborative Practice Toolkit through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. MPhA has included links to the new toolkit on our website. Check out our MTM Resource page for more information (you will need to login to take advantage of this members-only resource).

MPhA Events

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

Last Chance to Register!

Join more than 90 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. 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. Prices go up on Tuesday, June 6. Register now!

Register Online

June 21 Virtual Coffee Break Webinar

Leveraging Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI)

In this one-hour intensive review of continuous quality improvement (free for all MPhA members), we will dive into why it’s crucial for pharmacists to understand CQI and use it to promote value-based care and advance pharmacy practice. Participants will also learn how this should be employed to analyze problems, test and study interventions and create sustainable change. We will review what CQI looks like when applied to a real-world health care problem.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017 • Online Webinar
FREE for all MPhA Members • Non-member cost: $25 per person

July 19 Virtual Coffee Break Webinar

Introduction to Pharmacogenomics

In this one-hour webinar, we will review the current approach to pharmacogenomic testing in the field of medicine. In addition, presenters Kandace Schuft, PharmD and Mathura Shanmugasundaram, PhD, will discuss the details and depth of pharmacogenomics while explaining the impact of pharmacogenomics on the future of medicine and exploring its implementation in clinical practice.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017 • Online Webinar
FREE for all MPhA Members • Non-member cost: $25 per person

Did You Know?

Vaccination Season Is Here!

Summer is the hottest time to increase HPV vaccination rates. In fact, HPV vaccination increases 5-fold in August at the peak of back-to-school appointments!

Scenic Rivers Area Health Education Center (SRAHEC) is participating in the National HPV Vaccination Roundtable’s You’ve Got the Power to Prevent Cancer! communications event. This event is intended to encourage medical providers to flex their super powers and prevent HPV cancers. We hope that medical providers stay strong and push for HPV vaccination during “vaccination season.” Back-to-school well-checks are the best time to start young people on a path to lifetime protection against HPV cancers.

Visit the SRAHEC website to get “10 Powerful Ways to Prevent Cancer Through HPV Vaccination." Also, follow along on Facebook and Twitter for the next 10 weeks as SRAHEC shares all the tips to increase HPV vaccination in medical practices.