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January 27, 2017
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Breaking News

U.S. House Introduces Pharmacy Provider Status Bill

From information provided by the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations and other sources: On January 20, Representatives Brett Guthrie (R-KY), G. K. Reed (D-NC), Todd Butterfield (R-IN), and Ron Kind (D-WI), along with 104 of their colleagues have reintroduced the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act (H.R. 592 for the second straight Congress). Among the bipartisan co-sponsors are Representatives Tom Emmer, Erik Paulsen, Collin Peterson and Tim Walz from Minnesota.

Please take a few minutes to thank your representative if he is one of those listed above.

Here are some resources to help:

Rep. Tom Emmer: Email template – personalize, then paste into the email form. Or reach out on Facebook or Twitter @RepTomEmmer

Rep. Erik Paulsen: Email template – personalize, then paste into the email form. Or reach out on Facebook or Twitter @RepErikPaulsen

Rep. Collin Peterson: Email template – personalize, then paste into the email form. Or reach out on Facebook

Rep. Tim Walz: Email template – personalize, then paste into the email form. Or reach out on Twitter @RepTimWalz

Both of Minnesota’s senators have signed on as co-sponsors of the companion bill in the U.S. Senate (S. 109).

Sen. Amy Klobuchar: Email template – personalize, then paste into the email form. Or reach out on Facebook or Twitter @amyklobuchar

Sen. Al Franken: Email template – personalize, then paste into the email form Or reach out on Facebook or Twitter @alfranken

If your representative has not yet signed on, please contact him or her to ask for support on this bill. Here are some resources to help:

Rep. Keith Ellison: Email template – personalize, then paste into the email form. Or reach out on Facebook or Twitter @keithellison

Rep. Jason Lewis: Email template – personalize, then paste into the email form Or reach out on Facebook or Twitter @RepJasonLewis

Rep. Betty McCollum: Email template – personalize, then paste into the email form. Or reach out on Facebook or Twitter @BettyMcCollum04

Rep. Rick Nolan: Email template – personalize, then paste into the email form. Or reach out on Facebook or Twitter @USRepRickNolan

The Minnesota Pharmacists Association is a partner in the Patient Access to Pharmacists’ Care Coalition (PAPCC). PAPCC is a group of more then 35 national and 70 state organizations representing patients, pharmacists, pharmacies, and other interested stakeholders.

H.R. 592 would amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide coverage under the Medicare program for pharmacists’ services in medically underserved communities throughout the U.S.

Help Keep Pro-Pharmacy Provisions of ACA

From the National Community Pharmacists Association: Urge your U.S. Senators and Representatives to support bipartisan pro-pharmacy provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Congress is moving toward repeal of the ACA, and the following measures would no longer be available unless they are included in replacement legislation:

  • Preserve prescription drug coverage as an essential benefit to help reduce overall health costs.
  • Require a robust pharmacy network that includes meaningful access to retail pharmacies, including independent pharmacies, for patients to fill their prescriptions and promote proper adherence.
  • Maintain current definition for Average Manufacturer Price (AMP) that is used to determine Medicaid fee-for-service pharmacy reimbursements.
  • Improve Medicare Part D medication therapy management (MTM) programs, including an annual comprehensive medications review, and build upon it to further integrate pharmacists into the health care delivery system.
  • Keep transparency provisions requiring pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) serving exchange plans and Medicare Part D to disclose HHS basic information to help facilitate program oversight and integrity.

Congress intends to move swiftly on this issue, so make your voice heard today! Visit the NCPA Legislative Action Center — you’ll be able to send messages to both Senators and your Representatives with just a few keystrokes!

News from MPhA

Support the MPhA Advocacy Fund

As previously reported in Small Doses, Buck Humphrey has been retained under contract to proactively promote the advocacy agenda of the Pharmacy Advocacy Task Force (PATF) 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! Please participate in the education of our citizens and our legislators — and contribute financially to our important work! Read more and donate now.

Call for MPhA Committee Members!

Want to provide your input on issues important to you and your practice? Want to network and meet new colleagues? By participating in MPhA committees, you can do all this and more! You’ll also have an opportunity to play a key role in shaping MPhA’s direction and helping to advance priorities that members identify to support Minnesota pharmacists in advancing patient care. Members from all practice settings and all parts of the state are welcome. All meetings include a call-in option so you can participate by phone without the need to travel.

If you are interested in participating on a committee, please fill out our volunteer form with your information. Committee meetings are being scheduled now through the end of May. Click on the links below for details on how often each committee meets and for how long, so that you can evaluate where you can best contribute.

2016-2017 Committees include:

Get additional information on the topics covered by each committee. You must be current on your MPhA dues to participate. Thank you for volunteering your time and for your continued support of the Minnesota Pharmacists Association!

Find more information about MPhA committees.

Minnesota News

U of M Joins National Partnership Aimed at Expanding Biopharmaceutical Workforce and Industry

The University of Minnesota will join a team of academic institutions, private companies, governmental entities and non-profit organizations across the U.S. as a partner for the newly established National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL). NIIMBL, a public-private partnership supported by a $70M investment from the National Institute of Standards and Technology and at least $129M from other participants, aims to transform biopharmaceutical manufacturing in the U.S.

It is the eleventh institute in the Manufacturing USA program, a Department of Commerce initiative under the guidance of Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. NIIMBL was announced by Secretary Pritzker in December 2016.

“This partnership will open doors to creating and supporting local biotechnology–related businesses,” says Vadim J. Gurvich, PhD, MBA., Associate Director of the Institute for Therapeutics Discovery and Development within the College of Pharmacy.

Gurvich and six other researchers from the College of Science and Engineering, College of Pharmacy, College of Biological Sciences and Medical School will provide leadership for the University’s participation within the partnership.

12th Annual Pharmacy Gala

The University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy invites pharmacists to celebrate the 12th Annual Pharmacy Gala on Saturday, February 11, 2017, beginning at 8 p.m. The event will be held at the Crowne Plaza Northstar Hotel in downtown Minneapolis.

The Pharmacy Gala commemorates a first year pharmacy student, Michelle Mentzer, who passed away from leukemia in 2005. The money raised from the gala goes toward the Michelle Mentzer Scholarship, which is awarded annually to a pharmacy student who exemplifies outstanding qualities. For additional information and to purchase tickets, visit the COP website.

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!

Compliance Readiness Tools

Check out InfiniTrak’s Podcast Series about the Drug Supply Chain Security Act

The latest episode of the Pharmacy Podcast brings you more Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) education with InfiniTrak’s Denise Garcia sharing her latest insights on the law and how InfiniTrak brings a cost-effective software solution to track and trace requirements that put you in the driver’s seat, controlling your information, ensuring your compliance, and freeing up your time to spend with patients.

Listen now!

MPhA has partnered with InfiniTrak, the premiere cloud-based software-as-a-service DSCSA compliance solution to ensure you have the latest information regarding the law and the opportunity to have access to their affordable DSCSA Compliance solution at an additional discount. CLICK HERE to register today or use Affiliation Code 7624e when subscribing. For more information on the DSCSA, be sure to check out MPhA’s on-demand Virtual Coffee Break Webinar on Fakes and Frauds in the Pharmacy (another free benefit of MPhA membership!).

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

Pharmacy Library

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:

  • Spanish for the Pharmacy Professional
  • Understanding Drug Action: An Introduction to Pharmacology
  • The APhA Complete Review for Pharmacy, 11th edition
  • The APhA Immunization Handbook, 3rd edition
  • The Art, Science and Technology of Pharmaceutical Compounding

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

PTCB Suspends Implementation of Accredited Education Requirement Originally Planned for 2020

The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) has decided to suspend the implementation of the planned 2020 accredited education requirement for pharmacy technicians who seek PTCB Certification.

PTCB originally announced in 2013 that the requirement would take effect in 2020 as part of a road map of program changes designed to keep pace with the evolution of technician roles in the pharmacy. “We have determined that additional deliberation and research are needed to address stakeholder input, develop supporting policy, and conduct further study of technician roles,” said Larry Wagenknecht, BPharm, Chair of the PTCB Board of Governors, and CEO of the Michigan Pharmacists Association. Read more

MPhA Events

Register Now for Pharmacy Legislative Day!

Pharmacy Legislative Day Testimonial

Minnesota Pharmacy Legislative Day is one of our most popular advocacy and educational events all year! Join us on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, at the newly renovated Best Western Capitol Ridge, just a few short blocks from the Minnesota Capitol. Our excellent line-up of speakers includes Heidi Ecker, Director of Government Affairs and Grassroots Advocacy for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. Whether you are new to advocacy and politics or an experienced pharmacy advocate, this event is for you! With nearly a month to go, we already have nearly 50 attendees registered!

Sponsor Pharmacy Legislative Day

Register Online

Join Us at Midwest Pharmacy Expo!

This year’s Midwest Pharmacy Expo agenda features up to 15.5 hours of the high-quality, live CPE that Expo is known for, including pharmacy law and patient safety topics. The deadline to reserve your lodging at the Expo rate of $99/night has passed, but call the hotel at 515-287-2400 to see if you can still make a reservation.

Expo starts with the Ambulatory Care Advancement Conference on Friday, February 17, 2017, discussing hot topics and emerging issues facing ambulatory care practice and promote forward-thinking pharmacy practice models that integrate pharmacists on the ambulatory health care team.

Expo Saturday will feature a keynote by Bob Chiusano, author of Mediocrity is Not an Option, to get the day off to an inspiring start! After that, enjoy five breakout sessions featuring 3 tracks for pharmacists: Current News Headlines, Clinical Pearls, and Management.

Expo will wrap up on Sunday with long-time favorites New Drug Update and Gamechangers with a review of compliancy issues sandwiched between them. All of this plus the opportunity to network with colleagues from across the Midwest! See the full agenda and register today!

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

Did you Know?

CDC Publishes Resources to Foster Use of JCPP Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process

Two publications intended to encourage the use of the Joint Commission of Pharmacy Practitioners (JCPP) Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process were released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. CDC calls on pharmacists and other health care providers to implement the Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process model to reduce heart disease and stroke in the United States, in Using the Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process to Manage High Blood Pressure: A Resource Guide for Pharmacists. Pharmacists can have a positive effect on population health by providing patient care services and participating in collaborative practice agreements and continuing education programs, notes the CDC publication.

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