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Small Doses

March 16, 2018
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Minnesota News
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News from MPhA

Mission Moments:

MPhA Member Testifies at State Capitol

Long-time MPhA member Eric Slindee of Sterling Pharmacy testified before the Minnesota House Health and Human Services Reform Committee on behalf of all pharmacy in Minnesota in support of two bills, HF 3012 and HF 3024.

We need all pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and student pharmacists to help us contact legislators. The first committee deadline is one week from today, and we need action on our issues. Your calls, letters and emails urging support for the bills above plus a few others will make a difference for our patients and for the practice of pharmacy. Read all the details.

Editor’s Note: During our Annual Learning Networking Event in September, MPhA made note of Mission Moments — those times when a member clearly exemplified our mission to advance patient care. As we move through the year, we will continue to showcase these Mission Moments as part of Small Doses. If you have an example to share, please send it to Laurie Pumper


REGISTER NOW! Foundation Wine Dinner, March 24: Space Is Filling Quickly

Minnesota Pharmacists Foundation logo

The Minnesota Pharmacists Foundation (MPF) will hold an exclusive 4-course wine pairing dinner with a pre-dinner gathering at the Lilydale Pool and Yacht Club on Saturday, March 24, 2018. The gathering begins at 6 p.m. and dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. The incredible menu has been custom-created by Chef Kevin Gillis to match the wines from Santa Margherita and Marietta Vineyards.

The private Lilydale Pool and Yacht Club is a lovely setting on the Mississippi River where guests will watch the sunset while gathering for the elegant dinner. The event is limited to 50 people. Unlike past events, this is a wine pairing—full pours—not a tasting. Guests will enjoy the program featuring wine connoisseur Davina Albanese describing the five wines you’ll experience then Chef Gillis will give insights on his food pairings for each. A gourmet indulgence to support student pharmacists! The cost is $125 for all who wish to attend.

Register Online

Minnesota News

Change to MHCP Provider Manual Allows Telemedicine Visits

The Minnesota Department of Human Services has updated the MHCP Provider website to allow for Medication Therapy Management Services (MTMS) to be delivered via Interactive Video (ITV). Read the revised Provider Manual.

MDH Seeks Applicants for e-Health Task Force

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) invites applications for the Minnesota e-Health Task Force. This new task force is scheduled to meet from May to December 2018 and will help move Minnesota in the direction of a “connected networks” approach. The application deadline is March 30. Get instructions on the Minnesota e-Health HIE Task Force webpage.

MPhA Member Receives Distinguished McKnight University Professorship

Congratulations to Natalia Tretyakova, who has been selected as a recipient of the University of Minnesota’s special mid-career faculty award, the Distinguished McKnight University Professorship. This award recognizes outstanding faculty members who have recently achieved full professor status; recipients hold the title for as long as they remain employed at the University of Minnesota.

MPSA Annual Fundraiser Set for April 27

MPSA members provide community outreach through several service projects across Minnesota and internationally. All screenings and services are provided to patients free of charge and include:

  • Glucose monitoring
  • Cholesterol checks
  • Blood pressure readings
  • Influenza vaccination clinics
  • Medication safety presentations in local schools and churches
  • Diabetes screenings and counseling
  • Education on appropriate over-the-counter medication use and medication adherence

More information about the specifics of the auction and MPSA can be found at

The Auction will be held on Friday, April 27 starting at 6:30 p.m. at The Campus Club at the Minneapolis East Bank campus. If you or your colleagues want to attend this event and/or donate to MPSA, please complete the RSVP form.

Use Your Member Benefits

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

If you missed our Virtual Coffee Break with Joshua Johnson, PharmD, RPh, on Medicare Part D Enhanced MTM, you can listen online whenever you have time! 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 a pharmacy professional. E-learning is ideal for those who are unable to travel long distances for continuing education programs. The program provides opportunities to obtain CEs from the comfort of your home or office with both live and on-demand options. There are enough programs in the archives to earn your entire 2-year pharmacist CE requirement — at no cost!

Registration Fees

  • FREE for MPhA members, including pharmacy technicians, students and residents
  • $25 per person per webinar for non-members

National News

NCPA Congressional Pharmacy Summit

From NCPA Email, March 6: The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) 2018 Congressional Pharmacy Summit will take place April 11-12 in Washington, D.C., and you are invited. Take the fight for pharmacy choice and PBM transparency to Capitol Hill by being an advocate for your patients and your business. For more information, visit or call 1-800-544-7447.

PTCB Announces New Exam for Pharmacy Technicians, Updated Education/Training Requirement for CPhT

From PTCB State Associate Brief, Feb. 16: The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) announces two significant changes to its Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) Program that will take effect on January 1, 2020. The first is an updated Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) content outline, focusing the scope of the exam on core knowledge relevant across practice settings.

The second is an updated education/training requirement. Both changes are supported by PTCB’s most recent job analysis of pharmacy technicians conducted in 2016. With these changes, PTCB reaffirms its commitment to ensuring that the certification of pharmacy technicians improves medication safety and patient care. Beginning today, PTCB is conducting a 90-day open online comment period to allow members of the pharmacy community to submit comments regarding implementation of the new education/training requirement.

MPhA Events

APhA’s Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services

Friday, May 4, 2018 • 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Register by April 9!
This program approved by Minnesota Medicaid

This program qualifies you to register as a provider with MN Medicaid and conduct and receive payment for Medication Therapy Management services. The MTM Certificate training program (3rd Edition) presents a systematic approach for developing, implementing, delivering, and sustaining MTM services. It includes an overview of the marketplace for delivering MTM services, guidance for implementing MTM services in pharmacy practice, a review of the essential skills and knowledge needed for performing MTM successfully, and an organized process for identifying medication-related problems. The purpose of this certificate training program is to prepare pharmacists to improve medication use through the delivery of MTM services in a variety of practice settings.

Facilitators: Jordan Wolf, PharmD, Certified Geriatric Pharmacist, Consultant Pharmacist, Thrifty White Pharmacy; 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 for Next Week’s MPhA Webinar: Pharmacy Professional Liability — Lessons Learned

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 • 11:30 a.m. CDT

The Pharmacists Mutual Claims Study was started in 1989 by Ken Baker, a pharmacist/ lawyer at the company. While the majority of the company's claims come from independent community pharmacies, there are claims from many different practice sites: hospitals, long term care, compounding pharmacies, and chain pharmacies. The Claims Study was started to gather the claims that were being reported and organize the information in a manner that allowed other pharmacists to learn from the mistakes. No other organization has the kind of access to the claims information Pharmacists Mutual does. The Claims Study today has over 12,000 records in its database, with an average of 1 to 2 such claims every day, 365 days a year.

About Our Speaker

Kristen Jones graduated from the University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy in 2003 with a Doctorate of Pharmacy. Kristen has practiced in both retail and hospital pharmacy prior to starting her position at Pharmacists Mutual in 2014. She is a member of ASHP, NCPA and IACP. She currently resides in Wheatland, Wyoming.

Registration Fees

  • Our Virtual Coffee Break webinars are complimentary for MPhA members.
  • The cost is $25 for nonmembers.

APhA’s Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery Certificate Training Program

Co-hosted by Fairview Pharmacy Services and MPhA
Sunday, April 22, 2018 • 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

APhA’s Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery certificate training program is based on national educational standards for immunization training from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 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.

The purpose of this certificate training program is to prepare pharmacists with comprehensive knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to provide immunization services to patients across the life span.

Faculty: John Creasy, RPh, Melanie Schwartz, RPh, and Laurie Deegan, RPh, all with Fairview Pharmacy Services

The deadline to register for this program is April 11.

Did You Know?

It’s Sleep Awareness Week

From Pharmacy Times, March 8: March 11-17 is the National Sleep Foundation’s 2018 Sleep Awareness Week. If your patients are struggling to fall asleep or stay asleep at night, they are not alone. Getting enough sleep is vital to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, yet more than one-third of U.S. adults report falling short of the recommended amounts of rest. Pharmacists can play an important role in championing optimal sleep health. Sleep disorders have many aggravating factors that can be identified by a pharmacist, such as lifestyle habits and certain medications. Read more.