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May 11, 2018
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Mission Moment:

MPhA Leaders Attend NASPA Conference

MPhA President-Elect Jason Varin and Interim Executive Director Marsha Millonig attended the annual Leadership Conference of the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations (NASPA)/Pharmacists Mutual. The conference, held in Kansas City, Mo., May 6-8, included presentations from nationally-recognized speakers. Leaders from nearly 40 state pharmacists associations attended the event.

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.


Minnesota News

Approval of State Plan Amendment: TN 17-25

The Minnesota Department of Human Services has announced the approval of state plan amendment TN 17-25. This amendment revises the payment methodology for the integrated health partnerships program by implementing a population-based payment that supports care coordination services. The amendment also makes multiple technical and conforming changes.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved the amendment on May 2, 2018, with an effective date of January 1, 2018. Read the amendment revising the payment methodology for the integrated health partnerships program (PDF).

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MPhA Events

Need CE Hours? Less than Five Months to Reporting Deadline:

Minnesota Board of Pharmacy requires the completion of 30 hours of continuing education by September 30.

MPhA’s continuing education program provides more than a licensing requirement — you’ll also get the opportunity to network with your colleagues, stay on top of your professional game and practice to the top of your license. Don’t miss our Leadership Summit/House of Delegates Meeting, our Virtual Coffee Break Webinars, Town Halls or the Annual Learning Networking Event!

Register Now for May 16 MPhA Virtual Coffee Break to Prep for House of Delegates Meeting

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 • 11:30 a.m. • Online Webinar

Join MPhA Speaker of the House Tony Olson, Vice Speaker Alison Knutson, Parliamentarian Terry Hietpas and the MPhA leadership for an Open Forum Webinar on Wednesday, May 16 between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. CDT during MPhA’s Virtual Coffee Break. We welcome both MPhA members and non-members for this webinar. The purpose is to walk you through the policy agenda for the MPhA Leadership Summit and House of Delegates meeting on May 31 and get your input and answer your questions on MPhA policy.

Speaker Olson and Vice Speaker Knutson will review the order of business at the House of Delegates — including MPhA committee recommendations. We will also review the work of MPhA’s various committees. If you have ideas for new business items (which must be submitted at least 24 hours in advance of the House of Delegates meeting), this is an excellent time to raise them and see if MPhA has a current policy.

Make your voice heard and let MPhA know what is on your mind by participating in this Open Forum Webinar. There is no fee to participate in this program — but you do need to RSVP so we may set up the webinar and send you dial-in information.

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MPhA Leadership Summit and House of Delegates Meeting: Traveling the Road Forward

Thursday, May 31, 2018 • 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Midland Hills Country Club, Roseville

The 2018 Leadership Summit and House of Delegates Meeting will be inspirational and motivational and provide you with the opportunity to network, learn and share with your peers throughout the day. The morning program will feature invigorating messages of creating change and professional advancement, tips for working across generational differences, and insights into succession planning to achieve your professional advancement goals.

We will share MPhA and pharmacy’s advocacy successes in the afternoon and be challenged to lay the groundwork for future advocacy initiatives to enable pharmacists to meet the health needs of Minnesota communities. During the House of Delegates, you will hear about the State of MPhA from leadership, discuss policy proposals and new business and install MPhA’s new leadership for the year. We’ll close our day with a networking reception honoring our Past Presidents and MPhA volunteers. The day is designed to provide us with a glimpse of how far we have come to advance patient care and practice and where we need to go next.

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Save the Date: MPhA Town Hall

Sunday, June 10, 2018 • 5:30-8:00 p.m.

Braham Community Center, Braham, Minn.

Join your colleagues in the Braham/Mora area for a chance to network, learn and share with one another while having your voices heard! MPhA Past President Brent Thompson will host the event. You’ll have the opportunity to mix, mingle and visit with exhibitors while sharing fellowship before the dinner program.

Christine “Tina” Larsen, PharmD, is an MTM pharmacist at Allina Health System. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy Practice from the University of Minnesota and also hold a bachelor’s degree is Genetics, Cell Biology and Development. Her PGY1 residency was completed at FirstLight Health System in collaboration with the University of Minnesota. Tina will present an update on genetics. Then MPhA Interim Executive Director Marsha Millonig will provide an update on Minnesota Pharmacy’s advocacy efforts in 2018 and lead a Town Hall.

Watch for more details and registration soon!

Register Now: June 20 MPhA Virtual Coffee Break

Updates to Diabetes Guidelines: A Focus on Evidence and Clinical Application of Newer Agents

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 • 11:30 a.m. • Online Webinar

Updates will be provided on the American Diabetes Association guidelines as well as the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists guidelines, with a focus on newer agents and evidence supporting use of these medications.

Learning Objectives:

  • Summarize and apply the 2018 clinical guidelines for the treatment of hyperglycemia;
  • Recommend appropriate anti-diabetic agents according to patient characteristics and comorbidities;
  • Apply evidence-based medicine beyond the guidelines to clinical decision making in patients with diabetes;
  • Summarize several cardiovascular outcome trials related to antidiabetic agents and apply trial data to clinical decision making.

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About Our Speakers:

Kylee Funk is clinical faculty at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. Dr. Funk provides comprehensive medication management at the University of Minnesota Health Nurse Practitioners Clinic. Her research is around the impact of CMM, pharmacist and nurse practitioner partenerships, and innovative techniques for diabetes education. Dr. Funk and Dr. Schweiss are co-directors for the Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome course.

Sarah Schweiss is clinical faculty at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy on the Duluth campus. She also serves as the Assistant Director for the University of Minnesota's PGY-1 residency program. Dr. Schweiss provides comprehensive medication management at St. Luke's Mount Royal Medical Clinic. Her scholarly expertise lies in the realm of innovative diabetes education, interprofessional diabetes care, and novel teaching methods among ambulatory care pharmacy residency programs. Dr. Schweiss co-directs the College's Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome course with Dr. Funk, and also serves as the course director for an interprofessional diabetes experience elective.

Connecting the Dots between Payers & Providers in IBD Decision-Making

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 • 7:00 to 8:45 a.m. • Bloomington, MN

MPhA members, including those in the MPhA Managed Care Academy, are invited to attend a program featuring speaker John M. Inadomi, MD, Cyrus E. Rubin Chair and Head, Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. This is a complimentary CME/CE event provided by PRIME Inc. through an independent educational grant from Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A. This session has been approved for 1.25 hours of credit for pharmacist through ACPE. Get more information and register.

National News

Another Delay on 340B Final Rule

From APhA’s Pharmacy Today, May 7: Implementation of a final rule on the 340B Drug Pricing Program will be pushed back until July 2019, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) said on May 4. This is the fifth delay for the federal program. The final rule, which was published in the Federal Register in January 2017, sets monetary penalties for manufacturers that “knowingly and intentionally” charge more than ceiling price for an outpatient drug, clarifies the requirement to calculate that price every quarter, and requires penny pricing for each unit of a drug when the ceiling price is zero.

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Pharmacists Chosen to Serve on HHS Pain Management Task Force

From APhA’s Pharmacy Today, May 9: Two members of APhA (Sondra M. Adkinson, PharmD, CPE, and Nicholas E. Hagemeier, PharmD, PhD) have been appointed to the new Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force recently established through the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS). The task force will assess best practices and issue recommendations that address gaps or inconsistencies for managing chronic and acute pain. APhA supports a comprehensive, integrated approach to the treatment of chronic pain.

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