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October 12, 2018
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Mission Moments:

MPhA Member Interviewed on Rochester Radio

MPhA member Sherwood Peterson, Jr., RPh, was interviewed on Oct. 2 promoting American Pharmacists Month. Among the topics covered were pharmacists' education (second-most educated health care provider behind physicians), medication therapy management (MTM), comprehensive medication reviews (CMRs) by appointment as a covered benefit under Medicare Part D plans, and much more.

KRPR is Rochester's Classic Rock station which covers Southeast Minnesota and parts of Wisconsin and Iowa, so the message of National Pharmacists' Month reached 10,000+ in three states! Sherwood is happy to speak to anyone briefly on how to make the initial contact with the media; simply email him at

Setzepfandt Receives Alumni Service Award

Scott Setzepfandt, a 1979 graduate of the College of Pharmacy, received the University of Minnesota Alumni Service Award on Oct. 4. The award recognizes his service to the college and the University, and to the profession of pharmacy. U of M President Eric Kaler conferred the award at the Alumni Association’s gala celebratory event during Homecoming Week.

“I am very humbled by the folks who submitted my nomination and letters of support,” said Setzepfandt. “I have always enjoyed volunteering for various College of Pharmacy programs as it kept me in touch with the college and its students. To be honored by the University for doing so is just icing on the cake.”

U of M Chapter Receives First Place at NCPA

The University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy team took the first place blue ribbon in the poster competition at the National Community Pharmacists Association’s Annual Convention this week in Boston. Congratulations to the team!

College of Pharmacy team at NCPA

Alliance for Patient Medication Safety

Minnesota News

Minnesota Receives $17.7 Million to Battle Opioid Epidemic

Minnesota will invest more than $17.7 million it received in federal grant funding to help combat the opioid epidemic throughout the state. The State Opioid Response grant will provide $8,870,906 a year for the next two years and will be used to reach Minnesotans struggling with opioids with life-saving treatment quickly, reduce deaths from opioid overdose and to prevent opioid use disorder in Minnesota’s most vulnerable communities. MPhA Members: We are interested in hearing your ideas for potential areas a grant may address. Please email them to Marsha Millonig at

Learn more at the MDH website.

Celebrate Pharmacy Week with GRAPh

October 24 • Timberlake Lodge, Grand Rapids

Come celebrate Pharmacy Week with your friends and colleagues from the Grand Rapids Area Pharmacists! No presentation or CE credits — just the opportunity to mix, mingle and share your ideas for future GRAPh events. The event will be held at Timberlake Lodge in Grand Rapids, Minn., on Wednesday, Oct. 24, starting at 6 p.m. and concluding by 8 p.m. This is a non-sponsored event, so each member is responsible for the cost of drinks and dinner. Questions? Email Sara Elioff, PharmD, RPh.

MPhA Events

Register Now: MPhA/Southeast Minnesota Area Pharmacists Night Spectacular

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 • Apache Hotel, Rochester

Southeast Minnesota Area Pharmacists District Chair Sherwood Peterson, Jr., has organized a spectacular pharmacist night and invites you to join him and a stellar lineup for a very special evening as fellow pharmacists from the 11 counties of the Southeast Minnesota Area District of MPhA gather and welcome current President Jason Varin, U of MN College of Pharmacy Dean Lynda Welage, MPhA Interim Executive Director Marsha Millonig to Rochester on Tuesday evening, October 16, at the Apache Hotel (formerly the Kahler Apache Hotel) with food provided by The Canadian Honker.

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Our meal is provided once again through the gracious support of Pharmaceutical Specialties of Rochester, makers of Vanicream and numerous other sensitive skin products. (

Our keynote speaker is world-renowned oncologist, palliative care specialist and author Dr. Edward T. Creagan of the Mayo Clinic Rochester. Dr. Creagan's special dynamic presentation for this evening, "Grit: Rx for Personal and Professional Survival; Proven Survival Tips to Go the Distance," will not only educate but entertain those in attendance.

Dr. Creagan is the author of over 400 scientific papers and has given more than 1,000 presentations throughout the world. Dr. Creagan has authored 2 books: How NOT to Be My Patient and his recently released title Farewell, which delivers vital end-of-life questions with candid answers from 40,000 conversations with terminally ill patients.

The evening will conclude with remarks from MPhA President Jason Varin and University of Minnesota COP Dean Lynda Welage with time for some Q & A from audience members.

Register Now for Next Week’s Webinar: MPhA Virtual Coffee Break on the CMS Enhanced MTM Program

October 17, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. • Online Webinar

This session will describe and discuss both the overarching CMMI Part D Enhanced MTM Model as well the specific EMTM program in Minnesota being run on behalf of Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Learn how this model is different from the basic MTM model, and about components of the medication risk stratification process.

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Our speaker is Joshua Johnson, PharmD, BCGP. He is currently a member of the MTM Advisory Group for AMCP, as well as a member of the Value Set Committee with the Pharmacy HIT Collaborative. Additionally, he is working with PQA to test several draft measures within the EMTM program.

As with all of our Virtual Coffee Breaks, MPhA pharmacist members, pharmacy technician members and student members may attend at no cost. The cost is $25 for non-members.

2018 OSHA Update: MPhA Partners to Provide Live Webinars to Meet Required Annual Training

October 18, 29, 30 • Online Webinars

If you are a pharmacist providing immunizations or CLIA-waived testing services, or a pharmacy technician or other health care professional assisting with these services, you must have live Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) training on bloodborne pathogens every year or face fines of up to $90,000 — that is confirmed with the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy.

In many cases, your employer may offer training to you. If your employer does not offer training, or if you are an employer looking for training options, the Minnesota Pharmacists Association (MPhA) has partnered with the Tennessee Pharmacists Research and Education Foundation (TPREF) to offer a webinar for $40 (for MPhA members only) that meets all of OSHA's training requirements, including the live component. In partnership with the Tennessee Pharmacists Consortium for Education (TPCE), this webinar will provide attendees with one (1.0) hour of live ACPE Continuing Education.

Webinar schedule:

Thursday, October 18, 4 p.m. CDT
Monday, October 29, Noon CDT
Tuesday, October 30, 6 p.m. CDT

To receive the $40 member rate, MPhA members must register as a non-member and enter promo code “FALL18” at checkout. Each attendee must register for the program through the online registration process that you will receive in your confirmation email after payment. For more information please visit the website or contact Julie Schuffman at

MPhA Virtual Coffee Break: The MedEdgeRx MTM Network, Supporting High Quality Patient Care

In this session, you will learn about the background and opportunities provided by the MedEdgeRx™ (formerly UPlan) MTM Network. Our speaker will describe the values of patient care and the pharmacist’s role as a member of the evolving health care team. Learn how you can become involved!

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Our speaker is Gary Schneider, BPharm, RPh, Director of the MedEdgeRx (formerly UPlan) Medication Therapy Management Network at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. The network is comprised of approximately 300 MTM pharmacists located in community, chain, hospital and institutional pharmacies around the state. The credentialed pharmacists provide medication management services to high-utilization, high-cost patients. The network’s goal is to optimize medication use and to prevent drug-related problems which lead to higher medical expenses tied to excessive doctor visits, ER visits, hospitalizations and re-admissions. It also strives to provide enhanced patient care and improved quality of life through pharmacy’s active involvement on the health care team.

MPhA pharmacist members, pharmacy technician members and student members may attend our Virtual Coffee Breaks at no cost. The cost is $25 for non-members.

Are You Missing Patient Care Revenue Opportunities? Join Us for APhA’s Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services and Expand Your Practice

Friday, November 16, 2018 • 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. • St. Paul
This program approved by Minnesota Medicaid

The Minnesota MedEdgeRx Network and Minnesota Medicaid provide reimbursement for important medication management services (MTM) for patients. Yet, many more opportunities exist than there are certified pharmacist providers to conduct the services. Are you leaving patient care and revenue opportunities on the table? Register by November 2 for this program!

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Then, sign up and become a certified MTM provider! This program qualifies you to register as a provider with MN Medicaid and conduct and receive payment for MTM 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.


  • 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.

Apply Now: Pharmaceutical Care Lyceum

Creative Advocacy: Spreading the Fire • January 2-4, 2019 • Deep Portage Conference Center, Hackensack, MN

Pharmaceutical Care Lyceum The purpose of the Pharmaceutical Care Lyceum is to illuminate issues related to the practice of pharmaceutical care, foster collegiality among students, faculty and practitioners and to invigorate the pharmaceutical care practice as the cornerstone of pharmacy.

The goal of this year’s conference is to tap into our creativity to build effective advocacy for Comprehensive Medication Management services with stakeholders including patients, health care team members, pharmacists, administrators, educators, and policy makers.

The 2019 Pharmaceutical Care Lyceum is brought to you by a group of Minnesota pharmaceutical care practitioners in partnership with the Minnesota Pharmacists Association.

Please visit for more information and the conference application. Applications are due October 18, 2018.

Save the Dates: MPhA 2019 Events

February 5, 2019

Minnesota Pharmacy Legislative Day
Best Western Plus Capitol Ridge, St. Paul

May 6-9, 2019

U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Officers Foundation Conference

June 12, 2019

MPhA Leadership Summit and House of Delegates Meeting
Midland Hills Country Club, St. Paul

National News

President Signs Ban on Pharmacy “Gag Orders”

From Kaiser Health, Oct. 10, and news services: On Oct. 10, President Trump signed two bills that ban “gag order” clauses in contracts between pharmacies and insurance companies or PBMs. Ronna Hauser, vice president of payment policy and regulatory affairs at the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), says many members of her group "say a PBM will call them with a warning if they are telling patients it’s less expensive" without insurance. Now that legislation affecting commercial insurance contracts has been signed, gag order provisions will immediately be prohibited, according to a spokesman for Sen. Susan Collins, who co-authored the bill. Another bill affecting Medicare beneficiaries will not take effect until Jan. 1, 2020.

Under the new legislation, pharmacists will not be required to tell patients about the lower cost option. If they do not, it is up to the customer to ask. Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA), a pharmacist who sponsored the Medicare gag order bill, says he is not surprised by the bipartisan support for the legislation. "High prescription drug costs affect everyone,” he said. The votes on these bills were nearly unanimous in both the Senate and House.

Related: News release from NCPA