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November 30, 2018
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MPhA Members Interviewed for PBS NewsHour

MPhA member Laura Palombi and MPhA President Jason Varin were quoted in an article about civility on PBS NewsHour recently. The article by Courtney Vinopal, “How to get along on Thanksgiving, from the people Americans trust most,” included interviews with doctors, nurses, teachers, military officers and pharmacists — the professions rated as most trustworthy according to an annual Gallup poll.

“I think listening is key, rather than always thinking of the next thing that I’m going to say,” said Laura Palombi. “Having the patience to do that can be tough.” Dr. Palombi works with patients in addiction recovery and active addiction, people who are often going through experiences she doesn’t know about.

Jason Varin said, “When ‘civility’ starts to head in the wrong direction, my recommended formula is 1) acknowledge 2) empathize 3) redirect and 4) qualify/provide options. That sounds academic, but it is how I have dealt with potential downturn with patients or people I work with.”

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MPhA Member Rowan Mahon Publishes OpEd in Star Tribune

Rowan Mahon, a student pharmacist from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy’s Twin Cities campus, had an opinion piece published in the Star Tribune earlier this week on the topic of medication repositories. Read the OpEd in the Star Tribune. This is part of the ongoing work of the Minnesota Pharmacy Alliance.

MPhA Member Elected AAAS Fellow

Natalia Tretyakova, Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers, and recognizes efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications that are scientifically or socially distinguished. Tretyakova was elected in the Section on Pharmaceutical Sciences for distinguished contributions to the field of chemical carcinogenesis and chemical biology.

Tretyakova now joins seven other AAAS Fellows from the College of Pharmacy: Gunda Georg, Patrick Hanna, Rodney Johnson, Philip Portoghese, Tom Shier, Robert Vince, and Carston (Rick) Wagner.

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Alliance for Patient Medication Safety

MPhA Events

MPhA/GRAPh Town Hall

Thursday, December 13 • Timberlake Lodge Hotel, Grand Rapids

Come join your colleagues in Northern Minnesota for a chance to network, learn and share with one another while having your voices heard! GRAPh’s hosts are MPhA members Heather Bibeau and Sara Elioff of Bigfork Valley Hospital & Clinics. You’ll have the opportunity to mix, mingle and visit with exhibitors and other health professionals while sharing fellowship before the dinner program.

We have joined with Novo Nordisk and you’ll have a 2-for-1! You’ll hear Dr. Eric Johnson, Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, discuss the need for effective and efficient diabetes management across the health care continuum. Then MPhA President Jason Varin and Interim Executive Director Marsha Millonig will provide an update on Minnesota Pharmacy’s advocacy efforts in 2018-2019 and lead a Town Hall. You can also share your thoughts and ideas for both future GRAPh and MPhA events. We look forward to seeing you there!

The event is complimentary for MPhA members (pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and student pharmacists); non-members pay just $25.

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MPhA Virtual Coffee Break: Non-Discrimination — Are You in Compliance?

December 19 • Online Webinar

Discrimination is a hot topic! Are you compliant? If you receive any payments from government programs for goods or services, then Section 1557 applies to you. In addition to prohibiting discrimination, it gives patients who have experienced discrimination the right to civil litigation. This program will cover the background and key provisions of 1557, including examples of discrimination, and provide information and tools that you can use for staff training and to ensure compliance.

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About Our Presenter:

Denise Frank has 30+ years of experience as a pharmacist. Currently she is an independent consultant at Frank Consulting, LLC, and a Senior Associate with Gates Healthcare Associates, Inc., in the areas of pharmacy practice, technician training, compounding, pharmacy and wholesaler accreditations, and operational and regulatory compliance. She is also the Program Director for an ASHP/ACPE accredited online technician training program for CareerStep, and a certified consultant for ACHC. She is a former member of the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy.

Previously serving as a surveyor and then the Accreditation and Inspection Services Manager for NABP, her responsibilities included development and maintenance of accreditation and inspection programs, and supervising NABP inspectors. Prior to this, she was an independent pharmacy owner, worked for a health system, and was a pharmacy manager and district manager for a pharmacy chain. Denise is an active member of several national and state pharmacy organizations, and with the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy serving as a mentor and a pharmacy alumni board member.

Save the Dates: MPhA Events

February 5, 2019

Minnesota Pharmacy Legislative Day
Best Western Plus Capitol Ridge, St. Paul. Just announced: Keynote Speaker Roz Peterson

April 4

MSHP/MPhA Joint CE Town Hall
St. Cloud Area

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

CMS’ Proposed DIR Fee Reform Garners Support

From APhA’s Pharmacy Today newsletter, Nov. 28: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has unveiled a proposed Medicare rule that includes provisions focused on direct and indirect remuneration fee reform. The proposed rule is an effort to redefine what constitutes "negotiated prices" under Medicare Part D to mean "the lowest amount a pharmacy could receive as reimbursement" for Part D drugs through its contract with the plan sponsor or intermediary. This would require PBMs and plan sponsors to include the lowest possible reimbursement in their claims processing systems. Read the full article.

Related news: NCPA Says Proposed Rule Is a Leap Forward for Patients.

Show off Community Pharmacy Innovation with NCPA NICE Awards

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) will once again spotlight the best of community pharmacy branding and marketing — the innovations and redesigns that have made promotions more effective and patients’ experiences more rewarding. There are seven categories for 2019, including two new ones. The deadline for entries is December 1 — so act today! Get more information and submit a nomination.

National Influenza Vaccination Week, Dec. 2–8

From APhA’s Immunizing Pharmacists News newsletter, Nov. 28: National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is an awareness week focused on highlighting the importance of influenza vaccination. NIVW will be observed this year December 2–8. This is a great time to vaccinate your patients who have not yet been protected against flu and to remind your patients who have not been vaccinated to be sure they get protected.

As a reminder, vaccination efforts should continue through the holiday season and beyond. Peak influenza activity does not generally occur until February. Providers are encouraged to continue vaccinating patients throughout the influenza season, including into the spring months (e.g., through May), as long as they have unvaccinated patients in their office.

Access many related resources from CDC, including web tools, a NIVW toolkit, videos, communication hints, matte articles to submit to newspapers, animated graphics, and more.