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May 10, 2019
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Mission Moment:

A Special Thank-You to Our Members for Contacting Your Legislators

With less than two weeks left in the regular session of the Minnesota Legislature, this is a critical time for pharmacy issues. Many thanks to all the MPhA members who have contacted your legislators to advocate for pharmacy in recent days! If you have not yet contacted your legislator, please reach out to support our bills. You are making a difference for the practice of pharmacy.

Pharmacists at the Capitol

MPhA Election Update

Thanks to all the MPhA members who voted in our elections for Board members. The deadline to vote was yesterday (May 9). Ballots will be counted and results will be announced soon. Stay tuned!


MPhA Adds Instagram Account

Recognizing that many of our members are using Instagram, MPhA has added an account on this social media channel. Follow us at MinnPharmAssoc.


At the Capitol this Week:

The PBM Licensure Bill Passes the House!

It has been another big week for the Patients Fair Practices (PFP) legislation, SF 278, in the House. On May 9, the freestanding bill passed the House by an 87-42 vote. Debate centered around the importance of putting patients first and the fact that legislation of this type was long overdue.

During debate, a number of representatives raised concern about the bill’s fourth section that requires PBMs to be fiduciaries. Rep. Alice Mann (chief author in the House) noted that discussions were underway and that this is an area that will be addressed in Conference Committee (the next stop for the legislation). As part of the Conference Committee process, the House version will be reconciled with earlier language passed by the Senate. Conferees will likely meet early during the week of May 13 and then the bill would return to both the House and Senate for a final vote.

In addition to SF 278 in the House, the House version of the PBM licensure and regulation bill was included and passed as part of the House HHS Omnibus budget bill, HF 2414. This guarantees that the PFP legislation can be part of the final HHS budget conference process as well, providing two avenues for passage.

Access full information on MPhA’s legislative agenda.

Alliance for Patient Medication Safety


National News

Pros and Cons of Electronic Prescribing

From Pharmacy Today, April 2019, a publication of the American Pharmacists Association: In 2017, more than 98% of U.S. pharmacies accepted e-prescriptions; Minnesota is among five states that currently require e-prescribing (although a task force is working to increase implementation rates). But the move to e-prescriptions and health records has come with unintended consequences: new types of errors that never existed in the written world. As a result, e-prescribing may produce problems that can lead to patient harm, such as improper patient selection from electronic lists, alert fatigue, improper or difficult product selection, and interfacing challenges between prescribers and pharmacies. Read the full article, including suggestions for improvement.


Instagram Developing Message to Crack Down on Vaccine Misinformation

From The Hill, May 6: Instagram says it is taking additional steps to crack down on the spread of medically inaccurate content by developing a “pop-up” that would appear on content containing misinformation about vaccines. Details about what the pop-up would say were not immediately available — but in recent months, Instagram has created features to provide resources to users searching for content about opioids and self-harm. Read the full article.


MPhA Events

MPhA Virtual Coffee Break: Meditation: The New Milk? It Does a Body Good!

Wednesday, May 15 • Noon-1 p.m. • Online webinar

Contemplative practices such as mindfulness and meditation are increasing in popularity as a stress management tool and wellness strategy. They can also have an impact on work performance and medication safety. During this virtual coffee break program, we will explore the history of meditation, review the major types of meditation and outline the emerging science and health benefits behind this ancient methodology.

About the Speaker:
Lisa Hanlon Wilhelm, BS Pharm, RPh, graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy and completed the ASHP Executive Residency in Association Management. Most of her time since residency has been spent practicing pharmacy at Penn State Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pa., primarily in Medication Safety and Regulatory Compliance. Lisa also worked with ASHP Advantage for over 13 years, co-facilitated the ASHP Clinical Skills Competition for 9 years and worked at the National Patient Safety Foundation for just under 2 years. Lisa’s interest in meditation is beyond personal — she has begun to incorporate teaching basic mindfulness and heart rhythm meditation practices for stress reduction as well as to improve focus and attention to improve medication safety at Hershey Medical Center.

Register Online


Register Now: APhA’s Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services

Friday, May 31 • Ewald Conference Center, St. Paul

This program qualifies you to register as a provider with MN Medicaid and conduct and receive payment for Medication Therapy Management services. There are more reimbursable MTM opportunities than there are pharmacist providers to conduct the encounters. Help patients and your bottom line by becoming a provider through this course!

Seats are limited for this course. If space is still available, you will receive confirmation of your admission. If the program is closed, your credit card will not be charged, and you will be notified. Participants must complete the self-study component, attend the live training seminar, and complete the follow-up case studies to receive full credit and certification for this course.

To Receive Full Credit for this Course:

  • Participants must complete the self-study component
  • Participants must attend the live training seminar
  • Participants must complete the 12 follow-up case studies

Read more and register now!


Register Now: MPhA Leadership Summit and House of Delegates Meeting

Wednesday, June 12 • 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. • Midland Hills Country Club, Roseville

The 2019 Leadership Summit and House of Delegates theme is Building Tomorrow Together. The program will be inspirational and motivational, and will provide you with the opportunity to network, learn and share with your peers throughout the day. The morning program will celebrate MPhA’s past, honor its present and create its future! You will hear invigorating messages of traversing your leadership journey while we find inspiration together to prepare for our future. You’ll hear about MPhA’s strategic initiatives and welcome new MPhA Executive Director Sarah Derr, PharmD. We will share advocacy successes for MPhA and the Minnesota Pharmacy Alliance 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.

Michelle Johnson

During the House of Delegates, you will hear the State of MPhA from leadership, discuss policy proposals and new business and install MPhA’s new leaders for the year. We’ll close our day with a networking reception honoring our Past Presidents, leaders in our profession 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.

By participating, you will join your colleagues in advancing Minnesota pharmacy practice! You’ll be involved in discussions on important initiatives and pharmacy’s advocacy agenda and earn 3.75 hours of continuing education credits.

During registration, you’ll be asked if you are willing to serve as a delegate and for what district, academy, group or affiliation. MPhA strives to include you as a delegate to your preferred district, academy or group, however, we reserve the right to assign delegates as needed for full representation.

The House of Delegates annual business meeting will include recognizing member achievements through the MPhA leadership awards, installing new officers and board members, learning about strategic plan progress and committee achievements, and presenting and reviewing 2019 policy proposals. A number of important issues will be discussed. This is your time as a member to voice your opinions and shape your association!

Read more and register now!

Learn More about Sponsorship


Save the Dates: MPhA Events

October 3-4 • MPhA Annual Learning and Networking Event • Minneapolis Marriott Northwest, Brooklyn Park

Sponsorship opportunities are available now!