MPhA News

Small Doses

August 23, 2019

News from MPhA

Mission Moments:

COP Researcher Helps Discover Novel Cellular Process

Nano Particles

MPhA member Hongbo Pang, an assistant professor in the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy and a member of the University’s Masonic Cancer Center, is a corresponding author of a study published in Nature Communications. The research team discovered a novel process that can engulf nanomaterial without direct peptide functionalization, and its activity is regulated by Cysteine surrounding the cells.

“By simply mixing two types of nano-sized material, we discover a novel cellular process that offers an easy solution for nanomaterial into cells,” said Pang. “Further understanding of this process will aid in both cell biology and nanotechnology development. Read the full news release

Duluth Campus Welcomes New Students

Faculty, staff and returning students at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy’s Duluth campus welcomed first-year student pharmacists with a potluck on August 20.

COP Potluck


At the Capitol this Week:

New MA Reimbursement Rate Now in Effect

From Minnesota Department of Human Services, July 19: Important changes were made to state law regarding the reimbursement rate for outpatient drugs covered by the fee-for-service (FFS) Medical Assistance (MA) program during the 2019 legislative session. See the Office of the Revisor Statutes SF 12 Bill Text Versions webpage for statutory references. DHS will reprocess claims for dates of service from July 1-18, 2019 on Aug. 29, 2019, and they will appear on pharmacies’ remittance advice on Sept. 17, 2019. Effective for claims with a date of service on or after July 1, 2019, the following changes will be incorporated into the MA reimbursement for outpatient drugs:

Drug reimbursement (ingredient cost, for example)

  • The reimbursement rate for drugs is the same for all pharmacies. The differential rate paid to rural independently owned pharmacies was eliminated.
  • The reimbursement rate for drugs is the lesser of the National Average Drug Acquisition Cost (NADAC) (brand or generic), the state maximum allowable cost or specialty maximum allowable cost, or the usual and customary charge submitted. If a drug does not have a NADAC, state maximum allowable cost and specialty maximum allowable cost, then the reimbursement rate is the lesser of the wholesale acquisition cost minus 2 percent or the usual and customary charge submitted.

Dispensing fee

  • The dispensing fee for “covered outpatient drugs”, as defined by
    federal law
    , will be increased to $10.48 from $3.65.
  • The dispensing fee for covered drugs that don’t meet the federal definition of a “covered outpatient drug” will remain $3.65. An example of a covered drug that doesn’t meet the definition of a “covered outpatient drug” is a covered over-the-counter (OTC) multivitamin.
  • The dispensing fee for all compounded intravenous solutions was changed to $10.48 per bag. All other dispensing fees for compounded intravenous products were eliminated.
  • The dispensing fee for covered OTC drugs will be prorated if a claim is for less than the manufacturer’s original package size.
  • The retrospective billing pharmacy OTC drug dispensing fee was eliminated.
  • The Long-term care blister card system dispensing fee was eliminated.

For full information, including details on 340B reimbursement, OTC drugs, MinnesotaCare tax, and additional changes, visit the Minnesota Health Care Programs website.

APMS

Minnesota News

Help MDH with Your Input on a Connected HIE

The Minnesota Department of Health continues to collect public input to help advance a Connected Networks Approach for Health Information Exchange in Minnesota. Responses are due by Aug. 28. Send your responses to MN.eHealth@state.mn.us by August 28, 2019.

Background: Minnesota is at a crossroads in efforts to ensure that essential health information is exchanged appropriately, securely, efficiently and effectively to meet current and future health care needs and goals. A successful connected networks approach will ensure that existing and evolving Health Information Exchange (HIE) are coordinated and aligned to meet current and future needs.


COP Pre-game Reception at Gophers Football

The University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy is bringing back its pre-game receptions prior to Gophers football home games. All students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the college are welcome. The first reception is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 29, from 5 to 8 p.m., at McNamara Alumni Center. Refreshments are provided.

Learn More

National News

Shake-up at HHS Drug Pricing Reform

From Drug Store News, August 13: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that John O’Brien will leave his role as senior advisor to the secretary for drug pricing reform. John Brooks, currently principal deputy director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, will expand his current responsibilities to serve as senior advisor for drug pricing reform.

Read the Full Article


The Pharmacist’s Value in Pharmacogenetic Testing for Mental Health

From Pharmacy Times, Aug. 20: Pharmacy involvement in pharmacogenetics was not widely accepted when testing was first introduced. But as medication experts, pharmacists can use their knowledge regarding drug interactions to help providers select the most appropriate medications for patients right from the start.

Read the Full Article


Participate in National Immunization Awareness Month

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). This annual observance highlights the efforts of pharmacists to protect patients of all ages against vaccine-preventable diseases through on-time vaccination.

During NIAM, the Minnesota Pharmacists Association encourages you to ensure your patients are up to date on recommended vaccines. Research has consistently shown that health care professionals are the most trusted source of vaccine information for parents and patients.

Use NIAM as an opportunity to access CDC educational resources like the #HowIRecommend Video Series, which offers simple and practical guidance for having successful vaccine conversations with parents and patients. These short videos demonstrate how to make effective vaccine recommendations, address common vaccine questions, and take a team-based approach to vaccination.

On Time

Are you participating in NIAM? If so, send photos and information to Staff Editor Laurie Pumper, tag us on Instagram or mention @minnpharmassoc on Twitter. We may share your information in Small Doses or on social media!


Customer Satisfaction with Pharmacists Remains High

From Pharmacy Times, Aug. 20: A recent study by JD Power found that the U.S. pharmacy industry continues to maintain high levels of customer satisfaction in both the brick-and-mortar and mail order segments.

Among other findings in the study:

  • While pharmacy customers are slow to adopt digital offerings, their satisfaction increases when they do.
  • Face-to-face interaction is still the most prevalent form of communication at 89%, but customers who use email or online live chat are equally or more satisfied.
  • Thorough pharmacist discussions create higher customer satisfaction.
  • Health and wellness customers spend more at the pharmacy.

Read the Full Report

MPhA Events

Register Now: MPhA Annual Learning Networking Event and MTM Symposium

October 3-4 • Minneapolis Marriott Northwest, Brooklyn Park

ALNE

We are pleased to present the agenda and speakers for this unique event as we bring together pharmacists, pharmacist students, pharmacy technicians, public health professionals and industry thought leaders for two days of cutting-edge programming and networking. Among the sessions and speakers:

  • Well-being and Resiliency: Learning to Surf (Keynote Session), with Amanda Brummel, PharmD, BCACP
  • Blood Thinners, Bridging and Bleeding…Oh My! with Richard Mullvain, RPh, BCCP, BCPS (AQ-Cardiology), CCCC
  • CMS Conditions of Participation: Current State and Impact on SNFs, with Joe Litsey, PharmD, BCGP
  • The Changing Landscape of Diabetes Therapy for Cardiovascular Risk Reduction, with Paull Rukavina, RPh
  • Fad Diets/Nutrition Interactions with Medications, with Anna Henry, MPH, RD, LD, CDE

Thanks to the following sponsors and exhibitors!

Lunch Sponsor: University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy
Coffee Sponsor: National Association of Chain Drug Stores
Silver Sponsors: Anda • Arkray USA, Inc. • Lilly USA, LLC • Merck Vaccines
Exhibitors: Abbvie • Allergan • Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals • IntegraDose Compounding • Janssen Neuroscience/Johnson & Johnson • McKesson • Minnesota Board of Pharmacy • Minnesota Department of Health • Minnesota Pharmacy Student Alliance • Pharmacists Mutual • SpartanNash • Tabula Rasa Healthcare

Sponsorship opportunities are going quickly — don’t miss out!

Register Now


APhA’s Pharmacy-based Immunization Delivery Certificate Training Program

Sunday, September 29 • 8 a.m.-5 p.m. • Ewald Conference Center, St. Paul

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 program is designed to educate pharmacists about the professional opportunities for vaccine advocacy and administration. 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.

This certificate training program has three components: online interactive self-study with assessment; the live seminar with online final assessment; and hands-on assessment of intramuscular and subcutaneous injection technique. A Certificate of Achievement will be awarded to participants who successfully complete all program components, including an evaluation.

Our faculty members are John Creasy, RPh; Laurie Deegan, RPh; and Melanie Schwartz, RPh; all are with Fairview Pharmacy Services.

Register Now!


APhA’s Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services Certificate Training Program

Friday, November 1 • 8 a.m.-5 p.m. • 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. 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.

Our faculty members are Jordan Wolf, PharmD, Certified Geriatric Specialist, Consultant Pharmacist, Thrifty White Pharmacy, and Michelle A. Johnson, PharmD, BCACP, Pharmacist, Fairview Pharmacy Services. 

Register Now


Save the Dates: MPhA Events

October 8 • MPhA Town Hall • St. Cloud

October 10 • MPhA Town Hall • Duluth

October 15 • MPhA Town Hall • Alexandria

October 22 • MPhA Town Hall • Rochester

November 7 • MPhA Town Hall • Grand Rapids

February 20, 2020 • Minnesota Pharmacy Legislative Day • Best Western Plus Capitol Ridge, St. Paul

In this Issue

News from MPhA

Mission Moments

At the Capitol this Week

Minnesota News

Help MDH with Your Input on a Connected HIE

COP Pre-game Reception at Gophers Football

National News

Shake-up at HHS Drug Pricing Reform

The Pharmacist’s Value in Pharmacogenetic Testing for Mental Health

Participate in National Immunization Awareness Month

Customer Satisfaction with Pharmacists Remains High


Upcoming Events

APhA’s Pharmacy-based Immunization Delivery Certificate Training Program
September 29, 2019
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

APhA’s Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services Certificate Training Program
November 1, 2019
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

MPhA Annual Learning and Networking Event
October 3 - 4, 2019



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