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January 17, 2020

News from MPhA


Mission Moment

Minnesota Is the Best State to Be a Pharmacist

From Drug Topics website, accessed Jan. 10: Drug Topics magazine is out with its ratings of the best states in which to be a pharmacist — and Minnesota tops the list. Author Nicholas Hamm says, “With a very high salary, a very happy clientele base, safety in spades, low insurance rates, and good pharmacy employment levels, Minnesota seems to have it all. It does go to show though, that even in a pharmacist’s paradise, stress isn’t going away anytime soon.”

The top ten list includes several more Midwestern states. In order, they include Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Iowa and Ohio (tied for fifth place), Arizona, Illinois and Wisconsin (tied for eighth place), and Nebraska. Read the full article.


MPhA Member Published in Science magazine

From Science magazine website, accessed Jan. 10: The January issue of Science magazine includes a Perspective article co-authored by MPhA member Betsy Hirsch from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. In “Tolerance to antibiotics affects response,” Hirsch and co-author Andrew D. Berti note that more than 2.8 million antibiotic-resistant infections were identified in the U.S in 2019, resulting in more than 35,000 deaths. They draw on studies showing that bacteria frequently develop enhanced antimicrobial tolerance prior to developing antimicrobial resistance. Read more.


Deadline for MPF Scholarship Applications: Friday, Jan. 24

The Minnesota Pharmacists Foundation will award two scholarships of $750 each and one $1,000 Herb & Addie Whittemore Scholarship in 2020. MPSA members who would be considered outstanding individuals in the field of pharmacy at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy Minneapolis and Duluth campuses are eligible. Applicants need to submit two letters of recommendation, so act now!

These scholarships will be awarded to students who have shown leadership and involvement in extracurricular pharmacy-related and community outreach/philanthropic activities including professional association and pharmacy interests outside pharmacy school itself. High GPA is not a concern in the choice of award recipients. Get more information and submit an application now!


APMS

Minnesota News

Implementation of Pharmacogenomics into Clinical Care

University of Minnesota Biennial Pharmacogenomics Conference • June 11-12, 2020 • TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis

The University of Minnesota will host a two-day conference on June 11-12 that will highlight successful implementation pathways and examples that are critical for pharmacists’ and other clinicians’ success in clinical pharmacogenomics. Pharmacogenomics (PGx) is the science of how an individual’s genetic background affects response to medications. The field has left the research realm to emerge as an important tool for clinical care. Registration opened on Jan. 15. Get more info and register now at https://pgx2020.umn.edu/


Live the #PharmLife

The University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy has joined with a number of other Big Ten pharmacy schools to launch Live the #PharmLife. This campaign is designed to increase awareness about the diverse and rewarding careers Big Ten pharmacy graduates enjoy. You can learn more at livethepharmlife.org. Read the full article.

National News

U.S. Supreme Court Will Hear PBM Case

From American Pharmacists Association website, Jan. 10: The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) applauds the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear Rutledge v. Pharmaceutical Care Management Association, which addresses the State of Arkansas’ regulation of pharmacy benefit managers (PBM). The Arkansas law is intended to provide fair access to generic drugs in Arkansas and transparency in PBM industry practices. The law regulates PBMs and protects patient access to generic medicines by requiring PBMs to reimburse pharmacies for generic drugs at a price at least equal to what the pharmacy had paid for the drug. This case has broad implications on PBM regulation across the country.

“We’re pleased with the Supreme Court’s decision to hear this case,” said Ilisa Bernstein, PharmD, JD, FAPhA, APhA Senior Vice President, Pharmacy Practice and Government Affairs. “PBM business practices have been putting significant financial strain on pharmacies in the United States by pulling financial resources that were once applied to patient care into unproductive administrative layers and profits for the middlemen. This in turn impacts patient access to the services and patient care delivered by pharmacists every day in communities across the country.” Read the full story.

Related:
APhA: Big-Time PBM Scrutiny on the Way as U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Arkansas Case
National Community Pharmacists Association Reaction to Court Decision
Background article from Pharmacy Times


Today: CMS Wants Your Comments on Scope of Practice

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has requested comments on its Scope of Practice document by today — Friday, Jan. 17. This is a chance for us to showcase what pharmacists can do and potentially get provider status without going through legislation. If you would like to submit comments, the National Association of State Pharmacy Associations has a template that you can fill in and share your comments.

Should you have any questions please reach out to Sarahd@mpha.org or call her cell at 763.227.9622.


CDC Warns: Flu Season May Turn Ugly

From the New York Times, accessed Jan. 9: Figures recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that the U.S. may be headed into a bad flu season. As of the last week in December, “widespread” flu activity was reported in 46 state. A second measure — the percentage of patients with flu symptoms visiting medical clinics — shot up almost to the peak reached at the height of the 2017-2018 flu season. That was the most severe outbreak in a decade, with about 61,000 deaths.

Lynnette Brammer, leader of the CDC’s domestic influenza surveillance team, said it’s still too early to know how severe this season will be. She noted that the two chief indicators of severity — hospitalizations and deaths — are not yet elevated. Read the full article.

As of Jan. 11, the Minnesota Department of Health reported that flu activity continued to be widespread in the state. Hospitalizations were lower than in the previous week (148 for the week ending Jan. 11 compared to 243 for the week ending Jan. 4), although weekly numbers sometimes change based on additional information from the surveillance network.


Heroism vs. Safe Design: Medication Safety Tip

From Alliance for Patient Medication Safety email, Jan. 3: Good catches represent unique lessons that can be shared with others in the pharmacy.

Storytelling should focus on WHY and HOW the prescribing error was detected and resolved, as opposed to the type of prescribing error. Pharmacy managers should seek out the clues, gut instincts, thought processes, and past experiences of the person who detected the error. Then, use that information to inform others, increasing the awareness for risk and the motivation to take actions that prevent patient harm. Ideally, the best practices and lessons will be designed into the safety workflow and automation instead of relying on human heroism to prevent problems. For more information, or to get your Medication Safety and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) program started, go to https://medicationsafety.org/sign-up.phpor give APMS® a call at (866)365-7472


MPhA Events

Midwest Pharmacy Expo

February 7-9 • Hilton Des Moines Downtown, Des Moines, Iowa

Don’t miss out on the discount! Early registration rates are in effect through Thursday, Jan. 23.

Take advantage of the opportunity to connect with colleagues from across nine Midwestern states, plus hear from experts from across the country!

Friday – Clinically Intensive Workshops: High-level clinical programming designed for pharmacists with advanced certifications or those interested in obtaining certification.

Saturday Keynote: Ryan Jenkins on strategies for connecting and engaging a multi-generational team

Saturday Breakout Sessions: Five sessions featuring four tracks — Innovative Practice, Challenging Cases, Nutrition/Wellness and Professional Roles & Skills — covering topics like internal medicine, interprofessional care, geriatric cases with clinical application of the 2019 Beers criteria and understanding how social determinants influence patient decisions.

Sunday: Two traditional favorites — New Drug Update and Gamechangers sandwiching a session on navigating the challenges of drug shortages.

Early registration ends Thursday, January 23. Don’t miss out on your chance to save! Register TODAY! See the full agenda and register at www.MidwestPharmacyExpo.com.

Register Now for Minnesota Pharmacy Legislative Day!

February 20 • Best Western Plus Capitol Ridge, St. Paul

Are you ready to make a difference to advocate for your professional interests and for pharmacy’s interests to advance patient care? Come to Minnesota Pharmacy Legislative Day and learn how! Even if you have never talked with, called or written your legislators before, this event will give you the tools you need to do so!

Minnesota Pharmacy Legislative Day is the one annual event that represents the voice of all pharmacy settings in Minnesota for legislators, the governor and other policy makers!

Register for a Sponsorship now!

Register Online

Register Now! MPhA Virtual Coffee Break: Three Years of Innovation in the CMS Enhanced MTM Model

January 29 • Joshua Johnson, PharmD, BCGP • Online Webinar

A look at the first three years of the CMS Part D Enhanced MTM Model for Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Part D, Region 25 (Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming). Joshua Johnson graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BS in Biology in 2004, and then went on to obtain his PharmD from Ferris State University in Michigan in 2008. Upon graduating, he returned to Minnesota where he practiced as a community pharmacist for 8 years. In 2016 he was hired by ClearStone Solutions, an affiliate of BlueCross BlueShield of Minnesota and a Part D Plan administrator, to run the 5-year CMMI Enhanced MTM Pilot on behalf of the BlueCross BlueShield Northern Plains Alliance in Part D Region 25. His current role provides EMTM program design and implementation, vendor management and oversight, as well as coordination with both CMMI and the plan participant. Learn more and register today!

Save the Dates: MPhA Events

February 29 (Please note date change) • Minnesota Pharmacists Foundation Wine Dinner • Lilydale Yacht Club, Lilydale
June 10 • MPhA Leadership Summit and House of Delegates • Midland Hills Country Club, Roseville

Other Events of Interest

March 19-21, 2020 APhA Annual Meeting • National Harbor, MD
April 23-26Independent Pharmacy Conference 2020 • Huntington Beach, CA

In this Issue

News from MPhA

Mission Moments

Minnesota Is the Best State to Be a Pharmacist

MPhA Member Published in Science magazine

Deadline for MPF Scholarship Applications: Friday, Jan. 24

Minnesota News

Implementation of Pharmacogenomics into Clinical Care

Live the #PharmLife

National News

U.S. Supreme Court Will Hear PBM Case

Today: CMS Wants Your Comments on Scope of Practice

CDC Warns: Flu Season May Turn Ugly

Heroism vs. Safe Design: Medication Safety Tip


Midwest Pharmacy Expo

Pharmacy Legislative Day

MPHA Virtual Coffee Break - Webinar: January 29, 2020

Upcoming MPhA Events


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