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Minnesota Pharmacy Legislative Day Schedule
Minnesota Pharmacy Legislative Day 2017


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!

Jump to: Afternoon Programing

8:15 am

Welcome & Announcements


8:45 am

Keynote - Senator Michelle Benson

Keynote Details

This session will focus on what is currently occurring at the Capitol and discuss potential health care bills that may affect pharmacy.

Senator Benson is an accountant, politician, and Republican member of the Minnesota Senate.  She represents District 31 which includes portions of Anoka, Isanti, and Sherburne counties in the northern Twin Cities metropolitan area.  She was integral in passing legislation on PBM transparency in 2019 and continues to be supportive of pharmacy.  Senator Benson currently serves as the chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Finance and Policy Committee and is the deputy majority lead.  Senator Benson has been a Boy Scout and Cub Scout leader, an administrator for the local Montessori school and a member of the local chamber of commerce. Please help me welcome Senator Benson. 

Learning ObjectivesAfter participating in this session, attendees should be able to:

— Discuss the current state of the legislature. — Review potential health care bills that may affect pharmacy. — Review important topics that the legislature is focused on in 2020.


9:45-10:00 am

Networking Break


10:00 am-12:00 pm

Minnesota Pharmacy Advocacy Agenda: Harnessing Your Power as a Key Contact

— Michelle Aytay, RPh, CDE, Region #21 Clinical Services, Walgreens Co., Past MPhA President, MPA Co-Chair; and Tamara Bezdicek, PharmD, BCPS, MSHP Past President

Details

This session will provide information on pharmacy-related issues that are active or likely to be active in the 2020 session of the Minnesota Legislature, details on the impact legislation will have on pharmacy practice and point/counterpoints for legislative visits.

Learning Objectives After participating in this session, attendees should be able to:

Describe the purpose, structure, and objectives of the MN Pharmacy Alliance (MPA) List the legislative priorities for the MPA Challenge members to be effective advocates for identified Pharmacy legislative initiatives Describe progress made toward goals in the current legislative session and prepare for future work.


10:00 am-12:00 pm

Roundtable Briefings: Point/Counterpoint & Open Discussion


10:00 am-12:00 pm

Patient Fair Practices Issues

— Jeff Lindoo, RPh, MPhA Past President

Session Details

This roundtable discussion will cover legislation that is or will be introduced related to patient fair practices issues. It will include an opportunity for participants to ask specific questions on details of the legislation and how to discuss the legislation with their legislator.

Learning ObjectivesList reasoning and arguments for the passage of patient fair practices legislation Discuss patient fair practices legislation with legislators and present arguments in favor of the legislation


10:00 am-12:00 pm

Alliance Priorities

Tamara Bezdicek, PharmD, BCPS, MSHP Past President & Michelle Aytay, RPh, CDE, Region #21 Clinical Services, Walgreens Co., MPhA Past President, MPA Co-Chair

Session Details

This roundtable will discuss the current legislative priorities of the Minnesota Pharmacy Alliance to allow attendees to better understand how to share these topics with legislators.

Learning Objectives Review the current priorites for the Minnesota Pharmacy AllianceDescribe succinctly what priorities are to legislators.


10:00 am-12:00 pm

Health System Pharmacy Issues

— John Pastor III, PharmD, FASHP, Pamela Phelps, PharmD, FASHP, MSHP Public Policy Committee Co-Chairs & Brandon Ordway, PharmD, MS

Session Details

This roundtable session will discuss current health system public policy issues. Current issue discussions will include biosimilars guidance, pharmacogenomics, drug shortages, prescription drug affordability (including insulin), opioids, and pharmacist prescribing. Legislation from the Minnesota legislature as well as the United States legislatures will be reviewed.

Learning Objectives

Pharmacist:
1. State the purpose of the 3 pharmacy related bills in the Minnesota Legislature
2. Describe ASHP efforts to mitigate the impact of drug shortages
3. List the 4 drug classes for which pharmacists are seeking prescribing privileges in the state of Minnesota.

Technician:
1. State the difference between an originator biologic and a biosimilar
2. Describe what Minnesota insurers are doing to help with the high cost of insulin therapy
3. List tactics that health systems are using to minimize opioid use and reduce addiction problems


10:00 am-12:00 pm

Medication Administration

— Dale Masten

Session Details

This roundtable will focus on medication administration with the passage of legislation during the 2019 legislative session that allows pharmacists to administer long-acting injectables. 

Learning Objectives Discuss what medication administration isReview current efforts that Genoa Health is pursuing to implement medication administration of long-acting injectablesUnderstand how to bill for medication administration services through the medical benefit.


10:00 am-12:00 pm

Medication Repository Issues

Rowan Mahon, MPH, MHI & Eva Carlson

Session Details

Medication repositories can reduce medication waste while additionally helping patients receive medications they otherwise couldn’t afford. This presentation will review what medication repositories are, and what the journey to implementing one for the state of Minnesota has been.

Learning Objectives Review issues on medication waste and medication need Define medication repository Describe the logistics of a medication repository program within Minnesota


10:00 am-12:00 pm

Board of Pharmacy Issues

— Cody Wiberg, PharmD, MS, RPh, Executive Director, Minnesota Board of Pharmacy

Session Details

Dr. Wiberg will briefly present information concerning the major statutory changes that the Legislature enacted during the 2019 Session, and he will briefly talk about pharmacy-related issues that the Legislature is likely to take up during the 2020 Session. He will give a brief update concerning the rule-making process that the Board is currently engaged in. He will then take questions from roundtable participants.

Learning Objectives — Discuss the current state of the Board of Pharmacy — Discuss the current legislative objectives of the Board of Pharmacy


10:00 am-12:00 pm

College of Pharmacy Updates

— Randall Seifert, PharmD

Session Details

This roundtable will focus on current University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy initiatives.

Learning Objectives Identify key initiatives at the College of Pharmacy Discuss priorities for changing curriculum


10:00 am-12:00 pm

Tips for a Successful Legislative Day

— Molly Ekstrand, RPh, BCACP, AE-C, MPhA Past President

Session Details

This roundtable will orient the pharmacist, technician, or other champion to advocacy work to help them feel comfortable and confident to strengthen a relationship with and engage in a fruitful conversation with a legislator.

Learning Objectives — Explain the perspective of their legislator — Start or strengthen a relationship that extends beyond Legislative Day — Share pharmacist and health care information in an engaging and respectful way.


12:00-12:30 pm

Minnesota Board of Pharmacy: Issue Update

— Cody Wiberg, PharmD, MS, RPh, Executive Director, Minnesota Board of Pharmacy

Session Details

Dr. Wiberg will briefly present information concerning the major statutory changes that the Legislature enacted during the 2019 Session. He will briefly talk about pharmacy-related issues that the Legislature is likely to take up during the 2020 Session. Finally, he will give a brief update concerning the rule-making process that the Board is currently engaged in.

Learning Objectives

Pharmacists:
1. Describe some of the major statutory changes enacted during the 2019 Legislative Session
2. Understand the scope and rationale for the Board’s current rule-making process
3. Review pharmacy-related issues that the Legislature is likely to consider during the 2020 Session

Technicians:
1. Describe some of the major statutory changes enacted during the 2019 Legislative Session
2. Understand the scope and rationale for the Board’s current rule-making process
3. Review pharmacy-related issues that the Legislature is likely to consider during the 2020 Session
4. Understand the impact that rule changes specific to technicians may have on technicians


12:30-1:00 pm

Lunch & Networking


1:00-4:30 pm

Capitol Visits


3:00 pm

Participant Photo Opportunity in White Coats - Capitol Steps


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Afternoon Programming

4:30 pm

Welcome & Announcements


4:35 pm

Minnesota Pharmacists Foundation (MPF) Scholarship Presentations

— Steve Simenson, BPharm, FAPHA, DPNAP

Session Details

Since 2003, MPF has awarded annual scholarships to pharmacy students at the University of Minnesota campuses in Duluth and Minneapolis, helped bring the Meth Watch program to Minnesota to educate consumers and retailers on meth awareness, and created the AWARxE campaign to educate communities and individuals on the dangers of prescription and over-the-counter drug misuse and abuse.

The Minnesota Pharmacists Foundation is dedicated to supporting initiatives and programs important to the profession of pharmacy today and in the future. MPF is committed to working in partnership with, and on behalf of, pharmacists and industry partners around the state of Minnesota. Let's celebrate this year's scholarship recipients!


5:00 pm

Visit Experience Sharing

Tamara Bezdicek, PharmD, BCPS, MSHP Past President & Michelle Aytay, RPh, CDE, Region #21 Clinical Services, Walgreens Co., MPhA Past President, MPA Co-Chair

Session Details

You'll enjoy sharing your experiences of meeting legislators with your colleagues and learn best practices for making key points from each other.

Learning Objectives

After participating in this session, Pharmacists should be able to:

1. Convey the concepts that are resonating with legislators at the capitol.
2. State the "who" and the "what" that lead to successful conversations with legislators
3. Improve ability to talk with legislators by learning improvement tips from colleagues.

After participating in this session, Technicians should be able to:

1. Convey the concepts that are resonating with legislators at the capitol.
2. Describe the "who" and the "what" that lead to successful conversations with legislators
3. Improve ability to communicate with legislators by learning improvement tips from colleagues.

 


5:30 pm

Minnesota Legislative Panel: What's on the Horizon?

— Stephen Schondelmeyer, PharmD, PhD, CMC Endowed Chair, Professor & Head, Department of Pharmaceutical and Health System, University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, Moderator & Legislators

Keynote Details

This ever-popular moderated panel with legislators close to health care issues is a highlight of Minnesota Pharmacy Legislative Day. You'll have the opportunity to hear why legislators are pursuing health agendas and have the chance to ask questions and provide your perspectives.

Learning Objectives Describe the major health-related initiatives being considered by the Minnesota legislature Explain the legislative process Create one action item for advocacy to advance practice.


6:15 pm

Reforming Health Care Reform: The Schondelmeyer Report

— Stephen Schondelmeyer, PharmD, PhD, CMC Endowed Chair, Professor & Head, Department of Pharmaceutical and Health System, University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, Moderator & Legislators

Session Details

The Trump Administration continues to implement new health care ideas to address a variety of health care issues. Each day brings new headlines related to drug pricing, drug approvals, health care quality and the ACA, among others. Steve will bring his insider insights looking at how health care reform will be revisited in Washington, DC, and what the potential impact will be on Minnesota pharmacy and health care.

Learning Objectives List the major health care changes being discussed in the Trump Administration and Congress Describe the potential impact of those changes to health care in Minnesota List likely milestones for implementing these changes.




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