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APhA has heard there’s concern about CMS’s recent Medicare Learning Network guidance requiring physicians and other eligible professionals who write prescriptions for Medicare Part D drugs or supplies to be enrolled in an approved status or to have a valid opt-out affidavit on file by a deadline...
On November 17, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released Final Report: Medication Therapy Management Interventions in Outpatient Settings, as reported in our news story on pharmacist.com. This report, a systematic review of the evidence for pharmacists’ medication therapy...
On Monday, October 27, I headed to Little Rock, Arkansas, at the invitation of APhA–APPM President and Trustee Nicki Hilliard, PharmD, BCNP. During this trip I had the chance to interact with a number of students from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Pharmacy. Over...
On October 16, APhA hosted St. John’s University 34th Annual Insider’s View of the Capital Program. Laura Cranston, BSPharm, of the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) led an eventful day of programs centered on the careers and opportunities that await new pharmacy graduates. The first discussion, “...
It is my great pleasure to congratulate fellow pharmacist and Georgia state Sen. Buddy Carter on his election to Congress. With a pharmacist in Congress, I am confident that our nation’s health care policy will turn toward providing consumers with access and coverage for pharmacists’ patient care...
On October 21, CDC’s monthly Public Health Grand Rounds webcast was devoted entirely to pharmacists. This was the first grand rounds program that featured a health care practitioner instead of health issues, so it’s even more exciting that pharmacists were the focus. The webcast, How Pharmacists...
Note to readers from APhA Executive Vice President and CEO Tom Menighan: My friend and longtime colleague N. Lee Rucker, MSPH, is a passionate consumer advocate for increased access for seniors to medication therapy management (MTM) and an APhA Honorary Member for 2014. So I’m especially pleased...
Every pharmacist and student pharmacist who isn’t yet an APhA member should consider this a personal message from me about what we are doing on provider status recognition—and a personal invitation urging each of them to join us in this quest. Every member of APhA strengthens our value, vision,...
On Thursday, I had the honor of visiting the pharmacy team—both pharmacists and pharmacy technicians—at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) in celebration of American Pharmacists Month. COL Stephen Ford, Chief of Pharmacy, leads this group of committed individuals—Army and Navy...
In recent weeks, we’ve continued to raise pharmacy’s visibility on Capitol Hill. As pharmacists and student pharmacists advocate with their Members of Congress and congressional staff for H.R. 4190, we helped organize the second annual health fair on Capitol Hill on September 17 and a provider...