Plenary Sessions

Monday, March 3
8:00 am – 12:30 pm

Attend the General Session on Monday morning to participate in the four plenary sessions. During each of the plenary sessions will combine an overview of the critical issues by the primary author followed by a facilitated voting and feedback process that will fully engage all attendees. 

This is a novel format: you will engage with the primary authors of the Ambulatory Care Conference and Summit briefing documents, obtain continuing pharmacy education credits, and build consensus with your colleagues to advance pharmacy practice in ambulatory care settings.


8:15 am – 9:15 am

Defining and Advancing Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Practice

ACPE Activity #:  0204-0000-14-801-L04-P
1.0 Contact Hour / Knowledge-based

Defining and advancing ambulatory care pharmacy practice is complex, going beyond the individual practitioner and practice setting.  This session will focus on collective efforts by the leaders in the field to advance ambulatory care pharmacy practice from the perspectives of the health care needs of patients, as well as, the capabilities and aspirations of the profession of pharmacy.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the benefits of integrating ambulatory pharmacy services into patient care and an interprofessional process.
  • Identify the education, training and qualifications of pharmacists that enhance ambulatory pharmacy practice.

Speaker

  • Dennis Helling, BS Pharmacy, PharmD, DSc, FCCP, FAPhA, FASHP, Clinical Professor, University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, Denver

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9:15 am – 10:15 am

Patient Care Delivery and Integration

ACPE Activity #:  0204-0000-14-802-L04-P
1.0 Contact Hour / Knowledge-based

Foundational to optimizing both patient outcomes and health care resources is to effectively integrate pharmacy services with the overall care provided to ambulatory patients. The intent of this session based upon the briefing document is to highlight guidance to ambulatory care pharmacists in challenging topics that include: practice-level considerations for implementing new service models, pharmacists’ roles and responsibilities as part of inter-professional care teams, integration of pharmacy services in contemporary care delivery models and identification issues that would benefit from further consensus among ambulatory care pharmacy practice leaders.

Learning Objectives:

  • Propose a systematic approach to address practice-level considerations for establishing new ambulatory care pharmacy services.
  • Identify opportunities for integration of pharmacy services in contemporary healthcare delivery models.

Speaker

  • Kelly Epplen, PharmD, BCACP, Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy Practice, James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, University of Cincinnati, OH

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10:30 am – 11:30 am

Sustainable Business Models

ACPE Activity #:  0204-0000-14-803-L04-P
1.0 Contact Hour / Knowledge-based

Advancing ambulatory pharmacy practice will require careful attention to developing sustainable business models that consider multiple sources of financial support and connect with contemporary payment models in health care, such as accountable care organizations (ACOs).  Additionally, the session will challenge attendees to examine their own business plan and consider what pharmacy practice needs to focus on now in ambulatory care settings.

Learning Objectives:

  • List the four pillars of business sustainability described in the activity.
  • Identify future changes that have a potential impact on sustainable ambulatory care pharmacy practice.

Speaker

  • Gloria Sachdev, BSPharm, PharmD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Purdue University College of Pharmacy, Indianapolis, IN

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11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Outcomes Evaluation

ACPE Activity #:  0204-0000-14-804-L04-P
1.0 Contact Hour / Knowledge-based

It is evident that there is a shift in the emphasis from structure and process indicators to outcome indicators in gauging quality of health care.  Quality of care is multi-faceted with a focus on the patient that includes clinical, safety, and quality of life indicators and considers the financial impact of care options and resources.  It is imperative that pharmacy clinicians and leaders foster thoughtful discussion and build consensus around the metrics, local initiatives and national priorities that are useful to assess patient outcomes. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe specific examples where ambulatory pharmacy services can improve health care quality.
  • Identify at least one national quality improvement effort that could be implemented in your practice setting.

Speaker

  • Mary Ann Kliethermes, BSPharm, PharmD, Vice Chair Ambulatory Care, Associate Professor, Chicago College of Pharmacy, Midwestern University, Downers Grove, IL

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