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As the specialty pharmacy boom continues to grow, the need for effective reporting processes and systems becomes imperative within a healthcare organization. As a general term, “specialty pharmacy” can capture a variety of disease states and medication classes. Some of the disease states most commonly associated with specialty pharmacy include Cystic Fibrosis, Hepatitis C, HIV, Multiple Sclerosis, Oncology, and Transplantation. Due to the high costs of these medications, there can be increased demands for medication utilization data from both inside and outside of your organization. In addition to new medications, the electronic health record (EHR) vendor landscape ...
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Specialty pharmacy is a complex practice setting.  Prescription processing, prior authorizations, coordinating with all members of the healthcare team meeting accreditation standards, and producing data reports demand unique processes and workflows.   As pharmacists, we are focused on the whole patient, ensuring all disease states are optimally managed (not just the specialty disease state), treatments are safely, effectively, consistently, and persistently administered, and all stakeholders, especially patients and caregivers, are appropriately educated. To optimally manage these patients, we use multiple software systems (e.g. dispensing, EHR, case management). ...
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  Preamble I originally wrote this post in 2010, but was concerned the title might offend some so it was never posted. In my last blog posting, I discussed the dangers of confusing confidence with competence . As I observe many current “leaders” in various industries and in our various elected government officials I have been thinking more about the lessons from Robert Sutton’s 2007 book. In defining the term, Sutton has a “Dirty Dozen - twelve everyday actions that Assholes use.” These are: Personal insults Invading one’s “personal territory” Uninvited physical contact Threats and intimidation, both verbal and nonverbal “sarcastic ...
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I am writing this article for those individuals who have not matched for residency and have planned to reapply the following year. I am writing from my experience of mentoring students (now pharmacists) who did not match the first time and had worked on reapplying the following year for residency.  I think the main differences of those who reapplied was that they were more open to geography, assessing all the programs instead of a select few.  I think the more places you apply to - even out of state, opens your opportunities of being matched. It is, also only one year you get to really be really out of your comfort zone, learn as much as you can, before embarking ...
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the millennial problem

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Not long ago, while catching up on family and friends on Facebook (ok... I admit it), I happened on a video by Simon Sinek entitled " On Millennials in the Workplace " in which I was informed that the generation we refer to as "the millennials" are a uniquely broken generation as a result of: Collossally poor parenting - including protection from failure and lack of discipline Instant gratification as a result of their electronics A lost capacity for joy as a result of never experiencing need or sorrow The result, he tells us, is that we have to especially construct and operate the workplace in order to rehabilitate this broken generation and ...
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From everyone in the Practice Advancement and Advocacy Advisory Group, we congratulate you on completing your academic journey and continuing your pharmacy career as a new practitioner. As pharmacists, our goal is to practice at the highest level and provide care to our patients by collaborative practice and working interprofessionally in the medical team. As a new practitioner, it is crucial that you continue your involvement with professional organizations and legislative advocacy. By continuing your commitment, you engage into leadership roles that can shape the future of our profession. As a new practitioner and resident, it was important for me to ...
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Developing Resilience

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Mind Tool’s Developing Resilience Overcoming and Growing From Setbacks discusses the following points. “Find the strength to keep going. I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work”.American inventor, Thomas Edison According to legend, Thomas Edison made thousands of prototypes of the incandescent light bulb before he finally got it right. And, since the prolific inventor was awarded more than 1,000 patents, it's easy to imagine him failing on a daily basis in his lab at Menlo Park. In spite of struggling with "failure" throughout his entire working life, Edison never let it get the best of him. All of these "failures," which ...
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Which spreadsheet is it in?

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Commentary on Specialty Pharmacy Case Management Spreadsheets, an electronic health record, a specialty pharmacy software platform, a billing system, several calendars, and a bundle of sticky notes. These were the areas (that we know of) that existed for our specialty pharmacy pharmacists and care coordinators to keep track of information for our patients. For the most part, these systems weren’t integrated and did not talk to one another. Needless to say, tracking all the pertinent information to coordinate a single patient was no small feat!  Our health system eventually decided it needed to create a system based within our integrated electronic health ...
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Being A Great Mentor

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Sujan Patel in 6 Things Great Mentors Do Differently. Good mentors are like Yoda -- and other lessons from the mentorship sphere has the following advice. Look for the following six factors that set great mentors apart. Great mentors take action . Good mentors should believe in their mentees enough to take risks for them. That means introducing them to people who could be helpful to their careers, passing on their resumes to your contact at a company they're interested in, letting them shadow or attend meetings with you or pointing them toward a conference or program that could enrich their careers. Takeaway : It's easy to talk a good game ...
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I’m happy to announce that ASHP has once again been named by The Washington Post as one of the 2017 Top Workplaces in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. As part of the Top Workplaces award, ASHP will be featured in a special section of The Washington Post on Sunday, June 18, so pick up a copy of Sunday’s paper or check it out online. The evaluation for the Top Workplaces program is based on feedback from an employee survey that many of our staff completed at the beginning of the year. Nearly 85 percent of staff members participated in the survey, and the results showed that our team appreciates the remarkable work culture we’ve created here at ...
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Note: This is the first of a series of blog posts from the SOPIT Section Advisory Group for Ambulatory Care Informatics' Workgroup on Specialty Pharmacy. “When we get mad, when we get angry, we get better.”  This is a quote from Coach Joel Quenneville of the Chicago Blackhawks. I must admit that when I first saw this quote, the first thing that sprang to mind was prior authorizations (PAs) and the need to ensure patient access to medications! There may be a lot of debate regarding the need for prior authorizations; I am personally glad when there is a triple check on a chosen hepatitis C therapy. However, completing my third zolpidem PA of the day ...
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​ ​It’s no secret that the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting is not an event to miss, but are you looking for a smaller meeting that allows for more personalization? The ASHP Summer Meetings & Exhibition is the perfect stepping stone and is often referred to as a more intimate version of the Midyear Clinical Meeting. Its unique quality comes from the four content-targeted conferences that are held concurrently: the Ambulatory Care Conference, Medication Safety Collaborative, Informatics Institute, as well as Pharmacy, Practice and Policy. As an incoming third year pharmacy student and current ASHP Summer Intern, I had the incredible opportunity to attend ...
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On May 19, the ASHP family celebrated the dedication of our new offices — the Joseph A. Oddis Global Headquarters of ASHP — named for the organization’s second and longest-serving CEO. It’s fitting that Dr. Oddis’ name graces our offices as we mark the beginning of a new era for ASHP. A visionary leader, he has had a profound and lasting impact on ASHP and the creation of modern clinical pharmacy practice and, undoubtedly, has improved patient care and public health. Nearly six decades ago, in 1960, Dr. Oddis took over the helm of ASHP, known then as the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists. During his 37-year tenure as CEO, he transformed ASHP from an ...
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I am thrilled to announce that ASHP has been selected by Modern Healthcare as one of the Best Places to Work in Healthcare for 2017 . As part of this national recognition, ASHP will be featured in the Best Places to Work in Healthcare supplement along with the October 2, 2017, issue of Modern Healthcare . Be sure to pick up a copy of the magazine or check it out online. ASHP will also be honored at the 2017 Best Places to Work Awards Dinner on Thursday, September 28, 2017, in Las Vegas. I’d like to thank the entire ASHP team — our members, who are dedicated to their patients, and our superb staff, who are dedicated to our members and our mission. You ...
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I recently acquired a copy of a press announcement from the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists announcing changes to (clarifications of) the Drug Quality and Security Act Title I (Compounding Quality Act). Specifically they announced (direct quote): Draft a new memorandum of understanding that does not include "dispensing" within the MOU. Congress expressed concern that the FDA draft MOU includes both "dispensing" and "distribution" of compounded medications. Congress made clear in the language that FDA does not possess this authority and specifically stated, "Congress only allowed the FDA to regulate distribution" under the MOU and "Congress ...
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If you are interested in population health in the United States, you may have noticed an alarming finding from the CDC in December, 2016. The agency reported a decrease in life expectancy for the first time since 1993, by 0.1 years from 2014 to 2015.  Many target illnesses for population health programs also experienced increases in age-adjusted death rates, including heart disease, chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke, diabetes, and kidney disease.  Pharmacists and healthcare leaders are keeping their eyes on these trends and the developing opportunities created by incentivized value-based reimbursement programs from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid ...
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Every pharmacist experiences monumental transitions throughout their career beginning with which pharmacy school to attend up to no foreseeable end. Depending on our circumstances and the cards that life offers us, we can find ourselves changing professional environments as quickly, if not quicker, than the changes in landscape of pharmacy. We often ask ourselves three fundamental questions: Am I happy where I am now in my pharmacy career? What do I want out of my pharmacy career? How do I get to where I want with my pharmacy career?                 These fundamental truths we must face may be easy to answer for some, but more often than not, ...
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I recently attended the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists meeting in Cannes, and my wife and I took the opportunity to visit family in Europe and the UK and get a little sight-seeing in. London is one of our favorite cities to go sight-seeing. This time we visited a place called the Royal Mews, behind Buckingham Palace, which is the location of horse stables and a series of carriages (“coaches”) used by the Royal Family for State activities.  The coach collection is impressive, spanning centuries of the monarchy and generations of individuals dedicated to building, maintaining and operating the coaches. One of the oldest coaches is the Gold ...
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On my first day of rotation at ASHP new headquarter, I was so nervous that I could not answer the question “who is your point of contact” when asked by the front desk security guard. After signing in, I was escorted by the security guard to the ninth floor. While waiting in the elevator, I remember thinking to myself, why so fancy! After my first day of rotation, I can honestly say ASHP is one of the best places to work and the people here are extremely welcoming and all had a great sense of humor. For one whole month, I had the opportunity to meet and hear many stories and pieces of advice from ASHP staff members. After each and every meeting I always ...
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Ohio legislators recently passed statute allowing pharmacists a greater scope of practice under a consult agreement with licensed Ohio physicians. Changes for pharmacists consist of adding, modifying and discontinuing drugs and ordering blood and urine testing to assess the effectiveness of the collaboratively managed drug therapy.   Also included in this statute and within State Board of Pharmacy issued consult agreement rules is the requirement that consult agreement policies and procedures establish "training and experience criteria for pharmacists to manage drug therapy pursuant to the consult agreement. These criteria may include privileging or credentialing, ...
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