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SSHP Members and Executive Officers, I would like to remind you all of a unique opportunity for your chapter to participate in through the ASHP Foundation… the Leadership Speakers Bureau! What is the Leadership Speakers Bureau (LSB)? The Leadership Speakers Bureau (LSB) is a program offered through the ASHP Foundation. It is a way to connect with new, interesting, and unique pharmacy speakers from all across the country and have them speak to your SSHP chapter. A host guide is available to help you with the planning and execution of the event. Financial reimbursement is available to help your chapter support the event. Read more about this funding ...
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With a circulation of 45,000, ASHP’s peer-reviewed scientific journal, AJHP , is the most widely recognized and respected pharmacy journal in the world. As part of our year-end review in late 2017, the editors of AJHP assembled a list of the Top 25 most frequently accessed articles on www.ajhp.org . What they found was compelling: The articles read most by you and your colleagues address some of the most critical issues facing the profession and healthcare at large. This connection is no accident. From its early days as The Bulletin to its current iteration, AJHP has sought to provide pharmacists with the latest, most relevant practice information ...
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Coping With Change How to Make the Best of a Stressful Situation from Mind Tools suggests the following for yourself and your staff, students and residents. Sometimes, you can't stop change happening. But you can choose how you deal with it. Chances are that, at some point, a change in your life has been so profound that you've wondered how you're going to cope. Change can be positive (such as a promotion), painful (losing your job), out of your control (manager replaced), or a choice you've made (relocating). And your reaction to that change might vary from excitement to fear, resentment or a confusing mixture of emotions. In all cases, your attitude ...
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Where Does Your ASHP-PAC Donation Go?   Your contribution to the ASHP-PAC matters! Have you considered donating to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Political Action Committee but wondered how the money is used? ASHP Political Action Committee , also known as ASHP-PAC, is a legitimate and regulated channel to provide contributions that support the campaign of pharmacy-friendly candidates for the United States Congress. It is the only political action committee focused on issues that affect hospitals and clinics. Federal lobbyists affiliated with ASHP attend healthcare specific political events, increasing our visibility and promoting ...
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In case you missed it, the Office of the National Coordinator for Information Technology (ONC) just published a draft of a framework for trusted exchange of health information data that they believe is essential to creating true healthcare information interoperability between systems. This framework is mandated in the 21st Century Cures Act (Section 4003) which directed the ONC to create such a framework. It appears that Congress and the ONC has figured out that in order to get the promise of health information technology (HIT), one must first create an environment in which information can be freely and appropriately shared between healthcare providers. That ...
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Organizations providing care to the medically underserved rely on the 340B Drug Pricing Program, and ASHP is committed to fighting ongoing threats to the program that could have serious consequences for our patients. ASHP has a long history of support for the 340B program, and many of our members have seen firsthand the benefits of the program to the patients they serve. As Congress considered overhauling the nation’s healthcare system last year, ASHP developed Principles on Healthcare Reform that included our support for the 340B program. We continue to collaborate with numerous stakeholders, including our longstanding partners at the American Hospital Association ...
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For some time now, drug prices have rocketed on an upward trajectory, like the mythical Icarus soaring towards the sun. In Greek mythology, Icarus ignores his father's warning not to fly too close to the sun. His wings are made of wax and melt. As a result, he tumbles out of the sky into the sea and drowns. Icarus is a story of failure as a result of hubris and therefore it seems an apropos descriptor for the current approach to drug pricing in the US. Drug prices have been flying ever closer to the sun and cannot continue to sustain their flight. Let’s examine some of the evidence. The most common excuse for this rise in prices is that it is costly to develop ...
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​ The Ambulatory Care SAG on Clinical Practice Advancement kicked off the 2017 Midyear Clinical Meeting with a networking session on Telehealth that provided motivation as well as information to all that attended. There was a lot of discussion within the small groups on the strengths and challenges of various telehealth models. For many reasons, most telehealth is still provided via telephone encounters between patients and providers. The session participants discussed the importance of having systems/protocols in place to address new complaints or acute symptoms that cannot be addressed over the phone, and the need to still have interprofessional collaboration ...
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The Alliance for Integrated Medication Management (AIMM) held a live, full day event combining ASHP’s A3 and E3 collaboratives. The E3 collaborative is a grant funded initiative that has been going on for approximately 18 months to improve patient outcomes using the principles of Effectiveness, Efficiency, and Excellence. The A3 collaborative works with organizations to create strategic planning for innovative projects focusing on Comprehensive Medication Management. There are currently 2 cohorts of the A3 collaborative, one cohort started in April 2017 and the other in November 2017. Our organization, Penobscot Community Health Care, has been participating ...
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Dear Oncology Practitioner,​   Happy New Year!   I am reaching out to you today to request your assistance on a PGY2 residency research project. We would like to identify factors that influence an individual’s decision to pursue pharmacy practice in oncology.   This brief survey should take approximately  10-15 minutes  to complete. Please find the survey on the link provided below.   Oncology Experience Survey     Also, please forward the attached invitation to any interested colleagues in oncology pharmacy practice. I would greatly appreciate responses by Wednesday, January 31, 2018.    Thank you in advance ...
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ASHP and our colleagues at the University of Utah have been leaders in providing ASHP members, policymakers, and the entire healthcare community with timely information on drug shortages for nearly 15 years. We have also worked hand in hand with numerous stakeholders to find solutions to help minimize or prevent drug shortages. These efforts have included passing federal legislation and holding numerous multidisciplinary summits on drug shortages, with the most recent stakeholder summit taking place on November 6, 2017, at ASHP headquarters. Today, although progress has been made, drug shortages are still significantly threatening the ability of ASHP members ...
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As some of you know, I recently lost my mother. While at the funeral with my two brothers, we found ourselves considering that the last of a generation had passed, and it was now "up to us".   To be honest, I don't know that I feel ready to be a family patriarch. There were a lot of things Mom did that worked on keeping the family together that I don't do very well.  She was a great communicator. Mom was one of the last of the people I knew who actually wrote letters. Even if the letter only discussed the weather, until her last year those letters were as regular as clockwork. She worried about the family at large and kept each of us in touch with what ...
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Hospitals and medical facilities across the nation are dealing with shortages of medications and supplies on a daily basis. The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) defines a drug shortage as “a supply issue that affects how the pharmacy prepares or dispenses a drug product or influences patient care when prescribers must use an alternative agent.” 1 Drug shortages can be caused by natural disasters, a lack of available raw or bulk materials, manufacturing difficulties, regulatory issues, recalls of the affected or related products, or changes in product formulations. 1,2 ASHP introduced a Phased approach to planning for drug product ...
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The FCC is About to Harm Millions of Patients Repealing Net Neutrality and it’s impact on the American healthcare system. On Thursday, December 14th, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) will be voting on an issue that hasn’t garnered enough public attention, concern, and downright outrage. Net Neutrality (with Title II classification), a consumer protection clause, is set to be dismantled. Repealing this clause will cause serious harm to the economy, the healthcare system, and patients. What is Net Neutrality? Net Neutrality ensures our internet service provider (ISP) allows us to access websites (e.g. Amazon, Google), streaming ...
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As you plan your MCM schedule be aware of this Monday 2-4 Gems  session in room W308B level three. It is five minute "pearl" type presentations. Gems Schedule 12:00 PM2:05 PM Announcements Sara J. White 22:05 PM2:10 PM A Guy's Perspective Integrating Life and Career Rafael Saenz, Pharm.D., M.S. 32:10 PM2:15 PM Integrating Two Young Children with a Pharmacy Career Melinda (Mindy) Burnworth, PharmD, FASHP, FAzPA, BCPS 42:15 PM2:20 PM Planning Your Life and Career as a Marathon Tricia Killingsworth 52:20 PM2:25 PM Life Hacks Jennifer Robertson, Pharm.D., BCPS 62:25 PM2:30 PM Managing Three Young Children, Husband with a Demanding Career ...
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I wound up answering a question on one of the Connect list servers I get and the need to answer it caused me to again reflect on the value of a basic science education, and the disservice I think we do to current graduates by not requiring those basics. The question, you see, was about a "stability" for Potassium Chloride 10 mEq in 100 mL 0.9% Sodium Chloride. Please note that I am not taking pot shots at the Pharm D who asked the question. I have no doubt that their education lacked what was necessary to know the answer. I am taking potshots at a professional education system that would put that person in that position. For those of you who similarly have ...
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If you will be in Orlando check out the Monday 11:15-12:15 Women Networking Session (men welcome) and the Monday 2-4 Gems on Being Successful in Your Career and Lif
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Over the past few years, the term population health has been a buzzword within the pharmacy profession. Population health and related terminology have been defined by utilizing multiple definitions. 1 Specifically, population  health management can be defined as programs targeted to a defined population that use a variety of individual, organizational, and societal interventions to improve health outcomes. 2 Health care systems are increasingly looking for ways to improve population health and provide higher quality care at a lower cost. 3-4 Duke Health, often through value-based agreements with various payers, strives to improve both the quality and cost ...
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Today's ASHP Daily Briefing (8/3/2017) contained an entry for a Washington Post article entitled "Thin Margins for Generic Drugs Reduce Competition". The article was an interesting read. A word of warning, the link has so much advertising content that it is hard to get to the detail in the article. I found it worth the effort. Now, I don't really have a dog in this fight, and haven't had for years, but the article surfaced questions in my mind that I have long had about whether or not our purchasing practices were part of the problem. Most of us look forward to a drug product "going generic" with the expectation of its price decreasing. As stewards of the ...
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A recent essay by Meg Jay in the Wall street Journal recently caught my eye this month. Dr. Jay’s essay notes that many highly successful people dealt with some form of hardship or adversity in their early life. She cites a study of famous biographies that found less than 15% of famous people were raised in supportive homes free of trouble and over three quarters of famous people dealt with some form of severe hardship. Of course, she is not suggesting that we not be supportive and nurturing to our children, but rather that there are some lessons from the successes of resilient people that we can learn from and apply in our lives. I found her thoughts ...
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