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Alyse Kalish in 15 Better Things to Do After Work (if You Want to Be Happy) in The Muse suggests the following. For the longest time, I would come home from work and immediately pop on the TV. It was mindless—after a day of meetings, intensive heads-down work, and never-ending email chains, the only thing I thought I wanted to do was watch five episodes of some sitcom I’d seen hundreds of times before. But then last year, I realized I was always ending the day feeling exhausted, or worse with a headache. In addition, I wasn’t sleeping well. So, I tried an experiment: Instead of turning on the TV in my free time, I’d pick up a book. The results were surprising. ...
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​​​What are your thoughts on recent news regarding rising drug prices?  Is there a shared blame for the increasing costs in healthcare as PBMs and drugmakers continue to profit (see stock market) while end-users like patients and pharmacies seem to be shouldering the financial burden?  The Ohio Dept of Medicaid has refused to work with PBMs who use "spread pricing" which may be costing taxpayers millions of dollars.  What role should pharmacists play in this conversation?  How can we better advocate for patients?  What have others done to improve transparency? Pharmacy Benefit Managers Say Drugmakers To Blame For High Drug Prices. The Washington Examiner ...
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John Boitnott in How to Once and for All Rid Yourself of Career-Imposter Syndrome at Work provides the following advice. The solution to imposter syndrome for competent people is to get in touch with reality. Do you ever ask yourself? How soon before they figure out that I’m not meant to be here? I was promoted by a mistake. I was hired because they forgot to ask one question that would have ended the interview on the spot. These are the fables we tell ourselves because we lack self-confidence, or because we are battling a particular type of self-destructive anxiety. These are lies, which cause us to act timidly in meetings when in reality our contributions ...
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Being Smart with Email

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Tom Szaky in 5 Rules for Staying In Charge of Your Inbox Work smart to manage your messages, and not the other way around offers the following advice. I am inundated with emails. I get hundreds a day, and make sure there's resolution to each and every one. With the influx of messages, I could easily spend the near-entirety of every day replying, in conversation, typing. However, I have services to provide and being in the business of eliminating the idea of waste I need every ounce of the time and energy I have. Staying in control of my schedule is one of the most important ways I stay productive. On the surface, busying yourself with email exchanges ...
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I am reading yet another story in Newsweek  about an ER nurse who self-medicated with diverted narcotics while on duty, now known to have given at least 2 people Hepatitis C. According to the article, the hospital now plans to notify approximately 2,600 patients potentially affected to come in for testing, at the hospital's expense, as well as free treatment for any patients who are discovered to have the disease. Let we forget, similar diversion by surgery technicians Rocky Allen and Kristin Parker resulted in the need to test nearly 30,000 patients. It amazes me that individual I meet see diversion as an embarrassment to sweep under the rug rather than a ...
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Yesterday we announced that ASHP has entered into a partnership with Oxford University Press (OUP) for the production, marketing, and sales of AJHP . This is great news for advancing AJHP ’s cutting-edge scientific content globally and ensuring the long-term sustainability of this well-respected and widely read pharmacy journal. AJHP plays an essential role in providing the latest evidence, practice information, news, and opinion pieces that guide medication use and healthcare delivery at the policy, population, and individual patient levels. For the past 75 years, ASHP has offered this high-impact, peer-reviewed journal as a benefit to ASHP’s members and ...
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            If you’re reading this post, then you made it through Michelle Yi’s year (If not click here for her blog on P1 year) , and for that, I’d like to wish you congratulations!  You’ve probably picked up a cornucopia of skills over the course of that first year, and I can guarantee those skills are going to come in quite handy time and time again throughout your career.  Your P2 year is when pharmacy school starts ratcheting up in terms of the actual clinical knowledge, time spent in a community setting, and balancing everything you are involved in.             To provide a brief overview, I had a challenging time adjusting to the workload of P1 year ...
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(A Look Back at on my P1 Year at UNC Part 1) I always thought I would want to stay at the University of Florida for pharmacy school. After all, it was my home with all my friends, my family a couple hours away in Tampa and a great pharmacy school. But after studying abroad in South Korea during my junior year, I realized I wanted to get out of Florida, travel somewhere new and create a new home, so I set my sites on UNC. Fast forward a couple years, I got through the hardest parts, received my acceptance letter and before I knew it, it was the end of my senior year and I was preparing to move and start pharmacy school. The transition was harder than I expected. ...
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I really enjoy getting the ASHP Daily Briefing, and today's edition (Friday the 13 th !)  contained a summary of a Fierce Healthcare  article regarding a Leapfrog assessment of bar code medication administration.  According to this article, Leapfrog assesses BCMA according to four tenets of use: A bar-code system is in place across all of the hospital's intensive care, medical and surgical or labor and delivery units. The bar codes for patients and medications are both scanned in 95% of bedside medication administrations. All seven decision support elements that are deemed essential by Leapfrog's BCMA Expert Panel are in place. The five best practices ...
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As a follow-up to my previous hit of a blog post, I wanted to take a minute and expand upon some of the activities that I got to take part in while in Denver for the ASHP Summer Meetings, as well as a general description of my new role in Bethesda, MD at ASHP's headquarters. The first day of the meeting consisted of the various ASHP Sections and Forums having their bi-annual face-to-face meeting to discuss the status of their respective groups and the plans for the months ahead. It was very humbling to look around the conference rooms and see so many pharmacy directors, presidents, and leaders within the field all gathered in one place. I also had the ...
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Commentary on Medication Management During Transitions of Care. Electronic health records and health information exchanges are providing a multitude of new data sources to share patient information. However, similar to other sources of data such as printed papers, facsimiles and of course, the patients themselves, the accuracy of this information still relies on the quality of human documentation and other human factors. As pharmacists, we often deal with this in medication management during transitions of care. Reviewing all sources of information during medication reconciliation and transitions of care can often be a laborious process. Although ...
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I have seen a rise in administrative residencies. I have mentored pharmacists in these programs and have witnessed first- hand how they foster personal and professional growth and leadership. The graduates of these programs are usually fast tracked into management positions, often supervising pharmacists with years of experience.  I imagine that it is difficult to come straight out of residency and manage people with years of experience. Yet, these pharmacists often do a great job because they gain the skills during their residencies to navigate such difficult situations. I would like to start a conversation though about the clinicians, those working the ...
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My name is Michelle Yi and I’m a rising P2 at the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy. I graduated from the University of Florida (go Gators) in 2017 with a degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition. Moving to North Carolina to attend my dream pharmacy school in August of 2017 was one of the scariest but most exciting things I’ve ever done . When everyone said “time flies,” I didn’t really believe it until I had graduated from UF and was preparing to leave all my family and friends to move to Chapel Hill, North Carolina and start my first year of pharmacy school. I’d be lying if I said it was easy but I would also be lying if I said it ...
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Insane.  Two days after first stepping foot into ASHP’s headquarters, I was on a plane to the legendary mile high city, Denver, for the ASHP Summer Meeting.  This was my first meeting with ASHP and I can safely say it was mind-bogglingly fantastic.  I was thrust into a flurry of names, sessions, and activities with a horde of the foremost minds in the profession of pharmacy. This summer meeting provided a more intimate setting to meet and greet with residents, fellows, students, and directors to promote myself and get my name into the industry.  I also got the opportunity to act as a moderator for a leadership session, sit in with the House of Delegates ...
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Cybersecurity

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Yesterday I received a link to the HITRUST Alliance with a report on cyber security issues in healthcare . In talking with a colleague in the cyber security space, he described the report as "fundamentally sound, if a bit sensationalized". I would therefore recommend it to your reading. The principal concern of the report appears to revolve around systems and devices that are visible to the web, and should not be. Having said that, the report contains some nuggets about cyber security of which many of us may be unaware: Use of unprotected data storage devices - this is not new to me but may be to you. Plugging an unprotected thumb drive into a company ...
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What if you could ask your favorite voice-activated device these questions: “How many Adverse Drug Events (ADE) were associated with warfarin vs. Direct Oral Anticoagulants (DOACs) in our organization? … How do our ADEs compare with the national average?” “How do the ADEs compare between patient specific insulin syringes made in pharmacy versus using multi-dose vials in nursing units?” “What are the most common errors in the medical/surgical units across our system?” Imagine you are shopping online for beauty products, electronics, or anything else you normally buy online.  Using various filtering tools, virtual carts, and confirmation ...
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The profession of pharmacy is a constantly changing field. The pharmacist’s role continues to evolve as practice environments progress to meet the demands of an ever-changing health care landscape. One thing remains true, however, and that is pharmacists continue to improve patient care as an integral member of the health care team. The Practice Advancement Initiative (PAI) is a way pharmacists can mobilize pharmacy practice by utilizing institution-specific resources and technology to improve patient outcomes. As pharmacists, we must recognize the importance of our own training as medication experts and take responsibility for the outcomes related to the use ...
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Throughout my roles as both a member and an executive-board leader of the University of Iowa Student Society for Health-Systems Pharmacists (UI-SSHP), I have planned and coordinated many chapter events. There is definite room for improvement in our efforts to support and educate fellow students about the ASHP Practice Advancement Initiative (PAI). Unfortunately, our student society has done little to promote student involvement with the PAI, and as a student leader, I have multiple proposals to increase involvement in my local SSHP, as well as among student pharmacists across the nation. It is important to educate and promote the PAI among students, as ...
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Counting Our Opioid Predicament by Numbers Elizabeth Tien, PharmD, BCPS and Chenshan Zhou, PharmD The opioid epidemic began with one plant, the opium poppy. Long known throughout history for its medicinal properties, early scrolls documented its analgesic and euphoric uses. 1 Isolation of its active ingredient, morphine, did not occur until 1805 by Friedrich Wilhelm Adam Sertürner, and mass production of morphine followed several decades later. 1 Gaining more wide spread use as time passed, the presence of addiction arose during the time of the Civil War. 2 As we continue into the twenty-first century, abuse and misuse of opioids have rapidly grown and continue ...
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The intent of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act of 2009 and the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan was to stimulate the adoption of electronic health records (EHR) in order to improve patient outcomes.  One report by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology showed a significant increase in EHR adoption between 2008 to 2015. For example, the number of non-Federal acute care hospitals increased from 9.4 % in 2008 to 83.8 % in 2015. 1 EHRs contain tools that augment patient care.  For example, clinical decision support can detect drug allergies and contraindications.  Transcription ...
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