Professional Development Opportunities (CE, grants, speaking, writing, resources, etc.) offered by other organizations.

ASHP Foundation Pharmacy Forecast 2018' Now Available

The newest set of strategic planning advice for health-system pharmacists and health-system pharmacy leaders is available at AJHP Online ahead of print in the January 15, 2018, issue. In preparing this edition of Pharmacy Forecast, the ASHP Research and Education Foundation added two pharmacy residents to the report's Advisory Committee.  (Source: ASHP NewsLink 11.28.17)


New Resource Center Offers Convenient Access to Forecasting Reports

The ASHP Forecasts resource center is the gateway to the ASHP and ASHP Research and Education Foundation forecasting reports published in AJHP. This resource center also offers member-only access to the data visualizations and interactive tools that have been developed for the reports.  (Source: ASHP NewsLink 11.28.17)


Tell Us About Your Innovative Improvements to Medication Safety. Apply for Award for Excellence in Medication Safety

This award honors a pharmacist-led multidisciplinary team for making significant institution-wide medication safety improvements with $30,000. The award also honors up to two finalist organizations, who will receive $10,000 each. The deadline to submit letters of intent is January 16, 2018(source: ASHP Affilitate Relations News 11.28.17)


ASHP Foundation Accepting Applications for Master's Residency Practice-Based Research Grants

Up to four $5,000 grants are available to pharmacy residents in master's degree programs. The Master's Residency Research Grant Program supports practice-based research related to the ASHP/ASHP Foundation Pharmacy Practice Model Initiative (PPMI) or Ambulatory PPMI conducted by residents in ASHP-accredited pharmacy residency programs or by residents in pharmacy residency programs that have submitted an application for ASHP accreditation that combine completion of the residency and a master's degree. (source: ASHP Affilitate Relations News 11.28.17)


Two Free Live CE Webinars: Clinical Workshop on Managing Heart Failure During Transitions of Care and 'Hot Topics In Hyperthermia'

December 4, 2017 Click on titles above for links to details and registration.

Join leading faculty on December 4th as they conduct a clinical case workshop to illustrate how therapy choices and transitions of care can affect hospital admissions. Cases follow patients during their transitions of care when changes in therapy are likely to occur and additional clinical services might be considered. ASHP membership is not required.

Life-threatening hyperthermic conditions are rare, but by attending a free CE webinar on Monday, December 4, you'll be better prepared to recognize and manage them. The webinar provides 1.5 hours of CE for pharmacists, physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners, and ASHP membership is not required.   (Source: ASHP NewsLink 11.21.17)


Be Recognized as a 340B Expert  

The Apexus Advanced 340B Operations Certificate Program provides specialized training that empowers participants with tools, resources, and expertise. It prepares participants to solve and overcome 340B Drug Pricing Program implementation challenges and rigorously comply with the rules of this federal program. ASHP members receive a $100 discount off the enrollment fee; use code ASHP17M. (Source: ASHP NewsLink 11.21.17)

 

Sterile Product Preparation Training and Certificate Program

This ASHP Professional Certificate Program is designed for participants to recognize the importance of aseptic processing and develop the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare sterile products safely and effectively. Participants will learn the evolution of aseptic processing as it relates to today's practice standards and be taught the behaviors and skills required of all personnel who compound sterile products. This program provides 17.25 CE hours for pharmacists and technicians.  (source: ASHP NewsLink 11.14.17)

 

AHFS Drug Information 2018 Available To Order

With content supported by nearly 90,000 references and the advice of numerous subject matter experts, AHFS Drug Information® helps you protect your patients and your practice. The 2018 edition includes updated monographs and references related to revised therapeutic guidelines on the treatment of fungal infections and chronic hepatitis C. AHFS DI 2018 is the only print compendium designated by the U.S. Congress. (source: ASHP NewsLink 11.7.17)

 

Free Board Exam Preparation Material for Residents, New Practitioners

Residents and new practitioners: Reserve your spot in ASHP's Review and Recertification Reward Program (RRRP). The RRRP provides free access to ASHP's online review course, practice exam, and core therapeutic modules. Once you pass the exam, you are enrolled in ASHP's online recertification program, which provides access to recertification hours for just $10 per month for the initial seven-year cycle. (source: ASHP NewsLink 11.7.17)


CMS Explains Proper Pharmacy Billing of Immunosuppressive Drugs

A new article from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services explains to pharmacies the appropriate use of the KX modifier when billing Medicare for immunosuppressive drugs provided to beneficiaries whose organ transplant was paid for by Medicare. The Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General had determined that earlier information provided to pharmacies had not been clear and consistent. (posted 10.24.17)


New Recertification Opportunities for BCACP, BCCCP, BCPPS, BCPS

Earn up to three hours of Board of Pharmacy Specialties–approved recertification credit with ASHP's Core Therapeutic Modules (CTMs) for recertification. The CTM recertification packages consist of three activities and assessments for each specialty. In each activity, faculty use a case-based approach to review clinical topics and practice skills. The CTMs for recertification are included in the 3-Year Recertification Plans. (posted 10.24.17)


Call for Resolutions for 2018 House of Delegates Session

The Call for Resolutions for the ASHP 2018 House of Delegates is now available. Resolutions require sponsorship by two active members, who need not be delegates. All resolutions must be submitted by March 5, 2018, in advance of the 2018 House of Delegates Session, to be held June 3 and 5. (posted10.24.17)


New Online Resource Offers Tools to Prepare Pharmacists for Provider Roles

ASHP on Monday launched the Provider Status Readiness Resource Center to help members and healthcare organizations transition to new care delivery models that include pharmacists as direct patient care providers. The resource center includes a checklist for assessing an institution's ability to operationalize provider status, examples of reimbursable service and practice models, and strategies for using credentialing and privileging processes to foster ongoing competence in specialized areas. (source: ASHP NewsLink 10.17.17)


Research Tips for Pharmacy Residents Available Online

The ASHP Research and Education Foundation has developed "Residency Research Tips," a free 22-page guide with practical advice and guidance that will help pharmacy residents complete a successful research project. "Residency Research Tips" also offers links to other resources, such as AJHP articles, that provide in-depth information.  (source: ASHP NewsLink 10.17.17)


New Recertification Opportunity for BCGPs

Pharmacists with the BCGP credential are eligible to receive three hours of recertification credit for completing the Specialty Selected Reading module that focuses on the most recent guidelines and current approaches to managing cardiovascular disease in the elderly. By reading the selected book chapter, listening to the presentation, and answering the postactivity assessment, the clinician will enhance their understanding and application of these criteria and approaches. The module is included in the 3-Year Recertification Plan.  (source: ASHP NewsLink 10.17.17)


Apply for 2018 Pharmacy Leadership Academy

Whether you're an experienced leader or a leadership novice, you can benefit from this unique opportunity. The Pharmacy Leadership Academy is a one-year, seven-course program designed to help pharmacists develop the leadership skills necessary to meet the challenges of changing healthcare models. A discount on the tuition is available to those who submit an application by February 13, 2018. (source: ASHP NewsLink 10.10.17)


2017 Personnel Placement Service (PPS)

On October 23, PPS online will open and early bird rates will expire. Candidates will begin viewing and applying for open positions, while employers will be able to search CV's and connect with candidates. Don't miss a great opportunity where pharmacy residency, fellowship, and employment connections are made. Conducted during ASHP's Midyear Clinical Meeting, PPS runs from 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., December 3-7, and brings together more than 3,000 pharmacy candidates and nearly 400 employers. To register or for more information, contact careerpharm@ashp.org.


ASHP to Create Pharmacy Technician Forum

On September 29, the ASHP Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve the creation of an enhanced membership home for pharmacy technicians — the ASHP Pharmacy Technician Forum, ASHP announced on Monday. Although pharmacy technicians have always been able to join and receive a wide variety of ASHP benefits, the new Pharmacy Technician Forum will significantly enhance their voice and engagement in ASHP by providing the education, tools, and resources they need to further advance their careers and solidify their roles as members of the interprofessional patient care team. (source: ASHP NewsLink 10.3.17)

 

ASHP's Essential Sterile Compounding Reference Is Now Updated

Compounding Sterile Preparations, by E. Clyde Buchanan, Philip J. Schneider, and Ryan A. Forrey, is the most comprehensive and authoritative reference available on sterile compounding. It's a trusted resource that every pharmacist needs, and the new edition coming at the end of October will be the first update since 2009. This edition includes coverage of USP Chapters <800> and <797> and updates on regulations related to the Drug Quality and Security Act. Preorders are being accepted.  (source: ASHP NewsLink 10.3.17)

  

New FDA Webpage Publicizes AE Reports Related to Compounded Drugs

FDA on Friday launched the webpage "Compounding Risk Alerts." The purpose of the information at the webpage and related pages, FDA stated, is "to alert health care professionals of adverse event reports related to compounded drugs." Up first is FDA's investigation into two serious adverse events linked to an injectable curcumin emulsion product compounded by ImprimisRx. (source: ASHP NewsLink 8.8.17)

 

SafeMedication.com Explains Allergic Reactions to Inactive Ingredients

The new SafeMedication.com tip "Allergic Reactions to Inactive Ingredients in Medications" explains in patient-friendly terms the oddity of inactive ingredients having the potential to cause allergic reactions. The tip was written by Abby Gallagher of St. Vincent Hospital in Erie, Pa., and Indrani Kar of University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio. SafeMedication.com is ASHP's consumer resource for drug information. (source: ASHP NewsLink 8.1.17)

 

Choosing Wisely App Helps Clinicians to Search Recommendations

A new app from the ABIM Foundation makes Choosing Wisely's 500 specialty society recommendations, including the five from ASHP, available to clinicians at the touch of an iPhone screen. Users can filter the recommendations by topic area, society, age, setting, and service. The foundation said the app will be available for iPads within a month and Android devices soon afterward.  (source: ASHP NewsLink 8.1.17)

 

Groups Launch Online Tool for Navigating Expanded Access Process

The new Expanded Access Navigator is intended to help patients, caregivers, and physicians work through the process of accessing investigational treatments that have not been approved by FDA. This online tool was launched on Monday by the Reagan-Udall Foundation for the FDA, pharmaceutical industry, federal government, and patient advocacy organizations. (To find investigational treatments with expanded access programs, use the Advanced Search feature at ClinicalTrials.gov.) (source: ASHP NewsLink 7.25.17)


New Edition of Essential Introductory Book for Institutional Pharmacy Practice

Now available in print and ebook formats, ASHP's Introduction to Acute & Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Practice, Second Edition, serves as a primer for pharmacy students and technicians on all aspects of institutional pharmacy practice in hospital and outpatient settings. The book is also a useful reference for new practitioners and anyone else interested in institutional pharmacy's current financial, technological, and distributional systems.  (source: ASHP NewsLink 7.25.17)


ASHP's Chapter <800> Answer Book Prepares Pharmacies for New Safety Requirements
The Chapter <800> Answer Book by Patricia C. Kienle, R.Ph., M.P.A., FASHP, is the first publication to clarify the differences between current practice and the new standards that pharmacies will be required to follow when the U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) General Chapter <800> becomes enforceable on July 1, 2018.

For more information or to place an order (978-1-58528-573-0), visit www.ashp.org/chapter800, email custserv@ashp.org, or call 866-279-0681 (U.S. & Canada) or 001-301-664-8700 (international). For bulk sales inquiries and desk copy requests, contact ASHP sales representative Chris Jezowski at cjezowski@ashp.org(source: ASHP NewsLink 6.20.17)


New ASHP Service: Verifying Residency Completion

With ASHP's new verification service, you no longer need to go through the tenuous, time-consuming process of acquiring a residency completion certificate. The ASHP Credential Verification Service provides a thorough report in just minutes. The information comes from the only comprehensive source for ASHP-accredited residency verification as derived from the original data provided by individual residency programs.

This new service will help your organization:

  • Support internal organizational credentialing and privileging processes.
  • Confirm you are choosing the best candidates.
  • Avoid future staffing issues.

Visit the Credential Verification Service


ASHP Launches ASHP Consulting Service  

ASHP Consulting, by ASHP, is a new healthcare consulting service providing expert advice on a wide variety of pharmacy practices. ASHP Consulting's credentialed pharmacy experts provide clients with an assessment of programs and services followed by customized, best practice-based recommendations for improving an organization's pharmacy services. (posted 4.18.17)

 

Pharmacy Forecast 2017 Examines Trends Affecting Health-System Operations  

Download your copy of Pharmacy Forecast 2017 to receive insight into health-system operations and seven other potentially challenging domains for health-system pharmacists and obtain advice on how to approach each of these challenges. The report is based on a survey of Forecast Panelists regarding their expectations of how various developments will unfold in their geographic region by the year 2021.   (Source: ASHP NewsLink 4.18.17)

 

ASHP Launches Digital AHFS Clinical Drug Information  

AHFS® Clinical Drug Information™ is your comprehensive interactive treatment and drug therapy solution. For 59 years, AHFS Drug Information in print has been the most trusted drug information and safety resource. That information is now digital and seamlessly incorporates current drug shortages information and real-time drug and safety updates. You can easily switch between concise, direct point-of-care, actionable drug information with AHFS DI Essentials, or the full database contents of AHFS Drug Information. It is available through both a responsive web platform and an app for your mobile device.  (source: ASHP NewsLink 3.28.17)


    Increase Support for Expanded Technician Roles

    Provide technician-specific CE for your staff

    Expanded roles for pharmacy technicians require additional training and education. Ensure that your staff is receiving quality CE with a group subscription to PharmacyTechCE.org. Contact Chris Jezowski at cjezowski@ashp.org for volume discounts or to schedule a demonstration.


    PTCB Suspends Accredited Education Requirement Originally Planned for 2020
    PTCB has decided to suspend the implementation of the planned 2020 accredited education requirement for pharmacy technicians who seek PTCB Certification. PTCB originally announced in 2013 that the requirement would take effect in 2020 as part of a road map of program changes designed to keep pace with the evolution of technician roles in the pharmacy. Read the full story.


    Guide to Choices and Challenges for Young Pharmacists

    ASHP has released a new book of advice for student pharmacists, residents, and new practitioners. Letters from Rising Pharmacy Stars: Advice on Creating and Advancing Your Career in a Changing Profession, by Susan A. Cantrell, B.S.Pharm., CAE, and Sara J. White, M.S., FASHP, is a collection of compelling letters from 30 early- to mid-career pharmacists who share their experiences and insights with their younger colleagues. The new book is a guide to the choices and challenges that young pharmacists face, a companion to ASHP’s Letters to a Young Pharmacist: Sage Advice on Life and Career from Extraordinary Pharmacists,.

    For more information or to place an order (978-1-58528-568-6), visit www.ashp.org/risingstars, email custserv@ashp.org, or call 866-279-0681 (U.S. & Canada) or 001-301-664-8700 (international).


    20th Century Cures - ASHP Legislative Summary

    21st Century Cures bill was passed late last year and signed by President Obama. ASHP identified those areas of the law that they think will have some impact on our members, or public health. The law is 1,000 pages so focused only on those provisions with potential impact for pharmacy and public health.  (source: ASHP 1.6.17)

     

    New to our online catalog of recertification activities, the Core Therapeutic Modules for recertification provide up to three hours of recertification credit per specialty. For three-year subscription holders, these activities are included and are available in your eLearning account. (source: ASHP NewsLink 12.27.16)


    New name, same program. Residents and new practitioners considering a specialty certification can register for this program and gain access to an ASHP review course (live or online), practice test, and Core Therapeutic Modules at no cost. In return, registrants complete their recertification cycle with ASHP for only $10 per month. That price is guaranteed for the entire seven-year recertification cycle. (ASHP NewsLink 12.20.16)

     

    What would you do in your first 90 or 100 days in a new managerial position? Get some ideas and offer your own by joining ASHP's Women in Pharmacy Leadership Connect Community and reading the discussion. The community, which is open to all ASHP members, provides a forum for discussion on the pharmacy workforce's changing demographics and leadership development needs.  (source: ASHP NewsLink 11.8.16)


    Survey Shows Three-Quarters of Americans Would Seek Out a Pharmacy Where Pharmacy Technicians are Certified: Americans Value Certification and Expect Pharmacy Technicians To Be Certified 

    WASHINGTON, DC – The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) has released the findings of a 2016 public perception survey, revealing that 85% of the public believes it is very important for pharmacy technicians to be certified. Consumers feel so strongly about certification that 76% say that they would seek out a different pharmacy if they knew technicians working in their current pharmacy were not certified. The survey shows that among consumers, frequent pharmacy visitors are even more likely (79%) to seek a pharmacy where technicians are certified, and adults with children at home are most likely (82%) to look elsewhere. 

    Read the full story.


    Pharmacy Forecast 2016-2020 Offers Strategic Advice on the Pharmacy Work Force

    Supported by the David A. Zilz Leaders for the Future Fund
    How likely is it that by 2020, the salaries of newly hired entry-level pharmacy technicians in health systems will increase by at least 25 percent? Find out by visiting the "Pharmacy Work Force" section on page 25 of the Pharmacy Forecast 2016-2020. The report offers a unique perspective on predictions in eight domains that may prove to be challenging for health-system pharmacy practice leaders. For more information and to download a free copy, visit www.ashpfoundation.org/pharmacyforecast.   (Source: ASHP State Affiliate NewsLink 8.30.16)


    New PAI Video: The Journey to Improve Patient Care  

    What began as the ASHP-ASHP Foundation Pharmacy Practice Model Initiative has evolved into the Practice Advancement Initiative, a national movement to improve pharmacy practice and patient care in both acute and ambulatory care settings. Learn more about how to get involved by viewing the video. (source: ASHP 7.26.16)


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    Publishing Opportunities Abound for Residents in New AJHP Residents Edition See our dedicated page for residents

    ASHP's Resident Reward and Recertification Program See our dedicated page for residents

    Enroll in the ASHP Connect Mentor Match!

    ASHP's Mentor Match allows members to connect within the ASHP Connect member community and establish mentoring relationships. Please sign up as a mentor, mentee, or both and connect with others to expand and enhance your professional network.  Once in ASHP Connect, click on the "Mentoring" tab and use the left navigation bar to enroll. Enroll in Mentor Match


    Speaking Opportunities

    The Leadership Speakers Bureau (LSB) provides pharmacy students the opportunity to speak with a health-system leader on the importance of building leadership skills. The LSB, launched as an initiative by the Center for Health-System Pharmacy Leadership in 2009 in response to needs expressed by pharmacy students, is a resource for student societies to host a leadership event. The LSB provides funding and a way of connecting with health-system pharmacy leaders who present the importance of leadership development as a necessary part of their professional development.


    If you are a pharmacy leader and are interested in participating in the Leadership Speakers Bureau as a speaker, you are invited to submit your name. To learn more about the program please visit the ASHP Foundation’s website www.ashpfoundation.org/lsb.


    Purchase ASHP eBooks directly through CSHP!

    ASHP’s clinical, professional, drug information, and educational resources are now easier to access than ever with ASHP eBooks.  Use the ASHP eBooks platform as an app on iPhone, iPad, and Android devices to view your online purchases, or download them to your computer with the iOffline . Make a purchase through the ASHP eBooks store (direct link for state), then bookmark, highlight, and instantly post content on social media platforms. Once you have ordered your books through the ASHP eBooks store, then download the app by searching ASHP eBooks in the App Stores. Make sure you use the code CT2014 to benefit your state. Order at http://ebooks.ashp.org