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  • 17 Jan 2020 11:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Applicants must complete education and training or work experience to be eligible in 2020

    WASHINGTON, DC -- With the start of the new year, the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board® (PTCB®), the nation’s leading certifying organization for pharmacy technicians, has implemented new eligibility requirements and an updated Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam® (PTCE®) for its Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) Program. The 2020 changes are based on data generated by PTCB’s most recent pharmacy Job Task Analysis, reflecting input from more than 40,000 technicians across practice settings, and guidance from the pharmacy community, including employers, educators, and organizations.

    “PTCB is focused solely on advancing medication safety, and we rely on data and input from pharmacy professionals to guide the direction of our program updates,” said PTCB Executive Director and CEO William Schimmel. “With the 2020 changes, PTCB reaffirms our commitment to ensuring that PTCB’s CPhT Program advances patient care. Pharmacists can trust that technicians who earn PTCB credentials have demonstrated current knowledge that is critical to performing their jobs safely in today’s pharmacy workplace.”

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  • 17 Jan 2020 11:41 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Residency Funding

    ASHP continues to advocate on behalf of PGY-1 residency funding and has had productive discussions with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the funding disallowances for several programs. We are working with CMS to resolve this issue and provide guidance to our members on how they can avoid compliance challenges that would jeopardize funding. You can join the over 1,000 members who have already helped us raise awareness of the importance of funding pharmacy residencies.  

    Drug Pricing

    During our Annual Legislative Day in September, and throughout 2019, ASHP and its members advocated for bills aimed at curbing high prescription drug costs, including the CREATES Act, which prohibit manufacturers from using safety requirements to prevent generic competitors from accessing samples of brand name products. ASHP's efforts paid off with the inclusion of the CREATES Act in the 2019 end-of-year budget deal, which was signed into law on December 20, 2019 and is expected to improve access to generic drugs while also saving the government about $4 billion dollars.

    In 2019, we also lobbied to reform Direct and Indirect Remuneration (DIR) Fees imposed by PBMs. ASHP is pleased to see bipartisan legislation in the Senate that addresses DIR fees. The bill requires PBMs include any price concessions at the point of sale for Medicare Part D drugs. We are advocating for this language to be included in a final drug pricing bill.

    Drug Shortages

    Addressing drug shortages was one of our top advocacy areas in 2019 and we are pleased that Congress has turned to us for advice as they develop shortage legislation. The Senate has introduced the Mitigating Emergency Drug Shortages (MEDS) Act. The bill incorporates many of ASHP's policy proposals to address shortages including:  

    • Requirement to disclose the cause and expected duration of shortages;
    • Disclosure of manufacturing sites and use of contract manufacturers;
    • Contingency plans for manufacturing disruptions; and
    • Assessment of national security risks associated with drug shortages.

    We are working closely with the House of Representatives and expect to see a similar bill introduced early this year. FDA's Drug Shortages Taskforce also published an ASHP-supported proposal to reduce supply disruptions from manufacturing quality challenges. The proposal calls for making manufacturing quality metrics available to inform pharmacy purchasing.

    Provider Status and Scope of Practice

    Several state legislatures made progress expanding pharmacists' scopes of practice in 2019. We are actively working with state societies to continue that progress and secure reimbursement for those services.

    We are starting 2020 by working with other state and national pharmacy organizations to ask CMS to eliminate barriers to pharmacists practicing at the top of their licenses. In particular, we are highlighting pharmacists' role in patient care and asking for CMS to align Medicare supervision and payment rules with the most robust pharmacist state scopes of practice.

    Thank you for your support and participation in our advocacy efforts,

    Tom Kraus

    Vice President, Office of Government Relations/ASHP

  • 18 Dec 2019 1:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Pharmacy Forecast is a strategic planning tool designed to help leaders prepare for and respond to trends likely to impact patient care. Each chapter includes the results of a series of surveys given to pharmacy leaders addressing the likelihood of a variety of trends and strategic recommendations on how to address these changes. 

    Pharmacy Forecast Preview: The Value of Pharmacy

    The Trend
    This section in the Pharmacy Leadership chapter examines the continuing trend toward value-based reimbursement models. Technology has made it easy to collect information on everything from how we communicate to how many steps we take. Healthcare is no different. Collection and analysis of data is essential to demonstrate the value of pharmacy to patients and organizations.

    The Recommendation
    Pharmacy Forecast experts recommend that leaders develop improved documentation systems. This will help departments prepare for the extra work and workflow changes sure to accompany the increasing amount of data documented in electronic health records. The 2020 edition of the Pharmacy Forecast published in AJHP covers eight domains, including healthcare reform and patient-centered care. Take a look at the open access report for a full list of domains covered in this edition. 

    The Pharmacy Forecast was supported by a grant from Omnicell, Inc., to the ASHP Foundation's David A. Zilz Leaders for the Future Fund.

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  • 10 Dec 2019 10:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ASHP Member Survey Brings Insights on Workforce Burnout and Well-being

    While a majority of hospital and health-system pharmacists feel job-induced stress, many are satisfied with their jobs and believe that they are working at their fullest potential, according to the findings of an ASHP member survey on well-being and resilience in the workforce.
  • 27 Nov 2019 4:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Sixteen posters were presented at the 2019 Catch the Wave conference.  Please click on the link to read eight of the abstracts. Additional abstracts will be posted in the new year.   CSHP Catch the Wave Abstracts - first group.docx

  • 9 Jul 2019 10:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Palliative Care Guideline Available
    A new clinical practice guideline from the National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care describes roles for clinical pharmacists and other members of the healthcare team in providing symptomatic relief and support for patients near the end of life.

  • 2 Jul 2019 10:13 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CDC: Advance Your Pharmacy and Your Community
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released a video showing how pharmacists can improve health in the community by participating in the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). CDC last year released a DPP action guide for pharmacists.

  • 28 Jun 2019 12:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The 71st Meeting of the ASHP House of Delegates demonstrated that the development of good policy requires thoughtful consideration, and constructive debate. From the June 2019 House sessions, 18 new policies resulted and one revised statement. Delegate service also includes helping to communicate the outcome of the ASHP policy process to constituents. The new policies, as approved by the House and the Board, are now available in several formats on the ASHP website on the House Actions tile.

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