Theresa Tolle, BSPharm, APhA Speaker of the House of Delegates, presided over the session. In her Speaker’s Report and farewell speech, she reminded delegates of the important work they do for the profession.
“This House will consider very forward-thinking policies to lead us into the future,” she said.
She added that the APhA Policy Committee topics could indeed create and guide the future for pharmacists. She described the House of Delegates as the “rudder that steers the ship or charts the course for the future of our profession”.
“The best way to lead the future is to create it,” said Tolle.
The three APhA Policy Committee Report Topics for 2017 before the House are: Patient access to pharmacist-prescribed medications, pharmacists’ role within value-based payment models, and pharmacy performance networks.
As part of APhA’s policy development process, more than 300 delegates present in the House reviewed recommendations proposed by the APhA House Rules Review Committee and the APhA Policy Review Committee, and began deliberations on the APhA Policy Committee’s Report.
Six new business items were submitted prior to the 30 days prior to Friday’s session, a requirement according to House rules.
Both the APhA Policy Review Committee Report and the APhA Policy Committee Report were introduced and discussed during a Committee of the Whole session. The House approved the Policy Review Committee Report, and delegates began debate on the Policy Committee Report.
Kevin Musto, BSPharm, Chair of the 2016–17 Policy Committee, introduced the proposed policy statements within the Policy Committee Report that the House must consider. Many of the whole number statements, including all statements under the topic of Pharmacists’ Role within Value-Based Payment Models, were referred to the open hearing taking place on Sunday, March 26 at the APhA2017.
Candidates for the offices of President-elect and Trustee (two pairings) for the APhA Board of Trustees were also given the opportunity to introduce themselves. Voting is now open and will close on May 22, 2017, at 12:00 pm EDT.