Collaborating with prescribers to treat chronic pain

Pain is an emotional condition, and a big part of addressing chronic pain is addressing its emotional component. “Having a team approach to that is fundamental,” said Noah Nesin, MD, FAAFP, vice president of medical affairs at Penobscot Community Health Care (PCHC), a federally qualified health center in Maine.

Student Academy explores meaning of beginning a legacy

The APhA Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA–ASP) Opening General Session featured keynote speaker Camille Nelson, PhD, APhA President Nancy Alvarez, and the Student Pharmacists Got Talent performers as well as recognition of award-winning chapters at the 2018 APhA Annual Meeting & Exposition in Nashville on Friday, March 16.


APhA2018: The journey toward value-based payment models

Most organizations are going through the shift from traditional fee-for-service to value-based payment models. “Quality is here to stay,” said Amanda Brummel, PharmD, BCPS. Pharmacists “need to understand the culture change happening.”

APhA President-elect Hilliard stresses significance of pharmacists in patient care

APhA President-elect Nicki Hilliard PharmD, MHSA, BCNP, FAPhA, spoke of the importance of pharmacists and their work in her speech, Realizing Pharmacy’s Significance, at the second General Session of APhA2018 on Sunday. Hilliard, a nuclear pharmacist, will be the 163rd APhA President.


APhA2018: Federal Pharmacy Forum held in Nashville

The leader becomes the culture, said keynote speaker CAPT (Ret.) Mark Brouker, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, U.S. Navy (USN), in a story-telling, humor-spiked presentation that outlined six behaviors of good leadership at the 19th annual APhA Federal Pharmacy Forum on Friday, March 16.

PBM ‘gag clauses’ under fire in newly introduced Senate bills

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators introduced legislation on Wednesday, March 14, that would prohibit PBMs from imposing “gag clauses” in pharmacy contracts that bar pharmacists from telling patients when the out-of-pocket cost of drugs is less than the copay through their insurance.