December 23, 2010
Recently, APhA and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) announced another collaboration that will make ACCP’s journal Pharmacotherapy available to APhA members at a significantly discounted rate. I am excited not only about the additional member benefit we can offer, and not only about…
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December 17, 2010
I’ve been reading the stories in On Being a Pharmacist: True Stories by Pharmacists, and was inspired to write one of my own. I’ll resist starting it the way Snoopy always started his novel: “It was a dark and stormy night…” Years in pharmacy practice give every one of us great stories. Maybe this…
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December 14, 2010
Recently a great article about medication therapy management (MTM) services was published in Cleveland’s Plain Dealer. The article was an in-depth look into some of the newer services being offered by pharmacists, and highlighted how pharmacists are helping the Ohio community. Many of the…
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December 3, 2010
I’m glad to be back from the Thanksgiving holiday. At today’s CMS public conference concerning the Community-Based Care Transitions Program, our own Kristina Lunner asked CMS Administrator Donald Berwick, MD, MPP, FRCP, a question about including pharmacists in transitions of care. In response,…
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November 30, 2010
The American Heart Association (AHA) is pursuing an agenda to promote “health factors” that I think every practicing pharmacist can support. In our daily practice, we have opportunities to talk with patients about these factors, not just episodically, but over time. The message of AHA President…
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November 24, 2010
Happy Thanksgiving this week to everyone. We have a lot to be thankful for. For me, this week means time “off the grid” while I get some quality family time at home. I get to fix three of the dishes for our traditional Thanksgiving dinner that my mother used to fix for us. In her later years, I…
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November 23, 2010
Recently, our Government Affairs group received an e-mail from a member. The writer raised a topic that I’ve often heard in my 23 years of hanging around APhA. But today our circumstances are a bit different. I’ll set the stage with the blinded e-mail below, and then follow with some thoughts and…
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November 22, 2010
APhA and other stakeholders are working to secure opportunities for pharmacists that were created with the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Some initiatives to be supported by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation were announced November 16. Most of the dollars allocated will go to…
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November 12, 2010
Last Saturday, I had the privilege to keynote the 140th meeting of the New Jersey Pharmacists Association (NJPhA) in Atlantic City, NJ. It was great to reconnect with so many old friends and to meet new ones. I was impressed with the upbeat, enthusiastic buzz at the meeting. Attendance was very…
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November 11, 2010
On November 11, 1918, the guns stopped firing along the western front in France. The War to End All Wars, the bloodiest war in history to that date, was thus ended by an agreement between the Allies and Germany to cease-fire on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. The Allied Powers…
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