June 9, 2010
Earlier this week, a group of APhA management team members sat in on a Health Affairs briefing on "Moving Forward on Health Reform." The first thing that struck me about this briefing if the continued variation in terminology with regard to the Affordable Care Act. We continue to hear about "health…
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June 8, 2010
I was recently contacted by an editor of a magazine for association professionals who was preparing a story on association CEOs who blog. Those following this blog might be interested in my response, and I'd be interested in hearing how well these reasons match up with your motivation in following…
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May 26, 2010
At the request of a graduating student pharmacist, here is video of my commencement remarks from West Virginia University.
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May 25, 2010
Just as we did in the advocacy phase of health care reform, APhA has established an internal HCR Implementation Team for the coming onslaught of regulations. The Affordable Care Act is now in the hands of several federal agencies, and APhA will need to track a multitude of tasks and details in the…
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May 21, 2010
In the last 3 weeks, I've had the privilege of delivering commencement addresses to graduating PharmDs at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and two schools in my home state of West Virginia, the University of Charleston and my alma mater of West Virginia University. This weekend, I'll…
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May 20, 2010
Last Friday, APhA hosted an all-staff luncheon to recognize the service and accomplishments of those who have served the Association for 5, 10, or 15 years. The luncheon was funded by a former APhA Trustee who, during his lengthy service, maintained a strong and supportive relationship with staff,…
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May 19, 2010
In June, Brian Gallagher, BPharm, JD, joins the APhA staff as Senior Vice President of Government Affairs. I've followed Brian's career for many years, and I look forward to his contributions and his counsel as a member of our senior staff. The process that led to his hiring included reviewing…
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May 11, 2010
I'm reading NIH Director Francis Collins' new book The Language of Life. As the head of the Human Genome Project a few years ago, he has a unique and fascinating perspective on how growing information on the human genome will translate into actionable knowledge. Early in the book, he challenges…
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April 23, 2010
In December, I received a large paper document from the American Medical Association (AMA) that was intended for use by the organization's state lobbyists and others to describe the scope of pharmacy practice. We were asked for comments, clarifications, and corrections. I shared the document with a…
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April 19, 2010
In thanking all immunization stakeholders today at the CDC National Immunization Conference in Atlanta, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius specifically mentioned pharmacists as key providers in the nation's immunization efforts. Although we've been working for years to get pharmacists recognized, we'…
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