February 4, 2011
Hospitals throughout the United States are struggling with an issue that the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) recently highlighted. Certain CMS requirements (see page 175 in linked document) for hospitals to administer medications within 30 minutes of their scheduled time found…
February 3, 2011
I just bought a bunch of tickets to give student pharmacists the opportunity to attend our Political Leadership Breakfast at the 2011 APhA Annual Meeting & Exposition in Seattle. It felt really good, and will feel even better when I see them there, on the front end of a politically active…
February 1, 2011
Yesterday, a federal judge in Florida ruled in favor of 26 states that sued the federal government to overturn the new health care reform law—the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The judge ruled that the law is unconstitutional because it requires individuals to buy insurance or face tax penalties.…
January 25, 2011
Tonight, in the words of Politico, President Obama outlined an agenda to grow the American economy and called on Americans to heed the message from the shootings in Tucson that we need to work together. The president also vowed to veto all bills containing earmarks — specific projects funded at the…
January 6, 2011
As you may be aware, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on January 12 on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA; the health care reform law). We have reported, commented, and lobbied from the inception of debate on HCR about the absolute necessity for pharmacists to be relevant players…
December 23, 2010
Season's greetings from the staff and leadership of APhA. Hopefully, this blog post is the last "official" thing I do before going into full holiday mode and taking a break for a few days. As I think about the past year, one word comes to mind: collaboration. I'm so proud of our team and the energy…
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…
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…
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…
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,…