July 9, 2010
Happy post-July 4th! The APhA staff and families enjoyed the fireworks and a pre-blast day of camaraderie on the terrace at 2215. In the midst of our revelry, we took the time to reflect on our blessings and to thank those who gave some or all for our freedom. I hope you and your family had a…
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June 22, 2010
On July 1, I will complete my first year of service as APhA’s CEO. I am eternally grateful for the opportunity to serve, and I hope the pharmacists reading this see, as I do, that our profession is advancing, albeit not as quickly as we would like, and not without significant challenges. This first…
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June 15, 2010
I'm currently reading Francis Collins's new book, The Language of Life: DNA and the Revolution in Personalized Medicine, which describes the revolution we are in the midst of regarding personalized medicine. It's fascinating to see all in one place the array of insights we've gained through decades…
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June 10, 2010
As a follow-up to my last post, I thought I'd share one more piece of information. During the Health Affairs health reform briefing, the CEO of the American Hospital Association discussed that group's "Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence" initiative, which we applaud. AHA's nicely designed HPOE…
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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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