03.11.14 - WSPA Commends Federal Legislation Recognizing Pharmacists as Providers
Today, March 11, 2014, HR 4190 was introduced in the US House of Representatives to recognize pharmacists as providers under Medicare Part B.
The current legislation, introduced by Representatives Brett Guthrie (R-KY), G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), and Todd Young (R-IN), will enable patient access to, and reimbursement for, Medicare Part B services by state-licensed pharmacists in medically underserved communities. Pharmacists, as the most accessible health care professionals, are uniquely positioned to provide patients in medically underserved communities access to health care services that are already within their scope of practice. By providing for a payment mechanism under Medicare Part B, the bill will allow pharmacists to help fill the gaps in care that have been created by shortages of health care professionals and increases in the number of Americans who are now eligible to gain health insurance under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Although provider status has been a profession-wide goal for many years, activity began picking up in early 2013 and have come to a head with the formation of the Patient Access to Pharmacists’ Care Coalition (PAPCC). The coalition currently represents over 20 organizations and is continuing to grow. Members include organizations representing patients, pharmacists, pharmacies, and other interested stakeholders.
This coalition is focused on developing and helping to enact a federal policy proposal that will enable patient access to, and payment for, Medicare Part B services by state-licensed pharmacists in medically underserved communities. Their primary goal is to expand medically underserved patients’ access to pharmacist services consistent with state scope of practice law.
Getting HR 4190 passed may be a long term effort (possibly even multiple years) that will require grassroots advocacy from all pharmacists. Get ready for action alerts asking you to send letters and emails and make phone calls to your legislators! Your state pharmacy association will continue to work with our national partners to make sure that you are kept up to date on the progress of HR 4190 and PAPCC. To read the press release from PAPCC, click here: http://bit.ly/1ix4RQQ.
11.20.13 - WSPA Annouces 2013 Award WInners
The Washington State Pharmacy Association (WSPA) is proud to announce its 2013 awards winners, who underscore the WSPA’s commitment to the quality of care. The winners were recognized at an awards luncheon, November 9, 2013 during the 2013 WSPA Annual Meeting in Grand Mound, WA.
“This year's award winners span a remarkable breadth of achievement in innovation, research, education, leadership, and accomplishment," said Jeff Rochon, WSPA Chief Executive Officer. "We're very proud to recognize excellence in all of these areas of endeavor, and hope that the example of these remarkable individuals will inspire others.”
Bowl of Hygeia Award: Janet Kusler, R.Ph. (Snohomish, WA)
The Bowl of Hygeia Award recognizes an exemplary pharmacist who has made outstanding contributions in the area of community service. The award is presented annually by pharmacy associations in 50 states.
Pharmacist of the Year: Andy Stergachis, Ph.D., R.Ph. (Seattle, WA)
The Pharmacist of the Year Award honors pharmacists who possess qualities of excellence in routine practice and association activities, is an exemplary role model, and who has contributed to the service and skill of WSPA during the past year.
Innovative Pharmacy Practice Award (Posthumous): Stephen M. Setter, Pharm.D., DVM, CDE, CGP, FACSP (Spokane, WA)
The Innovative Pharmacy Practice Award recognizes a practicing pharmacist or technician using innovative pharmacy practice to improve patient care and outcomes in Washington State.
Health System Pharmacist of the Year: Glenn Adams, B.S. Pharm, Pharm.D. (Cashmere, WA)
The Health System Pharmacist of the Year Award recognizes outstanding health-system pharmacists and their services to the profession in cooperation with the entire health team as well as to the community.
Bill Mueller Outstanding Mentor Award: Steven F. Anderson, R.Ph. (Seattle, WA)
The Bill Mueller Outstanding Mentor Award recognizes a pharmacist or technician who has been an outstanding mentor in the field of pharmacy.
David Almquist Award: Linda Garrelts MacLean, B.Pharm., R.Ph., CDE (Spokane, WA)
The David Almquist Award recognizes outstanding work in the endeavours of WSPA and the community in general.
Rodney D. Shafer Award (Posthumous) : Donald Beste Jr., R.Ph. (Raymond, CA)
The Rodney D. Shafer Award acknowledges a pharmacy professional who has made pioneering and sustaining contributions to the profession.
Distinguished Leadership Service Award: Steven Singer, R.Ph. (Woodinville, WA)
The Distinguished Leadership Service Award is presented to WSPA members who have been instrumental over the course of their careers in the development and growth of the profession, and who demonstrate a high level of influence and direction at their workplace, in the community and within the profession as a whole.
Pharmacist Mutual Distinguished Young Pharmacist of the Year Award: Heather H. Gamache, Pharm.D. (Selah, WA)
The Pharmacist Mutual Distinguished Young Pharmacist of the Year Award recognizes exemplary pharmacists with less than 10 years of practice experience who made outstanding contributions to the profession and community.
Pharmacy Student of the Year: Yara Nouisser - WSU (Spokane, WA)
The Pharmacy Student of the Year Award recognizes a student member who made consistent, sustained and outstanding contributions toward the growth and development of pharmacy student participation on both a local and state level.
Outstanding Pharmacy Technician of the Year Award: Mary Nyman (Spokane, WA)
The Outstanding Pharmacy Technician of the Year Award acknowledges WSPA member technicians who display excellence in the practice setting, are motivated to learn new tasks and roles, provide community service, and contribute to WSPA on a local or state level.
Cardinal Health Generations RX Award: Ryan Oftebro, Pharm.D., FACA & Ryan Hansen, Pharm.D., Ph.D., R.Ph., FACA (Seattle, WA)
Cardinal Health Generations RX Award recognizes a pharmacist who has demonstrated excellence in community-based prescription drug abuse prevention.
To read more about the award winners, click here.
09.19.13 - October 3rd Tweet-a-Thon: A Day in the Life of a Pharmacist
Please join pharmacists around the world for a day of celebrating their contributions to health care and our communities. Every day, pharmacists quietly and efficiently help patients in many ways and in many diverse practice settings. For one day, the world will hear about it on Twitter.
On Thursday, October 3, pharmacists will tweet about the real things they are doing or did that day to help patients, other health professionals, and their communities. While every pharmacist faces challenges in the course of his or her practice, this is a day to highlight through social media the positive impact that pharmacists have on their patients and bring attention to the good work they do to help patients live healthier lives.
Did you help a patient save money on their expensive prescription medication?
Did you catch a wrong dosage on a doctor’s prescription, avoiding a potentially dangerous drug interaction or reaction?
Did you resolve an insurance issue for a patient?
Share your experiences with others around the world by tweeting them on Thursday, October 3.
WHAT IS A TWEET-A-THON?
A Tweet-a-Thon is an online event on Twitter where participants focus their tweet content for a specific time period on a particular issue.
On Thursday, October 3, 2013, join thousands of pharmacists across the country and around the world in tweeting about the real things you are doing or have done that day to help patients, other health care professionals, and your community.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
- On Thursday, October 3, send one or more tweets from your Twitter account describing an action you took that day to help a patient, a health care professional, your industry, or your community.
- Be sure to include in your tweet the hashtag used specifically for this event: #Pharmacist.
Tweet Examples (remember to keep your tweets under 140 characters):
- I just saved a patient $78 by switching to a generic version #Pharmacist
- I taught a mother an easy way to give liquid antibiotics to her daughter. #Pharmacist
- I delivered an emergency medication to my patient in the nursing home at 10 pm last night. #Pharmacist
- I answered a dr’s question about the best treatment option for allergies. #Pharmacist
- I spent 20 min. on the phone w/an insurance company to help my patient save money on his prescription. #Pharmacist
Not on Twitter? Signing up is free and easy. Click here
We hope you will join us in telling the world your pharmacy success stories on October 3rd.
06.27-13- Call for Award Nominations!
“Don't worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.”
Every year, the Washington State Pharmacy Association honors the accomplishments of deserving pharmacy professionals. This is your opportunity to acknowledge a colleague that you believe deserves to be recognized for their accomplishments.
The 2013 award winners will be recognized at the Awards of Distinction Luncheon on Saturday, November 9, 2013 during the WSPA Annual Meeting. The WSPA Annual Meeting will be held at the Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, WA, November 7-9, 2013.
Please complete the 2013 Award Nominations Form and submit by August 5, 2013. We have simplified the nomination process for your convenience. For a list of award descriptions and previous recipients, click here.
If you have any questions please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at 425-228-7171.
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