Individual Membership Benefits
Membership in the Washington State Pharmacy Association is an investment in the future of your profession. Your profession will be your livelihood for years to come. Ensure that your profession will grow and adapt to meet the changes in our healthcare system by supporting an organization that will represent you. In addition, WSPA offers the following membership benefits.
Healthcare is changing. Every day decisions are made which could impact your profession, career and livelihood. There is no way you can possibly care for your patients and make sure your voice is heard. This is where membership in the WSPA is so crucial. Whether the issue is the important role of the pharmacist on the healthcare team or rules and regulations that are excessive and unnecessary, the WSPA Board of Directors and staff advocate for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians as valuable members on the healthcare team in multidisciplinary, public and legislative arenas including the:
Washington Patient Safety Coalition,
Washington State Board of Pharmacy,
Washington State Handling of Hazardous Drugs Advisory Committee,
Immunization Action Coalition of Washington,
Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response (PHEPR) Joint Advisory Committee,
Washington Asthma Program,
Allies Against Asthma Steering Committee,
Medicaid Audit Pharmacy Task Force,
Attorney General's Prescription Drug Task Force,
Alliance for Patient Medication Safety,
Healthcare Access Coalition,
Puget Sound Health Alliance,
DOH Cardiovascular Care Steering Committee,
DOH Vaccine Advisory Committee,
DOH Emergency Preparedness Committee,
Washington State Medical Association,
Washington State Hospital Association,
Washington State Nurses Association
...and many more.
Representation in Legislative and Regulatory Arenas
WSPA and the Washington State Pharmacy Legislative Affairs Council (LRAC) work to educate lawmakers and other stakeholders to ensure your interests are represented. We are constantly working with the state and national government, employers, healthcare insurers, pharmacy benefit managers and the public to represent the views, opinions, concerns and ideas pharmacists and technicians.
Pharmacist Letter and Natural Medicine Database Discount
WSPA Pharmacists may purchase a one-year subscription to Pharmacist’s Letter with CE & Training for only $85.00 – a $30 savings.
The subscription includes:
• The monthly Letter delivered to their homes and online
• Online access at www.pharmacistsletter.com where they get PL Recommendations, PL Detail-Documents, PL Treatment Guidelines, PL Drug Comparison Charts, and more
• Mobile versions for iPhone, Android, or other mobile devices
• All the Required CE & Training for any state or agency, like Law CE, Med Errors, Fraud, Waste, & Abuse Training, HIPAA Privacy & Security, etc.
• And so much more…
Additionally, members may receive a 10% discount on Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database as well.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database provides your members with the following:
• The most comprehensive scientific information on natural medicines, herbals, dietary supplements, and alternative therapies.
• Ratings on safety, effectiveness, and quality of over 73,000 commercially available products using Natural Medicines Brand Evidence-based Rating™(NMBER™).
• Exclusive evidence-based Safety and Effectiveness Ratings for over 1,000 natural ingredients.
• Special reports from the Clinical Management Series with practical info on using natural meds for specific conditions and other topics. Plus, many of these courses are available as accredited Continuing Education for physicians, pharmacists, dietitians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and others.
• And much more…To receive the WSPA member discount, visit the WSPA Members Only Benefits Page
Natural Standard was fou nded by clinicians and researchers to provide high quality, evidence-based information about complementary and alternative therapies. This international multidisciplinary collaboration now includes contributors from more than 100 eminent academic institutions. For each therapy covered by Natural Standard, a research team systematically gathers scientific data and expert opinions. Validated rating scales are used to evaluate the quality of available evidence. Information is incorporated into comprehensive monographs which are designed to facilitate clinical decision making. All monographs undergo blinded editorial and peer review prior to inclusion in Natural Standard databases. Natural Standard, founded in January of 2000, is impartial; not supported by any interest group, professional organization, product manufacture or pharmaceutical company. For additional information please call (617) 591-3340 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. To receive the WSPA member discount for WSPA Members Only Benefits Page
Health Screening Rentals
WSPA members receive discounts on medical device rentals. Save $175 on the OsteoAnalyzer (bone density); Futrex (body composition) & CholesTech L*D*X*(cholesterol) rentals as a WSPA member.
Consult with an On-Staff Pharmacist
WSPA’s two onstaff pharmacists are available to answer your questions on reimbursement issues, patient counseling and various disease state projects.
Patient Education Material
WSPA offers free or discounted patient counseling and education brochures on a variety of health topics.
WSU and UW jointly formed the Pharmacy Care Resource Center (PCRC) to provide better patient care. Activities of the PCRC have recently gained national and international attention for the innovative ways patients’ needs have been met by facilitating collaboration between the patient, pharmacist and other healthcare providers.
Pharmacy Quality Commitment
Pharmacy Quality Commitment was developed to provide risk management services to pharmacist, and ask that pharmacists adopt a new paradigm for professional practice; one that takes a systems view of patient care matters, rather than viewing the provision of pharmaceutical products and services as merely a series of isolated events. For more information, call WSPA or WSPA Members Only Benefits Page
RxAutomation Returns Processing
Expired pharmaceuticals are processed at a discounted rate of 10.5% with shipping boxes and prepaid labels provided, full analysis reporting, no shipping charges or incinerating fees, and easy payments. Call ( 800) 474- 9090 to learn more.
PharmAccount Financial Services
PharmAccount provides online real-time financial services for pharmacists, community pharmacy owners and managers. Online programs include cost-of-dispensing and cost-of-services calculators. Visit WSPA Members Only Benefits Page to learn more.
Includes free phone consultation, contract and documentation review, will preparation, support letters, legal advice on small claims court, social assistance, estate settlement, auto violations & more. Available to all WSPA members for $15.95 a month. Visit WSPA Members Only Benefits Page to learn more.
Members receive significant discounts on WSPA-sponsored education seminars. As an example, members save almost $200 alone on the Northwest Pharmacy Convention registration fees. That savings could pay for your annual membership!
Access to “Members Only” Information Online
Get the most out of the WSPA website and make sure the information you’re searching for isn’t restricted.
On Demand Video CE
WSPA offers convenient video CE activities online at discounts to members. WSPA’s On Demand CE allows pharmacists to complete continuing education coursework anywhere they want, whenever they want -- all they need is a computer with an internet hookup and a browser. Visit the WSPA Video Online CE page at www.wsparx.org to learn more or get started earning credit right away.
WSPA Career Center
Visit WSPA’s Pharmacy Employment Center at www.wsparx.org for the perfect job or employee. Members can post an anonymous resume, view job postings and receive alerts when jobs that match your search criteria are posted on the site. Employers and recruiters can post a job and view resumes.
Expand Your Pharmacy Care Services
WSPA offers special classes on immunization, emergency contraceptive program, and tobacco cessation. Members receive a registration discount.
Manage CE Credits
Upon request, WSPA will provide members personalized reports listing their continuing education credits earned through WSPA-sponsored meetings.
Network with Colleagues
Surround yourself with the best of the best. Whether you are looking for new opportunities or ways to improve your practice, keeping in contact with other professionals is one of the most satisfying benefits of being a member. Be sure to join us during one of our events or CE opportunities. The Northwest Pharmacy Convention can be one of the most educating and fulfilling experiences of your career. For registration information to all of our meetings and events, visit www.wsparx.org.
WSPA Flash Newsletter and Email Alerts
Our quick email alerts ensure you have the latest news and information on the laws and regulations affecting pharmacy.
Only members can access the WSPA Salary Survey. The results can be viewed in several different configurations, from hourly compensation by practice setting and region, to benefits by job title, to age and gender by position, and more.
Receive a free subscription to Washington Pharmacy, our quarterly magazine that brings you the pharmacy news you need.
We want to invite your pharmacy to join the numerous pharmacies throughout Washington who are enjoying the privileges of Corporate Membership. The Corporate Membership was developed to improve communications, offer networking opportunities, and provide professional practice and management solutions to help your pharmacy thrive. Our goal is to keep you informed while soliciting your feedback to help WSPA develop regulatory and legislative policy, as well as practice standards that best represents the interests of our members and the patients they serve.
Pharmacy Owner Corporate Membership Benefits include:
Getting connected to best practices.
WSPA annual membership for one individual ($195.00 value)
Membership in the WSPA Owners Academy
Timely dissemination of vital information via the Pharmacy Owners Academy e-mail listserv.
Share best practices and discuss topics relevant to your professional practice and management issues with other pharmacy owners at the WSPA Owners Academy Roundtables ($200 value). Corporate members receive free registration for one person to the two roundtables per year and reduced rate for all guests.
Staying current on regulatory and legislative issues and voice your thoughts and opinions with a complimentary membership in the WSPA Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Council (LRAC) ($125.00 value). Members receive exclusive e-mail newsletters and invitations to meetings to discuss legislative strategies.
Improving staff recruitment with access to the WSPA Annual Pharmacy Personnel Compensation and Benefits Survey.
Free Classified Ads. You are entitled to one, 50-word ad per issue in each Washington Pharmacy quarterly magazine.
Improving productivity . Receive discounts for HCIdea™ Prescriber Look-up Searchable Database. The HCIdea™ web site allows pharmacies to obtain address, phone, licensure, DEA and National Provider Identifier (NPI) information on prescribers using a web browser. For a demo visit www.HCIdeaLookUp.org Corporate member rate- $250 ($250 value)
Improving quality assurance processes to protect your patients and pharmacy with Pharmacy Quality Commitment®. PQC® is a continuous quality improvement (CQI) program that is comprised of a standardized workflow based on 20 pharmacy “best practices”, and a simple, web-based, on-line audit system enabling a pharmacy to identify, document and analyze workflow. Corporate rate- $250 ($50 value)
Plus all the features and benefits of a standard membership.
The Washington State Pharmacy Association exists to support and advance the practice of pharmacy by helping all pharmacies develop strategies that will allow them to flourish in this ever-changing healthcare environment. When you sign up as a Corporate Member of WSPA, you are joining with pharmacies across Washington, creating a collective voice that will help direct the future of our profession.
Visit WSPA Members Only Benefits Page to learn more about obtaining this benefit.