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Rochon Leaving WSPA After 18 Years

Tuesday, October 6, 2020   (3 Comments)
Posted by: Jeff Rochon
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Change
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Same Focus. Same Fight! 

 

Change is hard but often needed. After 18 amazing years with WSPA, it is time for some change. I have notified the WSPA Board of Directors that I am stepping aside as Chief Executive Officer effective November 30, 2020. It is so hard to “leave” WSPA. So, I won’t…not entirely. I am changing my title but I’m not leaving the battle.

 

With over 130 years of advocacy and practice advancement, the WSPA remains one of the preeminent associations in the country. Our leadership is strong, and our staff is truly unbelievable. I am so fortunate to have been able to work amongst such hard working and passionate people who care deeply about our profession. The WSPA is in great hands!

 

I am so proud of what we have been able to accomplish in a relatively short amount of time. It’s been quite a journey and I have loved it. Naturally, I have had some time to reflect. Looking back at my 12 years as CEO, it all started with a lawsuit against Medicaid over decreasing reimbursement rates. WE won that lawsuit… in the first three months.

 

Since then, WE have developed strong relationships with lawmakers, WMSA, WSHA, WHCA and HCA. These relationships have all been necessary to make change happen.

 

WE have worked together to successfully pass 35 legislative bills, including increasing the penalty for pharmacy robberies, medication synchronization, comprehensive medication review coverage by MCOs, Medication Take Back, and three PBM regulation bills containing similar language as the Arkansas bill being heard by SCOTUS.

 

WE have worked to address concerns regarding pharmacy inspections, worked to improve fair stakeholdering on rulemaking, and helped PQAC engage in a comprehensive modernization of Washington State Pharmacy Rules.

 

WE have facilitated the expansion of patient care by training pharmacists to provide numerous patient care services and, subsequently, the number of active collaborative drug therapy prescribing agreements between pharmacists and prescribers in Washington State has grown to over 33,000.

 

WE broke through the glass ceiling of pharmacist provider status by getting pharmacists recognized as providers within the medical benefit of health plans with the passage of ESSB 5557. Many states are successfully passing similar bills.

 

And, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, WE have stepped up to the challenge of providing care under unprecedented circumstances creating opportunities to reinforce our value to the evolving healthcare system.

 

WE have led the profession with innovative solutions, collaboration, and adaptation. That is not going to stop.

 

I truly have loved being a part of such a phenomenal association. I am blessed by tremendous friendships and I am honored to have had the opportunity to be a small part of something so impactful. I will be staying in Washington State and will remain an active and engaged WSPA member.

 

I have accepted a position at PACE Alliance which is owned by 19 state pharmacy associations supporting state pharmacy legislative and advancement efforts. This new opportunity will allow me to continue to work on behalf of the associations, including WSPA, to support state efforts. This is a crucial moment for our profession and the healthcare system in the US.  Pharmacy has a tremendous opportunity to demonstrate our value and importance. So, this is not goodbye. We are going to keep on fighting for our profession TOGETHER.

 

Thank you so much for the opportunity to serve our profession. It has been my honor and I am forever grateful.

 

Respectfully,

 

    Jeff

 

Jeff Rochon, PharmD, FAPhA
Chief Executive Officer
Washington State Pharmacy Association

 

 

** The WSPA CEO Selection Committee will provide process details on the WSPA website at www.wsparx.org this week.

Comments...

Valerie A. Ruddell says...
Posted Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Congratulations Jeff. I remember when you started and have enjoyed you all of these years as well as meeting your family. Too bad the meeting is virtual so no in person party. Wishing you and your family well.
Cheryl Pell says...
Posted Thursday, October 8, 2020
Congratulations Jeff! You will be greatly missed. I am so glad that you will still be serving as an advocate for the profession of Pharmacy!!
Michael A. VanLaanen says...
Posted Wednesday, October 7, 2020
I'll share a personal anecdote: 2007, I had big dreams of 'political' success with the student pharmacy organizations. I was the only UWSOP P1 to attend the regional student pharmacist conference - the rest were studying for an exam (a recurring theme during my pharmacy school years). I was running for a Member-at-Large position. I gave an impassioned speech about leveraging our unique role as 'local scientists' within the health care systems. I lost, I'm sure thoroughly, to the milquetoast candidate giving the boilerplate "why I want to be a pharmacist application essay" speech. One of our organization politicians took me aside after the speech and said that I wasn't well-liked personally and that the UWSOP delegation itself had voted against me. In any case, they announced the results, and I had lost. Jeff Rochon leaned over my shoulder and whispered "you should have won." And I knew I wasn't wrong or crazy. It's helped me be able to handle being unpopular while voicing my truth.

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