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Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners Chair Message March 2020

Zach Weber, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCACP, CDE

“And suddenly you know…it’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.” – Meister Eckhart

Dear Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners (SACP) Members,

It’s that time of year when so many things seem to change. We have transitioned to a new year and new decade, our kids and students have moved onto a new semester, the weather is gradually warming in many places and we will change our routines to enjoy more outdoor time, and we have changed our clocks to ‘spring forward’ an hour. While this time of the year can bring so many transitions, it is also the perfect time to identify new transitions or opportunities in your profession.

This time of year can start an important change process for ASHP as well. We are in the midst of open applications for Advisory Groups and Committee appointments. I would highly encourage you to check out information on ASHP Forum Advisory Groups and Pharmacy Practice Sections, as these are the perfect opportunities to catalyze a change for you within the organization. Advisory Groups and Section members provide invaluable contributions to the organization and I would encourage you to consider these opportunities or reach out to current members with any questions.

March is also a time of important conversations in ASHP. Notably, this is the time when House of Delegate policies are discussed online, in preparation for further conversations during Regional Delegate Conferences and the ASHP Summer Meeting. The House of Delegates serves as the authority on professional policies related to important pharmacy practice issues. I would encourage you to identify opportunities to review and discuss policies relevant to your background and/or practice area. These can serve as an important step to promote support or change for issues important to our members and pharmacy practice.

Changes in pharmacy practice continue to happen all over the place. As one example, I’d like to draw special attention to the recent passage of the Pharmaceutical Services Reimbursement Parity bill in New Mexico. This bill will allow pharmacist clinicians and other pharmacists with prescriptive authority to be reimbursed for clinical services. It represents another important progression in the reimbursement for pharmacy services and has been highlighted in a recent ASHP Connect blog by Paul Abramowitz. If they don’t already exist, I hope you can use this as motivation to continue to advocate for pharmacy reimbursement opportunities in your area.

While change can sometimes be difficult, it also represents an opportunity to do something new. As pharmacy practice continues to change, I would encourage you to think about any changes you can help implement and trust the magic of new beginnings you can create!

All the best,

Zach Weber, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP, CDE
Chair, Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners
sections@ashp.org