"The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page." – (attributed to) Saint Augustine
How is it already March? Like perhaps many of you, my January and February seemed to fly by with participating in resident interviews, starting pharmacist recruitment, and kicking off some major projects for 2017. I’ve also been busy with some (much needed) travel planning. In my last message, I was lamenting how I didn’t have any big trips on the books for the coming year… boy, has that changed! While I didn’t get to escape the wettest February in Oregon’s recorded history, I am happy to say that I have some really fun vacations – and ASHP-related trips – planned for the coming months: Sonoma/Napa, central Oregon, Bethesda (I get to visit to the new ASHP Headquarters) Victoria BC, the Oregon coast, Phoenix for the ASHP Regional Delegate Conference, Minneapolis for ASHP Summer Meeting and AC2, and Sonoma/Napa (yes again) are on the books! I’m looking forward to the experiences each of these trips will provide: many beautiful sites, some great cuisine (and wine), and fantastic times with friends, family, and “pharmily”.
The Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners (SACP) has had a busy couple of months as well. The Section Advisory Groups (SAGs) have continued their work in developing resources, educational programming and networking opportunities for the Section’s members. Each SAG submitted proposals for the 2017 Midyear Clinical Meeting and many are already beginning to plan for the MCM17 networking sessions. There have also been several recent blog posts on Connect from our SAGs on topics ranging from fall prevention to controlled substance initiatives.
Our Section also has several webinars scheduled for Spring 2017:
The Role of Pharmacy Technicians in the Expansion of Clinical Services on April 11th – by Ambulatory Care Medication Management SAG
Ambulatory Care Basics: Setting the stage for new practitioners and beyond on May 2nd – by Compensation and Practice Sustainability SAG and the New Practitioners’ Forum
- O pioid Stewardship: What, Why, and How on May 9th – by Pain and Palliative Care SAG
If you would like to learn more about SAGs or would like to apply for appointment to one of the five groups, the application is open until April 1st.
I am also excited about the launch of the A3 Collaborative . The Alliance for Integrated Medication Management (AIMM), Apexus, and ASHP have joined forces to offer a unique learning experience for the 2017-2018 year. This Collaborative is designed to help healthcare providers and organizations succeed in the new era of value-based payment programs. It will support organizations in making Comprehensive Medication Management (CMM) a critical part of their strategic plan, as well as supporting their responses to the larger, quality strategy reform for value-based care programs evolving within healthcare models. A3 Collaborative participants will have access to resources and tools to build the business case for an effective CMM strategy focusing on improved health outcomes, better patient care, and cost-effectiveness.
You can learn more about the A3 Collaborative during the informational webinar on March 22nd from 12 pm – 1 pm EST . Hear from organizations that have been through the “AIMM Learning Experience” and the value of participating in the program. Click here to register.
The application for the 2017/2018 A3 Collaborative is now open online (deadline is March 31st). For additional information about the A3 Collaborative , download the participation package or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are definitely on a big journey in healthcare these days, and the opportunities within ambulatory care are significant – especially for pharmacy! I truly believe that the future is bright for ambulatory care pharmacy and am so honored to be traveling on this path (even the bumpy spots) with all of you!
Kristina L. Butler, BS Pharm, Pharm.D., BCPS,
BCACP, FASHP, FOSHP
Chair, Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners (2016-2017)