In the midst of a busy fall of teaching and taking care of patients, I am taking time to pause and be thankful for the many blessings in my life, including the profession of pharmacy. It was wonderful to take some time away from my usual duties to attend ASHP’s annual policy week during the last week of September. I attended for the first time as the representative for the Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners. Members of the various Councils discussed many issues important to health-system pharmacists, including advocacy as a professional responsibility, interprofessional competencies, impact of litigation ads on patient care, residency program accreditation, and clinician well-being and resilience.
The National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience is a group of organizations committed to reversing trends in clinician burnout. I was pleased to learn that ASHP is a part of this collaborative, whose goal is to “improve baseline understanding of challenges to clinician well-being, raise the visibility of clinician stress and burnout, and elevate evidence-based, multidisciplinary solutions that will improve patient care by caring for the caregiver.” You can learn more about the collaborative by visiting their website.
In addition to the council meetings, I was able to participate in Legislative Day, where we visited our Senators and Representatives on Capitol Hill to advocate for provider status, improved transparency in drug pricing, preserving the 340B program, and funding for the opioid epidemic. It was a privilege to spend time with dedicated pharmacists from diverse practice settings around the country. Applications for appointment to ASHP Councils are now open (deadline November 15th).
As the weather is cooling down, many of us are busy preparing for the 2017 ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in Orlando. The schedule is jam-packed with educational opportunities, networking sessions, poster session, PPS, and the exhibit hall. I wanted to make you aware of the Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners networking sessions.
- The Section Advisory Group (SAG) on Clinical Practice Advancement will host a combined networking and poster session on Sunday, December 3 from 3:30-5:00PM. Discussion topics include credentialing, methods of reporting, incorporating telehealth into practice, and working with Quality and Safety Departments to monitor outcomes.
- The SAG on Home Infusion will host its networking session on Monday, December 4th from 11:15AM – 12:15PM. Discussion topics include issues and perspectives in the operational, regulatory, and clinical concerns of home infusion pharmacists.
- The SAG on Pain and Palliative Care will host its networking session on Monday, December 4th from 12:30-1:30PM. Discussion topics include ethical considerations in palliative care, opioid-use disorders & access issues or restrictions, medical marijuana, functional Pain Scales, GI related issues/PAMORAs, and brainstorming for Residency Program Directors.
- The SAG on Ambulatory Care Medication Management will host its networking session on Tuesday, December 5th from 11:15AM -12:15PM. Discussion topics include Medication Therapy Management (MTM) in community and ambulatory settings, opportunities for collaboration between settings through MTM, and involvement of ancillary personnel to facilitate MTM communication.
- The SAG on Compensation and Practice Sustainability will host its networking session on Tuesday, December 5th from 12:30-1:30PM. Discussion topics include basic ambulatory care principles for new practitioners, optimizing workflow, building interdisciplinary relationships, implementing chronic care management services, and exploring future directions with fellow dreamers.
I look forward to seeing many of you at the Midyear meeting and I wish you safe travels!
Laura Traynor, Pharm.D., BCPS
Chair, Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners (2017-2018)