Greetings from the cold and rainy North Carolina mountains! As our country celebrates Veterans Day, my thoughts turn to the many pharmacists who are also veterans. To pharmacists who have served or are currently serving in the United States Armed Services – thank you for your courage and commitment as you protect, serve, and fight for our freedom. To those pharmacists who care for our nation’s veterans – thank you for the exceptional care that you provide for our veterans each and every day.
In September I had the privilege of visiting Washington, DC and ASHP Headquarters in Bethesda to represent ambulatory care pharmacists during Policy Week. Leaders from across the country gathered to discuss important issues in healthcare and advocate for their patients. Participants met with Senators and Representatives from their home states to advise on the important role that pharmacists play on the healthcare team and to discuss the 340B Drug Pricing Program, the rising cost of medications, the opioid crisis, and provider status legislation. A special session on mental health highlighted strategies that Veterans Affairs pharmacists are utilizing to assess patients for suicidality. ASHP continues its commitment to improving well-being in healthcare through participation in the National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Well-Being and Resilience. To learn more about ASHP’s commitment to well-being, visit the Clinician Well-Being Community on ASHP Connect or the Clinician Well-Being Resource Center on ASHP.org.
The positive impact that pharmacists have on improving healthcare outcomes for patients has been highlighted in the lay press of late. An article in Forbes promoted the profession of pharmacy and noted that incorporating pharmacists onto healthcare teams improves the delivery of care and increases efficiencies. The author, who is a physician, praised pharmacists as “great team members” who promote patient safety and evidence-based care, engage with patients and physicians, and effectively manage chronic diseases. Consumer Reports joined the conversation about the value of the pharmacist by encouraging its readers to get an annual medication review.
The ASHP Clinical Midyear Meeting is just around the corner! Be sure to check out the October 15 edition of AJHP for a complete listing of ambulatory care sessions offered at the meeting in Anaheim this December. There will be a variety of ways to network with other ambulatory care pharmacists throughout the meeting, including networking sessions with the Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioner’s Section Advisory Groups (SAG). Please join us as we discuss hot topics that impact our patients and our practices:
Clinical Practice Advancement SAG Networking and Poster Session – Sunday 12/2, 1:30 – 3pm
Home Infusion SAG Networking Session – Monday 12/3, 11:15 am – 12:25 pm
Pain Management and Palliative Care SAG Networking Session– Monday 12/3, 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Medication Management Services SAG Networking Session – Tuesday 12/4, 11:15 am – 12:15 pm
Compensation and Practice Sustainability SAG Networking Session – Tuesday 12/4, 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Before we head to Midyear, Thanksgiving awaits! I am looking forward to a lovely meal with family and friends and stuffing myself with turkey, dressing, and my sister Brenda’s homemade bread and butter pickles! I am thankful for the opportunity to serve as Chair of the Section this year, and wish each of you a restful and happy holiday season.
Mollie Ashe Scott, Pharm.D., BCACP, CPP, FASHP
Chair, Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners