I would like to welcome and extend my sincere congratulations to our two newest members of the executive committee. Daniel B. Truelove, Pharm.D., BCACP, BCPS, AAHIVP is our new Chair-Elect for the Section, and Christina E. Deremer, Pharm.D., BCACP, BCPS, TTS, FASHP is the new Director-at-Large Elect. I know that they will serve our section well, and I am grateful to have the opportunity to work alongside such a wonderful team this year.
As we move out of summer and into fall, many of our members are facing extraordinary challenges in their work and home life. With the continuation of the COVID-19 crisis as well as the start of the school year, many of us in healthcare are being faced with difficult choices in navigating the health and wellness of our family while honoring our commitments to our employers, and to our patients. I’m proud to say that ASHP has recognized the need for enhanced dialogue surrounding these issues. Earlier this month, we held a virtual roundtable with members of the section to discuss challenges related to workflow, staffing models, and employees managing their jobs alongside virtual school needs for children within their home. An all ASHP member webinar will be held on September 16th at 2 pm EST to further dive into this topic as well as shares stories and experiences of practitioners navigating these circumstances. Additional information about the webinar and how to register may be found by visiting the ASHP Live Webinars site.
In practice related news, the ASHP Government Relations team continues to advocate on your behalf. Recent CMS updates include:
- Loosened restrictions on pharmacists providing DSMT via telehealth
- Release of the Physician Fee Schedule proposed rules, explicitly stating that pharmacists can provide incident-to services under Part B
- Proposal to extend virtual supervision of incident-to services until December 31, 2021
Check out the ASHP Advocacy and Issues page to learn more about how ASHP’s efforts and ways in which you may become involved.
September also marks the start of our Section Advisory Groups (SAG) volunteer year. The Section’s five SAGs and Educational Steering Committee will be developing quality educational materials on contemporary practice issues as well as facilitating networking opportunities to help you navigate through your practice journey. Anticipated deliverables include new guideline updates, telehealth resource documents, and ambulatory care themed podcast episodes. Our goal is to provide Section members with quality materials to help elevate your practice but also resources to assist everyone as we transition through the pandemic and changing needs of society.
My charge to you this month is to meet the challenges ahead with not only a spirit of realism and practicality but also one of creative optimism. As difficult as this season has been for many of us, for some it has also created avenues for new opportunities to occur at a rapid pace as the usual barriers of status quo and routine are removed. At my own practice, I’ve seen several initiatives that we have never found the time or resources to prioritize now transition into full blown clinical services in a matter of weeks as we seek new revenue streams and models of care to best meet the needs of our patients. Don’t just focus on doors that are closing; look for the unexpected openings. Capitalize on this time of transition and flexibility to try new things, get creative, and re-imagine the ways you provide care.
Crisis can either be a generator of chaos, or a catalyst for innovation. What will it be for you and your organization?
Jessica W. Skelley, Pharm.D., BCACP
Chair, Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners