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SSPP Advisory Groups

Section Advisory Groups

ASHP's Section of Specialty Pharmacy Practitioners has four Section Advisory Groups (SAG). These advisory groups help you engage with ASHP and colleagues who share the same interests as you.

*NEW* SAG on Accreditation and Compliance

Charges

  • Advise health system specialty pharmacies on accreditation, quality and compliance requirements and opportunities.
  • Identify and develop resources to support excellence in accreditation, quality improvement and regulatory compliance and evolving best practices.
  • Develop mechanisms and resources to support the monitoring and assessment of laws and compliance standards relevant to the practice of specialty pharmacy.  
  • Develop and support advocacy for health system specialty pharmacy pertaining to accreditation, quality, and compliance organizations including advising on reporting requirements and benchmarking opportunities and consistency among specialty pharmacies.

Leadership

Chair

Lisa KumorLisa Kumor, Pharm.D., BCACP
Accreditation and Residency Coordinator
University of Illinois Chicago
Chicago, IL

Vice Chair

Huda-Marie KandahHuda-Marie Kandah, Pharm.D.
Pharmacy Manager
University of Chicago Medicine
Chicago, IL

SAG on Business Development

Charges

  • Advise on vision and strategy for health system specialty pharmacy structure and function to meet current and future needs of the pharmacy enterprise.
  • Identify and develop resources to effectively manage economic and financial specialty pharmacy performance, including strategies to access payer network and limited distribution/ restricted access medications.
  • Identify and develop resources to assists members to assess opportunities and build a specialty pharmacy
  • Identify and develop resources and support advocacy that improve opportunities for the health system specialty pharmacy business model and reimbursement for clinical care provided to patients.

Leadership

Chair

Alex MerschAlex Mersch, Pharm.D., M.B.A., BCPS
Specialty Pharmacy Manager
University of Iowa Health Care
Iowa City, IA

Vice Chair

Debbie DuckworthDebbie Duckworth, Pharm.D., CSP
Senior Director, Specialty Pharmacy & Infusion Services
University of Kentucky 
Lexington, KY

View current SAG on Business Development Roster

SAG on Outcomes and Value

Charges

  • Advise and affect positive change on quality and outcome measures affecting the specialty medication use process.
  • Develop a research agenda that identifies gaps and associated metrics to support the unique value of health system specialty pharmacy services.
  • Identify and develop resources that assist members to excel in evolving clinical, quality, economic, and humanistic outcomes, including patient & provider satisfaction reporting initiatives.
  • Identify and develop resources and support advocacy to assist members in changes to standards affecting the medication use process.

Leadership

Chair

Autumn ZuckermanAutumn Zuckerman, Pharm.D.
Program Director 
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN

Vice Chair

Karen ThomasKaren Thomas, Pharm.D., Ph.D.
Pharmacy Supervisor
University of Utah Health
Salt Lake City, UT

View current SAG on Outcomes and Value Roster

SAG on Workforce Development

Charges

  • Identify and develop resources to support the health system specialty pharmacy work force education, training, career development, and credential needs to support optimal specialty patient care.
  • Identify and develop work force resources for supporting and advancing innovative health system specialty pharmacy practice models.
  • Advise on future health system specialty pharmacy work force education, training, career development, and credential needs to support practice model advancements.

Leadership

Chair

Julia ChisolmJulia Myers, Pharm.D., M.B.A., AAHIVP
Ambulatory Operations Pharmacy Manager
University of Missouri Health Care
Columbia, MO

Vice Chair

Bernice ManBernice Man, Pharm.D., BCPS, CSP
Practice Coordinator, Specialty Pharmacy
Northwestern Medicine
Chicago, IL

View current SAG on Workforce Development Roster