Upsher-Smith, NASPA partner to honor pharmacists
MAPLE GROVE, Minn. — Upsher-Smith Laboratories and the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations have recognized 43 pharmacists across the country with a 2016 NASPA Excellence in Innovation Award. Presented annually, the award recognized pharmacists during 2016 for their outstanding contributions to the pharmacy profession.
“Upsher-Smith is proud to continue our tradition of sponsoring the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations' Excellence in Innovation Award that recognizes the critical role played by pharmacists in advancing patient care," Upsher-Smith president Rusty Field said. “We are pleased to honor these leaders and innovators for their efforts in the pharmacy profession across the country, and we look forward to a future working together to continue to help improve the lives of the people we serve.”
NASPA EVP Rebecca Snead said, “We thank Upsher-Smith for its ongoing generosity in supporting the NASPA Excellence in Innovation Award. This year's awardees have met the highest standards of professional integrity and innovation, and we are proud to honor their outstanding contributions to the profession and to America's patients.”
Each of the honorees received their award from participating state pharmacists associants during separate award ceremonies in 2016. The recipients include:
- Alabama: Valerie Albritton Oakley
- Alaska: Christopher Chong
- Arizona: Rebekah M. Jackowski
- Arkansas: Nikki Scott
- California: John Sykora
- Colorado: Meghan N. Jeffres
- Connecticut: Jennifer Dizney
- Delaware: Hooshang Shanehsaz
- Florida: David Kazarian,
- Georgia: Andrea L. McKeever
- Illinois: Mike Minesinger,
- Indiana: Traci Fritschle
- Iowa: Christine Donner-Tiernan
- Kansas: Brett Kappelmann
- Kentucky: Christopher P. Harlow
- Louisiana: Melissa A. Magee
- Maine: Bob Cattan,
- Maryland: Yen Dang
- Massachusetts: Paul Riendeau
- Michigan: Detroit Medical Center Pharmacy Team
- Minnesota: CentraCare Health – Paynesville Pharmacy Services
- Mississippi: Kristi Phelps,
- Missouri: Alicia B. Forinash
- Montana: Carla J. Reicks
- Montana: Ty Tyvand
- New Hampshire: Margaret E. Hayes,
- New Jersey: Loretta Brickman
- New Mexico: Allen Plymale
- New York: Ron Del Gaudio
- North Carolina: Courtenay Gilmore Wilson
- North Dakota: Jesse D. Rue
- Ohio: Douglas C. Cornelius
- Oklahoma: Kyle Keith Whitehead
- Oregon: Juancho Ramirez
- Pennsylvania: Holly Lassila
- Puerto Rico: Lilliana Ortiz-Acevedo
- Rhode Island: Robert J. Iacobucci
- South Carolina: Tiffaney Threatt
- Tennessee: Joe H. Delk
- Washington: Joshua Akers
- Washington, DC: Emmanuel O. Akala
- Wisconsin: Philip W. Brummond
- Wyoming: Carol J. Hermansen-Kobulnicky
“In our rapidly changing healthcare system, pharmacists are increasingly on the front lines of patient care,” Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association CEO Pat Epple said. “These awards recognize pharmacists who have made significant innovations in their pharmaceutical practices, methods, or services that improved patient care and advanced the profession. We congratulate Holly Lassila and all of the 2016 recipients.”
Texas Pharmacy Association set to roll out adherence project
AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Pharmacy Association announced recently that it had received a grant from the Community Pharmacy Foundation and the Texas Dept. of State Health Services to develop and implement new community-based digital linkages between pharmacists and providers that is set to kick off this month.
Through a cloud-based system, providers will be able to refer hypertension patients to a network of community pharmacists who will deliver services aimed at improving outcomes and decrease overall healthcare costs. Using the same system, pharmacists will communicate with patients, submit claims and receive payment.
Clinics and hospitals also will use the referral system to notify pharmacists in the network of patients that physicians have identified as able to benefit from adherence-focused services. Pharmacists will provide an initial medication reconciliation with follow-up monitoring over two months. Each patient who needs one will be supplied a home blood pressure monitoring kit for no additional charge through additional support from Microlife USA.
The referrals are set to begin this month, with as many as 180 patients from Wichita Falls, Tyler and Jasper, Texas being included. The referrals are expected to conclude by June, with results available in October. The first phase of the project will include 13 community pharmacists from eight different employers and integrate them into clinics, hospitals and provider offices. Pharmacist fees are structured uniquely for this project, with a focus on pharmacists helping patients achieve intended outcomes. Pharmacists will receive a bonus payment for each patient that reaches and maintains a treatment goal in addition to their base payment.
Leading the efforts for the grant is the University of Texas at Tyler College of Pharmacy’s Rachel Sharpton, with assistance from TPA director of pharmacy practice Kim Roberson.
Genoa to open 2 pharmacies at southern New Mexico health centers
SILVER CITY, N.M. — Genoa is bringing its on-site pharmacy model to Hidalgo Medical Services, the only federally qualified health center serving two rural New Mexico counties, HMS announced recently. Genoa’s pharmacy, slated to open in April, will operate at the HMS clinic in Lordsburg, N.M., and will be the only full-service pharmacy in Hidalgo county, bringing services to some 5,000 residents.
“HMS, in partnership with Genoa, is proud to offer our patients, clients, and the community of Hidalgo County a brand new, full-service pharmacy location at our Lordsburg Clinic,” HMS CEO Dan Otero said. “Under the discounted 340B pharmacy program, reduced rates on prescriptions may be available to qualified patients and clients. This new, on-site pharmacy at the HMS Lordsburg Clinic will offer our patients, clients, and community members the opportunity to conveniently balance their health needs with their busy lives.”
Genoa will be opening another on-site pharmacy on March 27 at the HMS Community Health Center in Silver City, the companies said.
Genoa’s model focuses on on-site pharmacies that are tailored to the needs of the health center they are located in, working to be the provider of choice to their partners and patients. The company specializes in behavioral health, but can fill all medications and offer packaging options to fit patient needs and improve adherence.
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