Official Newsjournal of the Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists

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December 2017

Volume 43 Issue 10

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2016 Spring Meeting

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Features

March is Illinois Poison Prevention Month!

Be a “Leader of the PAC”!

Call for Entries: 2016 Best Practice Award

Columns

President's Message

Directly Speaking

Government Affairs Report

Leadership Profile

ICHPeople

Board of Pharmacy Update

Professional Affairs Division – Best Practice

New Practitioners Network

College Connections

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy

Chicago State University College of Pharmacy

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Welcome New Members!

Officers and Board of Directors

ICHP Pharmacy Action Fund (PAC) Contributors

Upcoming Events

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Official Newsjournal of the Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists

EDITOR
Jacob Gettig

ASSISTANT EDITOR
Jennifer Phillips

MANAGING EDITOR
Scott Meyers

ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR
Trish Wegner

DESIGN EDITOR
Amanda Wolff

ICHP Staff
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

Scott Meyers

VICE PRESIDENT - PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
Trish Wegner

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Maggie Allen

INFORMATION SPECIALIST
Heidi Sunday

CUSTOMER SERVICE AND
PHARMACY TECH TOPICS™ SPECIALIST

Jo Ann Haley

ACCOUNTANTS
Jan Mark and Trisha Blassage

COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
Amanda Wolff

LEGISLATIVE CONSULTANT
Jim Owen

ICHP Mission Statement
Advancing Excellence in Pharmacy

ICHP Vision Statement
ICHP dedicates itself to achieving a vision of pharmacy practice where:
  • Pharmacists are universally recognized as health care professionals and essential providers of health care services.
  • Patients are aware of the training, skills, and abilities of a pharmacist and the fundamental role that pharmacists play in optimizing medication therapy.
  • Formally educated, appropriately trained, and PTCB certified pharmacy technicians manage the medication distribution process with appropriate pharmacist oversight.
  • Pharmacists improve patient care and medication safety through the development of effective public policies by interacting and collaborating with patients, other health care professionals and their respective professional societies, government agencies, employers and other concerned parties.
  • Evidence-based practices are used to achieve safe and effective medication therapies.
  • There are an adequate number of qualified pharmacy leaders within the pharmacy profession.
  • Pharmacists take primary responsibility for educating pharmacy technicians, pharmacy students, pharmacist peers, other health professionals, and patients about appropriate medication use.

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As an integral publication of the Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists, the KeePosted newsjournal will reflect its mission and goals. In conjunction with those goals, KeePosted will provide timely information that meets the changing professional and personal needs of Illinois pharmacists and technicians, and maintain high publication standards.

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Features

March is Illinois Poison Prevention Month!
Pharmacists can play a big role in preventing harm!

by Scott A. Meyers, Executive Vice President

Every year over 80,000 calls are made to the Illinois Poison Center and over 4 million to poison centers nationwide. In addition, Illinois hospitals treat thousands of accidental poisonings each year.  

What are you and your colleagues doing to help prevent accidental poisonings? Do you hang poison prevention posters in the halls of your hospital during the month of March? Do you provide poison prevention presentations to grade school classes, PTO groups or other interested organizations? How about setting informational table tents with poisoning statistics and facts on the tables in the cafeteria during this important observance? The Illinois Poison Center website is a great resource for that!

If you haven’t thought about it, you’ve got plenty of time to plan. If you’re already planning your activities add taking photos to your list of things to do. We always love to hear and share what you do for Poison Prevention Month and National Poison Prevention Week (March 20-26, 2016). (Please obtain signed permission from those photographed if faces are visible in order to be displayed in KeePosted. Without signed releases, we will have to blur or disguise the folks in the pictures. A general photo release form is available here.)

Poison Prevention is just one of the many roles pharmacists can play and your active involvement in that role can and should be highlighted. If you need ideas for activities to highlight Poison Prevention Week or Month, go to the Illinois Poison Center’s website at http://illinoispoisoncenter.org/ or the National Poison Prevention Week website at http://www.poisonprevention.org/poison.htm where you will find a variety of activities and products. You can make a difference for your community and play a big role in preventing harm!



Be a “Leader of the PAC”!

by Scott Meyers, Executive Vice President

Join the ICHP Pharmacy Action Fund (ICHP’s Political Action Committee) in East Peoria on Friday night, April 8th from 7:00 - 10:00 pm and be a Leader of the PAC! Wear what you think we wore in the 1960’s (yes, I was around in the 60’s) when the Shangri Las’ hit “Leader of the Pack” hit number one and take the lead in a winner takes all Hearts Tournament! For a nominal registration fee, you can enjoy lots of food and beverages, and maybe win some valuable prizes while spending the evening with friends and colleagues.

You don’t have to wear a costume (the garb of the 60’s!) but it will be more fun if you do. And you don’t have to know how to play the card game Hearts because we’ll teach you. There might even be some entertainment from the 60’s on hand put together just for you! But we’re sure you’ll want to take time to connect with other leaders of the PAC for this fun filled event that raises money for ICHP’s political action committee, the ICHP Pharmacy Action Fund.

Students and technicians pay $25 and Pharmacists pay $50 for the evening. Count on this being your dinner along with a great evening and fun and entertainment.



Call for Entries: 2016 Best Practice Award


The objective of the Best Practice Award program is to encourage the development of innovative or creative pharmacy practice programs or innovative approaches to existing pharmacy practice challenges in health systems within the state of Illinois.

Applicants will be judged on their descriptions of programs and practices employed in their health system based on the following criteria:

  • Innovativeness / originality
  • Contribution to improving patient care
  • Contribution to institution and pharmacy practice
  • Scope of project
  • Quality of submission

If you have any questions related to the program please contact Trish Wegner at trishw@ichpnet.org.

Previous Winners

2015
Kuntal Patel, Pharm.D., Pavel Prusakov, and Heather Vaule
“Osteopenia of Prematurity (aka Better Bones for Babies)”

2014

Arti Phatak, Pharm.D.; Brooke Ward, Pharm.D., BCPS; Rachael Prusi, Pharm.D.; Elizabeth Vetter, Pharm.D.; Michael Postelnick, BS Pharm, BCPS (AQ Infectious Diseases); and Noelle Chapman, Pharm.D., BCPS

“Impact of Pharmacist Involvement in the Transitional Care of High-Risk Patients through Medication Reconciliation, Medication Education, and Post-Discharge Callbacks”

2013
Nicole Rabs, Pharm.D., Sarah M. Wieczorkiewicz, Pharm.D., BCPS, Michael Costello, PhD, and Ina Zamfirova, BA

“Development of a Urinary-Specific Antibiogram for Gram Negative Isolates: Impact of Patient Risk Factors on Susceptibility”

2012
Kathryn Schiavo, Pharm.D.; George Carro RPh, MS, BCO; Abigail Harper, PharmD, BCOP; Betty Fang, PharmD; Palak Nanavati, PharmD
“Outpatient Oncology Treatment Center Approach to Enhancing Continuity of Care Related to Dispensing Oral Chemotherapeutic Agents”

Online entry formhttp://ichpnet.org/pharmacy_practice/professional_practice/
best_practices/application_form/
 
Submission deadline: July 1, 2016

Eligibility
Applicants must be a member of ICHP practicing in a health system setting. More than one program can be submitted by a health system for consideration. Past submissions may be re-submitted if not previously given the award. Any new data should be included.

Instructions for preparing manuscript
Each entry for the Best Practice Award must include a manuscript prepared as a Word document, double-spaced using Times New Roman 12-pitch type. A header with the paper title and page number should appear on each page. The manuscript should not exceed 2000 words in length (not counting references), plus no more than a total of 6 supplemental graphics (tables, graphs, pictures, etc.) that are relevant to the program. Each picture, graph, figure, and table should be mentioned in the text and prepared as a separate document clearly labeled.

The manuscript should be organized as a descriptive report using the following headings:

  • Introduction, Purpose, and Goals of the program
  • Description of the program
  • Experience with and outcomes of the program
  • Discussion of innovative aspects of programs and achievement of goals
  • Conclusion

Format
Submissions will only be accepted via online submission form. The manuscript will be forwarded to a pre-defined set of reviewers. Please do not include the names of the authors or affiliations in the manuscript to preserve anonymity.

All applicants will be notified of their status within three weeks of the submission deadline. Should your program be chosen as the winner:

  • The program will be featured at the ICHP Annual Meeting. You will need to prepare a poster to present your program and/or give a verbal presentation. Guidelines will be sent to the winner.
  • You will be asked to electronically submit your manuscript to the ICHP KeePosted for publishing. This program will be accredited for CPE and will require that you complete material for ACPE accreditation.
  • You will receive a complimentary registration to the ICHP Annual Meeting, recognition at the meeting and a monetary award distributed to your institution.

Non-winning submissions may also be considered for publication in the ICHP KeePosted, but your permission will be obtained beforehand.


Thank you to PharMEDium for providing a grant for the 2016 Best Practice Award!







Columns

President's Message
Mentorship

by Jen Phillips, PharmD, BCPS, ICHP President

Recently, I received a very nice note from a student thanking me for taking the time to write letters of recommendation for her. I had worked with her in several different capacities during her pharmacy school journey, so I had many positive things to say. However, in the thank you note, the student went on to note how appreciative she was of all of the time we spent together, how much she valued the mentorship she received, and how she planned to “pay it forward” and look for opportunities to mentor others in the future.

This note was very inspirational to me for several reasons, and it made me start thinking of the concept of mentorship and how important it is to professional development. The word “mentor” comes from Greek origins -- in Homer’s Odyssey, a character named Mentor served as a teacher and guide to the character Telemachus and helped him through very difficult times.1 Over time, the word mentor has come to signify someone who gives support, guidance, advice, or assistance to a less experienced individual. In order for a mentor-mentee relationship to be successful, there must be mutual respect and trust as well as a commitment on both ends to invest the time and energy needed to make the relationship successful.

Are you a mentor to an employee, a student, a technician, or a peer? If so, then thank you for your contribution; your efforts will undoubtedly help both that individual and the profession grow. If you answered no, then I encourage you to think about why you are not. Below is a list of reasons I have heard (or used myself!) followed by suggestions to turn those “challenges” into viable opportunities. 

I am not qualified. One study analyzed the most important qualities of outstanding mentors and identified the following themes:2 (1) Great mentors exhibit enthusiasm, compassion, and selflessness. (2) Great mentors act as a career guide by helping the mentee establish a vision. (3) Great mentors make time to meet regularly with their mentee and have high-quality meetings. (4) Great mentors support a quality work-life balance. (5) Great mentors leave a legacy of how to be a good mentor. The qualities described above may seem daunting or unreachable to some, but remember that these are the characteristics of “outstanding mentors”. Greatness takes years of practice and refinement through self-reflection and you do not have to be an outstanding mentor to have an impact on someone’s career.  Even if you are just starting out as a new practitioner, you probably have tons of advice to give to pharmacy residents or students or even high school students considering the profession of pharmacy.

I do not know what to do. Being a mentor is a lot of responsibility, but I assure you, compared to pharmacokinetics, it is a piece of cake! There is no official instruction book on how to be a good mentor, although there are several websites, articles, and books readily available on the topic. Resources that focus on how to develop others and give effective, constructive feedback may be especially helpful, since lots of feedback is often needed to construct an effective mentorship that develops the mentee. Another great resource may be your own experience. Take some time to do some self-reflection on how you benefited from the relationships you had with current or previous mentors. What did that person do to make you trust them? How often did you meet with them and did you feel that was sufficient? How would you change the organization and/or content of the meetings you had? Perhaps one of the most important parts of being a mentor is to remember that your role is not to change the individual, but to help them learn how they can change themselves. A quote I read recently summarizes this concept nicely: "The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches, but to reveal to him his own". (Benjamin Disraeli)

I do not have the time. In the fast-paced, task-oriented world that we live in today, there are often competing priorities, and it may seem difficult to find the time to build an additional relationship. However, when deciding on whether to become a mentor, I encourage you to also weigh the benefits of being a mentor, as assuredly, they are not all one-sided. Yes, the mentee benefits from the additional guidance, but the mentor can also benefit from the relationship. Mentors may find the relationship to be a rewarding and/or professionally fulfilling experience. They also may view it as an opportunity to “pay forward” all of the mentorship they received at the start of their career. Others may find that helping guide someone else has a positive impact on renewing their own interest/enthusiasm in the profession. Not all mentorships are created equal, and some may involve more or less time, depending on the availability of the mentor and the mentee. The most important thing to consider is that the mentor and mentee have compatible expectations with regard to the time requirement and that this boundary is respected by both.

I do not know how to find a mentee. There are many formal mentorship programs available. Many of the Illinois Colleges of Pharmacy have programs in place and they are always looking for volunteer mentors. Some workplaces have formal mentorships in place to help transition new employees into the workforce. If your institution does not, this may be something that you can request from your supervisor. Or, you may seek out a less formal relationship – perhaps with someone who always asks for your advice. Make it known to others that you are interested in helping them succeed and I assure you, you will find someone to mentor.

Mentorship can be a highly rewarding experience for both the mentor and the mentee, but it does require work and commitment from both sides. However, I do feel that most of us are capable of being mentors. Most of us are pretty good at identifying opportunities for improvement in others, which is a good skill of any mentor. However, it seems to me that, sometimes, more time is spent complaining about the faults of others as opposed to helping the person ameliorate their short-coming. Think about how much quicker we could evolve as a profession if we directed that energy in a more positive direction and opted to develop the individual instead. I challenge you all to think about being a mentor, especially the next time you notice an opportunity for improvement in someone else.

References:
  1. Emory University. Story of “Mentor”. Available at: http://www.learningservices.emory.edu/mentor_emory/mentorstory.html. Accessed 2016 Jan 26.
  2. Cho CS, Ramanan RA, Feldman MD. Defining the ideal qualities of mentorship: a qualitative analysis of the characteristics of outstanding mentors. Am J Med. 2011;124:453-8.




Directly Speaking
License Renewal Time Is Here!

by Scott A. Meyers, Executive Vice President

March is a special month for many of us. It hosts St. Patrick’s Day, March Madness, often Easter and Passover, the first signs of spring and license renewal for pharmacy technicians and students annually and pharmacists and pharmacies every other year! While the latter events are usually nothing to celebrate, they do provide all of us with our livelihoods, and while they are not free, they are relatively reasonable considering that we can’t work without them.

This year, 2016 in case you haven’t noticed yet, we get to renew all of our licenses, so I hope my message this month will save many of you consternation, confusion and possible heartache next month! I hope to provide some helpful tips and observations for this renewal period and for the next for all our members.

Tip #1 – Don’t wait until the last minute! We’ve told you before and we'll warn you again, renewing on the last day of March does not mean you will be able to work on April 1st and that’s no joke! Even if you renew online, it takes the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation 6-10 business days to complete the process. If your license renewal does not show up online, you cannot work! It’s that simple. PIC’s should really pay attention to this, because if an inspector shows up at your door and some of the staff working that day don’t show up online as renewed, your license is going to be in trouble, too! Time for some tough love early and often.

Tip #2 – Pharmacists, make sure your CPE is done. You have from April 1, 2014 until March 31, 2016 to complete 30 hours of continuing pharmacy education, although if you follow Tip #1, you should have it all completed by March 1st! Certified Pharmacy Technicians, this is a warm up for you as you will need 20 hours of CPE credits next year at this time with a new law in effect. Student Pharmacists and regular pharmacy technicians, this tip does not apply to you.

Tip #3 – If you are delinquent with your student loans or owe child support, you will not be able to renew online. So you need to plan ahead even more! You can contact the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation at (800) 560-6420. Again, this is another process you will want to start on early.

Tip #4 – If you don’t have your NABP ID number yet, you definitely should get it! And tell your colleagues! This year, CPE audits will be done post-relicensure and will use NABP’s CPE Monitor as the initial check. If you don’t have the right amount of credits, you will receive a letter requesting proof of completion. But here’s the catch, if you don’t have enough credits on CPE Monitor, you’re going to have trouble proving anything. ACPE has required all CPE providers to require the NABP ID number since January 1, 2013. And all ACPE providers have had to report CPE credits to CPE Monitor during that same time period. Finally, all CPE providers are prohibited by ACPE to provide statements of credit for completed programs since then also. So if you don’t have an NABP ID number now, you should probably start praying, too!

Tip #5 – The Department of Financial and Professional Regulation staff have indicated that they plan to use CPE Monitor prospectively beginning in 2017 with certified pharmacy technician CPE audits and in 2018 for the pharmacists. By prospectively, they mean in advance of relicensure, so that if a registrant is deficient 60-90 days in advance of the renewal deadline, the registrant will receive a letter or email from the Department indicating that they must provide proof of completion along with their license renewal or it will not be accepted. This will be a dramatic change from past practices and a rude awakening for those who consistently fail to complete their CPE! (Note: CPE Monitor is easy to access and provides a comprehensive folder for all of your Illinois (ACPE accredited) approved CPE credits.)

Tip #6 – If you haven’t completed your CPE requirements this year, admit it on your renewal. Falsely attesting that you have completed your CPE requirements and getting caught will result a disciplinary action. Admitting you have not completed your CPE requirements may result in a fine and additional credit requirement, but it will not show up on your permanent pharmacist record.

Tip #7 – Make sure the Department has your email address. Notices will be sent out initially via email to those registrants who have email addresses. So watch for them. Those without emails will be notified by mail, which we know moves much slower and eventually may be phased out as the Department works hard to become paperless.

Hopefully these tips will help you and your staff meet this year’s and future years’ license renewal and CPE requirements. As always, you can forward your license renewal or other questions to me at scottm@ichpnet.org. And tell your non-member colleagues, I’ll answer one free question for them too, but then they have to join ICHP for the next one. Why should you pay so that they can keep working?!



Government Affairs Report
What We Know

by Jim Owen and Scott Meyers

It’s early February and no 2016 Illinois budget is in sight. The chasm between the Governor and the Democratic leaders of the General Assembly seems as wide as ever. While more than 70% of government services are being funded by court order, many social service organizations, school districts and universities, and municipalities are sinking deeper and deeper in debt or closing their doors.

As for new legislation, we’ve seen very little as of yet. The House finally met officially on Wednesday, January 27th while the Senate has been in session since the second week of the year. We are anticipating legislation on several pharmacy related issues this session but won’t know the complete extent until the session ends as new issues have been known to appear on the last week or even day of the session.

Here’s what we do know:

Immunization Expansion for Pharmacists – Both ICHP and IPhA will be supporting a bill to expand the ability of pharmacist to immunize children ages 10-13 for all diseases. We know there will be pushback from the pediatricians and the Medical Society, but we will be working with them for a compromise that will expand access without circumventing primary care.

Provider Status and PBM Regulation – Tied together last year because both activities amend the Illinois Insurance Code, these two different issues will probably appear in a bill this spring. IPhA is the initial sponsor, and ICHP will support their efforts while working on a separate bill that focuses on expanding pharmacist care services in general. Both issues will meet resistance from the insurance industry, and the latter will probably catch the eye of the Medical Society.

Pseudoephedrine containing products as Prescription Only – A bill has been introduced already in Indiana, and we saw one two-years ago in Illinois. This is an effort by law enforcement to curb methamphetamine production, sale and abuse in Illinois. With reports nationally that 70-80% of methamphetamine used in the US comes directly from Mexico, we don’t believe this effort will have its intended impact. In addition, increasing costs to patients who use pseudoephedrine containing products will negatively impact overall public health.

Medicaid program revisions – We’re absolutely sure that we will see new attempts to remove many of the changes to the SMART Act of a few years ago that revamped the Medicaid program by among other steps, implementing a 4-drug prior authorization requirement and 3-brand name drug limit to reduce costs. Last year, a handful of bills proposed exempting certain drug classes from the 4-drug limit, removing the 4-drug and 3-brand name drug limits entirely, and adding smoking cessation drugs and OTCs to Medicaid’s approved drug list. With pharmacists under the direction of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy Drug Information Center, the new program seems to be working without denying any patients their needed medications. ICHP will probably oppose any dismantling of the SMART Act this session.

We’re fairly certain that at least one new issue will pop up, but until February 11th in the House and the 19th in the Senate, we won’t really know. And even then, we may not know for sure until the last vote is cast on the 31st of May! Regardless, we’ll keep you informed and represented.



Leadership Profile
Margie Villareal-Florees, CPhT

Trace your professional history since graduation: where have you trained / worked, any special accomplishments? 
I trained as a technician “hands-on” at my first job in 1991 at St. Anthony Hospital, in the Douglas Park area. I worked there for 4 years, until I applied at UIC Hospital Pharmacy in 1994 and I have been here ever since. I started out working on the “Robotic” automation, worked my way throughout Central Pharmacy  (clean-room, pre-pack, narcotics) then billing and front-office administration until a position opened up for an Investigational Drugs Pharmacy (IDP)/ Medication Use Policy (MUP) Technician and I applied for it. I’ve always considered IDS/MUP an interesting place to learn and work. I enjoy working with the PI’s, RN’s, Coordinators as well as the patients we serve.

Describe your current area of practice and practice setting.
My daily activities include busy preparation for ongoing studies and serving our patients. Responsibilities include IDS and MUP Pharmacists with daily activities of managing the service, which is maintained in accordance with hospital policy, JCAHO, state and federal standards. I also assist with ordering, handing all shipments of investigational agents, inventory, temperature monitor, and expiration logs. I am also involved with drug handling and preparation, packaging, IV preparation admixture, labeling and delivery.

I have involvement in research activities, accountability records, IRB approvals, patient consent, and HIPPA consent. I support, train, and supervise pharmacy students. I have computer knowledge and assist with various data entry and information pertinent to IDS and MUP, hospital computer systems and other databases. I also maintain compliance through hospital cost saving programs for the children’s vaccine program.

What initially motivated you to get involved, and what benefits do you see in being active in a professional association such as ICHP? 
It is great for professional growth, educational opportunities, networking, shared practices, and it is fun seeing and meeting new people. I think it is important to get involved, network with other technicians and stay current in pharmacy.

What advice would you give to a new practitioner eager to become more involved within ICHP? to the new grad? to the student? to a technician? 
Jump right in and try new things. Challenge yourself. Most of us can do way more than we think. There are worse things in life than failure…like not trying!

Is there an individual you admire or look up to, or a mentor that has influenced your career?
There were so many and still are that have influenced me and continue to be a mentor I can’t limit to just one or two. These are the following people who I owe credit to today:
Michael Rajski, PharmD
Roberto Garcia, PharmD
Juliana Huang-Chu, PharmD, BCOP
Linda Grider, PharmD, MBA
Michael Pacini, PharmD, BCOP
Gloria Sporleder, CPhT

What is your vision for pharmacy in the future? Or what would you like to able to see accomplished within pharmacy?
I see continued expansion of pharmacy technician roles. As the new practice model for pharmacists evolves, so will the need for the expansion of pharmacy technician responsibilities. There is unlimited opportunity for us! I hope to see accredited training programs more available for future technicians so baseline competence is in place to better handle expanded roles.

What three adjectives would people use to best describe you?
Energizer, dedicated, compassionate.

Do you have any special interests or hobbies outside of pharmacy/work/school? Special accomplishments?
I am a devoted mother and grandmother, I enjoy spending my time with my husband, children, grandchildren and other family members. I also enjoy volunteering at to help others whether it’s here at UI Hospital & Health or my church.

Do you have a favorite restaurant/food?
Yes, I do it’s Mexican food, but I enjoy cooking it too.

What is your favorite place to vacation?
Too many to name, but when I am on vacation I enjoy the mountains and warm beach weather. I enjoy the outdoors.

What is the most interesting/unique fact about yourself that few people know? 
I am a grandmother who loves to ride her motorcycle. 

Anything else, you would like to share? 
Live life to the fullest!



ICHPeople

Congratulations to Miriam Mobley-Smith who has been named Director of Strategic Alliances for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). Read the full article here.












Board of Pharmacy Update
Highlights from the January 2016 Meeting

by Scott A. Meyers, Executive Vice President

The January 12th Board of Pharmacy Meeting was held at the James R. Thompson Center at Randolph and LaSalle Streets in Chicago. These are the highlights of that meeting.

NABP District IV Meeting 2016 – The Illinois Board of Pharmacy and the UIC College of Pharmacy will be co-hosting the NABP District IV meeting on November 2-4, 2016 at the Crowne Plaza on Halstead in Greek Town. The program will offer CPE and networking and will be open to any pharmacist who would like to attend. Registration will open in early fall.

The MPJE (Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination) revisions – In March, several Board of Pharmacy members will write new questions for the MPJE that reflect last year’s changes to the practice act and rules. These new questions should appear on the exam in April but will be in the testing phase, to identify any bias or non-discriminators. Pharmacy candidates should not expect the new questions to count toward their score for several months.

Draft Compounding Rules – The first draft of new compounding rules is currently in the Governor’s office for review and will be released to the profession for early comments shortly. There was brief discussion but no significant concerns with this draft.

Illinois Pharmacy Newsletter – The next issue of the newsletter will be available online February 1st and includes a variety of important information. The new “Ticketing process” described in the November Board Meeting Highlights in KeePosted’s December 2015 issue, an update on license renewals, and more is included.

Self-Inspection Forms now available online – Last issue we told you that institutional self-inspection forms were available at http://www.idfpr.com/profs/pharm.asp under the Resources and Publications tab. Now you can also find self-inspection forms required for any pharmacy that compounds sterile and non-sterile medications. Please check out the website if you haven’t already.

Dates for future board meetings – The Board confirmed the following future dates and locations for meetings:
March 8, 2016 Springfield
May 10, 2016 Chicago
July 12, 2016 Chicago
September 13, 2016 Chicago
November 15, 2016 Chicago (usual date 11/08/2016 is Election Day)
January 10, 2017 Chicago
March 14, 2017 Springfield
May 9, 2017 Chicago

License Renewals – On March 31, 2016 all pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, pharmacies and pharmacy controlled substance licenses are due for renewal. This year, the Department intends to send out initial notifications via email. Please make sure your contact information with the Department is up to date! Renewals should open 60 days prior to March 31 and most licenses may be renewed online. Licensees delinquent on child support or student loans will not be able to renew online and must contact the Department directly. Pharmacy technicians who are converting to student pharmacist status must also apply via USPS (snail mail) and must have a confirmation letter from their college of pharmacy.

CE credit monitoring – In 2016, CE or CPE credit will be audited after license renewal using the standard audit method of selecting 3% of all pharmacists. In 2018, Illinois will most likely be using CPE Monitor and will notify pharmacists who are deficient in credits in advance and will not allow them to be relicensed until the mandatory 30 hours are completed. It is unclear at this time whether the Department will use the proactive process for Certified Pharmacy Technicians beginning in 2017 (CPhTs will need to obtain 20 hours of CPE every two years, including 1 hour of law and 1 hour of patient safety). The Department will announce this change in advance. Currently only about 50% of all Illinois pharmacists have a CPE Monitor account! The 2018 relicense period looks to be quite interesting. All Pharmacists In Charge should begin asking pharmacist and certified pharmacy technician staff to establish their accounts if they haven’t already!

Legislative Update – Garth Reynolds, IPhA Executive Director, provided the January Legislative Update and reported that the General Assembly will begin meeting again this month. Bills to expand immunization abilities of pharmacists and regulate PBM activities are expected to be introduced early this session.

Next Board of Pharmacy Meeting – The next meeting of the Illinois Board of Pharmacy will be held at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, March 8th at the Department’s Building at 320 W. Washington Street in Springfield. Announcements and agendas are posted at least 14 days in advance on the IDFPR pharmacy website. The profession is welcome to attend the open portion of this meeting.


Professional Affairs Division – Best Practice
Resident Involvement in Transition of Care Services

by Anne Misher, PharmD, Brooke Baltz-Ward, PharmD, BCPS, Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy, Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Transitions of care between healthcare settings has become a focus area to improve patient care, reduce hospital readmissions, and avoid adverse drug events.1 Pharmacists continue to play an important role to assist coordination of care during care transitions.2 These roles involve both the inpatient and outpatient setting with a variety of activities, including medication reconciliation, patient education, and recommendations for evidence-based medication utilization. 

In 2013, ASHP and APhA highlighted models for best practices in care transitions which provided examples of successful implementation of pharmacy services.2 These models provided recommendations for how to implement, improve, and overcome barriers when establishing transitions of care services. Important aspects of the program included communication between inpatient and outpatient pharmacists, communication between pharmacists and other health care providers, documentation of reduced readmission rates, and the utilization of pharmacy personnel including student pharmacists and pharmacy residents in innovative ways. Importantly, these models have shown to not only benefit patient care, but have also shown to reduce cost for the health systems they serve. Below we describe how these best practices for care transitions are being implemented at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH) and the key role of the pharmacy resident in these efforts. 

NMH is an 894-bed academic medical center located in downtown Chicago. In order to reduce hospital readmissions, NMH has several initiatives in both the inpatient and outpatient settings that include pharmacist involvement. Pharmacist extenders, including students and residents, are incorporated into the practice model and are essential for the success of the initiatives. One of these initiatives piloted in June 2015 involved a pharmacy resident rotation with a focus on transitions of care. The intervention took place on all internal medicine units with the resident spending three days in the inpatient setting and one day in an ambulatory clinic each week.

Inpatient activities included reconciling discrepancies in medication therapy, communicating medication-related problems, and providing patient education at discharge. To identify patients that would benefit most from transition of care interventions, the resident utilized a computerized, risk stratification process NMH is piloting to detect patients at the highest risk for readmission.  

The outpatient activities involved working in the ambulatory setting through an established follow-up clinic for patients discharged from NMH who do not have a primary care physician (PCP) or are unable to schedule a PCP visit at discharge. Since many of these patients are uninsured or underinsured and face challenges with accessing care, the clinic is designed to serve as a bridge between hospitalization and the establishment of primary care. Since 2013, PGY1 residents act as pharmacist extenders by rotating through the clinic as part of their longitudinal care rotation. Residents provide an economical way to provide clinical pharmacy services, such as making follow-up phone calls, completing medication reconciliation, resolving medication access issues, providing evidence-based recommendations for medication utilization, and educating patients on proper medication use and adherence strategies.

There were several barriers in establishing residents as part of the transitions of care team; on the inpatient side these included difficulty identifying high-risk patients and communication with the inpatient pharmacists. While patients who were identified as high risk for readmission were the focus of the interventions provided by the transitions of care resident, it is difficult to distinguish patients that are at high risk for medication errors. Currently, NMH does not have a defined algorithm to identify patients likely to experience a medication error. Previously identified risk factors in the literature include patient knowledge deficits, high risk medications (i.e. anticoagulants, hypoglycemic agents), and complicated medication regimens (i.e. heart failure).3 Another challenging aspect involved timely communication with the clinical pharmacist covering the service. The inpatient pharmacist may not be notified that a patient needs medication counseling until immediately prior to discharge. This makes it difficult to communicate with the pharmacy resident in order to prepare a medication list and materials to counsel the patient before discharge.   

Barriers for the pharmacy resident in implementation of care transition services in the outpatient setting included a high no-show rate in the follow-up clinic. In order to reduce the no-show rate and encourage patient follow-up, a pilot study of pharmacist-initiated phone calls post-discharge was conducted at the follow-up clinic (n=129 patients). To date, preliminary data has been collected to describe the impact of this service (Table 1). 

Table 1. Outcomes from pilot study of pharmacist-initiated phone calls post-discharge

No telephone intervention
(n=73)
Telephone intervention
(n= 56)
P-value
Patient attendance to follow-up appointment, % 34 68 p=0.0001
Patients presenting to ED or readmitted within 30 days of discharge, % 30 26.5 p=0.677

Patients who received a telephone intervention were twice as likely to attend their scheduled follow-up appointment with the clinic (p=0.0001). Additionally, regardless of phone follow-up, patients who attended the follow-up clinic were 2.4 times less likely to present to the Emergency Department (ED) or be readmitted within 30 days of discharge (p=0.007). However, there was no significant difference in readmission for those who received a phone call (p=0.677). A potential role in the future for the pharmacy resident to improve the no-show rate could be to communicate with the patient prior to discharge. Communication prior to discharge would provide continuity of care and may help patients better understand the importance of follow-up, leading to improved adherence to scheduled appointments; however, this has not yet been explored. 

Future directions for the pharmacy resident on the transition of care team could include working more closely with the rounding team, nursing staff, and social work in order to coordinate access to discharge medications, expand the disease states covered during discharge counseling, and improve communication of the management plan prior to hospital discharge. In the outpatient setting, expanding the role of the resident in the follow-up clinic could include focusing on disease specific visits for patients on high risk medications or with complicated medication regimens, such as those with diabetes or heart failure. Additionally, as outlined in the best practices provided by ASHP-APhA, clear documentation of the clinical services provided is recommended.2 Although documentation processes are well-established in the outpatient setting, documentation of resident activities could be improved in the inpatient setting. Further studies are needed to determine how resident involvement in the inpatient setting impacts readmission rates, which interventions are effective at increasing the likelihood of patients following up after discharge, and the impact this has on ED visits and inpatient readmissions.


References
  1. American College of Clinical Pharmacy, Hume AL, Kirwin J, et al. Improving care transitions: current practice and future opportunities for pharmacists. Pharmacotherapy. 2012;32(11):e326-37. 
  2. American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, American Pharmacists Association, Cassano A. Best Practices fromthe ASHP-APhA Medication Management in Care Transitions Initiative. Available at http://media.pharmacist.com/practice/ASHP_APhA_MedicationManagementinCareTransitionsBestPracticesReport2_2013.pdf. Accessed November 10, 2015.
  3. Coleman EA, Smith JD, Raha D, et al. Posthospital medication discrepancies: prevalence and contributing factors. Arch Intern Med. 2005 Sep 12;165(16):1842-7.



New Practitioners Network
From Student to Teacher: Perspectives of a New Practitioner

by Heather E. Fields, PharmD, MPH, BCACP, Clinical Assistant Professor, Chicago State University College of Pharmacy; Reviewed by Milena McLaughlin, PharmD, MSc, BCPS, AAHIVP, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy

New practitioners are very familiar with the role of a student. We have endured many years of education and training to become a pharmacist. Although we are accustomed to learning, we often find ourselves serving in a teaching position as a practitioner. Teaching occurs in various capacities and involves a variety of responsibilities. Transitioning from student to teacher can be a daunting task filled with anxiety and uncertainty for new practitioners due to limited exposure during school. I have been a pharmacist for the past six years and have experienced several teaching roles. Despite residency training, it was initially very unnerving for me to teach others. Over time I developed my teaching skills and continue to develop them. Here I discuss the teaching roles new pharmacy practitioners may encounter, tips to be successful, and lessons that I have learned during the process.

Experiential education comprises an active learning environment for introductory and advanced pharmacy practice students to foster them into competent, professional, and compassionate practitioners. It is best to know the requirements and learning objectives of the college of pharmacy and your institution and then develop an agenda of activities to meet these goals. Discuss expectations with students at the beginning of the rotation. Also, ask for guidance from colleagues, former preceptors, and the experiential coordinator when needed. Both American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and American Pharmacists Association have preceptor resources available. I have learned that the needs and learning aptitudes of every student are different and I may need to adjust my method of teaching to adapt to the student. Also, there are times when a dose of “tough love” is needed to help them grow.

Residency precepting mirrors experimental education but at a more advanced level. Residents are licensed practitioners, so as time progresses they are allowed to become independent and complete tasks without the approval of a preceptor. I have learned that even though residents are pharmacists, they are still very new practitioners and they still require mentorship and guidance.

Academic teaching involves being an educator in a professional education program. Faculty members instruct students on didactic information such as therapeutics and clinical application skills as well as cultivate personal and professional development. Most pharmacy practice faculty have completed residency training and have obtained a teaching certificate.  However, an adjunct professor may not have these qualifications. The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy have a variety of resources on teaching and faculty positions. I have been a clinical assistant professor for 4 years and it has been a rewarding yet challenging experience. I receive great personal satisfaction by seeing students evolve in their knowledge and passion for the profession. Keeping students engaged, disciplined, and utilizing effective pedagogy is an ongoing learning process for me. I continue to enhance my teaching skills by working with college administration, colleagues, senior faculty, and professional development activities.

Interprofessional education (IPE) involves students from various healthcare professions learning from and working together to provide patient care.1 Each specialty contributes a different skill set and view of the patient to collaboratively optimize patient outcomes.1 IPE is now an ACPE accreditation standard that is incorporated into pharmacy and other healthcare profession curriculums. IPE is about teamwork and the best way to approach it is to be a team player. Pharmacists and students should understand that no discipline is better than the other, and it is important to be respectful and receptive to each other’s expertise. I have worked with a variety of other healthcare professionals as a practitioner. I enjoy IPE and team-based care because it provides comprehensive care to the patient. It is a learning experience for everyone, including myself, to see and understand the approach to care by various healthcare professionals.

Patient teaching through education and counseling is one of the core functions of being a pharmacist. It is a skill that has to be developed as a student and enhanced as a practitioner. Good communication skills and being able to adapt to your patients’ needs while communicating are essential. Not communicating effectively can result in poor outcomes for the patient. I have noticed that many of my students are apprehensive and nervous about patient teaching. They often lack the confidence to talk to patients as they are unsure of what to say, how to say it, and what the patient may say or how they may respond. The best way to overcome this is with practice. Patient teaching is one of my favorite responsibilities of being a pharmacist. I enjoy talking to patients and feel good knowing that helping them understand their medication or how to use their device will make them feel better and improve their health. I have learned that it is important to make sure that the patient truly understands what I am trying to communicate to them. This may involve limiting the amount of information you are telling the patient, repeating the information you are saying to them in different ways, using an alternative approach to relay the information, and asking the patient questions about the information discussed with them.

Pharmacy is a profession that involves life-long learning and self-teaching. Continuing professional development (CPD) extends beyond continuing pharmacy education (CPE). CPE allows for practitioners to maintain their competency level through educational activities, while CPD involves a “self-directed, ongoing, systematic and outcomes-focused approach to lifelong learning that is applied into practice.”2 CPD is a self-assessment of needs and goals, developing a plan to meet these goals, practice application, and evaluating the impact and outcomes of the plan.2 CPD examples include scholarly activities, attending professional conferences, precepting and mentoring, community service, and committee participation. I am involved in CPD activities on a continual basis as a requirement for faculty retention. I think the best approach to CPD is to determine what I want to accomplish for the year, both professionally and personally, and identify opportunities that enable me to meet my goals. Talking with a supervisor, colleague, or mentor can help with this process. 


References
  1. Interprofessional Education Collaborative Expert Panel. Core competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice: Report of an expert panel. American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy website. http://www.aacp.org/resources/education/Documents/10-242IPECFullReportfinal.pdf. Published May 2011. Accessed December 24, 2015.
  2. American Council of Pharmacy Education Board of Directors. Guidance on continuing professional development (CPD) for the profession of pharmacy. American Council of Pharmacy Education website. https://www.acpe-accredit.org/pdf/CPDGuidance%20ProfessionPharmacyJan2015.pdf. Approved January 2015. Accessed December 24, 2015. 



College Connections

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy
Standing with Greatness

by Whitney Breweur, P3 President

My heart was pounding in my chest as the bus inched closer and closer to the enormous conference building where I would be attending my first ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting. I looked around at everyone sharing this exciting adventure with me, from students to practicing pharmacists to guest speakers and poster presenters. It really was amazing to see this whole diverse group of individuals come together. As I walked through the doors, I was immediately immersed in the hustle and bustle of registration and networking. I had been to other organizational meetings before, but none of them compared to the experience of ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting. It was incredible to witness colleagues from all over the country reminiscing like old friends, many of whom began such friendships at this same type of meeting in years past.

The first activity on my list was the Opening Session for Student Pharmacists where Antonio Neves spoke about setting yourself apart from the crowd. He talked about focusing on what made us unique and how to use that to our advantage when interviewing and networking. He also emphasized the importance of stepping outside of your comfort zone to propel yourself into the career position you desire. If we do the same thing every day and never try something new or uncomfortable, we can’t expect the outcome to change. Antonio used the slogan, “Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.” It really is true. If you feel uncomfortable, it means you are growing. The experience and knowledge you gain by pushing yourself into something new is only one piece of the bigger puzzle. Experiencing new things helps mold you into who you want to become, and it can help you realize that sometimes what you think you want isn’t always the best fit for you. If you get too comfortable, you could be missing out on opportunities that could allow yourself to go from “good enough” to “great.”

Sometimes success is measured in how you look at a situation. Antonio used the example of a time he visited Alaska. People were walking around in the rain without using umbrellas, so he stopped someone and asked, “Why doesn’t anyone have an umbrella? It’s raining.” The person replied, “It’s just water.” Something so simple has a profound effect when you change the way you think about it. It is just water. What is it hurting? When we get forced into a rut with the day-to-day activities that are considered societal norms, we tend to forget that we are allowed to form our own opinions about things. That is what makes us all special and unique. We don’t have to follow the herd just because that is where the majority is. Set yourself apart, and as Antonio says, “stand with greatness.”



Chicago State University College of Pharmacy
Finding Your Passion in Pharmacy

by Nancy Koo, P3

As I prepare to make the next dose of midazolam for my pediatric patient, I thought to myself “she has been here for over a month”. As I placed the label over the isolator hood and collected syringes and diluents, I suddenly hear a loud, blaring ring. I recognized the ring tone coming from the code pager that my pharmacist scrambled to grab. Then, a person stated on overhead speaker; “Code White. Code White.” Quickly my pharmacist, with a book and calculator in hand, left to report to the code in the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (PCICU), The other pharmacist advised me to run over to ask if we needed to prepare alteplase for the code patient. I swiftly walked over to the PCICU and took a deep breath to prepare myself. As I walked through the double doors immediately I identified which person was coding. A crowd had already surrounded the outside of the room. There were nurses, respiratory therapists, unit coordinators, and a radiology technician present. I carefully maneuvered around them to reach the code cart where my pharmacist was focused on prepping meds. I took a glance over toward the bed to see how the patient was coming along and in that critical moment I realized this child’s life was on the line. She may or may not make it and it was in our hands. The pharmacist said “go ahead and make the alteplase.” I bolted back to the satellite and I was in the isolator hood with all the things I needed to prepare the drug in less than a minute. I had the medication labeled, checked, and back to the bedside as fast as I could. After handing the syringe to my pharmacist, I watched as he handed it to the nurse who then injected it into the patient’s line. I watched as the patient began to stabilize before my very eyes. The code was over and our effort to help was successful. As I walked back to the pharmacy, I had a genuine feeling of joy.

One of the most important decisions that one can make in life is choosing a career path that they are passionate about. Not only should this career be enjoyable, but it should also fit one’s character. I am a person who loves to learn and also help others learn. I began my pharmacy career at Walgreens Pharmacy. The experience I had working at an outpatient pharmacy exposed me to a diverse community of patients. I discovered many problems that individuals have – ranging from insurance issues to misuse of medications. This gave me a very important perspective on the importance of outpatient care, drug utilization reviews, and patient counseling. I wanted to learn more about the profession; thus I was fortunate to find a position with University of California, San Francisco UCSF Medical Center Pharmacy. This afforded me the opportunity to learn about intravenous drugs, which also broadened my knowledge of different types of medications.

During my time working at UCSF, I had the opportunity to shadow different medical teams during patient care rounds alongside my attending pharmacists, which allowed me to better understand the role of interdisciplinary teams in patient care. This provided me a unique perspective on the complexities and multiple areas of pharmacy specialty. This really helped me decide on which area of focus I felt most comfortable and where I had a stronger passion to learn more. As I developed a better idea of what I wanted to learn more about, I contacted my pharmacy manager to ask about research projects where I could lend assistance. I was then partnered with a resident on a small project on missing medication requests. We collected data from the hospital computer generated requests for missing medications. I was able to extrapolate information from the data collected and make an assessment on the root cause of these events. This experience exposed me to the everyday problems of hospital pharmacy practice and gave me the opportunity to apply critical thinking and problem solving skills to help resolve specific issues.

Based upon my experiences, I feel that during the time I have spent working at both Walgreens and UCSF pharmacies, I have been able to really make a cohesive decision in where I would like to focus. One of the best pieces of advice I have heard is to reach out in whichever way possible to find your passion, and then pursue it! It is definitely a learning process, but discovering where you fit and how you would like to see yourself within the next 5-10 years requires hard work and dedication. I have been fortunate to find my specific passion in pharmacy. I urge you to find what you like to do and definitely do not settle for only what is available. Take careful considerations in your planning your future. Pharmacy school is rigorous, but once you find that passion, it will all be worth it!



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Tuesday, February 9, 2016 | 6:00pm 
Billie John, PharmD
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Wednesday, March 2, 2016 | 12:30pm
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Targeted Oral Anticancer Agents: Not Just for Oncology Providers
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