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  • 10/08/2019 4:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    If you attended the 2019 KPhA Annual Meeting & Trade Show, please remember to submit your LecturePanda evaluations by Oct. 31.

    You will need to use the personalized link from any of the reminder emails that LecturePanda has sent to you. Once you complete the evaluations and submit the credits, your CPE credit will automatically upload to CPE Monitor.

    If you have any questions regarding session codes, please reach out to Jen Clark.

  • 10/08/2019 11:52 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NCPDP will no longer apply for an NPI number on behalf of a pharmacy. This means that pharmacies needing an NCPDP ID in the future will need to apply for their own NPI number prior to filling out the NCPDP application.

    Additionally, NCPDP will no longer update pharmacies’ NPI profiles on behalf of the pharmacy. Pharmacies that need to update their NPI profiles must do so by logging into the NPPES website.

    If you have any questions about your NPI profile or need login information to access your NPI profile, you can visit the NPPES website or contact the NPPES customer service line at 800-465-3203 and ask for an NPI Specialist.

  • 09/20/2019 11:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Have you ever wondered how your Well-Being compares to others? Consider investing six minutes in your well-being with the Well-Being Index, a brief online self-assessment invented by the Mayo Clinic and brought to you through a partnership with the American Pharmacists Association (APhA).

    It provides immediate individualized feedback including tools and local and national resources to address your well-being. You can set-up the frequency you wish to assess your well-being and track your progress.

    Your information and score are private and your individual score will not be shared with APhA or anyone else. You do not have to be an APhA member to participate.

    Take the survey now in a few easy steps:

    1. Go to: https://www.mywellbeingindex.org/signup
    2. If asked for a participation code, use APhA
    3. Register (approx. 3 minutes)
    4. Take the survey (approx. 3 minutes)
  • 09/05/2019 2:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In an effort to reduce waste and streamline receiving continuing education credits, the Kansas Pharmacists Association (KPhA) has decided to go nearly paperless at the 2019 KPhA Annual Meeting & Trade Show.

    Gone are the days of tracking down stamps and session surveys!

    This year, we are working with the Kentucky Pharmacy Educational Research Foundation (KPERF) and using Lecture Panda to record your session attendance and send your continuing pharmacy education data to CPE Monitor electronically.

    Lecture Panda considers the entire 2019 KPhA Annual Meeting & Trade Show to be a single “activity” – no matter how many sessions you attend, you only register once!

    Please register at http://bit.ly/kpha-lecture-panda -- this is separate from your 2019 KPhA Annual Meeting & Trade Show registration. You will need your NABP number and date of birth (in MMDD format).

    Once you've submitted the form, you will receive an e-mail from Lecture Panda. (Be sure to check your junk mail or spam box in case you don't see it in your inbox!) SAVE THAT EMAIL.

    During the conference, write down the attendance codes for each session you attend in the conference program or a notebook. KPERF recommends claiming your credits after each session you attend, but you also can claim multiple credits later if that is more convenient. All Credits must be claimed by Oct. 31, 2019.

    • To claim credit, open the e-mail and click the blue box to “complete credit requirements.” It will take you to a Web page.
    • Once you click to confirm your information, you’ll have the opportunity to click a green box to “Claim credits”.
    • Select the sessions you attended and enter the attendance codes you saved.
    • Click the green button to “Complete evaluations.” Then fill in the course evaluation survey.
    • Click the large green “Submit credits” button and your CPE credit will automatically upload to CPE Monitor.

    Questions? Visit the registration desk at the conference or email Jen Clark.

  • 08/27/2019 12:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    KPhA Annual Meeting & Trade Show
    WHAT: The premier pharmacy conference in Kansas
    WHEN: Sept. 26-28
    WHERE: DoubleTree by Hilton, Lawrence, KS
    Registration | Hotel

    Whether you are thinking about attending the KPhA Annual Meeting & Trade Show or are already registered, here are 5 tips to help you get around and/or entice you to make the trip. It?'s not too late!

    1) #KPhA19 offers 22 courses – up to 11 hours of continuing education credit – on topics ranging from CBD, Employee Engagement, Successful Business Exit Plans, Trends in Kansas Drug Enforcement, Injectables Administration and Skills Update, Antibiotic Stewardship, Hypertention Treatment Guidelines, Pharmacy Communication, and much more!

    2) The trade show floor showcases companies and products dedicated to helping pharmacists to better serve their patients in a constantly changing world. Visit the Exhibitor Showcase while you have lunch on Friday and hear about the latest advancements from leading companies.

    3) Hit the links at the all-new Jayhawk Club. This annual golf tournament is a 4-person scramble that benefits the Kansas Pharmacy Foundation.

    4)Points of Light. Help KPhA give back to the Lawrence community by donating travel-size toiletries which will be delivered to the Lawrence Community Shelter. With a minimum of 75 KPhA members participating, KPhA can earn Disney World vouchers that can be raffled off to members.

    5) Lawrence. Need we say more?

  • 08/26/2019 12:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Kansas Board of Pharmacy will conduct a public hearing on 12 proposed regulation changes on Oct. 22. The hearing will begin at 8 a.m.  in the Board of Healing Arts Board Room at 800 SW Jackson, Lower Level, Topeka, Kansas.

    K.A.R. 68-2-10. Cessation of operations. This regulation is being amended to require closed pharmacies to notify the Board and patients about the location and disposition of patient records, and creating requirements for pharmacies accepting records of closed pharmacies.

    K.A.R. 68-7-15. Prepackaging or repackaging of oral drugs. This regulation is being amended to allow packaging of drugs dispensed or supplied by the pharmacy or any other pharmacy engaged in a shared services agreement under K.A.R. 68-7-  20, and to provide necessary limitations for prepackaging and repackaging of parenteral products.

    K.A.R. 68-19-1. Minimum program requirements. This regulation is being amended to require review of the Board’s quarterly newsletter during the pharmacy’s quarterly continuous quality improvement meetings.

    K.A.R. 68-21-6. Reciprocal agreements with other states or government entities to share information. This regulation is being amended to allow the Board to share K-TRACS data with other relevant government entities that have established prescription drug monitoring programs, including the Missouri St. Louis County initiative, military health system via the department of defense, Indian health systems, and veteran health system.

    K.A.R. 68-14-1. This regulation is being considered for revocation as the result of proposed amendedments and additions to the remainder of Article 14 of the Board’s regulations (KAR 68-14-2 through 68-14-7b).

    K.A.R. 68-14-2. Definitions. This regulation is being amended to include additional definitions consistent with the Federal Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) that shall apply to Article 14 of the Board’  s regulations, as well as clarify language in the Pharmacy Practice Act.

    K.A.R. 68-14-3. This regulation is being considered for revocation as the result of 2017 amendments to the Pharmacy Practice Act which make the contents of this regulation duplicative of statute.

    K.A.R. 68-14-4. Minimum required information for registration. This regulation is being amended to include application requirements for virtual wholesale distributors, third-party logistics providers, and outsourcing facilities. It also further clarifies the requirements for wholesale distributors, including inspection and other non-resident compliance requirements.

    K.A.R. 68-14-5. Personnel. This regulation is being amended to include personnel requirements for virtual wholesale distributors, third-party logistics providers, and outsourcing facilities. It also further clarifies the requirements for maintaining training records for five years and requires outsourcing facilities to designate a pharmacist-in-charge.

    K.A.R. 68-14-7. Wholesale distributors; minimum requirements for the storage and handling of prescription-only drugs and devices and for the establishment and maintenance of prescription-only drug and device distribution records. This regulation is being amended to update the operations requirements for wholesale distributors to be consistent with the Federal Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA).

    K.A.R. 68-14-7a. Third-party logistics providers; minimum requirements for operationand maintenance of records. This is a new regulation drafted to provide operational requirements for third-party logistics providers, a newly regulated category of registrants,consistent with the Federal Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA).

    K.A.R. 68-14-7b. Outsourcing facilities; minimum requirements for operation and maintenance of records. This is a new regulation drafted to provide operational requirements for outsourcing facilities, a newly regulated category of registrants, consistent with the Federal Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA).

    Summaries of the proposed regulations and their economic impact are available at http://pharmacy.ks.gov.

  • 08/13/2019 1:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dared and Renee Price have expanded their community pharmacy practice with the purchase of four locations from Gary Damm, bringing their total ownership to six pharmacies. The purchase became final on Saturday, Aug. 10.

    "We are always looking to expand and was told about the possibility of purchasing from a colleague," explained Dared Price, who also owns Graves Drug in Winfield and Arkansas City. "We had several meetings with Gary Damm and decided it would be a good fit for our organization."

    The Prices purchashed Andover Drug, Rose Hill Pharmacy, Damm Pharmacy and Derby Drug. They had been working with Gary Damm for about six months on the purchase. Dared Price said there won't be any down-time during the transition.

    "Customers can expect the same friendly service they have always received and that is common among independent pharmacies," he said. "The exciting thing is we will be adding many new services that make getting prescriptions easier and more affordable. We will also be offering many enhanced services such as immunizations, compounding, packaging, and adherence programs."

    Adding to their portfolio made sense for the Prices despite the current trend in independent community pharmacies closing. "It is an extremely tough market," Dared Price said.

    "We believe in independent community pharmacy and the value that it adds to communities and patients. We want to bring many of the services we have been successful with to these communities."

  • 08/12/2019 5:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The KPhA Engagement Committee is asking members attending the 2019 KPhA Annual Meeting & Trade Show to collect or purchase travel-size toiletries and bring them to the conference. These items will be donated to the Lawrence Community Shelter.

    KPhA has signed-up with the Points of Light volunteer organization and can earn vouchers to Disney World that can be raffled off to our members. Points of Light encourages family volunteerism, so as you collect or purchase items, please take a photo of your family working on its contribution. You can email photos to kelly@ksrx.org.

    A donation box will be located near the registration desk throughout the KPhA Annual Meeting & Trade Show. Once the items are collected and the donation documented, KPhA will send the information to Points of Light and, in return, receive the Disney vouchers if a minimum of 75 KPhA members participate.

    About Points of Light

    In his 1989 inaugural address, President George H.W. Bush shared his vision of "a thousand points of light" — individuals and organizations across the nation helping others through service. In 1990, the Points of Light Foundation was created. A year later, the foundation merged with the National Volunteer Center Network. Today, Points of Light transcends politics and borders to inspire millions worldwide.

  • 08/12/2019 3:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    There is a Preferred Drug List (PDL) update effective Aug. 1, 2019. Reference the Preferred Drug List (PDL) page on the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) website.

    The following medications are nonpreferred and require prior authorization:

    • Amlodipine (Katerzia™) suspension
    • Insulin (All Novolog® and Novolin® products)
    • Prednisolone ODT (Orapred ODT)
    • Prednisone intensol
    • Spinosad (Natroba® brand only)

    The following medications have been moved to a preferred status and no longer require PDL prior authorization:

    • Insulin isophane and regular (all Humulin® products)
    • Insulin lispro (all Admelog® and Humalog® products)

    Note: The effective date of the policy is August 1, 2019. The implementation of State policy by the KanCare managed care organizations (MCOs) may vary from the date noted in the Kansas Medical Assistance Program (KMAP) bulletins. The KanCare Open Claims Resolution Log on the KMAP Bulletins page documents the MCO system status for policy implementation and any associated reprocessing completion dates, once the policy is implemented.

  • 08/09/2019 4:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    by APhA

    In response to rapid changes in pharmacy practice models and a changing and evolving health care system that impact the well-being of the nation’s pharmacists, 85 individuals representing pharmacists and employers from across practice settings, schools and colleges of pharmacy, regulators, accreditors, and professional organizations have agreed to a set of 50 recommendations to address critical issues related to pharmacist well-being.

    They are designed to provide immediate, viable, and sustainable solutions at the societal level, the organizational level, and the individual level. Within the recommendations, multiple stakeholders are charged to support meaningful and actionable change to improve:

    • Pharmacist work conditions and patient safety
    • Payment models
    • Relations between pharmacists and employers
    • Pharmacist and student pharmacist well-being
    • Well-being education and training
    • Communications
    • Data, information, and research on pharmacist well-being

    A complete list of all consensus conference recommendations can be found at https://apha.us/ConsensusConfRecs. Complete conference proceedings and outcomes will be formally published in the Fall of 2019.

    Enhancing Well-Being and Resilience Among the Pharmacist Workforce: A National Consensus Conference was held in Chicago from July 17-19, and was planned and implemented by American Pharmacists Association (APhA), the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), and the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations (NASPA). The objectives of the consensus conference were to:

    • Evaluate factors that contribute to well-being and resilience at the individual, organizational, and profession levels.
    • Develop strategies that could improve pharmacist well-being and resilience and decrease moral distress within individuals, managers, organizations, and the profession.
    • Identify and prioritize strategies that will drive change and fuel improvements in well-being and resilience.
    • Develop actionable recommendations that guide organizations and individuals in implementing positive change.

    According to Mary Jo Collins, PharmD, a practicing community-based pharmacist from Lenoir City, Tenn., and a member of the conference steering committee, “The depth of the dialog was inspiring, with attendees truly appreciating and respecting the very serious nature of the discussions. Even as we discussed emotional and difficult subjects, there was a true sense of ensuring that we reached constructive and meaningful conclusions.”

    APhA President Bradley P. Tice, PharmD, MBA, FAPhA, remarked, “Almost all national pharmacy organizations have policy statements, white papers, research reports, and even standards that address issues associated with work environments, patient safety, burnout, and well-being. Although words on paper can be a solid starting point, this consensus conference focused on real, actionable solutions that define what must be done about these incredibly complex issues.”

    Dr. Tice reinforced, “No single organization, stakeholder group, or individual can address pharmacist workforce well-being and resilience alone. It will take every single one of us committing to work together and engaging in the process. The conference recommendations can support immediate action by any individual or organization to affect change to improve pharmacist well-being.”

    About the Partnering Organizations

    • APhA is the largest association of pharmacists in the United States and is the only organization advancing the entire pharmacy profession. Our expert staff, and strong volunteer leadership, including many experienced pharmacists, allow us to deliver vital leadership to help pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, student pharmacists and pharmacy technicians find success and satisfaction in their work, while advocating for changes that benefit them and their patients.
    • ACPE is the national agency for the accreditation of professional degree programs in pharmacy and providers of continuing pharmacy education. In collaboration with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, ACPE accredits pharmacy technician education and training programs. ACPE also offers evaluation and certification of professional degree programs internationally.
    • AACP is the national organization representing the interests of pharmacy education. AACP is comprised of 144 accredited colleges and schools with pharmacy degree programs, including more than 6,600 faculty, 63,800 students enrolled in professional programs and 5,800 individuals pursuing graduate study.
    • NABP is the independent, international, and impartial Association that assists its state member boards and jurisdictions for the purpose of protecting the public health.
    • NASPA is dedicated to enhancing the success of state pharmacy associations in their efforts to advance the profession of pharmacy. NASPA promotes leadership, sharing, learning, and policy exchange among its members and pharmacy leaders nationwide.
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