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  • 10/16/2020 11:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Here is an interesting Health Affairs blog providing baseline information on ERISA and the Rutledge v. PCMA case currently before the United States Supreme Court. The Preemption Clause That Swallowed Health Care: How ERISA Litigation Threatens State Health Policy Efforts

    A new report from theNational Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine includes pharmacists in the essential group for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine when available.

    Medicare has posted the 2021 Medicare Advantage and Part D Plan information for Medicare Open Enrollment. Open enrollment is occurring from now through Dec. 7, 2020.

  • 10/08/2020 11:20 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Kansas Pharmacists Association (KPhA) has partnered with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment's Immunization Program to serve as one of pharmacy's primary points of contact for information related to the state's pharmacy-based COVID-19 vaccine response. Complete the following form to sign up, participate, and receive updates from KPhA and the KDHE regarding pharmacy-based COVID-19 vaccinations. To sign up to receive important updates regarding pharmacy's participation in the state's COVID-19 vaccination response, CLICK HERE.

    Please note that all pharmacies interested in providing COVID-19 vaccines will be required to complete the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Vaccination Program Provider Agreement. The Kansas Immunization Program is currently developing the electronic version of this form that will allow you to fill in the form and have your information directly forwarded to WebIZ as a COVID-19 vaccine provider. In the meantime, you can review the CDC agreement and prepare your information for when the Kansas form is live, HERE.

    Here are the steps you need to complete TODAY:

    1. Sign up to participate in the Kansas Pharmacy-Based COVID-19 Vaccine Response.
    2. Review and collect the required information in the CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Program Provider Agreement for future use.
    3. Complete the electronic CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Program Provider Agreement (when it becomes available).

    We will be sending out additional information outlining other steps you can take to prepare to be a COVID-19 Vaccine Response site.

    If you have any questions, please email COVID19@ksrx.org.

  • 09/16/2020 3:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Kansas Pharmacists Association is pleased to announce a new partnership with PharmaCanna, an independent pharmacist-owned brand since 2016. Its CBD products include drops and capsules, rapid cooling cream, gummies, sleep aid, full spectrum oil and CBD drops for pets.

    "KPhA is excited about our new relationship with PharmaCanna and even more so that it is pharmacists owned and has proven itself to be a leader in providing high-quality products in the CBD marketplace."

    PharmaCanna was established in 2016 and has become a leader in the CBD industry, providing medical-grade CBD option for healthcare professionals. It strives to offer its partners peace-of-mind and provides COA's showing both purity of its raw ingredients and potency of the final products.The company is pharmacist owned and formulated, and works with pharmacies and patients throughout the U.S. PharmaCanna's products are proudly made in the U.S.A.

    "KPhA is respected nationally as having some of the most influential and leading pharmacists, and we are thrilled to be their all-natural CBD brand partner," said Ralph Jimenez, a partner with PharmaCanna. "Being a pharmacist-owned CBD company, and one of the first to offer THC-Free products in 2018 in the great state of Kansas, allows us to be perfectly aligned. We look forward to welcoming more Kansas-based pharmacies to the PharmaCanna Phamily!"

    Dared and Renee Price, owners of Price Pharmacies with six locations in South Central Kansas, stock PharmaCanna products in their stores. "I know when we were looking for a CBD partner it was really important for us that this product is developed and managed by pharmacists,"Dared said. "The other important thing was customer service and supply. You guys always knock those two things out of the park."

  • 09/16/2020 12:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Each year, the final session of the KPhA Annual Meeting & Trade Show pits pharmacy students against pharmacists for a fun look at who knows more about several self-care topics. This year, the Self-Care Challenge will look a little different... because 2020.

    Instead of two teams of four playing a Jeopardy-style tournament, up to 50 people will be able to answer the questions on the Kahoot! platform. Players can access the game on their smart phone or computer. A variety of question styles will be utilized and prizes will be given for first, second and third place finishers.

    A Kahoot! access code will be given out with other instructions on Sunday, Sept. 27.

  • 09/16/2020 10:03 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Still on the fence about attending the 2020 KPhA VIRTUAL Annual Meeting & Trade Show? We understand. This is totally different than anything we've ever done. We really hate that we won't get to see everyone in person this year, but here are a few things to make it worth your while.

    Deep discounts on registration

    While there still are costs associated with putting on a virtual conference, KPhA is saving on venue and food/beverage fees that normally take a big chunk of the budget. We're passing these savings on to attendees. Member pharmacists can attend all three days for just $175 and for member technicians the cost is just $90. The prices for non-members goes up by $100 for pharmacists and technicians respectively. Sign up today!

    In-office education

    Twenty-two educational sessions will be presented over the three-day conference. All sessions are certified for pharmacists and technicians.

    Set up an office space to stream sessions for you and your staff. This works especially well if your pharmacy isn't closed for the weekend. Have everyone go through the schedule and pick classes they'd like to attend. Rotate pharmacy staff in and out of the office space as work schedules allow.

    Host a watch party with your staff

    Since all sessions are certified for pharmacists and technicians, you can stream the sessions together!

    By utilizing blue tooth on a laptop, you can connect it with your smart TV and enjoy the show. If you have more than one smart TV an extra laptop with blue tooth capability is all you need to let everyone participate in the classes they're most interested in.

    Granted, it won't be like watching the Fzinal Four, but there's no reason it can't be a similar fun-filled atmosphere!

  • 09/04/2020 2:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Two sets of round table discussions will take place during the 2020 KPhA VIRTUAL Annual Meeting and Trade Show.

    On Friday afternoon, Sept. 25, a COVID-19 round table, sponsored by QS/1, will explore what we've gotten right, what we could do better, and what to know moving forward.

    On Saturday evening, Sept. 26, academy- and council-specific round tables will highlight a variety of topics. The Health Systems Academy will discuss some challenges impacting health systems, including meds to beds program growth, opportunities, and challenges; controlled substance handling; addressing wait time; triage for challenges; strategies for increasing employee script capture in the outpatient setting; and opportunities for advanced technician roles in the health system. The Kansas New Practitioners Network will have a financial planning presentation by Brandon Capps with Velocity Wealth Management. The owners, community and managed care academies and technicians council will have their annual meetings.

    Don't miss out. Register Today!

  • 09/04/2020 2:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    TOPEKA, Kan. — K-TRACS has launched a revamped website aimed at providing additional training and educational opportunities for the state’s healthcare providers and pharmacists.

    Found at ktracs.ks.gov, the website highlights many how-to aspects of using the state’s prescription drug monitoring program to inform clinical decisions and put patient safety first.

    “We are prioritizing patient safety and making sure that pharmacists and prescribers across the state have all the tools they need to do the same,” said Jennifer Donnelly, assistant director of K-TRACS.

    The site includes video tutorials to highlight K-TRACS features that increase convenience and help users assess patient risk. It also contains a number of prescribing and dispensing resources related to controlled substance prescriptions and substance use disorders.

    Along with the website, K-TRACS has developed a “provider toolkit” that can be downloaded for free from the website with many print and digital materials that can be shared with patients to help reinforce in-person conversations about medication safety, opioid use and other topics.

    To learn more about K-TRACS, visit ktracs.ks.gov. If you do not have a K-TRACS account, visit register for step-by-step instructions to begin incorporating patients’ prescription drug history into clinical decision-making processes.

  • 09/03/2020 4:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CDC has asked public health officials around the country to prepare to distribute a potential COVID-19 vaccine as early as late October or early November. Public health officials in all 50 states and five large cities (New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Houston, and San Antonio) were sent guidance on Aug. 27 that details scenarios for distributing two unidentified vaccine candidates to health care workers and other high-risk groups. The vaccines — each requiring two doses a few weeks apart — would be distributed at hospitals, mobile clinics, and other facilities.

    Read more at www.pharmacist.com.

  • 08/26/2020 10:38 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We know the 2020 KPhA Annual Meeting & Trade Show on Sept. 25-27 is going to look very different this year. But one thing that remains constant is the amazing line-up of educational programming you've come to expect. Get to know the speakers who will present engaging and informative classes during the conference.

    Register Today!

    Friday, Sept. 25

    Saturday, Sept. 26

    Sunday, Sept. 27

  • 08/19/2020 10:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a third amendment to the Declaration under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act) to increase access to lifesaving childhood vaccines and decrease the risk of vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks as children across the United States return to daycare, preschool and school.

    "Today’s action means easier access to lifesaving vaccines for our children, as we seek to ensure immunization rates remain high during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “The Trump Administration has worked to allow pharmacists—alongside all of America’s heroic healthcare workers—to practice at the top of their license, empowering the public with more options to protect their health and well-being.”

    The amendment authorizes State-licensed pharmacists (and pharmacy interns acting under their supervision to administer vaccines, if the pharmacy intern is licensed or registered by his or her State board of pharmacy) to order and administer vaccines to individuals ages three through 18 years, subject to several requirements:

    • The vaccine must be approved or licensed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
    • The vaccination must be ordered and administered according to the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) immunization schedules.
    • The licensed pharmacist must complete a practical training program of at least 20 hours that is approved by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).  This training program must include hands-on injection technique, clinical evaluation of indications and contraindications of vaccines, and the recognition and treatment of emergency reactions to vaccines.
    • The licensed or registered pharmacy intern must complete a practical training program that is approved by the ACPE.  This training program must include hands-on injection technique, clinical evaluation of indications and contraindications of vaccines, and the recognition and treatment of emergency reactions to vaccines.
    • The licensed pharmacist and licensed or registered pharmacy intern must have a current certificate in basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
    • The licensed pharmacist must complete a minimum of two hours of ACPE-approved, immunization-related continuing pharmacy education during each State licensing period.  
    • The licensed pharmacist must comply with recordkeeping and reporting requirements of the jurisdiction in which he or she administers vaccines, including informing the patient’s primary-care provider when available, submitting the required immunization information to the State or local immunization information system (vaccine registry), complying with requirements with respect to reporting adverse events, and complying with requirements whereby the person administering a vaccine must review the vaccine registry or other vaccination records prior to administering a vaccine.
    • The licensed pharmacist must inform his or her childhood-vaccination patients and the adult caregivers accompanying the children of the importance of a well-child visit with a pediatrician or other licensed primary care provider and refer patients as appropriate.

    The above requirements are consistent with many States that already permit licensed pharmacists to order and administer vaccines to children.

    A May 2020 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report found a troubling drop in routine childhood immunizations as a result of families staying at home. While families followed public health warnings about going out, an unfortunate result was many missed routine vaccinations. This decrease in childhood-vaccination rates is a public health threat and a collateral harm caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “As a pediatric critical care physician who has treated critically ill children suffering from vaccine preventable diseases, I know first-hand the devastation to the child – and to the family and community – of a death or severe brain damage that could have been avoided by a safe and effective vaccine,” said HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Brett P. Giroir, M.D.  "The cornerstone of public health, vaccines, makes these dreaded diseases preventable. As we expand options during the COVID-19 response, we are also reminding parents, grandparents, and caretakers that there is no substitute for a critically important well-child visit with a pediatrician or other licensed primary care provider when available.”

    HHS is expanding access to childhood vaccines to avoid preventable diseases in children, additional strains on the healthcare system, and any further increase in avoidable adverse health consequences—particularly if such complications coincide with an additional resurgence of COVID-19.  

    For CDC guidance on Routine Vaccination during the COVID-19 Outbreak, click here.

    For more information on National Immunization Awareness Month, click here.

    For the latest CDC Immunization Schedule, click here.

    For clinical resources on vaccines, including continuing education training on best practices, click here.

    To view the Notice of Amendment, click here.

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