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  • 04/21/2014 12:16 PM | Anonymous
    From 9 -10 am tomorrow enjoy coffee and visit with Rep. Ed Trimmer, Sen. Steve Abrams, Rep. Kasha Kelley, Rep. Virgil Peck and Sen. Forrest Knox in the Brown Center's Wright Room on Cowley County Community College campus in Arkansas City. This event is free and open to the public. 

  • 04/11/2014 3:33 PM | Anonymous
    Lifetime Collection of Bob Henre of Great Bend, et al will be auctioned off at the Larned, KS - CARR Auction Gallery on Saturday, April 26th starting at 9 AM. Ft. Larned Lions Club will serve lunch. Go to www.carrauction.com/apr26 to view pictures & for more info. 

    Address: 909 Auction Ave., W. Hwy 156
    Larned, KS 67550

    Phone: 620.285.3148

  • 04/11/2014 3:20 PM | Anonymous
    National Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday, April 26th from 10 am to 2 pm. Go to http://www.awarerx.org/get-informed/find-disposal-information to find a location near your pharmacy. 
  • 04/10/2014 3:26 PM | Anonymous
    The National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations (NASPA) has brought to our attention the need for Pharmacists in the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). The MRC is a non-profit organization that strives to strengthen public health, improve emergency preparedness and response capabilities, and build community resilience. Over the years, there have not been many pharmacist volunteers compared to nurses across the states. Below you will find a list of MRC volunteers by state: Pharmacists vs. Nurses. Also below is a document explaining more about MRC and what they do, along with how Pharmacists can help. 

     

    MRC information 

     

    # of MRC Volunteers by State - Pharmacists vs. Nurses

     

    For more information and to sign-up to volunteer, click here. Click "Volunteer," enter your zip code, select a unit near you and submit your contact information to enroll.

  • 04/10/2014 3:23 PM | Anonymous

    Community pharmacists are once again feeling the pinch. This past year pharmacists have had to contend with compounding legislation, preferred provider networks, lack of PBM transparency and many other assaults on your business. Don't sit back and take it!  Join your colleagues at the 2014 NCPA Annual Conference on National Legislation and Government Affairs. This event will be held on Wednesday, May 7 and Thursday, May 8 in Washington DC.

     

    This year's conference will feature legislative briefings on these and many other pharmacy issues. You will also have an opportunity to discuss these important issues with the Kansas congressional delegation. The conference wraps up with a pharmacists' rally on Capitol Hill and visits to congressional offices.

     

    On a special note, Kansas' very own Sen. Pat Roberts will be honored at the NCPA Champion Fundraising Reception held on May 7th. Join us as we meet with Sen. Roberts in recognizing him for what he has done for Kansas Pharmacy during his many years in Congress.

     

    For schedule information and to register, go to www.ncpanet.org & click on the Conferences and Events tab or call 1-800-544-7447.

  • 04/10/2014 3:16 PM | Anonymous

    Pharmacists facilitate a critical role to ensuring proper and timely use of medications and medication adherence.  An emerging opportunity for pharmacists to help increase proper medication use and increase adherence, while improving pharmacy efficiency, is medication synchronization. Medication Synchronization can streamline prescription refills for pharmacists, providers, and patients allowing patients to fill all of their medications on the same day each month. 

    Click here for NASPA resources related to Medication Synchronization 

     

    Medicare Part D has also made changes to allow Medication Synchronization.  See newsletter article by NCPA which summarizes these changes.

     

    There are several barriers to medication synchronization. When attempting to synchronize a patient's medications, some prescriptions are deemed "refill too soon" by the insurer or third party. Some insurers allow only 1 claim per 30 day period, making it difficult to synchronize medications. Another issue is that patients are often charged a full month's co pay for just a partial fill to synchronize their medications. Several states are addressing these issues with legislation. Connecticut passed legislation in 2013 and over 10 other states have active legislation, including Missouri. Click here to view the article highlighting Missouri legislation in the Kansas City business journal.
  • 04/04/2014 4:32 PM | Anonymous

    Earlier this week there was a webinar outlining the provisions of the Federal Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA).  The webinar contained important provisions relating to the oversight of compounding of human drugs.  You may view the recording or download the slides by clicking the link below:

    Click here to view webinar & slides

  • 04/03/2014 2:23 PM | Anonymous

    The National Council for Prescription Drug Programs new standard for electronic prior authorization represents a welcomed change for providers, pharmacists and pharmacy benefit managers alike. The new standard provides one of the most desired ePrescribing workflow capabilities for prescribers using Electronic Health Records (EHRs). More efficient electronic approaches can replace time-consuming medication approval processes reliant on forms, faxes and phone calls.

    This free webinar will be presented by:

    ·  Anita Murcko, MD, FACP is president and CEO of Cambiare, LLC and a clinical associate professor with more than 20 years of practice experience as an internal medicine physician. She has been formative in Arizona's health information exchange (HIE), ePrescribing and electronic health records (EHR) initiatives. She is a recent recipient of the American College of Physicians (ACP) Laureate Award, The Arizona Capitol Times as a Leader of the Year in Public Policy for Healthcare and selected by the Arizona Business Magazine as a Healthcare Leadership Award Finalist.
     

    ·  Melissa Brown is a product director at Surescripts where she is responsible for Electronic Prior Authorization and other product offerings that leverage NCPDP Standards. Melissa is an active member of NCPDP and has more than 19 years of experience with the development, launch and implementation of healthcare information technology products and services.

    Attendees will learn:

    ·  Why this new ePA standard can deliver so much value and improve workflow

    ·  How health information networks, EHRs and pharmacy benefit managers will implement these new standards

    ·  Ways in which integrated, real-time ePA can address gaps in clinical care delivery


    Click here to register


  • 03/27/2014 12:18 PM | Anonymous

    With the retirement of Frank Whitchurch from OptumRX, Brandi Kelly was approved by the KPhA Board as the new chair. Kelly works for MedTrak Pharmacy Services in Overland Park, KS.

  • 03/27/2014 12:09 PM | Anonymous

    The Kansas New Practitioners Network (KNPN) is seeking volunteers to form an Executive Committee. Candidates must be new practitioners (graduated from pharmacy school on or after 2004) who are licensed and practicing in Kansas. The length of volunteer commitment is one year.

     Responsibilities of the KNPN Executive Committee include: 

    • Upholding the bylaws, vision, mission, goals, and objectives of KPhA and KNPN
    • Representing KNPN on behalf of its membership
    • Participation in monthly to bimonthly conference calls
    • Attendance at the KPhA Annual Meeting 

    KNPN Executive Committee positions are available:

    • Vice-Chair
    • Member-at-Large: District 1
    • Member-at-Large: District 3
    • Member-at-Large: Districts 2 & 4

    Members at large are expected to reside and practice in their district. A district map can be found here.

     To apply, submit a current resume or CV and statement of interest (250 words or less), including your position(s) of interest to Emily Prohaska, KNPN Chair, at esprohaska@gmail.com.

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