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  • 11/06/2020 4:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    If you haven't submitted your Lecture Panda evaluations for the CE you took at the 2020 VIRTUAL Annual Meeting and Trade Show, you're running out of time.

    All credits must be claimed by Nov. 15 using the unique link you were given when registering for Lecture Panda for this year's conference.

    If you're missing any of the codes from the sessions you attended, call 785.228.2327 or email jen@ksrx.org.

    Videos of each of the sessions will be available soon to registered conference attendees. The courses are being re-certified as home study CE and will have new Lecture Panda codes to gain additional credits.

    These courses will also be made available to non-conference attendees after the first of the year at a rate to be determined.

    NOTE: If you attended the 2020 VIRTUAL Annual Meeting & Trade Show and were waiting to submit your Lecture Panda codes until these videos were available, PLEASE DO NOT WAIT TO SUBMIT YOUR LIVE COURSE CODES. Since the videos will be classified as home study, the new Lecture Panda codes will not work with your Lecture Panda conference log-in.

  • 10/16/2020 11:28 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    KPhA would like to thank the speakers, exhibitors, sponsors and attendees of the 2020 KPhA VIRTUAL Annual Meeting and Trade Show for their patience as we navigated a completely new meeting format. While not an ideal or even preferred way to conduct our annual conference, the weekend proved it still is a valuable resource for everyone involved.

    Initial feedback has been positive from both attendees and exhibitors. Twenty-two continuing education sessions on a variety of timely pharmacy-related topics provided the opportunity to earn 12.5 hours of CE for pharmacists and 13 hours for technicians. There was an average attendance of 56 people at the educational sessions, with 50 people attending Technician Training Day.

    Fourteen companies showcased their brands during exclusive spotlight sessions that took place throughout the weekend. Those averaged 32 attendees.

    Discussion sessions focused on COVID-19, leadership, and new practitioner tips for student pharmacists, while poster presentations highlighted recent research by P4 students at the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy and the virtual happy hour gave attendees a chance to thank outgoing president Matt Morrison and meet incoming president Nate Rockers in a relaxed atmosphere. These sessions averaged 33 attendees.

    This year's Self Care Challenge gave everyone a chance to compete to see who was most knowledgeable on OTC products. Congratulations to Emily Vitt, Megan Swayze and Julie Keeton who placed first, second and third, respectively. Vitt won a FREE! conference registration for the 2021 KPhA Annual Meeting and Trade Show in Dodge City. Swayze will get 50% off her registration, while Keeton will receive 25% off.

    As a reminder, CE credits must be claimed by Nov. 15. Attendees should access LecturePanda through the link they received after signing up for the service. Once the evaluations are complete you can submit them for ACPE credit.

    If you were unable to attend the conference, KPhA will be offering recordings of most of the CE sessions as on-demand home study courses. Those will be available in late November (cost per course to be determined). And those who registered for the conference will be able to access those courses so they can gain additional CE credits. Details will be provided once everything is ready.

  • 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.

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