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  • 01/25/2021 2:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Association members will have the opportunity to become Certified MedWise Advisors™ to enhance patient care and establish Value-Based Payer Agreements

    Learn how during Product Theater sessions on Feb. 4 or Feb. 10

    Kansas Pharmacists Association (KPhA) is pleased to announce it has signed an agreement with Tabula Rasa HealthCare, Inc. (“TRHC”), a healthcare technology company advancing safer use of medications, to educate members on TRHC’s medication safety software, MedWise™. The partnership will develop medication safety programming and promote the opportunity for pharmacists to become Certified MedWise Advisors™, expanding the skillset to enhance patient outcomes and reduce overall costs.

    KPHA’s purpose and mission is dedicated to the advancement and promotion of quality and rational public health, with particular reference to assuring optimal pharmacotherapy for the citizens of Kansas. The Association is founded upon its commitment to preserve, protect, and advance the interests of, and to serve the economic, educational, ethical, and social needs of the pharmacy profession. 

    “This partnership exemplifies our mission to promote and protect the role of pharmacists as the medication expert in patient care relationships, and as an integral part of the health care team,” said KPHA Executive Director Aaron Dunkel. “ We look forward to collaborating with TRHC to bring awareness of polypharmacy and place MedWise in the hands of as many pharmacists in Kansas as we can.”

    MedWise’s ability to create a simultaneous, multi-drug analysis identifies patients who are at high risk for adverse drug events. With this information, pharmacists can provide personalized medication management for the patient, a game-changer for pharmacy practice.

    “TRHC is proud to partner with KPHA in creating awareness of the safe use of medication,” said TRHC President Orsula V. Knowlton, PharmD, MBA.  “A primary role of pharmacists in the community is to promote patient wellness and safety.  Through the broad use of MedWise, we are preparing Kansas pharmacists, today, and for the post-COVID-19 future.  Our systems support pharmacists as they continue to be sought-after for direct care, including the management of complex medication regimens to optimize outcomes and reduce total costs.”

    As part of the initiative, TRHC will be hosting exclusive Product Theater sessions to educate members on this revolutionary technology and learn how it can be leveraged to improve patient outcomes and reduce overall healthcare costs. Register today!

    Learn More: https://blog.prescribewellness.com/mds-pharmacy-association/

    About Tabula Rasa HealthCare
    Tabula Rasa HealthCare (TRHC) provides medication safety solutions empowering healthcare professionals to optimize medication regimens and reduce medication-related risk, specifically targeting adverse drug events. Utilizing its proprietary medication decision science technology, MedWise™, TRHC improves patient outcomes, reduces hospitalizations, and lowers healthcare costs. Additionally, TRHC provides an extensive clinical telepharmacy network across the U.S. Its solutions are trusted by health plans and pharmacies nationwide to help drive value-based payment results. For more information, visit TRHC.com.

  • 01/22/2021 9:06 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A series of virtual regional conversations on the Future of Rural Health Care in Kansas will take place throughout February and March, hosted by United Methodist Health Ministry Fund, Kansas Health Foundation, Kansas Hospital Association and KU Public Management Center. These discussions will cover the current state of hospital/health delivery system; essential services; options for the future; and identify communities that want more information.

    To get the most relevant information, you should attend the session associated with your region, but if you are unable to attend that session, please join another session.

    February 9 | 1:30-3 pm | Southwest
    February 11 | 1:30-3 pm | Northwest
    February 24 | 1:30-3 pm | North Central
    February 26| 1:30- pm | Southeast
    March 2| 1:30-3 pm | South Central
    March 4| 1:30-3 pm | Northeast

    Register at https://futureofhealthcareinks.eventbrite.com/

  • 01/12/2021 10:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    During KPhA's recent Pharmacy Technician Immunization Training course, numerous questions came up about professional liability in case of a mistake while administering vaccinations. Pharmacists Mutual has provided information on coverage that it offers designed specifically for technicians as their roles evolve and expand within the pharmacy.

    Pharmacists Mutual Technician Liability Flyer

    Covered services include:

    • Immunizations and Other Drug Administration (where allowed by law)
    • Medication Reconciliation Duties
    • Tech-Check-Tech Services
    • Remote Pharmacy-Related Services
      • Filling and Labeling Prescription Bottles
      • Facilitating Prescription Verification
      • Assisting with Patient Counseling
    • Coverage Options:
      • Sterile Compounding

    For more information, visit www.phmic.com, email info@phmic.com or call 800.247.5930.

  • 01/11/2021 5:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Kansas Pharmacists Association completed its first round of immunization training courses this weekend. One hundred twenty-one pharmacy technicians representing various practice settings from Kansas and Oklahoma earned 3.5 hours of continuing education credit and a certificate noting their achievement for taking the Pharmacy Technician Vaccine Administration Training Under PREP Act Guidance course.

    KPhA extends its sincere gratitude to Larry Davidow, director of the Pharmacy Skills Laboratory at the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy in Lawrence, for volunteering his time to teach the class and coordinate other volunteers for the in-person trainings and to Mike Conlin, owner of Jayhawk Pharmacy and Patient Supply in Topeka, for graciously providing the supplies needed to conduct the in-person assessments in Topeka.

    The two-part program met the requirements specified in the Guidance for PREP Act Coverage – issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health last October – for Qualified Pharmacy Technicians to administer, under the direct supervision of a pharmacist, FDA-authorized or FDA-licensed COVID-19 vaccines to persons ages three or older and to administer FDA-authorized or FDA-licensed ACIP-recommended vaccines to person ages three through 18 according to ACIP’s standard immunization schedule. Specifically, the course provided hands-on learning of injection techniques and the recognition and treatment of emergency reactions to vaccines.

    Attendees learned how to fill out the immunization authorization and consent form and about the steps outlined in the Kansas statewide immunization protocol for the management procedure for adverse reactions, as well as the steps necessary for correctly administering influenza vaccine nasal spray (LAIV). They also prepared vaccine doses using proper aseptic technique; correctly identified anatomical locations for safely administering both intramuscular (IM) and subcutaneous (SC) vaccine doses; and demonstrated correct vaccine administration technique on each other.

    Kristin Villa, clinical assistant professor at the KU School of Pharmacy, and Susie Muir, a retired pharmacist with 30 years experience in health system pharmacy and six years in community pharmacy, helped Davidow conduct in-person assessments of vaccination technique to learners in Topeka. Mara Goebel, pharmacist at Gibson's Pharmacy in Dodge City, provided in-person evaluations in Dodge City, while David Carter, Laurie Graham, Jessica Russell, Rusty Adams, Mercedes Dorsey, Rodney Skinner and Jonathan Hansen did the hands-on training with technicians in the Osborn Group, which includes pharmacies in Parsons, Pittsburg, Andover, Rose Hill, Derby, Arkansas City, and Winfield, as well as Chetopa, OK, Elk City, OK, Miami, OK, and Sand Springs, OK. Additionally, Sandie Kueker, owner, Hesston Pharmacy, conducted assessments of technicians at her pharmacy.

    Since this class had such an overwhelming response, KPhA will be scheduling another round of technician training over the next couple of months. Any currently certified immunizer will be able to conduct the injection technique assessment, but must attend a KPhA webinar to go over the requirements of the in-person training. If you are interested in being an assessor, please contact jen@ksrx.org for more information.

  • 12/17/2020 2:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    KPhA is pleased to announce the a series of immunization training courses to prepare Kansas pharmacists and technicians to administer the COVID-19 vaccine.

    This first class is for Pharmacy Technicians and will take place the first week of January. Pharmacy Technician Immunization Training is a 2-hour webinar and a 90-minute in-person training (in Topeka) will be required for all registrants. It provides 3.5 hours of continuing education credit (ACPE-certification pending). Members and non-members welcome!

    The second class is for Pharmacists who are already certified immunizers. A Refresher - Kansas Vaccination Training for Pharmacists will take place on various dates after the new year. It will provide 3 hours of continuing education credit (ACPE-certification pending). Details still are being finalized and registration information will be made available soon. Members and non-members welcome!

    And, finally, KPhA is bringing APhA's Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery Certification Program to Kansas! This class if for Pharmacists who are not already certified immunizers. It provides 20 hours of ACPE-accredited continuing education to meet the PREP Act and ACIP training requirements for pharmacists to order and provide COVID-19 vaccines and other vaccines during the pandemic, regardless of state laws and regulations to the contrary. Details still are being finalized and registration information will be made available soon. Members and non-members welcome!

    Questions? Contact jen@ksrx.org for more information.

  • 12/17/2020 2:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    KPhA invites you to a webinar on Tuesday, December 22, 2020. During this webinar, we will provide you the most recent information available on the Kansas COVID Vaccination program. We will provide up to the minute updates on:

    • COVID Vaccine Distribution in Kansas
    • Getting Pharmacy Staff Vaccinated in Your Community
    • Federal Long-term Care COVID Vaccination Program
    • Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccines

    The program will consist of a 15–20-minute presentation with ample time for questions and answers. Registration for the webinar is required by Monday, Dec. 21. We will send the Zoom information to registrants prior to the webinar.

    Register Today!

  • 12/17/2020 1:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A CDC Clinical Outreach and Communication Activity Call - What Clinicians Need to Know About the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines - will give clinicians an overview of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. Clinicians will learn about vaccine characteristics and administration, vaccinating special populations, and contraindications. They will also get answers to a number of clinical questions CDC has received about these new vaccines.

    Due to the high demand that is anticipated for this COCA Call, we encourage participants to consider viewing it on U.S. Stream TV. Broadcast begins at 2 p.m. ET.

    If you missed the call... a video recording will be available to view on-demand a few hours after the call ends at https://emergency.cdc.gov/coca/calls/2020/callinfo_121820.asp. A PDF of the slides also is available.

    Presenters
    Amanda Cohn, MD
    CAPT, U.S. Public Health Service
    Lead, Vaccine Planning Unit
    COVID-19 Response
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Sarah Mbaeyi, MD, MPH
    CDR, U.S. Public Health Service Medical Officer
    National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Sara Oliver, MD
    LCDR, U.S. Public Health Service
    Co-lead, Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices COVID-19 Vaccines Work Group
    COVID-19 Response
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    When:
    Friday, December 18, 2020,
    2 – 3 PM ET

    Join via Zoom:
    https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1606816862?pwd=NFFBS0ErU09BOVB5UlpOZzg2SjRwUT09external

    Webinar ID: 160 681 6862
    Passcode: 105116

    Dial In:
    US: +1 669 254 5252
    or +1 646 828 7666

  • 12/04/2020 11:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    First Fill is the quarterly newsletter produced by the Kansas New Practitioners Network.

    by Angela Baalmann

    With the wealth of knowledge, resources and tools available to us in today’s modern world, we can easily feel overwhelmed! For our members, we wanted to provide recommendations on what we consider to be some of the most helpful books for a pharmacy professional. In this corner of our newsletter, we will provide a quick summary of valuable information from a book pertaining to professional skills with a link for those who wish to purchase the full copy and learn more. This month’s topic relates to communication and how one can successfully navigate difficult conversations surrounding daily life.

    Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life is available on Amazon in paperback or as an etextbook.

    One of the least discussed skills, but perhaps also one of the most important is the skill of effective, compassionate communication. Oftentimes we don’t think about how we communicate or the effects our communication will likely have before we communicate. It’s only after we’ve communicated and see negative results that we go back and see where we may have gone wrong in our initial communication methods. I personally lack the ability and skill to effectively, compassionately communicate, a judgement I’ve made based on many past experiences where my strategies and tools for communication have failed. This book was recommended to me by a few of my advisors in my time as a pharmacy student, the book is Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life by Marshall B. Rosenberg. If you feel that your communication could use improving (and if we’re honest with ourselves, I think we all can come to this conclusion), then I would recommend you keep reading to learn a bit more about what I took away from this book and perhaps pick up the book itself once we’re finished.

    Our goals in communication should always be to bring out the best in ourselves and in others through means of love, respect, understanding, appreciation, compassion and care. To do so, the authors recommend that we express ourselves honestly and listen honestly. To express ourselves honestly, we need to first understand what’s going on in our own emotional lives. Start by identifying your feelings, observe how you feel and try to find how you got there, rooting out the source or the need of that specific feeling. This is a very important step, one that will guide you when you then need to listen honestly. You can use this method to identify the feeling of others, their needs or sources from which their feelings stem from. Notice how neither of these steps involve a solution, but simply involve identifying and expressing feelings without judging them. We all have basic needs that need to be met in order to have satisfying and fulfilling lives, from these arise our feelings which impact our communication. It’s important to first recognize the feelings and needs we all have, on a personal level with ourselves and the other person(s) we are communicating with before moving forward.

    Once you’ve done this, you can then show empathy towards the other person to reduce any negative feelings that may linger with you or with the other person. If you recognize that you’re upset or angry, it’s much easier to be empathetic with another person you’re communicating with who is also upset and angry. As you move on to expressing your feelings, a good way to communicate them is by describing them in terms of the needs you’ve identified and the feelings that resulted from them. For example, a form of expression might be “I need to feel rested and I didn’t get a chance to relax today after I found a list of things you had given me to do. Because of that I felt annoyed and tired.” Avoid interpretation and judgement, which tends to place blame on the other person and can impose a view of the situation that may not be entirely truthful or is not reflective of how the other person views the situation. An example of expression which would not be helpful might be “I got home and found a list of things for me to do from you, I can’t believe you would make me feel this way.” A comment like this places blame on the other person and interprets their action as one which is directed in a negative way towards the speaker. It also doesn’t truly identify how the person is feeling or focus on specific emotions that the other person can reflect on and respond to.

    The author also recommends describing actions as “choices” rather than things you “must” do. This allows you to recognize and take responsibility for your own actions, the actions and choices which influence your emotions. The person who you are having a conversation with will not feel that you’re making them responsible for your actions or emotions, but instead can feel more free to involve themselves however they wish, knowing that you’re communicating in a respectful and responsible manner. An example of replacing your “musts” with “chooses” would be changing “I must go to work everyday, so I get tired when I come home” to “I choose to go to work everyday, which causes me to be tired when I come home”. Changing how we express our emotions and feelings allows situations to be normalized and feel more natural. By placing the responsibility on ourselves when we communicate, we can feel more open to expressing how we really feel without worrying about harming others or making them feel responsible. As a result, they hopefully will feel free from responsibility, appreciate the open communication of your emotions, and will reciprocate this response by being free and open with you as well. Consider picking up this book if you’re looking to improve your conversations and pick up tools which will help you as you communicate your way more easily through life.

    Stay tuned for next quarter’s newsletter for another book club recommendation and review!

  • 11/06/2020 5:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Initial returns from Nov. 3's general election peg voter turnout at 70.31% of registered Kansans having participated in the election, including an unprecedented 508,919 mail ballots distributed (up from 194,505 in 2018 and 202,138 in 2016). These results are not official as county election offices review provisional ballots (election day voters unable to produce photo ID, requested a mail ballot, or have not updated their voter registration), and mail ballots (mail ballots postmarked by Nov. 3 and received by Nov. 6).

    For full election results, please visit the Kansas Secretary of State’s official website.

    Election recap

    FEDERAL RACE SUMMARY
    In the US Senate seat being vacated by retiring Senator Pat Roberts, Congressman Roger Marshall, an OB/GYN, defeated State Senator and retired anesthesiologist Barbara Bollier. Polling had this race within 2-4 points at various times during the last month of the race; however, Marshall won rather easily with a +13 margin. In the “Big First” Congressional District, former Lieutenant Governor under Jeff Colyer, Tracey Mann, easily defeated Democrat Kali Barnett 72% to 28%. In the 2nd Congressional District, Republican State Treasurer Jake LaTurner defeated Democrat Topeka Mayor Michelle De La Isla, 56% to 40%. The lone Democrat Congressional victory came in the 3rd Congressional District, where incumbent Congresswoman Sharice Davids held her seat against former Cerner executive Amanda Adkins by a 9-point margin. The 4th Congressional District was won easily by incumbent Congressman Ron Estes, as he defeated Laura Lombard 65% to 35%.

    STATE RACE SUMMARY
    As the rest of the country stood in limbo, awaiting the final results of our Presidential election, Kansans went to bed last night with a much clearer picture of who will be representing them in the Legislature in the coming years.

    The 2020 Election was, by all metrics, an overwhelming success for Republicans. There are still a handful of races that are too close to call, which will most certainly require recounts; however, Republicans appear to have picked up at least two (possibly as many as five) seats in the House—bringing the Republican majority to between 86-89. While the Senate Republicans have held serve and appear to have maintained their 29 to 11 majority.

    House Speaker Ron Ryckman withstood a well-funded challenge from Democrat Kathy Meyer. He and several other Johnson County Republican incumbents, including Sen. Rob Olson, Sen. Mike Thompson, Rep. Charlotte Esau, Rep. John Toplikar, and Rep. Megan Lynn were able to maintain their highly-contested seats by 3-4 point margins of victory.

    The biggest upset came in the 19th Senate District, where 44-year incumbent and Senate Minority Leader, Anthony Hensley was knocked out by Republican challenger Rick Kloos.

    And finally, a write-in campaign by incumbent Rep. Stan Frownfelter fell short, and it now appears the Legislature will be forced to make a decision on how to handle Representative-Elect Aaron Coleman, who has made headlines over disturbing claims of abuse, sexual extortion, and threatening to shoot a fellow student. One day after being elected, he criticized Gov. Laura Kelly and party leaders promised Thursday to try to oust him after what they saw as a threat against the governor.

    IMPLICATIONS
    So, what does this all mean for Kansas?
    House Leadership is likely to remain unchanged. The leadership team of Speaker Ron Ryckman, Speaker Pro Tem Blaine Finch, and Majority Leader Dan Hawkins will lead a caucus which, in all likelihood, will have a supermajority to pass constitutional amendments and override gubernatorial vetoes.

    On the Senate side, Ty Masterson is now in position to take the reins as President of the Senate. After a rush of conservative challengers defeated more moderate incumbents during the primary election, Senate leadership is nearly a lock to remain in the hands of Conservatives. Question marks remain around who the next Vice President and Majority Leader will be. The only member to publicly announce their candidacy is Carolyn McGinn, while rumors circle that other members, including Gene Suellentrop, Molly Baumgardner, Caryn Tyson, Jeff Longbine, and Rob Olson may have interest in leadership positions.

    With so many new members in the Senate, it is difficult to determine whether they will have the magic number of 27 votes for a supermajority—and that might depend on the issue—but right now it looks more likely than not that the control in Kansas politics lies within the Republican Legislature’s hands.

    Leadership elections will be held on December 7th. We will send a report following those elections with the results.

    PRESIDENT

    Kansas went decidedly for Donald Trump. His numbers were similar to the 56.6% he received in 2016, while Biden received 5% more of the vote than Hillary Clinton did in 2016 (36%). In that election, Gary Johnson received 4.6% and Jill Stein received 1.9% of the vote in Kansas.

    US SENATE

    Encompasses all of Kansas’ 105 counties with its largest population centers in Wichita, Kansas City, Overland Park, Olathe, Lawrence, and Topeka. The State is generally rated as R+15 and will be represented by Congressman Roger Marshall.

    1ST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

    Encompasses 67 counties and parts of 2 other counties in western and central with its largest population centers in Salina, Dodge City, Emporia, Garden City, Hays, and Hutchinson. The District is generally rated as R+24 and will be represented by former Lt. Gov. Tracey Mann.

    2ND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

    Encompasses 23 counties and parts of 2 other counties in eastern Kansas with its largest population centers in Topeka, Lawrence, Leavenworth, Pittsburg, and Ottawa. The District is generally rated as R+10 and will be represented by current State Treasurer Jake LaTurner.

    3RD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

    Encompasses Johnson, Wyandotte, and a portion of Miami counties capturing the Kansas portion of the Kansas City Metro area. The District is generally rated as R+4 and will continue to be represented by Congresswoman Sharice Davids.

    4TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

    Encompasses 16 counties in southern Kansas with its largest population centers in Wichita, Derby, El Dorado, Winfield, Arkansas City, and Independence. The District is generally rated as R+15 and will continue to be represented by Congressman Ron Estes.

    HIGHLY COMPETITIVE RACES

    Among the general election races for state legislature there were a number of highly-competitive races including a potential for 3 House races that may or may not change between and when results are finalize. For your reference we have included the 15 most competitive races including one House race decided by 3 votes and another by 4 votes. County election offices may update these initial results as they review provisional ballots and continue to process mail-in ballots.

    2021 FRESHMAN CLASS
    For your convenience we have separated out those elected legislative districts that will be represented by a new elected official. In total, the “2021 Freshman Class” is expected to include 27 members of the House and 14 members of the Senate.


  • 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.

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