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  • 10/05/2016 9:25 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    At the KPhA Annual Meeting on September 24, I announced to our membership my plan to retire from KPhA at the end of this year. 

    One of the considerations that makes a decision like this so difficult is the realization that I won't be seeing many of you as I have over the years.  I assuage this sad thought knowing I will always have fond memories of all of you and that I was lucky to have crossed your path! 

    In retirement, I plan to spend more time with my family, especially my mother and her brother who are both rapidly getting on in years. 

    A committee has been formed to search for and hire a new KPhA Executive Director. Their goal is to name my replacement in sufficient time to ensure a smooth transition. In the meantime, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me at the office at 785-228-2327 or via email at mike@ksrx.org.

    It has been an honor and a privilege to serve you over the past nearly 11 years. Thank you for providing me the opportunity and best of luck in the future.



  • 10/05/2016 9:11 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Celebrate and Spread the Word.

    The goal of American Pharmacists Month (APhM) is to promote your profession and get the attention you deserve among your peers, patients and community.

    The American Pharmacists Association has a website filled with ideas for activities and events spotlighting pharmacists' contributions toward improving medication use and advancing patient care in all practice settings. Use these ideas throughout October-and all year long-to inspire your celebrations!

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    October 18th - National Pharmacy Technician Day

    It's a day to recognize the invaluable contributions technicians make throughout the year. Go ahead and celebrate! 

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  • 09/29/2016 1:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Kansas State Board of Pharmacy recently published updated regulations in the Kansas Register. The updated regulations begin on page 695 of this hyperlinked register and end on page 700.

    Some of the topics included in these regulations are continuing education of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, drug distribution systems in long-term care facilities, emergency medication kits and fees.

    These regulations will be included in the newly revised KPhA 2016 Law Book. The KPhA Law Book will be available for sale on the KPhA website as soon as all updates are incorporated into it. Please let us know if you have any questions.

  • 09/17/2016 9:35 AM | Anonymous

    AuBurn Pharmacy Builds Drive Thru

    Click here to view article

  • 09/06/2016 1:35 PM | Anonymous

    2017 KPhA Leadership Announced

    Board members will be installed at Annual Meeting
    September 24, 2016 | Wichita 

    Emily Prohaska, Kansas City
    2017 KPhA President-Elect

     

    Nate Rockers, Paola
    2017-2020 KPhA Treasurer

     

    Jody Reel, Sabetha
    2017-2019 Owners/Managers Academy Director

     

    Virgil Stinson, Wichita
    2017-2019 District 3 Director


  • 08/31/2016 1:36 PM | Anonymous
    Deadline for Comments is Thursday, September 15th

    The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP), Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA), and Pharmacy Health Information Technology (PHIT) Collaborative invite all interested parties to provide comments on a consensus-based standardized framework for cross-walking medication therapy management (MTM) services to SNOMED CT (Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine -- Clinical Terms) codes. The recommendations from this multi-stakeholder group are available at this link.

    This work is being done for Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) for the Part D Enhanced MTM program that will begin in January. Its future impact could go beyond the Part D Enhanced MTM program. CMS could use this as the beginning framework of the services pharmacists provide beyond MTM (and possibly beyond Part D). Both definitions of pharmacists' services and Value Sets (grouping of SNOMED CT Codes that describe services that are provided and are used for billing and documentation) have been drafted. Background on SNOMED CT codes and Value Sets can be found at this link.

    The Joint Commission of Pharmacy Practitioners (JCPP) has created a workgroup to try to gather more of the profession's input in this very urgent but critical work. They are looking for key individuals (MTM experts, HIT experts, Billing experts) to review the document and provide feedback.

    A link has been created by JCPP member National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations (NASPA) to assist reviewers through the questions raised in the document and by the JCPP workgroup. NASPA will collect and aggregate responses from reviewer submissions through the use of this survey tool so one aggregate set of comments will be submitted to AMCP. The deadline for comments is September 15th, so please submit comments as soon as possible so NASPA can concurrently include them into the workgroup discussions.


  • 08/15/2016 3:13 PM | Anonymous
    New Faces in the KPhA Office
    KPhA August Rotation Student - Shelby Politte

    Shelby Politte is on his P4 rotation with KPhA this month! He is from Lawrence, KS. After graduation next year, Shelby plans to pursue a career in community pharmacy and remain in Kansas. "During my time at KPhA I hope to assist the organization to the best of my abilities all while gaining a great experience," said Shelby. KPhA is thrilled to have him a part of our team. 

    KPhA's New Communications & Marketing Director
    Leonard Allen 

    KPhA is happy to announce the employment of Leonard Allen, KPhA's new Communications & Marketing Director. He joined the KPhA team on Monday of this week and has hit the ground running. Leonard is a life-long Kansas resident from Dodge City, KS. He earned his BA and MS in communications from Fort Hays State University.


    After graduation, he moved to the Topeka area where he worked with non-profit organizations, utilities and government agencies in various rolls as a communicator.


    He and his family now live in Hoyt, KS (about 15 miles north of Topeka) where his wife, Stephanie, teaches high school. Their two daughters, Hanna and Molly, are both students in the Hoyt school district and Leonard serves on the city council of Hoyt.

    His hobbies include flying remote controlled aerial vehicles, photography, wood working and knife making.


    Leonard's email address is leonard@ksrx.org.

    KPhA's New Administrative Assistant - Ginny Hogan

    Ginny Hogan is another new face in the KPhA office and has taken the position of Administrative Assistant. Ginny joined us last week and will be your main correspondence when contacting KPhA. She will provide assistance with all aspects of the association, but will mainly be involved with membership services, event coordination and the Kansas Pharmacy Recovery Network. Ginny's email address is ginny@ksrx.org.


  • 08/05/2016 1:44 PM | Anonymous

    LENEXA, Kan. (August 5, 2016) — Sunflower Health Plan, a managed care organization and subsidiary of Centene Corporation, has announced an enhanced, value-based payment on each claim from network pharmacies accredited by the Center for Pharmacy Practice Accreditation (CPPA).

    “This innovative payment model demonstrates that Sunflower Health Plan is committed to providing outstanding pharmacy care for its members in Kansas. Sunflower values partnering with pharmacies that have achieved recognition for providing high quality patient care services that improve health outcomes and contribute to lower health care costs,” said Chris Coffey, Plan President & Chief Executive Officer.

    CPPA provides a standardized method for recognizing innovation and empowering pharmacists to practice at a higher level. The CPPA accreditation process focuses on medication safety and effectiveness, continuous quality improvement and desired patient health outcomes. The mission of CPPA is to serve the public health by raising the level of pharmacy-delivered patient care services through accreditation. CPPA’s accreditation programs are consultative in nature, where best practices are shared with applicants in order to elevate the level of practice and push quality services forward.

    Click here to read full press release


  • 07/28/2016 6:35 PM | Anonymous
    KPhA Board Member, Amanda Applegate Appointed to CDTM Advisory Committee

    On July 14th and 15th the Kansas State Board of Pharmacy met for their regularly scheduled quarterly meeting in Topeka. Below is an update on some of the issues that were discussed. To the left is a photo of Amanda Applegate, newly appointed to the Collaborative Drug Therapy Management (CDTM) advisory committee. She currently serves as the KPhA District 4 Director.

    • The Kansas Pharmacy Practice Act had a number of amendments presented to the Kansas Legislature during the latest session.  Unfortunately, no action was taken on the Practice Act during the 2016 session. The board intends to work to have amendments to the Act considered and passed during the 2017 legislative session.
       
    • The Board considered adding Naloxone as a drug of concern in K.A.R. 68-21-7 as it has recently developed a street value. There was discussion about adding U47700 as a controlled substance during the recent Kansas Legislature's special session, however no further consideration was taken due to time restrictions.
       
    • Membership on two Board of Pharmacy committees was considered by the Board.  A nurse practitioner and osteopath were each added to membership of the Kansas Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP).  The Board considered membership of the Collaborative Drug Therapy Management (CDTM) advisory committee. Jim Garrelts, Board member from Wichita, was reappointed as the Chairman and Amanda Applegate, Pharmacy Clinical Services Coordinator for Balls Foods Stores in Kansas City was considered by the Board and appointed. 

    The Kansas State Board of Pharmacy has recently updated theirwebsite along with a number of forms. It was announced that old forms would no longer be accepted by the board. Individuals using obsolete forms will have it returned and be asked to complete the new forms.

    There was discussion during the board meeting about the PMP and its fiscal viability. Currently, there is funding to run the program through 2017. The board will have to consider options in the future to sustain and keep the program running.


  • 07/26/2016 6:35 PM | Anonymous
    Seitz Drug Co., Inc.

    Terry W. Kepka is pharmacist and owner of Seitz Drug Co., Inc. since 1974. Terry is a former President of the Kansas State Pharmacist Association and State President of the Kansas Pharmacist Service Corporation. He has held other state offices in both of these organizations. He was the recipient of the national Bowl of Hygeia award, honoring those pharmacists who are active in community service and leadership. He was pharmacy consultant at the Good Samaritan Center for 30 years and consultant at the Ellsworth County Medical Center for nearly 20 years. Click here to read their history.

    Congratulations Terry on this accomplishment!


 
 
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