Worz Named New ASCP Executive Director and CEO

Chad Worz, PharmD, BCGP, president of Medication Managers, LLC, has been named executive director and chief executive officer for ASCP. He will assume his position on April 2, 2018. Read the full press release here.

2018 ASCP Forum

The ASCP Forum is the premier event for senior care pharmacy—attracting everyone from clinical professionals to business owners and executives. The 2018 Forum theme will focus on ADAPTING to health care changes and ACCELERATING our profession.

Senior Care Seminar Series

ASCP’s prestigious Senior Care Seminar Series is a series of advanced clinical webinars on the treatment and monitoring of medication needs in older adults, regardless of practice setting. BCGP recertification credit is offered for all Senior Care Seminar Series webinars.

ASCP’s Senior Care Pharmacist Directory

You can help support safe and effective medication therapy management in the community by getting listed on ASCP’s Senior Care Pharmacist Directory. By listing your contact information, credentials, and skills in ASCP’s Senior Care Pharmacist Directory, consumers can call upon you to help with their medication needs. Learn more here.

National Partnership Meets Reduction Goal

The National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care has announced that the goal of reducing the national prevalence of antipsychotic use in long-stay nursing home by 30% by the end of 2016 has been met, with some states and facilities showing much higher reductions. There remain some facilities that have not met reduction goals. These facilities are being asked to reduce usage an additional 15% by the end of 2019. Read more.

CMS Updated MDS 3.0 Manual

An updated MDS manual has been released by CMS, and goes into effect October 1. Of particular note to consultant pharmacists are the changes to Section N - Medications, which includes the addition of opioid monitoring, and a new antipsychotic section: Antipsychotic Medication Review (N-450) that assesses usage, including whether GDRs were attempted. Learn more.

SenioRx Solutions

Introducing SenioRx Solutions, a new suite of tools from ASCP tailored to enhancing entrepreneurial consultant pharmacists who want to be competitive in the future senior care landscape.

Antimicrobial Stewardship

Now, more than ever, it is critical for consultant and senior care pharmacists to lead the way toward improving the use of antimicrobial medications in post-acute long-term care, skilled nursing facilities, and community settings. View ASCP's suite of tools designed to help you lead the charge towards implementing a successful antimicrobial stewardship program in your facilities. Learn more.

Phase 2 Interpretive Guidelines

CMS has released the Phase 2 Interpretive Guidelines for surveyors. More information, including the complete set of guidelines, an Ftag "crosswalk", and surveyor pathways, can be found on the ASCP website Nursing Facility Practice Resource Center (member login required).

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