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ASCP and NCOA Lead the Way with Falls Program

11-9-2018

Michelle Fritsch, Pharm.D., BCGP, BCACP

You knew ASCP was on to something with its Falls Risk Reduction Toolkit. So many smart member’s brains have been a part of its creation. You knew the National Council on Aging is one of the premier resource of falls risk management tools, programs, advances, and more. You knew ASCP/NCOA was on to something by incorporating the key roles of occupational and physical therapists into all of the workshops to teach pharmacists to use the tool. Did you know that a recent analysis has confirmed that ASCP and NCOA are right on target?...
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Environment to Foster Innovation

11-2-2018

Chad Worz, PharmD, BCGP
ASCP Executive Director and CEO

As we gather for ASCP’s 2018 Annual Meeting, I’m reminded that “you can’t provide innovation, you need to provide the environment that fosters it.” This resonates for a number of reasons...
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Your Vibe Defines Your Tribe

10-26-2018

Chad Worz, PharmD, BCGP
ASCP Executive Director and CEO

Chris Mangione from GeriMed and I were talking recently, and he used the word “tribal” to characterize independent senior care pharmacists. He spoke of a cycle he was seeing in pharmacy, a resurgence of the corner drug store of sorts. I always believed business was cyclical. Once a market becomes dominated by larger players...
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A Life Lesson from President Bush

10-20-2018

Chad Worz, PharmD, BCGP
ASCP Executive Director and CEO

I wrote earlier this week about attending the 15th anniversary celebration of the passage of Medicare Part D, where I was fortunate to hear an informal presentation from President George W. Bush. Listening to the former President speak to a group of people dedicated to good medication management for older adults was inspiring. Here was a President who some believe was not articulate and somewhat country. He is on the surface...
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Celebrating Part D and the Critical Role of Pharmacists

10-17-2018

Chad Worz, PharmD, BCGP
ASCP Executive Director and CEO

In September, I attended the 15th anniversary celebration of the passage of Medicare Part D along with a few ASCP members and staff. We found ourselves in a room filled with the original stakeholders and organizations that were part of Medicare Part D’s passage in 2003. It’s amazing what memories came back. I was a pharmacist working at...
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Slowly Connecting the Dots

10-16-2018

H. Edward Davidson, PharmD, MPH
Editor-in-Chief, The Consultant Pharmacist

In the health care field, the use of paper records is slowly disappearing. For those of us who grew up and started a career before the digital age of the mid-to late 1990s, our paper files had immense value. For those in health care, the same held true of the paper medical chart. Though we had digital sources of information, the written and printed documents that comprised the history and treatment of the patient were essential tools in helping to make diagnostic and treatment decisions. Unfortunately…
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Happy Women's Pharmacist Day

10-12-2018

Suzanne Soliman

The first #WomenPharmacistDay (WPD) will be observed on October 12, 2018. October was chosen for this special recognition because it also serves as National Pharmacist Month. The 12th day of the month was selected in honor of the legendary, first female pharmacist in the United States, Elizabeth Gooking Greenleaf, who had 12 children and is an inspiring role model for thousands of women who dream of becoming a pharmacist...
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The Importance of Mentorship for Women in Pharmacy

10-12-2018

Blair Green Thielemier, PharmD

In honor of Women Pharmacist Day I want to thank some of my female peers who have been mentors throughout my pharmacy career. Cheyenne was the first female pharmacist I’d ever met and her example inspired me to go to pharmacy school. Ashley was my first “real boss” and also the person who taught me how to perform MTM services. She found her passions lay in teaching students...
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On #WomenPharmacistDay: Continue to Press for Progress

10-12-2018

Eden Sulzer

For the past decade, I've had the great privilege of working with female pharmacists, and female pharmacy students, across the country. Like so many other women across the country, the female pharmacists I encounter are taking care of children, families and sometimes aging parents, too. They are serving as volunteers and leaders in their local communities. ...
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Deaths from Falls are on the Rise – How YOU and ASCP can help

9-25-2018

Michelle Fritsch, Pharm.D., BCGP, BCACP

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) printed a startling statistic in the May 11, 2018 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). The rate of deaths from falls increased approximately 3% per year from 2007 to 2016. But, the population is aging, you might be thinking. Or, people are living longer, you might add...
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The Intersection of Policy and Patient Care

8-31-2018

Chad Worz, PharmD, BCGP
ASCP Executive Director and CEO

Rolling down the highway of health care, pharmacists have sought the destination of “provider status.” Universally supported by legislators from both sides of the aisle, the only barrier has been cost...
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Behind the Curtain

8-28-2018

Chad Worz, PharmD, BCGP
ASCP Executive Director and CEO

One of the enduring messages of the Wizard of Oz was tied to the “wizard” being behind the curtain. In any organization there are incredible people who are responsible for so much and are well known by their colleagues and members who make up organizations like ASCP. They work hard and are justifiably recognized for their hard work...
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Having an IMPACT

8-10-2018

Chad Worz, PharmD, BCGP
ASCP Executive Director and CEO

ASCP has long been associated with innovation in senior care. From the development of the blister card to the deprescribing movement, the older adult has been the focus of pharmacists with a desire to serve them better...
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Pharmacy, Wine, & Opportunity

8-6-2018

Chad Worz, PharmD, BCGP
ASCP Executive Director and CEO

Rick Miller of AmerisourceBergan is an oenophile. He’s from California so that comes with the territory. He knows that wine isn’t a commodity, it’s personal. What I find fascinating about wine, is that it’s a journey...
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Starting a Career as a Female Pharmacist

8-1-2018

Meaghan Freiter
ASCP 2018 CANO Legislative Intern

They say that 2018 will be the year of the woman, and I agree that us ladies are quite the topic of discussion these days. What fascinates me about these conversations, is that we have to have them at all. When I think back, the only time I felt targeted for being a girl was on the soccer field when I played with the boys. I would angrily complain to my dad and assert that if they would just pass me the ball, then I could show them I deserved to be out on the field. To which my dad responded, “Why wait for them to pass it to you? Go after the ball yourself.” Looking back, I realize how powerful it was to have a Dad telling me I was just as good as the boys...
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The Confidence of Being Wrong

7-31-2018

Chad Worz, PharmD, BCGP
ASCP Executive Director and CEO

Part of moving is disruption. Part of it is sifting through history. There’s a lot of memories and a lot of learning. As I moved from Cincinnati to Alexandria, bouncing between homes and disrupting my routine, one small, almost funny thing was the gap in regular TV. Thanks to internet streaming services, that led me to watch many new documentaries. One of which was a movie called...
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Time

7-27-2018

Chad Worz, PharmD, BCGP
ASCP Executive Director and CEO

Time. Its immense value is often wasted. But, as we all know, time belongs to the individual. When I had my first child, countless friends and family would say, “soak up the time you have to hold your child because in a moment, they will be too big for that.” They would say, “make all those ballgames, because in a New York minute, they will be in high school... college… off on their own.” And it’s true time flies, but that flight is dependent on the perspective...
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Navigating Medication Needs

7-16-2018

H. Edward Davidson, PharmD, MPH
Editor-in-Chief, The Consultant Pharmacist

The debate continues on how to provide appropriate pharmacotherapy while balancing the need to discontinue medications that do not meet an individual’s goals of care. This is particularly true for older adults, and a difficult sea to navigate. As so eloquently described by Hepler and Strand almost three decades ago, pharmacists have an obligation to provide safe and effective drug therapy for the individual patient…
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Remembering Tim Webster on July 6

7-6-2018

Phylliss M. Moret
Assistant Dean of Experiential Education; Assistant Professor of Pharmacy, Virginia Commonwealth University

Tim Webster was a founder and long-time executive director of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP). Prior to his 27-year tenure as executive director of the ASCP, he was involved in regulatory affairs relating to long-term care in both the public and private sector…
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Sincerity and Passion Shine Bright in Florida

7-5-2018

Chad Worz, PharmD, BCGP
ASCP Executive Director and CEO

History is a lot about relationships—personal and professional. Sometimes history can bury a relationship and sometimes the relationship can make you forget the history. Florida has a deep history with senior care pharmacy. It is the only state to require an additional consultant pharmacist credential. Florida requires an “apprenticeship” to gain it, and the state requires live CPE to maintain it. As much as regulation can influence a practice…
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The Tech Trifecta: Podcasts, Amazon, and Integra

7-2-2018

Chad Worz, PharmD, BCGP
ASCP Executive Director and CEO

Marrying technology with the human experience is what pharmacists have always excelled at. It’s the magic in the medications or the ways we package them for patients, but it’s also the way we deliver it. The human touch. Pharmacists are the most accessible health professionals because…
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An Amazonian Shift or the Sound of Disruption

6-29-2018

Chad Worz, PharmD, BCGP
ASCP Executive Director and CEO

Things changed today. Amazon purchased PillPack and with it a pharmacy license in all 50 states. CVS and Walgreen’s stock immediately dove for cover. The realization that disruption is coming to health care has been confirmed. But what does it mean? There are still 45 million…
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Moving On, Proud and Thankful

6-25-2018

Chad Worz, PharmD, BCGP
ASCP Executive Director and CEO

An era came to close this past week in Alexandria, Virginia, as ASCP’s offices moved to a new location. For some the physical move represents loss, to others rebirth, and still others are indifferent. I happen to think ALL of those feelings are correct…
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Gaining Perspective from Those We’ve Lost

6-17-2018

Chad Worz, PharmD, BCGP
ASCP Executive Director and CEO

Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade died last week, and the internet was set ablaze. After both suicides, we were all left wondering what reasons they may have had to make such a tragic decision. As pharmacists, I’m sure many of you thought as I did—about medication’s role in their death…
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Don’t Underestimate the Great Northwest

6-14-2018

Chad Worz, PharmD, BCGP
ASCP Executive Director and CEO

The first thing you notice in the Pacific Northwest is the trees - sharp, angled, tall and everywhere. This part of the country is beautiful and the evergreens pointed toward the “big sky” are an excellent symbol for where pharmacists are headed. I was recently invited to Washington, Montana, and Idaho, and it was an eye-opening experience. These states may not leap to mind when discussing cutting-edge practice, but I assure you they should…
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Joint Massachusetts Meeting Brings Out the Best

6-12-2018

Chad Worz, PharmD, BCGP
ASCP Executive Director and CEO

Last week I was fortunate to attend a joint meeting of ASCP and APhA's local Massachusetts chapters. This joint meeting underscored for me that, as pharmacists, we are stronger together than apart. While ASCP and APhA may be separate associations, we still need good lines of communication, and we still have an awful lot to share and learn from each other…
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The Many Faces of Polypharmacy

6-11-2018

H. Edward Davidson, PharmD, MPH
Editor-in-Chief, The Consultant Pharmacist

There are many definitions of polypharmacy, but there remains one common theme: the chronic use of too many—often overlapping or duplicative—medications. In a recent article in JAMA…
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ASCP's Got Your Back

5-31-2018

Chad Worz, PharmD, BCGP
ASCP Executive Director and CEO

Allow me to set the scene: A quiet townhouse hidden just behind Union Station in Washington, D.C. A cramped contemporary conference room, filled with leaders from different pharmacy and long-term care stakeholder groups. This is your membership at work…
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Retooling for an Aging America

5-30-2018

Chad Worz, PharmD, BCGP
ASCP Executive Director and CEO

It’s an incredible time to be a pharmacist working in senior care. We all know the statistics and we are seeing the beginning of the impact that the Baby Boomer generation will bring to health care. This is just the tip of the iceberg. But we’re not alone. As pharmacists…
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Network While You Work

5-25-2018

Chad Worz, PharmD, BCGP
ASCP Executive Director and CEO

Last week at the 2018 ASCP Forum, I got to witness ASCP’s network streaming at full tilt. The Forum kicked off with four focus groups meeting that gathered the innovators, leaders, and ‘movers and shakers’ of our membership. These members we able to share their wishes, dreams, successes, and failures. And by sharing, they gained…
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4 Hours in Boston: A Glimpse of a Pillar of ASCP

5-15-2018

Chad Worz, PharmD, BCGP
ASCP Executive Director and CEO

Onboarding as CEO of this organization has been a profoundly life-changing experience. Getting to know our talented staff and meeting more of our passionate members has bookended each day and each week of learning. Speaking of passionate members…
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The Pharmacist's Role in Trump's Plan for Drug Pricing

5-11-2018

Chad Worz, PharmD, BCGP
ASCP Executive Director and CEO

America is facing a challenge: It’s aging. The shift in population toward adults older than 65 years is beginning to put stress on the health care system. This age group represents 13% of the U.S. population, but it consumes 34% of the prescription medications. Today, President Trump outlined a plan to impact the rising costs of prescription medications. ...read on

Celebrating a Great Run

5-2-2018

Chad Worz, PharmD, BCGP
ASCP Executive Director and CEO

As part of on-boarding as ASCP’s new CEO, I’ve been fortunate to travel with our outgoing and retiring CEO, Frank Grosso, to other association meetings. In March we attended the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) meeting in Nashville, and…
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Our Message and the Media

4-18-2018

Chad Worz, PharmD, BCGP
ASCP Executive Director and CEO

In the past week, CNN aired an “expose” on Nuplazid (pimavaserin) and information regarding its safety for the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease psychosis. This kind of information from a media outlet has become more frequent…
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Providing for the Next Frontier

4-9-2018

Chad Worz, PharmD, BCGP
ASCP Executive Director and CEO

Alexandria, Virginia is the professional home of ASCP, and soon it will be my home as well. Last week was my first with ASCP, and much of it was spent with the talented staff learning the ropes. It is both a privilege and an honor to be ASCP’s new leader. I am thankful to have…
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The View from the Top

3-30-2018

Frank Grosso, RPh
ASCP Executive Director & CEO

You may have heard the saying, “after climbing the mountain, you can finally enjoy the view.” Well, as someone who’s been scaling the long-term care industry for nearly 44 years, I can honestly say the view has been worth the climb…
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SenioRx Radio - Pharmacy Podcast Network

Check out new audio blogs every month brought to you by ASCP and the Pharmacy Podcast Network...
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March Madness! A Quick Update from the CEO

3-22-2018

Frank Grosso, RPh
ASCP Executive Director & CEO

Since my last blog, a lot has been going on, so it's time for an update…
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Setting the Stage for Better Outcomes

3-12-2018

H. Edward Davidson, PharmD, MPH
Editor-in-Chief, The Consultant Pharmacist

Much has been written about self-medication with over-the-counter (OTC) and complementary medicines…
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Resolve to Be Better

2-14-2018

H. Edward Davidson, PharmD, MPH
Editor-in-Chief, The Consultant Pharmacist

The parking lot at the local gym is full. It happens every January and fades by mid-year. The New Year is, for many, a time of reflection and goal-setting for personal and professional growth, but it is not always easy to keep those resolutions…
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Medications Are Risky Business

1-22-2018

H. Edward Davidson, PharmD, MPH
Editor-in-Chief, The Consultant Pharmacist

Medication reconciliation, Beers criteria, sentinel orders, antibiotic stewardship, laboratory testing, and on and on—all examples of processes or tools put into place to identify or reduce risks related to medication treatment…
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Social Media in Pharmacy

1-8-2018

Guests include Chad Worz, PharmD, BCGP and Erin L. Albert, MBA, PharmD, JD, PAHM

This is a new audio blog brought to you by ASCP and the Pharmacy Podcast Network...
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ASCP Board of Directors Nominations 2018

1-3-2018

Chad Worz, PharmD, BCGP
ASCP President

Members are the lifeblood of an organization and leadership amongst members is vital to carrying on the mission and vision of ASCP. I’m writing to encourage you to nominate and/or apply for a position on the ASCP Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is responsible to shape the strategy and influence the environment that our members…
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Happy Holidays from ASCP

12-21-2017

Frank Grosso, RPh
ASCP Executive Director & CEO

With the holidays upon us and 2017 drawing to a close, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on the past year and look forward to the New Year ahead…
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The Consultant Pharmacist Author Interviews

12-12-2017

Stephanie M. Ozalas, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP

An interview with Stephanie Ozalas on her article in the December issue of The Consultant Pharmacist.
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Lessons from the Wise

12-11-2017

Micaela Leblanc
URI School of Pharmacy, Doctor of Pharmacy Candidate, Class of 2018

Ever since I was a child, I always enjoyed working with and learning from older adults and their life experiences, so as I move further in my pharmacy education and embark in my last year of pharmacy school, a career involving older adults has become more and more on my radar...
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Interactive Jeopardy Game Informs Seniors on Falls Risk Factors

11-22-2017

Jazmin Turner, PharmD, BCGP
Assistant Professor, Notre Dame of Maryland University School of Pharmacy

A decorative throw rug, comfortable slippers, and a medicine cabinet filled with pills – these are common items for many seniors, but they could spell a recipe for dangerous fall. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately one in four ...
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Understanding Your Patient's Concerns Improves Treatment

11-21-2017

Guests include Marypat Habermas, PharmD, CGP, CMTM, Hedva Barenholtz Levy, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP, and Dr Lauren DePaul, PharmD, CMTM

This is a new audio blog brought to you by ASCP and the Pharmacy Podcast Network...
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Providing Value Through Practice Innovation

11-16-2017

H. Edward Davidson, PharmD, MPH
Editor-in-Chief, The Consultant Pharmacist

Health care professionals are facing a myriad of challenges: on reimbursement, increasing demands on time, and regulatory requirements. And, they are being asked to do more work, and at a higher quality, than ever before…
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Are You There Consultants? It's Me, Melody

11-15-2017

Melody A. King

As a fourth year pharmacy student, with a passion for long-term care, I tried to set up as many long term care and chronic disease state APPE rotations as possible. I was successful in that 6/9 rotations revolve around …
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Notes From ASCP’S 2017 President's Awardee For Education

11-9-2017

Deborah Milito, Pharm. D., BCGP

Education has always been the cornerstone for me and my practice –settings through the years. I’ve often been heard saying that once you have your education…
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CEO Announcement

11-7-2017

Frank Grosso, RPh
ASCP Executive Director & CEO

A friend of mine once said ‘the time to think about change is when things are going well.’ In that spirit, I announced on Saturday…
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ASCP Medical Delegation to Cuba: An Educating Exchange

10-30-2017

Nicole Brandt,PharmD, MBA, CGP, BCPP, FASCP
During the week of October 2nd, I had the privilege of leading a group of professionals from various backgrounds to Cuba. Despite travel warnings and unpredictable weather...
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Insights on Mentoring, Risk Taking, and More from ASCP’s 2017 Archambault Awardee

10-26-2017

Jeffrey C. Delafuente, MS, FCCP, FASCP

Receiving the 2017 George F. Archambault award caused me pause to reflect on my career. I thought about many factors that were instrumental in my successes…
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Infusing Ingenuity with Practicality

10-16-2017

H. Edward Davidson, PharmD, MPH
Editor-in-Chief, The Consultant Pharmacist

Based on the most recent data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, more than 50% of nursing facility residents have some degree of cognitive impairment consistent with dementia…
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ASCP Introduces Antibiotic Stewardship CE for Both Nurses and Pharmacists

9-19-2017

Frank Grosso, RPh
ASCP Executive Director & CEO

What better way to improve pharmacist/nurse collaboration and efficiency than to share the same Antibiotic Stewardship training to meet the new Medicare LTC Requirements of Participation and be ready for the revised CMS survey requirements?…
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Let's Do This Together

9-11-2017

H. Edward Davidson, PharmD, MPH
Editor-in-Chief, The Consultant Pharmacist

Decisions that providers make regarding pharmacotherapy choices for older adults are often challenging…
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The Consultant Pharmacist Author Interviews

7-10-2017 and 7-12-2017

Jennifer Pruskowski, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP, CPE, Genna Holder, PharmD and Brent Salvig, PharmD, BCPS

An interview with one of the co-authors of an article on deprescribing and how it has come into existence and a joint interview with a professor and his student about their work with veterans.
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Making a Difference

5-4-2017

Ronald Perry BS, RPh
Senior VP Pharmacy Services, Fundamental Clinical & Operational Services

Making a difference in the lives of patients as a consultant pharmacist will be in high need as...
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A Rewarding Path

5-4-2017

Jean M. Abdou
Consultant Pharmacist, Pharma-Care, Inc.

Jean M. Abdou explained to her friends in retail pharmacy that consulting was one of the most rewarding ways to be a pharmacist...
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Do What You Like

5-4-2017

Steve Hord
Vice President of Pharmacy, Consulate Health Care

Steve Hord, VP of Pharmacy for Consulate Health Care, has told his kids, “Do what you like.” After various career changes, he has realized that making a difference in the lives...
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My Impact

5-4-2017

Donald E. Bastian, RPh, MS, BCGP
President & Owner, DB Pharmacy Consultants LLC

How do consultant pharmacists impact the lives of their patients? Donald Bastian tells a story...
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When Enough Is Enough

8-10-2017

H. Edward Davidson, PharmD, MPH
Editor-in-Chief, The Consultant Pharmacist

Balancing the risk and benefit of prescriptions, particularly the number of medications, as well as a careful consideration of the individual patient’s goals and quality of life, is a delicate proposition…
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Taking the Long Way

8-3-2017

Rafah Saad, PharmD, BCACP
PGY-2 Geriatric Pharmacy Resident
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy

I am not your typical PGY2 resident. I am not fresh out of pharmacy school following the predetermined path to...
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Integrated Care Partners (ICP)

7-27-2017

Guests include Chad Worz, PharmD and Sean Jeffery, PharmD, BCGP, FASCP, and Christina M. Polomoff, PharmD, BCACP, BCGP

This is a new audio blog brought to you by ASCP and the Pharmacy Podcast Network...
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A Millennial’s Perspective on the Consultant Pharmacy World

7-26-2017

Celeste Cowan
2017 ASCP Cano Legislative Intern
Howard University College of Pharmacy, Doctor of Pharmacy Candidate, Class of 2019

The president of my school’s ASCP student chapter approached me at the end of my P1 year and asked me to run for...
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Conferencing Like a Champ

7-20-2017

Precious Dadzie
2016 ASCP Cano Legislative Intern
VCU School of Pharmacy, Doctor of Pharmacy Candidate, Class of 2018

Last year, I had the opportunity to attend both the ASCP regional and national meetings, where I had the pleasure of taking part in...
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EHR Information Summit a Success

7-17-2017

Frank Grosso, RPh
ASCP Executive Director & CEO

I am excited to share news of our successful, inaugural Pharmacy and EHR Information Exchange – A National Summit that took place on May 2, 2017 in Arlington, VA. The Summit…
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Rethinking Adverse Drug Events

7-14-2017

H. Edward Davidson, PharmD, MPH
Editor-in-Chief, The Consultant Pharmacist

Among the types of medication-related problems pharmacists seek to avoid at all costs, adverse drug events (ADEs) are the most troubling and have the most potential for patient harm…
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My Perspective on Pharmacy’s Push Forward

7-12-2017

Goldie Chang, ASCP APPE Pharmacy Intern
VCU School of Pharmacy, Doctor of Pharmacy Candidate, Class of 2018

Last summer, I took the 6-hour drive to Wise, Virginia to embark on a 3-day medical outreach trip with the non-profit organization, Remote Area Medical. Wise is located in rural southwest…
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Moving the Needle Just a Bit More

6-29-2017

H. Edward Davidson, PharmD, MPH
Editor-in-Chief, The Consultant Pharmacist

The National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes has done much to move the needle in the right direction regarding appropriate antipsychotic use in nursing facilities…
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SenioRx Radio: Value-Based Care in LTC Pharmacy

5-26-2017

Chad Worz, host of SenioRx Radio interviews Harry Thibodeau, PhC, R.Ph., CCP, FASCP Chief Operations Officer with Pharma-Care, Inc.

This is a new audio blog brought to you by ASCP and the Pharmacy Podcast Network...
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Don’t Make Things Harder Than They Need to Be

5-10-2017

H. Edward Davidson, PharmD, MPH
Editor-in-Chief, The Consultant Pharmacist

The health care environment is, by nature, complex, requiring technology integration, high-level thinking and decision-making, as well as critical communication needs…
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Staying Focused

4-8-2017

H. Edward Davidson, PharmD, MPH
Editor-in-Chief, The Consultant Pharmacist

Going about our routine day-to-day tasks can be challenging for all of us—particularly for pharmacists, where dispensing high-risk medications is the norm—as he or she must display a high degree of focus…
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Expansion May be Postponed, But Your Role is Still Critical

3-22-2017

Frank Grosso, RPh
ASCP Executive Director & CEO

You may have seen the McKnight’s headline “CMS postpones expansion, implementation of bundled payment programs,” and thought, “Whew, that’s over!"…
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Advancing Our Decision Making

3-22-2017

H. Edward Davidson, PharmD, MPH
Editor-in-Chief, The Consultant Pharmacist

As our health care infrastructure continues to embrace the use of electronic health records, clinical decision support (CDS) tools also will become ubiquitous…
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Why I Attend

3-16-2017

Vincent Galletta, RPh
Manager LTC Operations at Buffalo Pharmacies Institutional

I have been fortunate to attend the first two ASCP Forums, and am already registered for the one this May. Looking back on the previous two...
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Introducing SenioRx Radio

3-7-2017

Guests include Chad Worz, PharmD and Vincent Galletta, RPh

This is a new audio blog brought to you by ASCP and the Pharmacy Podcast Network...
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Leveraging Technology for Innovation

2-14-2017

H. Edward Davidson, PharmD, MPH
Editor-in-Chief, The Consultant Pharmacist

For a variety of reasons, long-term care facilities have lagged behind other institutional settings in integrating technological advances such as electronic health records.
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Take Back Your Profession!

2-6-2017

Frank Grosso, RPh
ASCP Executive Director & CEO

Every day I get calls and emails from members telling me that consultant pharmacists shouldn't be at the mercy of the Social Security Act for payment...
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Taking the Lead

2-2-2017

Joseph G. Marek, RPh, CGP, FASCP
2016-2017 ASCP President

We all know the statistics...
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Former ASCP Member, Turned Congressman to Give Forum Keynote

1-25-2017

Arnold E. Clayman, PD, FASCP
ASCP Vice President of Pharmacy Practice & Government Affairs

I am excited ASCP has announced Representative Buddy Carter (R-GA) will give the keynote address at the 2017 ASCP Forum on May 3 in Arlington, Virginia...
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Last Year's Big Story: Antibiotic Stewardship

1-17-2017

H. Edward Davidson, PharmD, MPH
Editor-in-Chief, The Consultant Pharmacist

If one had to characterize the biggest medication-related issue of 2016, the use of antibiotics would have to be on most pharmacists’ top-three list...
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What the ASCP Board Does and Why YOU Should Run

1-10-2017

Joseph G. Marek, RPh, CGP, FASCP
2016-2017 ASCP President

Does being a board member conjure up for you images of wealthy people writing checks in an ivory tower? Do you see a group of suits sitting around a massive board room table sipping drinks? Let me clear up some misconceptions for you...
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In Memory of our Deceased ASCP Members

1-5-2017

Frank Grosso, RPh
ASCP Executive Director & CEO

As we reflect back on 2016, I want to take a moment to remember some of our beloved and dedicated members who passed away over the past year...
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Succeeding in 2017; The Era of Chronic Care

1-4-2017

Paul Baldwin
Baldwin Health Policy Group LLC

Now that we’ve lugged the lights and decorations back to the attic and gingerly stepped on the bathroom scale, discovering that our annual revelry will haunt us throughout the winter, it’s time to turn our attention to the year ahead...
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Reducing Antipsychotics: An Interdisciplinary Team Effort

12-20-2016

Marian James, Pharm.D., FASCP, BCPS, CGP
2016 Herb Langsam Pharmacy Provider Services Award Winner

Any pharmacist practicing in long-term care is familiar with the dreaded F-tag 329, unnecessary medication...
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Forging a Strong Relationship with the DEA

12-19-2016

Arnold E. Clayman, PD, FASCP
ASCP Vice President of Pharmacy Practice & Government Affairs

As a long-time member of ASCP involved in government affairs and now a staff member for over 5 years, I have been through numerous political administrations...
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Get A Head Start on Your 2017 Resolutions

12-16-2016

Frank Grosso, RPh
ASCP Executive Director & CEO

The holiday season is in full swing, and while this is a joyous time of year, we know it takes a tremendous amount of preparation and planning to juggle family, friends—and still get to all your facilities/clients in 30 days...
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Being Ever Mindful

12-12-2016

H. Edward Davidson, PharmD, MPH
Editor-in-Chief, The Consultant Pharmacist

Medication-related problems occur for a variety of reasons. The National Council for Prescription Drug Programs recently...
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Do you Hear Me Now? – The Art of Listening

12-9-2016

Albert R. Barber, PharmD, CGP, FASCP
2016 Richard S. Berman Service Award Winner

Early in my career as a consultant pharmacist in skilled nursing homes I picked up a large high-acuity facility with...
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My Summer as a Cano Intern

12-8-2016

Precious Dadzie
2016 ASCP Cano Legislative Intern
VCU School of Pharmacy, Doctor of Pharmacy Candidate, Class of 2018

Older adults have always had a special place in my heart. When I entered pharmacy school...
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A Note from Adelaide

12-1-2016

Chris Alderman, CGP
2016 Excellence in Geriatric Pharmacy Practice Award Winner

Recently I had the privilege of travelling to Dallas, where I humbly accepted the honour of the 2016 CCGP Excellence in Geriatric Pharmacy Practice Award...
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Three Holiday Reminders from Your CEO

12-1-2016

Frank Grosso, RPh
ASCP Executive Director & CEO

No matter whether you’re a consultant pharmacist, a community pharmacist, or a hospital pharmacist, you’re a senior care pharmacist...
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What Happens When You Assume? Speak Up About the Value You Bring

11-27-2016

Joseph G. Marek, RPh, CGP, FASCP
2016-2017 ASCP President

I often get asked by fellow members ‘why did you want to become president?’ The simple answer is...
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Stemming the Rising Tide of Drug Burden

11-16-2016

H. Edward Davidson, PharmD, MPH
Editor-in-Chief, The Consultant Pharmacist

In long-term care, the drug burden continues to rise. A Canadian study conducted in 2015 found that 55% of residents received an average of nine or more medications...
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ASCP Moves Ahead at Lightning Speed this Fall

10-11-2016

Frank Grosso, RPh
ASCP Executive Director & CEO

In my early years as a consultant pharmacist, I looked to ASCP for support with the innumerable challenges I faced on the job...
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Congress Is Listening To Your Social Media

10-11-2016

W. Scott Douglas
Senior Policy Director
Crowell & Moring LLP

The key to successful advocacy for senior care and consultant pharmacists to Congress is communication...
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Presidential Recap of the Month

10-11-2016

Nicole Brandt,PharmD, MBA, CGP, BCPP, FASCP
Executive Director, Peter Lamy Center on Drug Therapy and Aging
Professor, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
President, American Society of Consultant Pharmacists

As we celebrate Consultant Pharmacists Week (October 11 – 14), it is a fantastic time to focus on the simple acts of kindness...
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Industry Unity

06-21-2016

Frank Grosso, RPh
ASCP Executive Director & CEO

As part of ASCP’s continuing effort to promote provider status to the key committees on Capitol Hill, we signed on in support of...
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