AzPA Pharmacy Flash
Oct. 8, 2014

PQA Measures included in CMS 2015 Quality Rating System Beta Test
PQA Quality Connection
The final 2015 Quality Rating System Beta Test measure set will apply to the Qualified Health Plans offered in the Health Insurance Marketplaces in 2014. CMS has posted the final 2015 QRS and QHP Enrollee Survey technical guidance and technical specifications that the QHP issuers will need to collect and submit QRS measure data to CMS. The measure set includes PQA's measures of medication adherence, specifically Proportion of Days Covered. More

Recognize your peers — or yourself!
Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy
Nominations are now being accepted for AMCP Awards. This is your opportunity to nominate your peers or yourself for outstanding contributions to the Academy. These prestigious awards will recognize individuals for their accomplishments and their commitment and dedication to the profession of managed care pharmacy.More

Participating in HealthMap Vaccine Finder
HealthMap Vaccine Finder
If you would like to list a pharmacy, clinic, health department or other vaccine provider, you will first need to register for an account. After your account is approved, you will receive further instructions on how to submit information about your vaccination services. There is no fee to participate in HealthMap Vaccine Finder.

Click here to register. More

Save $50: Register for Diabetes Care Training before Oct. 25
Learn current approaches to the medical management of diabetes patients. Receive instruction in the pathophysiology of diabetes and the acute, long-term complications of the disease. Enhance your communication skills as a diabetes educator Nov. 14 in Phoenix. Register today! More

1 week left to save: Fall Conference Nov. 15
Why waste money? If you register before Oct. 15 you can save $20 on a full-day CE program. Join us and enhance your clinical skills in medication management, diabetes management, Parkinson's disease and more. Technicians: Attend a Diabetes Meter Training Workshop in the morning and then fulfill a PTCB requirement in the afternoon. View the full schedule and session objective online. More

Enhance your clinical knowledge of psychiatric disorders
Can you effectively assess, monitor and manage the pharmacotherapy of patients with psychiatric disorders? Sign up for our Psychiatric Certificate Program held Nov. 14 and you will be on your way to delivering comprehensive medication therapy for mental health. This program includes 17.5 hours of self-study, make sure to give yourself enough time to complete materials prior to the live session. Save $50 when you register before Oct. 25. View full program objectives and more information online. More

Joint Federal Pharmacy Seminar offers programs for CPhTs
Pharmacy technicians are invited to attend the Joint Federal Pharmacy Seminar, Oct. 19-22 in Washington, D.C. To view the pharmacy technician programs, visit the conference site and go to "Education @ JFPS." Click Event Search, and type "pharmacy technician" in the search bar. More

Request for volunteers
The Alliance for Patient Medication Safety is a federally listed Patient Safety Organization with the mission of fostering a culture of quality within the profession of pharmacy that promotes a continuous systems analysis to develop best practices that will reduce medication errors, improve medication use and enhance patient care. Congress created PSOs to promote shared learning to enhance quality and safety within a privileged and confidential, protected environment.More

Send photos to PTCB during October in honor of National Pharmacy Technician Day!
National Pharmacy Technician Day is Oct. 28, the day to celebrate the contributions and commitment of CPhTs. During the month of October, CPhTs s are invited to send pharmacy team photos to and we will post them on PTCB's Facebook page to celebrate the day! Like PTCB on Facebook and watch for details! More

Pharmacist and Patient-Centered Diabetes Care Certificate Training Program: Nov. 14
Don't miss this innovative and intensive certificate program focusing on the pharmacist's role in the area of diabetes management. The program emphasizes a healthcare team approach and seeks to foster the implementation of pharmaceutical care interventions that will promote disease self-management. Join us at the Kroc Corps Community Center in Phoenix Friday, Nov. 14! Register online today.More

Will your pharmacy start taking back unused drugs?
By Jason Poquette
Sometimes our solutions are more complex than the problems they are trying to solve. That fact came to mind as I reviewed the new DEA regulations surrounding the retail pharmacy disposal of patient-returned prescription controlled substances. As a retail pharmacist, I have never understood why we, the dispensers of prescriptions drugs and controlled substances, could not legally take back the products we sold for disposal purposes. In a 52-page manifesto, the DEA has managed to significantly confuse and frustrate what could otherwise be a pretty easy process.More

CDC issues guidelines for healthcare providers and patients on Ebola
The first person with Ebola virus disease has been confirmed in the United States. The CDC has deployed 10 experts to Texas, where the patient is in isolation, to investigate and assist with the case. More

What's the difference between a short-order cook and a pharmacist?
By Greg L. Alston
OK, that may seem like a weird comparison, but let me explain why I think it is important. A short-order cook works with the public. He or she works with a menu. Customers order from the menu, and the cook prepares the food and feeds it to the customers in expectation of payment. In a somewhat analogous situation, the retail community pharmacist works with the public. He or she works from a menu of orders. The customers, via their doctors, place orders. And the pharmacist dispenses the orders to the patients and expects to be paid. So what is the difference between a short order cook and a pharmacist? More

CVS becomes CVS Health, ends tobacco sales early
CVS Caremark officially changed its corporate name to CVS Health on Sept. 3 to emphasize its expanding role in providing healthcare services. The name change coincides with the company's announcement that it will also stop selling tobacco products. More

Popular #Pharmacist tweets from Tweet-a-Thon
Pharmacy Times
By generating thousands of tweets using the hashtag #Pharmacist, pharmacy organizations and pharmacists around the world have made their impact on patients and the healthcare industry known to the global Twitter community. More

Study: Cancer treatments in pregnancy safe for offspring
HealthDay News
Children whose mothers undergo chemotherapy or radiation for cancer during pregnancy are not at increased risk for mental development or heart problems, two small studies suggest. Some doctors are reluctant to administer these treatments to pregnant women due to concerns about the potential impact the therapies may have on their children, the study authors noted. More

Label change for asthma drug describes slightly higher risk for cardio and neurologic events
Pharmacy Practice News
After reviewing post-approval safety studies, the FDA said the results suggested a slight increased risk for problems involving the heart and blood vessels supplying the brain among patients being treated with the asthma drug omalizumab. More

High-dose vitamin D not shown to benefit critically ill patients
Pharmacy Times
Vitamin D is one of the most talked-about vitamins lately, with news stories linking deficiencies to poor bone health, the potential for cognitive deficits, high blood pressure and more. Some studies suggest that patients who are critically ill and have low vitamin D levels may be at increased risk for mortality and morbidity. Researchers have not been able to establish causality or determine whether supplementation could improve patients' clinical status. More

Study: Certain autoimmune drugs in pregnancy may up newborn infection risk
HealthDay News
When given to pregnant women, a common treatment for ulcerative colitis may inadvertently lower their baby's ability to fight off infections at birth, new French research suggests. The treatment, called anti-TNF therapy, is an injected, artificial antibody. This type of medication is widely seen as a safe and effective way to tackle a wide range of autoimmune disorders. It's not unusual for pregnant women to receive the treatment, given that inflammatory bowel diseases often strike women of childbearing age. More