Arkansas Association of Health-System Pharmacists

                                  

 

"Thank you for visiting the Arkansas Association of Health-System Pharmacists' website!  AAHP is an organization that works to support Arkansas pharmacists, residents, students, and technicians working in hospitals or health-systems through advocacy, mentorship, education, and leadership.  Our mission is provide resources that improve patient care and safety.  If you have not done so already, we invite you to join our efforts!"  


-- Brandy Owen, PharmD, AAHP President 2017-2018

 

Our Mission:  To represent our members by providing leadership and support in the promotion of pharmaceutical care.  AAHP serves its membership by pursuing common goals; through representation to private and public agencies and to the other health care organizations; and by promoting pharmacy as an essential component of the health care team.

NEWS & UPDATES

USP Announces Intent to Postpone Official Date of USP Chapter <800>
On October 1, 2017, the United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) announced its intention to postpone the official date of the General Chapter <800> Hazardous Drugs – Handling in Healthcare Settings. The new official date will align with the official date of the next revision of USP Chapter <797>, expected on December 1, 2019.

Small-Volume Parenteral Solutions Shortages - Suggestions for Management and Conservation
ASHP and the University of Utah Drug Information Service have developed a document to provide ideas and guidelines with approaches to deal with the small-volume parenteral shortage that has occurred primarily due to the devastation to Puerto Rico. ASHP continues to work closely with the FDA and others and add information to the ASHP drug shortage website as soon as new information becomes available. Please contact ASHP's Center for Medication Safety and Quality at quality@ashp.org with questions.

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Ballots for ASHP President and Board of Directors were counted recently and the following individuals were elected:

President-Elect:
KELLY M. SMITH, Pharm.D., FASHP, FCCP
University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy, Lexington, Kentucky

Board of Directors-Elect:
JULIE A. GROPPI, Pharm.D., FASHP
Department of Veterans Affairs Clinical Pharmacy Practice Office, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

PAUL C. WALKER, Pharm.D., FASHP
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

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Brown Bag Medication Check-Up
- Video
Patient Education Flyer

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Member Perspectives from a Recent Joint Commission Survey Webinar
Tuesday March 28, 2017, 1:00-2:00PM EDT
The beginning of 2017 brought forward revisions to The Joint Commission's (TJC) survey processes and standards, namely the launch of the new Survey Analysis for Evaluating Risk (SAFER) matrix and Antimicrobial Stewardship standards. This webinar will highlight the experience of a large academic medical center that recently completed a TJC survey, and will provide details from that experience as it pertains to pharmacy departments and services. ASHP member ID number is required to register. Click here to verify your ASHP membership ID number.

Presented by:

Rick Couldry, M.S., B.S.Pharm., FASHP
Chair, ASHP Section of Pharmacy Practice Managers
Executive Director, Pharmacy Services at The University of Kansas Hospital
Kansas City, KS

Korby Lathrop, Pharm.D., M.S.
Assistant Director of Pharmacy Informatics and Medication Safety
The University of Kansas Hospital
Kansas City, KS 

Click here to get registered for this webinar.

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ASHP has new public service announcement on the value of pharmacists.
Below are the YouTube video link and script for ASHP’s new public service announcement video on the value of pharmacists. 

YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=152dfgadI7U&list=UUzY-g3ktp_DX0a_EJTiEpZA.


Script for: “Who’s the Medication Expert in the White Coat?” video

This can be deployed in any number of ways-- to patients, caregivers, a hospital/health system’s PR department for external promotion or via internal channels like the patient education channels, in waiting rooms, in an outpatient pharmacy, etc.  It is also a fantastic communication to educate the C-suite about pharmacists’ patient care role and for use as a provider status support tool.  If hospitals/health systems in Arkansas wish to customize the last slate in the video with their own logo, that is doable for a low fee. This includes video editing and delivery of an electronic file in two compression types. 

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AAHP members are encouraged to urge legislators to support HR 592 which will recognize pharmacists as healthcare providers by adding them to the Medicare provider list in the Social Security Act..  APhA has created a website devoted to recognizing pharmacists as healthcare providers (www.pharmacistsprovidecare.com).  Pharmacists can stay up-to-date on this issue as well as contact their legislators to support HR 592.  Click on the green Take Action square or the link Contact your Member of Congress today to send a letter requesting your Congressman to cosponsor HR 5920.