APCI’s Professional and Clinical Affairs department is exploring many ways for APCI members to not only survive, but also to thrive, as the role of pharmacy grows in the world of health care.
Professional and Clinical Affairs is investigating many programs and services to assist our members in the clinical arena, such as adherence programs, MTM, immunization training, and diabetes management, just to name a few.
The department recently won the approval from the Alabama State Board of Pharmacy for APCI to obtain a Pharmacy Services Permit. This permit allows our clinical services team to provide MTM services outside the confines of a brick and mortar pharmacy, and allows us to provide assistance to patients outside our immediate geographical area. Our next steps are to review laws in other states to ensure we meet all requirements to legally assist pharmacists in all states we represent.
The focus on clinical pharmacy will help increase a pharmacy’s CMS Star ratings, improve patient health, and bring new revenue streams to pharmacies. At independent pharmacies, an increase in quality means better patient care and value. And while we work with our members to increase their Star ratings, Professional and Clinical Affairs is also working with American Pharmacy Network Solutions (APNS) to create model plans for Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) that will enhance their overall Star ratings. Additionally, APNS and Professional and Clinical Affairs work closely together on contractual issues, as well as ways to best provide information to member pharmacies.
The department also renewed their goal of assisting members in garnering the tools necessary to provide exemplary clinical services to their patients. To achieve this goal, Terri Wensel, PharmD, BCPS, and a faculty member at Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy, provides outreach and support to our pharmacists.
APCI has also partnered with the McWhorter School of Pharmacy’s NCPA student chapter. This partnership will serve as a bridge between independent pharmacy owners and students who desire to become owners themselves. Additionally, APCI is working with the McWhorter school to bring pharmacy students into the APCI offices to assist in providing support for clinical services.
For more information about how Professional and Clinical Services can help your pharmacy, contact Jonathan Marquess or Bruce Harris at (800) 532-2724.