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April 9, 2010

New Tobacco Cessation Resource Center

ASHP IS HELPING MEMBERS get involved in the important work of tobacco cessation with a new online resource center. The site, which provides the most current information, tools, and resources on helping patients kick the habit for good, is designed to help pharmacists develop or improve tobacco-use cessation policies and protocols. ASHP is a proud member of the National Pharmacy Partnership for Tobacco Cessation, a comprehensive national effort to provide pharmacists with the resources to empower smokers to stop their tobacco use.

Renew Your ASHP Membership

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IS YOUR MEMBERSHIP expiring soon? Renew it at to stay up to date on ASHP’s educational offerings and exciting online resources. Being a member of ASHP also ensures access to the collective wisdom of 35,000 other pharmacists through the Society’s meetings and ASHPConnect. Watching your budget? Contact or call 866-279-0681 to pay your ASHP dues automatically each month, fee free!

Let Your Voice Be Heard!

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HAVE AN OPINION? Want to share a practice innovation? Care to see what other members are talking about? Check out ASHPConnect, the Society’s online community that allows members to share opinions, expertise, experiences, and rich media. From blogs and discussion forums to photos and social networking tools, ASHPConnect has something for everyone.

Summer Meeting 2010: Get Ready

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THE SITE OF MORE buried and sunken treasure than any other state, Florida welcomes ASHP to this year’s Summer Meeting.

The meeting, which takes place in Tampa Bay June 6–9, offers its own dual treasures of knowledge and networking. Come take advantage of special sessions such as:

• Leading for Results With NQF 18 Learning Community,

• Quality Standards in Clinical Practice, Regulatory Compliance, and Informatics (series), and

• Hot Topics.

Especially noteworthy are numerous sessions on medication safety. In the Learning Community, pharmacy managers can learn to apply key principles and practices for creating and sustaining a culture of safety.

Digging deeper, attendees can discover how to engage employees in developing a culture of medication safety, apply technologies to facilitate error reports, and institute risk evaluation and mitigation systems.

Finally, attendees should save time to hear award-winning investigative reporter Connie Chung share her perspectives on current events and today’s health care landscape, at the Opening General Session on Monday, June 7, at 10 a.m.

For more information on the Summer Meeting, go to

Health Care Reform and PPMI: Is There a Connection?

Lynnae M. Mahaney, M.B.A., FASHP

AN EPOCH BATTLE surrounding the final passage of health care reform has finally come to an end. Regardless of your political or philosophical leanings, reform is now law and it will affect each and every one of us.

For pharmacists, there are many opportunities contained within this 2,700-page bill, the most sweeping health legislation since the passage of Medicare in 1965. It authorizes the creation of a medication therapy management (MTM) grant program as well as a medical home demonstration program that includes pharmacist-delivered MTM.

It will reduce hospital readmissions and provides medication reconciliation services. It offers grants to create community health teams that will include pharmacists. It establishes a National Healthcare Workforce Commission with pharmacist representation and allows for Food and Drug Administration approval of biosimilars.

There are many other elements in this huge piece of legislation that ASHP’s government affairs team will be analyzing and reporting on in the weeks and months to come. Stay tuned!

At this pivotal time in history, pharmacy needs a real vision for practice. This issue’s cover story focuses on the efforts by ASHP and the ASHP Foundation to lead the charge for the new Pharmacy Practice Model Initiative. Read on page 8 why we are embarking on this national debate about the best practice models for the future. We need your thoughts about pharmacy’s way forward and encourage you to get involved!

As you’ll see on page 12, innovative practice models exist all over the country. At New York University Langone Medical Center, pharmacists are now integrally involved in medical rounding in virtually every area of the hospital. They have  successfully shown administrators how pharmacists’ involvement in medication-use management can reduce errors and improve the bottom line.

Pharmacists also are increasingly involved in advanced clinical activities, such as the team at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia that oversees anticoagulation therapy for surgery patients. Take a look on page 17 to see how these pharmacists work with an interdisciplinary team to reduce incidents of deep vein thrombosis.

This issue of ASHP InterSections is full of stories about pharmacists who are completely dedicated to our profession and to their patients. We hope you enjoy it! Drop me a line at or contact me on the new ASHP Blog and let me know what you think!

Lynnae M. Mahaney, M.B.A., FASHP

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