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March 18, 2020

Update on ASHP’s COVID-19 Response and Developments

Dear Colleagues,

Paul W. Abramowitz, Pharm.D., Sc.D. (Hon.), FASHP

I WANTED TO UPDATE YOU on our COVID-19 planning efforts, decisions we have made, various tools and resources we have made available, and advocacy and outreach efforts on your behalf.

Access to ASHP Resources for All

Earlier this week, ASHP opened access to our evidence-based online resources and tools on ashp.org, making them widely available to all pharmacists and healthcare professionals. Tools and resources that are now available include various Member Resource Centers (e.g., Emergency Preparedness, Geriatrics, Inpatient Care), relevant webinars and online programs (e.g., infectious diseases, disaster and mass casualty preparedness, and well-being and resilience), and select AJHP articles. Additionally, public access to AHFS Drug Information® is available for the next 60 days with the username “ahfs@ashp.org” and password “covid-19.”

ASHP Advocacy Efforts

I want to assure you that ASHP is working hard in Washington, D.C., to try to ensure the expertise of pharmacists is fully utilized and that healthcare providers are equipped to safely and effectively respond to the pandemic. We sent a letter to Vice President Mike Pence last week urging the administration to take immediate steps to maximize pharmacist engagement in COVID-19 preparedness and response efforts. We also continue to advance ASHP’s federal and state policymaker recommendations to address shortages of drugs and medical supplies, reimburse pharmacists for patient care services provided to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and provide resources for clinician readiness and resilience.

In addition, we have been working with several of the other national pharmacy professional organizations to develop joint recommendations that reflect our shared views on the optimal and expanded use of pharmacists during this crisis. This includes relaxing some state and federal requirements that currently limit the ability of pharmacists to maximize their contributions during this time of great need. We will share these recommendations when they become available.

Effect of Pandemic on Pharmacy Residents and Students

ASHP and our Accreditation Services team is monitoring and managing, to the extent possible, disruptions to residency training and accreditation activities as a result of COVID-19, and we will be flexible. Our primary goal is to minimize work disruptions while respecting public health guidance and the potentially harmful and disruptive effects of COVID-19 illness on healthcare systems, staff, residents, and patients. We are also concerned about the impact of canceled student experiential rotations on timely graduation, subsequent licensure, and ability to start a residency. We are monitoring this issue closely and will work to provide flexibility to help residents and programs. Updated information is being regularly posted to the Residency Program Director Connect Community.

You are likely aware that some pharmacy student experiential rotations are being canceled either by colleges of pharmacy or hospitals and health systems. We know, however, that many hospitals and health systems are successfully continuing to precept student pharmacists at this time, recognizing that they are valuable patient care providers and integral to their operations and patient care teams. I would like you to know that we are having ongoing discussions with the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, and we will keep you updated in the days to come on this issue.

Updates on ASHP Resources and Events

ASHP’s COVID-19 Resource Center is being updated regularly with new resources and tools from various sources, including ASHP. Our newest addition includes ASHP’s COVID-19 Pandemic Assessment Tool for Hospital and Health-System Pharmacy Departments, which is designed to assist in COVID-19 pandemic planning efforts in departments of pharmacy and to foster pharmacist involvement in preparedness at the institutional and community levels. The tool includes a detailed checklist to help with the development and implementation of preparedness plans.

Finally, with the country working to avoid gatherings and limit travel to slow the spread of the disease, I want to assure you that ASHP is also following suit to ensure the health and safety of our members and staff. We are canceling the face-to-face Regional Delegates Conferences scheduled for the end of April and moving to a virtual format instead. We will continue using the House of Delegates Community on ASHP Connect for member input. Any member is welcome to join that community, and we encourage you to do so. We will provide more information about these efforts in the weeks to come, as well as updates on all of our upcoming member events as we continue to assess them in light of this dynamic, evolving situation.

We have not yet made a decision about our Summer Meetings scheduled for June 6 – 10 in Seattle, but we are prepared to cancel if necessary and will make that decision as soon as we are able. We are actively preparing to offer our educational programming online and hold our House of Delegates virtually should we need to cancel the Summer Meetings.

In closing, please take care of yourself during these unprecedented times, as practicing self-care is a critical part of caring for your patients. Know that ASHP is here to help and stands ready to assist in any way that we can.

Thank you for being a member of ASHP and for everything that you do for your patients and our profession.

Sincerely,

Paul

 

March 28, 2011

Online Member Community Launches

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Ever wish for a place where you could get ideas on how to handle an issue in your practice, share your thoughts on what’s happening in the profession, or network with practitioners from around the country? All of those features and more are available in a new, private, online community, ASHP Connect, which will debut in April.

ASHP Connect combines all the aspects of professional and social media outlets that you’re familiar with into an exclusive ASHP member community. While on the site, you can:

•  Create a personal profile to share your interests—both within and outside of pharmacy

•  Join communities based on your specific interests

• Share information through discussion groups

•  Blog about your perspectives on the profession

•  Find an expert.

Registered users will earn points and digital ribbons for participating. So, get connected today!

October 9, 2009

Quaid’s keynote address at the Midyear is a must-see event…

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Take Charge of Pharmacy’s Future!
ARE YOU PASSIONATE about patient care and pharmacy’s future? Do you know someone who is? Consider nominating yourself or a colleague for a position among ASHP’s elected leadership.
ASHP’s president-elect and board members oversee the society’s initiatives and programs, including professional policies, finances, and strategic planning. The chair of the House of Delegates helps manage the activities of ASHP’s policymaking body. ASHP’s treasurer chairs the Committee on Finance and Audit, oversees ASHP assets and funds, and ensures that expenditures match board priorities.

Nominations for the president-elect, board members, and chair of the House of Delegates must be submitted by, to the ASHP Committee on Nominations, via e-mail (ashpcon@ashp.org), fax (301-634-5768), or by U.S. mail (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Attention: Executive Office, 7272 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland 20814).
Nominations for treasurer must be submitted by December 31, 2009, via e-mail (evp@ashp.org) or by U.S. mail (American Society of Health- System Pharmacists, Attention: Chair, Board of Directors Committee on Nominations, 7272 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland 20814).

New Online Community Debuts

The new ASHP Connect online community features a blog and members-only discussion forum.

ASHP recently launched ASHP Connect. This online community features the society’s new blog and a members-only discussion forum that allows members to meet virtually and share ideas and solutions for common practice challenges. Go online to join lively conversations about issues related to health-system pharmacy, contact other members, take part in polls on a variety of subjects, access a calendar of events, share documents, and subscribe to a news feed to keep track of forum topics. The blog features the insights and experiences of ASHP members and staff on a wide range of issues and gives readers an insider’s view of what’s happening at ASHP headquarters. To see everything that’s offered in this digital community, including links to the society’s Facebook page, go to www.ashp.org/connect.

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