Nuvera was in attendance for the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) 2017 Meeting & Exposition held in San Francisco, CA from March 24-27, 2017. The meeting attracted over 7,000 attendees representing all pharmacist practice settings and over 150 exhibitors.

APhA’s theme for this year’s meeting was “Making an Impact in Patient Care.” The role that pharmacists play in positively impacting patient care throughout various practice settings is an integral and invaluable component in all patient journeys. This year’s theme resonates with Nuvera’s mission and philosophy of delivering more than just patient support – orchestrating a holistic experience in patient care.

The 4-day event was filled with educational and training sessions, the latest updates and news, networking, and adoption of new policy for the profession by the APhA House of Delegates.

Some of the key topics discussed during this year’s meeting included:

Provider status update

Rep. Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (R-GA), BSPharm, who is the only pharmacist in Congress and serves on the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health, spoke of the pharmacist provider status legislation making its way through Congress. “We’ve been doing this [pharmacists’ patient care services] for years,” he said. “You need to be recognized and compensated for it.” He noted that his office was meeting with the FDA next week about the possibility of a pharmacist-only class of medications.

http://pharmacistsprovidecare.com/

Opioids and the complex problem of addiction

“Inside America’s Opioid Epidemic: Pharmacists on the Frontlines” was the topic of the Opening General Session keynote address by Dr. Elliot J. Kran, MD, and professor of anesthesiology, perioperative, and pain medicine at Stanford University. Dr. Kran shared CDC statistics on addiction and discussed how the country’s pharmacists could potentially play a powerful role in reducing opioid addiction and drug-overdose deaths.

http://www.pharmacist.com/article/apha2017-opioids-and-complex-problem-addiction

Connect with patients and listen to their story

“80% of the time, it’s the patient’s story that determines his or her diagnosis” – 2nd General Session keynote speaker Dr. Leana Wen, MD, author of “When Doctors Don’t Listen”, emergency department doctor, and Baltimore City Health Commissioner, shared her stories that led her to become a patient advocate and how pharmacists are the “public face of health care.”

http://www.pharmacist.com/article/apha2017-connect-patients-and-listen-their-story

House of Delegates adopts policy related to pharmacists expanded roles.

As the profession continues to evolve, more than 300 delegates voted to adopt the policy from the APhA Policy Reference Committee on patient access to pharmacist-prescribed medications, pharmacists’ role within value-based payment models, and pharmacy performance networks.

http://www.pharmacist.com/article/house-delegates-adopts-policy-related-pharmacists-expanded-roles