Exciting News for the Pharmacy Profession in the District of Columbia and Upcoming Events for 2018

August 17th, 2018 will be remembered as a major victory for the District’s pharmacy community and most importantly, the residents in our communities. The final notice of rulemaking for Collaborative Care Expansion Amendment Act of 2012, effective October 22, 2012 was announced via 17 DCMR § 100, which outlines the regulations for collaborative practice between physicians and pharmacists for purposes of initiating, modifying or discontinuing a drug therapy.

This legislative passage comes at a perfect time. As recently as 2016, all wards, except Ward 3, included areas defined as primary care shortage areas and despite having a large percentage of insured residents, over 10% of adults delayed getting medical care due to access issues. For chronic diseases such as Asthma, the ER visit rate in Wards 7 & 8 is over 20 times higher than in Ward 3 and is even higher among Black residents compared to White residents. More of these findings can be found in the District’s Community Health Needs Assessment report but it makes a compelling case for the pharmacy community to mobilize and utilize collaborative practice agreements to improve the care of DC residents.

As the State association, the Washington DC Pharmacy Association (WDCPhA) is extremely grateful for all the support and advocacy demonstrated by an extensive list of WDCPhA members, independent pharmacies, ambulatory care clinics, academic institutions and many others!!

So now you have heard the great news…but where do we go from here??

WDCPhA will be launching a series of webinars dedicated to highlighting the regulations and best practices surrounding Collaborative Practice Agreements. In addition, October was American Pharmacists Month and there were several events that took place in October which highlighted the need for increased advocacy and education. On November 17th, WDCPhA will be collaborating with the Nurse Practitioners Association of DC (NPADC) to host the 1st Joint Educational Symposium!! We will have an amazing line up of speakers as they touch on topics including Collaborative Practice Agreements, Medication Adherence and more!!!

Events

Dates

Pharmacy Day at the John A Wilson Building
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004

Wednesday, October 23, 2018

9AM – 2PM

2018 Washington DC Pharmacy Association Annual Meeting and Awards Program

Saturday, October 20, 2018

8AM – 7:30PM
This event will offer 3.5 CE Hours

Medication Therapy Management (MTM) Training

Sunday, October 28, 2018
This event will offer 20 CE Hours*

1st Joint WDCPhA and Nurse Practitioner Association of DC Conference (NPADC)

“Safe and Effective Prescribing: Pharmacist and Nurse Practitioners Collaborating to Improve Patient Outcomes in the District of Columbia”

Saturday, November 17, 2018
8AM – 2PM
This event will offer 5 CE Hours

*More details to follow

We encourage you to visit us at www.wdcpha.com for more information or email us at wdcpha@gmail.com with any comments/questions.

Yours Truly,
Andrew Gentles, PharmD, BCPS AQ-ID
President, WDCPhA

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