American Pharmacists Month

American Pharmacists Month Planning Guide
Women Pharmacist Day – October 12th 
The inaugural Women Pharmacist Day will be commemorated on Oct. 12, 2018, in conjunction with National Pharmacist Month, to recognize the important contributions women pharmacists make, every day, to delivering quality care to patients.
Women Pharmacist Day was founded by Dr. Suzanne Soliman, a pharmacist who is also founder of PharmacistMomsGroup.com, a not-for-profit organization that offers support, resources and a professional network for pharmacist moms. The group has grown in just one year to over 16,000 pharmacist moms and continues to grow daily. Soliman chose October because it marks National Pharmacist Month; she chose the 12th day of the month to honor the legendary first female pharmacist in the U.S., Elizabeth Gooking Greenleaf, who had 12 children and is an inspiring role model for thousands of women who dream of becoming a pharmacist.
Learn more about #WomenPharmacistDay at PharmacistMomsGroup.com.
Pharmacy Technician Day – October 16th
October 16, 2018 is Pharmacy Technician Day and is an opportunity to recognize the invaluable contributions technicians make in all practice settings throughout the year. Pharmacists: Take a moment this month to acknowledge the work of the technicians at your practice site and thank them for all they do for you and your patients. Pharmacy technicians: Promote American Pharmacists Month with your fellow technicians and pharmacists in your practice setting! For additional information, go to www.ptcb.org.

Immunizations

Do you still need to complete your continuing education requirements for the year?  We have a few weeks before we all get very busy with Part D Open Enrollment, so there’s no better time than now – like right now – to get those CE credits for 2018.
 
Most states that allow pharmacist immunization also require that pharmacists obtain a certain number of continuing education hours that are immunization specific.
 
The following offer free, ACPE accredited, immunization continuing education.

The CDC-  https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/ed/courses.html  (several courses available here)
Pharmacy Times https://www.pharmacytimes.org/on-demand/1086
Power-Pak  https://www.powerpak.com/course/preamble/115747

 
2018 Recommended Immunization Schedule for Children and Adolescents Aged 18 Years or Younger
This 8-page document includes a catch-up schedule and guidance for patients with medical conditions.
2018 Recommended Immunization Schedule for Ages 19 and Over
This 6-page document includes a schedule for patients with medical conditions or other indications and a table with precautions and contraindications.
Toolkits for marketing and education can be found at the following:
Centers for Disease Control 
APhA’s Immunizing Pharmacist
National Public Health Information Coalition
Marketing Yourself as an Immunizing Pharmacist

Partner with a local business or group and consider offering to administer on-site vaccinations.
Signs, signs, signs:  Flu Shots here.  Hey there’s a reason that people still put out signs for yard sales…they work.
Have fact sheets (in English and Spanish) in your waiting area.
More signs.  Hang these throughout your pharmacy in areas likely to illicit a response.  Make them simple and thought-provoking.
Schedule special after-hours flu shot clinics for patients stuck at work during your regular pharmacy hours.
Update your pharmacy voice mail message.

These are just a handful of easy, inexpensive ways to make your flu vaccine program more successful.  And just one more thing.  Is your entire staff immunized?  If they are not, why?  We aren’t suggesting you force your employees to get flu shots, but their beliefs about the vaccine can easily carry over to your patients.  Start the education process with your own staff.      .

Managing Migraines

To coincide with National Migraine and Headache Awareness month in June, check out a Pharmacist’s Guide to Managing Migraines
Some highlights:

25% of US households are affected by migraines.
More than half of migraine sufferers are not diagnosed.
Many migraine sufferers could benefit from preventative medications.
Pharmacists can with medication choices, identifying possible migraine-inducing contraindications and assessing the effectiveness of a patient’s overall therapy.

November is American Diabetes Month

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States; causing blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease, and other health problems if it’s not controlled.
One in 10 Americans have diabetes — that’s more than 30 million people. And another 84 million adults in the United States are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
The good news? People who are at high risk for type 2 diabetes can lower their risk by more than half if they make a few healthy changes.
Raising Awareness 

Partner with other health professionals to host a Diabetes Prevention and Education Party. Such professionals may include physical therapists, podiatrists, registered dietitian nutritionists, certified diabetes educators, optometrists, ophthalmologists, dentists, and dental hygienists.
Reach out to local churches and community groups. Offer to give a presentation at their next event.
Include healthy Thanksgiving recipes in your next newsletter or website along with quick tips on how to prevent type 2 diabetes.
Post tips on type 2 diabetes prevention in your pharmacy.
Lead by example and encourage patients and staff to join you.  Organize before and after hour walks or invite local gyms or trainers to showcase their fitness classes and programs.

Resources to Share With Your Patients

Health Topics

Eat Healthy
Get Active
Take Steps to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
Watch Your Weight
Quit Smoking

Healthy People Topic Area

Diabetes

Personal Health Tools

Adult BMI Calculator
Daily Food and Activity Diary
Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test
Heart Healthy Foods: Shopping list
Losing Weight: Conversation starters
Preventing Type 2 Diabetes: Questions for the doctor
SuperTracker
My Health Advisor

Other Resources

Diabetes
Diabetic Eye Problems

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.
The good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. A mammogram – the screening test for breast cancer – can help find breast cancer early when it’s easier to treat.
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer. Make a difference! Spread the word about mammograms and encourage communities, organizations, families, and individuals to get involved.
Ways You Can Increase Awareness

Display posters about breast cancer screening in your pharmacy.
Distribute materials about breast cancer screening at a local health fair.
Partner with local women’s organizations, community groups, and senior centers to reach women ages 40 and older with important information on breast cancer screening.

Resources to Share With Your Patients
Health Topics

Get Tested for Breast Cancer
Talk with a Doctor if Breast or Ovarian Cancer Runs in Your Family
Get Your Well-Woman Visit Every Year

Healthy People Topic Area

Cancer

Personal Health Tools

Mammograms: Questions for the doctor
Genetic Testing for Breast and Ovarian Cancer: Questions for the doctor
Find a Mammogram Facility
Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool

Other Resources

Women’s Health
Mammograms
Genetic Testing

National Immunization Awareness Month

2018 Recommended Immunization Schedule for Children and Adolescents Aged 18 Years or Younger
This 8-page document includes a catch-up schedule and guidance for patients with medical conditions.
2018 Recommended Immunization Schedule for Ages 19 and Over
This 6-page document includes a schedule for patients with medical conditions or other indications and a table with precautions and contraindications.
Toolkits for marketing and education can be found at the following:
Centers for Disease Control 
APhA’s Immunizing Pharmacist
National Public Health Information Coalition
Marketing Yourself as an Immunizing Pharmacist

Partner with a local business or group and consider offering to administer on-site vaccinations.
Signs, signs, signs:  Flu Shots here.  Hey there’s a reason that people still put out signs for yard sales…they work.
Have fact sheets (in English and Spanish) in your waiting area.
More signs.  Hang these throughout your pharmacy in areas likely to illicit a response.  Make them simple and thought-provoking.
Schedule special after-hours flu shot clinics for patients stuck at work during your regular pharmacy hours.
Update your pharmacy voice mail message.

These are just a handful of easy, inexpensive ways to make your flu vaccine program more successful.  And just one more thing.  Is your entire staff immunized?  If they are not, why?  We aren’t suggesting you force your employees to get flu shots, but their beliefs about the vaccine can easily carry over to your patients.  Start the education process with your own staff.      .

The Word for Summer is Safety

What do you picture when you think of July?  Fireworks, backyard barbecues, trips to the beach or lake or swimming pool?  It’s so much fun that we almost forget about the hazards…until we’re covered in mosquito bites, treating the worst sunburn ever, or find tick on our child.  As the saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  That prevention starts in the pharmacy.

Episodes of Care

KEY DOCUMENTS
OVERVIEW OF EPISODES OF CARE

Introduction to Episodes of Care
TennCare episode of care program description
Road map to future waves of episodes

PROVIDER REPORTS

Sample provider episode of care report
Guide to Reading Your Episode of Care Report

MORE INFORMATION

2016 Episode of Care Thresholds
2017 Episodes of Care Thresholds
2015 Stakeholder Feedback Session Memo
2016 Stakeholder Feedback Session Memo
2016 Memo on ADHD Episode Changes

For questions about the initiative, email payment.reform@tn.gov
– See more at: http://www.tn.gov/hcfa/topic/episodes-of-care#sthash.9DMxo6ND.dpuf

TennCare Updates

TennCare Opioid Updates Effective 1/16/2018
Effective January 16, 2018, TennCare will implement an edit on agents in the Short-Acting and Long-Acting Narcotics classes of the Preferred Drug List (PDL) that will impact all first-time and non-chronic opioid users.
TennCare Opioid Strategy Letter
Magellan Pharmacy Provider Notice
MCO Physician and Provider Notice
For more information regarding the benefit limit change, please visit Magallen’s website.  Magellan is TennCare’s pharmacy benefit manager and its website hosts a Frequently Asked Questions document, a MME Prior Authorization Form and other useful resources for providers. https://tenncare.magellanhealth.com/tenncare_portal/spring/main?execution=e1s1