Pharmacists’ Expanding Scope of Practice: Are We Ready?

Join us for the PQA Quality Forum Webinar Series on July 11, 1:00-2:00 pm ET, on the topic: Pharmacists’ Expanding Scope of Practice: Are We Ready?

As pharmacists expand their scope of practice from primarily product dispensing to primarily patient care, there are greater demands — expectations of documented advanced credentials and training, NPI status, readily accessible collaborative practice agreements, and much, much more. Credentials verification for pharmacists will be the new standard, but the infrastructure is still nascent. How will the industry come together to support pharmacists’ expanding scope of practice?

Todd Dankmyer and Jill Corso McNabb of Pharmacy Profiles are the presenters for this webinar with Brad Tice of Aspen RxHealth. Participants will learn about:

  • How other providers manage credentials verification process
  • Marketplace interest, need and requirements for credentials verification for pharmacists
  • New infrastructure for pharmacists’ credentials verification
  • Company case study for verification of pharmacists

Learn more and register.

Pharmacy Profiles Launch Announcement

Washington, DC (June 11, 2019) – Pharmacy Profiles, the trusted and verified repository of the nation’s pharmacist providers, today announces its nationwide launch. A subsidiary of the American Pharmacists Association, Pharmacy Profiles provides a one-stop repository of all of the professional information a pharmacist would need to achieve and maintain full recognition as a health care provider. It will support the nation’s pharmacists in unlocking their full potential as trusted health care providers and members of the health care team.

The Pharmacy Profiles Platform, a sophisticated web application uniquely customized for the pharmacy industry and its diverse stakeholders, tracks a comprehensive array of advanced credentials, certifications, licensure, employment, professional interests and more.

Pharmacy Profiles offers two services:

  • Pharmacist Profile – a free, online tool for pharmacists to maintain all of their professional information in one place.
  • Credentials Verification Service – a subscription data service to meet the needs of pharmacist employers, payors, government, and other organizations who need to validate credentials and professional information about their pharmacists. This service helps these stakeholders identify and verify pharmacists who are qualified to provide a growing array of patient care services.

“Built by pharmacists for pharmacists, Pharmacy Profiles is forming the data infrastructure to meet the industry’s expanding need for up-to-date, verified information about pharmacists,” explained Managing Director Todd Dankmyer. “Our pharmacist-centric perspective means that we are always seeking to support pharmacists as they advance their role in providing patient care services.”

Aspen RxHealth, a healthcare technology and services company that provides an app-based intervention technology that connects pharmacists with patients to deliver clinical services, is leveraging the Pharmacy Profiles platform to support the verification of pharmacists in the Aspen RxHealth network. The company is working with Pharmacy Profiles to further validate that the pharmacists in its network have advanced training and skills.

“Aspen RxHealth’s mission is to enable the most responsive community of pharmacists that will deliver unsurpassed outcomes for patients and their families. Working with Pharmacy Profiles, we are confident that our team of pharmacists have the qualifications they need to provide high quality and impactful care,” said David Medvedeff, CEO, Aspen RxHealth.

About Pharmacy Profiles

Pharmacy Profiles, a subsidiary of the American Pharmacists Association, is a data services company that provides a comprehensive, trusted and verified repository of the nation’s pharmacist providers. Built by pharmacists for pharmacists, the Pharmacy Profiles Platform enables pharmacists to manage their professional information all in one place and serves as a single source for pharmacist employers, health plans, payors, and other industry professionals to validate credentials and professional information about pharmacists. Pharmacy Profiles helps these stakeholders identify and verify pharmacists who are qualified to provide a growing array of patient care services.

For more information or to claim your Pharmacist Profile, visit PharmacyProfiles.com.

Launch Announcement Press Release PDF, June 11, 2019

Visit us at PQA 2019

Pharmacy Profiles will be attending the PQA Annual Meeting in Balitmore on May 15-17. Please join us Friday, May 17 for our Innovation Theater session: Advancing the role of pharmacists in providing quality patient care services. Attend any of our 20-minute sessions: 7:30 am, 7:55 am or 8:20 am. We will also be in the exhibit area, so stop by to learn more about our new services!

Nationwide Launch

Pharmacy Profiles is now available nationwide! The nation’s single source repository for pharmacists’ professional information is available coast to coast! It enables pharmacists to manage their professional information all in one place. It is also a single source for pharmacist employers, payors, and other organizations to verify information about pharmacists so they can determine their qualifications and eligibility to provide patient care services.

 

APhA CEO Tom Menighan made the launch announcement at the APhA Annual Meeting’s opening session in Seattle where he said, “To participate as providers, we need payors to know who they’re paying.” In service of that goal, he announced the launch of Pharmacy Profiles, “a subsidiary of APhA [that] will serve as a trusted and verified repository of the nation’s pharmacist providers.”

 

If you are a pharmacist, please claim your Pharmacist Profile. If you need to document the capabilities of pharmacists, please contact us to learn more about our Credentials Verification Service.

 

As the patient care roles of pharmacists continue to evolve – and state and federal pharmacy practice regulations continue to change – Pharmacy Profiles makes tracking verified pharmacist information easy for everyone.

Advancing the Role of Pharmacists

The idea for Pharmacy Profiles was born of the American Pharmacist Association’s ongoing advocacy to achieve formal health care provider status for the nation’s pharmacists. The long campaign by APhA and others in the pharmacy profession to achieve health provider status finally is beginning to bear fruit in a number of state legislatures, and there is substantial momentum at the federal level as well. But APhA recognized early on that legislative and regulatory victories would only be the beginning. Pharmacists would need to be provided the tools to fulfill their obligations as health care providers in much the same way as physicians and others long have been doing. That recognition was the genesis of Pharmacy Profiles.

 

Our vision is to provide a one-stop repository of all of the professional and relevant personal information a pharmacist would need to achieve and maintain full recognition as a health care provider.  Likewise, we want Pharmacy Profiles to be the resource for those who employ, contract with, or otherwise collaborate with pharmacists as health care providers. A diverse array of industry stakeholders increasingly requires up-to-date, verifiable information about pharmacists – and as health provider status becomes more of a reality, that need will only mushroom.

 

Pharmacy Profiles was created by pharmacists for pharmacists to meet that need.

 

Pharmacists

Our service is free of charge to pharmacists. But it is not without obligations. Our expectation is that you will complete your pharmacist profile on our portal – and that you will do your level best to keep it up-to-date. Other health providers have been fulfilling very much the same obligations for some time now, and payers, employers, and government entities expect them to. Pharmacy Profiles is designed to provide you a leg up on those obligations. Our platform is built for today’s and tomorrow’s pharmacist marketplace.

 

Industry Stakeholders

And we are here to help all industry stakeholders who work with pharmacists. With expanding patient care roles come greater expectations. Expectations of documented advanced credentials and training, completion of state-specific practice protocol requirements, readily accessible collaborative practice agreements, and much, much more. Our goal is to make all of this a bit easier for pharmacists – and also for those with whom they collaborate.

 

We have only just begun. There is much more to come.  Stay tuned.