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RBC 2017 brings CE offerings focusing on clinical services, business and legislative changes

By David Salazar - 05/23/2017

From clinical services and business and front-end management to legislative updates, Cardinal Health’s RBC 2017 slate of continuing education courses is looking to cover some of the biggest topics in independent pharmacy. Cardinal Health has partnered with Ohio Northern University to bring full-day courses to San Antonio on such services as medication therapy management and immunization, updates on provider status legislation, new drug launches and various topics in between.

The CE offerings kick off on July 26 at Cardinal Health RBC with multiple full-day sessions from the American Pharmacists Association. Three discrete courses will cover medication therapy management services, pharmacy-based immunization delivery and pharmacy-based travel health services. Each of these CE sessions lasts from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and require pre-registration and an additional fee. Also, in the vein of clinical services, there will be a four-hour course on using point-of-care testing in community pharmacy on July 28, as well as four four-hour Basic Life Support Certification courses — one on each day of RBC 2017. And those not in an all-day course on July 26 will be able to learn about 340 B at “340B in 2017: Opportunity amidst uncertainty.”

RBC 2017 also will feature offerings for pharmacy owners who already have implemented such clinical services as MTM and travel services. On July 27, attendees can attend “The ‘heart’ of medication therapy management: Application of cardiology therapeutics in MTM,” and on July 28 there will be a session that offers information about foot care in patients with diabetes, as well as a session offering strategies for implementing a successful MTM business model.

As independent pharmacies expand their clinical services, they’ll notice developments in the recognition received for offering them. To keep attendees apprised of pharmacy-related legislation, RBC 2017 will feature “An update on national pharmacist provider status and health care reform,” and a session aimed at owners who have expanded into long-term care, “LTC pharmacy regulatory and legislative update 2017.” There also will be sessions that offer an “Update on federal pharmacy law 2017” and a “Compounding pharmacy legal and regulatory update” on July 29.

Attendees can participate in a host of courses around existing reimbursement methods, with CE sessions covering medication adherence, compliance with Medicare DME requirements, and two sessions on July 28, “Payer insights and the role of pharmacy partnerships to impact Medicare Star ratings” for pharmacists looking to find new partners in their efforts to drive adherence.

The centerpiece of RBC 2017’s business management offerings comes early in the conference with the full-day session, “It’s all about cash flow: Short-term and long-term considerations increasing profits and cash flow to drive increased pharmacy valuation,” led by Steve LeFever. LeFever is the founder of Profit Masters, which assist business owners in mastering the financial management aspect of their business, and he makes his presentations engaging and funny. But the business management offerings also include sessions offering tips on improving patient loyalty and relationships, as well as some with information on building a pharmacy team and using a pharmacy’s back office to drive growth and improve patient care.

And if attendees are looking for ways to grow their clinical services beyond the CE sessions, the National Community Pharmacy Association will be offering its Pharmacy Bootcamp on the afternoon of July 29,  “Expanding opportunities for community pharmacy; re-engineering for enhanced services.”

The full list of courses for RBC 2017 can be found here. Some require pre-registration.


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