Healthy Living Through Environment, Policy and Improved Clinical Care (EPICC) Program

Pharmacists

DASPA Training for Utah Pharmacists (April 28th and 29th)

We are working with the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) to sponsor a Diabetes Accreditation Standards-Practical Applications (DASPA) training for Utah pharmacists. The DASPA program is designed to expand patient access to diabetes management while offering community pharmacies a path to reimbursement for provision of this service. The training will be hosted in Salt Lake City, Utah on April 28th and 29th and registration will be open until Wednesday, March 11th.

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The program includes both online and in-person training components. At the end participants will be able to be accredited to provide diabetes self-management education (DSME) through the American Association of Diabetes Educators. The program typically costs $1,130 to complete, but we will cover the registration costs for the first 25 Utah pharmacists who sign-up. If more than 25 pharmacists register we will give preference to pharmacists practicing in geographic areas that do not currently have access to DSME.

The program includes both online and in-person training components. The online portion will need to be completed before April 28th. At the end of both training components participants will receive 15 hours of continuing education for diabetes education and 9.75 ACPE continuing pharmacy education contact hours.

Participants will also be prepared to be accredited to provide diabetes self-management education (DSME) through the American Association of Diabetes Educators. The program typically costs $1,130 to complete, but UDOH will cover the registration costs for the first 25 Utah pharmacists who sign-up. If more than 25 pharmacists register UDOH will give preference to pharmacists practicing in geographic areas that do not currently have access to DSME.

Registration will be open from now until Wednesday, March 11th. Please check your calendars and make sure you will likely be able to attend the full training and complete the online portion (approximately 9 hours). You will receive an email on March 13th with confirmation and sponsorship information as well as the login to complete the online portion of the training. If you do not receive a sponsorship you will have the option pay yourself or you can choose not to attend.

Pharmacist's Role in Healthcare

Pharmacists are some of the most accessible healthcare professionals. When it comes to helping patients manage chronic diseases pharmacists have an important part to play. They are the medication experts. Pharmacists

  • Help patients find the right medication, or combination of medications, for them
  • Support medication adherence
  • Identify negative medication interactions or adherence issues and communicate this information to the healthcare team
  • Work with patients to understand their disease and the importance of taking their medications.

You can read more about the evidence behind expanding the role pharmacists play in our Fact Sheet (PDF).

Pharmacy Environmental Scan: EPICC staff interviewed seventeen pharmacist and health plan representatives  In addition we sent a survey to all licensed Utah pharmacists. You can read the full report here: UDOH Environmental Scan of Clinical Pharmacy Report (PDF).

Pharmacy – to – Treat Program: EPICC is working with multiple health systems to expand the role that pharmacists play on health care teams and build sustainable referral systems between pharmacies and evidence based chronic disease self-management workshops (Living Well with Diabetes Self-Management Program and Living Well with Chronic Conditions Self-Management Program). Current and past partners include:

  • SelectHealth – Referring patients with uncontrolled hypertension to a pharmacist. The pharmacist is able to order labs and make medication adjustments based on an agreed upon protocol. They follow up with the patient every two to four weeks until they achieve their blood pressure goal. You can find an evaluation of the initial pilot here.
  • University of Utah – Using an Electronic Medical Record and reporting system to identify a population of patients who would likely benefit from pharmacist care and proactively recruiting them to participate, establishing a shared medical appointment for patients with diabetes and hypertension, and developing an Electronic Medical Record dashboard to support pharmacist and physician collaboration
  • Utah Navajo Health System – Referring patients with diabetes to pharmacist care, providing education and support for taking medications as recommended, and developing a referral system for evidence based chronic disease self-management classes.