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AzPA and Advocacy

AzPA is the voice - your voice - of pharmacy in Arizona. 


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AzPA is working on behalf of the profession of pharmacy in Arizona. We would like to share with you the many ways that AzPA helps further the goals of the pharmacy profession in Arizona. We would also like to tell you about some of the things that AzPA is doing to ensure our interests are being heard in the historic health care reform debate.

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AzPA led the initiative on the passage of HB2164 (pharmacists; administration of immunizations in 2009. HB 2164 allows pharmacist to immunize by rules and protocols set forth in the bill adult vaccines on the CDC vaccine schedule and travel vaccines. In addition we recently lead the initiative on the passage of SB 1298 which authorizes student pharmacists to vaccinate, allows pharmacists to vaccinate children 6-17 years and expands the opportunities for Collaborative Practice. We are making a difference in patient care and have proven that we provide vital front line health care services.

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AzPA’s CEO and Legislative Cahir are in regular contact with Arizona Congress and our two state Senators and their key health and legislative advisors in the issues that will significantly affect the profession of pharmacy.

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AzPA works with the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy to improve patient care initiatives and address questions regarding the practice of pharmacy to ensure that the regulations in our practice act empower the pharmacists in Arizona to improve patient care.

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As a member of AzPA, you can participate on the Legislative Committee as bring concerns you may have regarding barriers to patient care as well as receive detailed legislative updates to keep you in the loop on the latest developments.

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AzPA has a contracted lobbyist to ensure full time presence and education about the profession of pharmacy at the legislature and develop relationship with our state legislature, state stakeholders as well as the Governors office.

 

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AzPA successfully brought a lawsuit against the state of Arizona for sweeping $3 million dollars from the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy into the general fund in 2008. This lawsuit in collaboration with 12 other health care professional associations in the state whose 90-10 boards were also swept funding which jeopardized their ability to function. The funds swept were also taken from our license fees, so pharmacists and other health care professionals were also double taxed.

PROFESSIONAL RELATIONS:

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AzPA works closely with several national pharmacy organizations on several issues which affect pharmacy which include the following:

  • APhA (American Pharmacists Association)
  • ASHP (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists)
  • AMCP (Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy)
  • NCPA (National Community Pharmacists Association)
  • NACDS (National Association of Chain Drug Stores)
  • ASCP (American Society of Consultant Pharmacists)
  • NASPA (National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations)
  • IACP (International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists)

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AzPA works closely with several stakeholders in the state to improve patient care which include the following organizations:

  • ArMA – Arizona Medical Association
  • AOMA – Arizona Osteopathic Association
  • APIPS – Arizona Partnership for Implementing Patient Safety
  • AHCCCS – Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System
  • ADHS – Arizona Department of Health Services
  • AzHeC – Arizona Health-e Connection
  • TAPI – Arizona Partnership for Immunizations
  • PMG – Pharmacist Mutual Marketing Group

 PROJECTS, PROGRAMS & INITIATIVES:

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AzPA supports the Alliance for Patient Medication Safety (APMS) which will serve as the premier national patient-centric medication safety evaluation system in the country. The mission of APMS is to foster a culture of quality within the profession of pharmacy that promotes a continuous systems analysis to develop best practices that will reduce medication errors, improve medication use and enhance patient care. Among other services and tools, the APMS PSO provides a continuous quality improvement program called Pharmacy Quality Commitment (PQC), an adverse drug event reporting program for Compounding pharmacies (C-ADER) and an e-prescribing experience reporting portal (PEER Portal). Patients know that pharmacies that contract with APMS aim to be among the safest in the nation.

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AzPA’s non-profit foundation, The Arizona Pharmacy Foundation, is a licensee of the AWARxE prescription drug abuse and misuse consumer awareness program. The Foundation also awards students scholarships to students at both Midwestern College of Pharmacy in Glendale and the University of Arizona in Tucson on an annual basis.  In addition, Pharmacists Assisting Pharmacists (PAPA) is supported by the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy through an agreement with the Arizona Pharmacy Foundation to provide a pharmacists’ recovery program.

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AzPA is a team member of the HRSA Collaborative which is the Patient Safety & Clinical Pharmacy Services Collaborative (PSPC) is a breakthrough effort to improve the quality of health care across America by integrating evidence-based clinical pharmacy services into the care and management of patients with chronic diseases. It is an action learning system to rapidly improve patient outcomes and patient safety. It is a collaboration among 68 teams of HRSA-funded providers and their community-based safety-net partners who serve large numbers of patients with multiple chronic conditions such as diabetes, obesity, and hypertension.

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AzPA’s CEO sits on the Arizona Health-e Connection Board of Directors. Arizona Health-e Connection (AzHeC) is a public-private partnership that improves health and wellness by advancing the secure and private sharing of electronic health information. A statewide non-profit, AzHeC drives the adoption and optimization of health information technology (HIT or health IT) and health information exchange (HIE).

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AzPA is part of the Arizona Partners Against Pertussis (APAP), a statewide coalition of health organizations aims to reduce the incidence of pertussis in the state of Arizona by increasing immunization rates among health care workers.

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AzPA’s CEO sits on the TAPI Steering Committee. The Arizona Partnership for Immunization (TAPI)

TAPI is a non-profit statewide coalition of over 400 members. Through the efforts of TAPI’s partners from both the public and private sectors, immunization coverage rates in Arizona have improved dramatically. TAPI’s mission is to foster a comprehensive, sustained community program for the immunization of Arizonans against vaccine preventable diseases.

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NONE OF THIS WOULD BE POSSIBLE IF PHARMACISTS, STUDENT PHARMACISTS AND TECHNICIANS WERE NOT MEMBERS OF AZPA.

 SO, NOW YOU KNOW…

PLEASE CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE ARIZONA PHARMACY ASSOCIATION

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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