APhA names 2015-16 president elect
WASHINGTON —The American Pharmacists Association has announced the election of Jean-Venable “Kelly” Goode of Richmond, Va., as 2015-16 APhA president-elect.
Goode succeeds Lawrence “LB” Brown to the office of APhA president on March 7, 2016, at the conclusion of the 2016 APhA Annual Meeting & Exposition in Baltimore.
Also elected to serve a three-year term on APhA’s Board of Trustees, beginning in March 2015, are Dennis K. Helling of Denver, and Linda Garrelts MacLean of Spokane, Wash. Elected as 2015-2016 honorary president was Metta Lou Henderson of Tucson, Ariz. All will be installed at the 162nd APhA Annual Meeting & Exposition in San Diego, March 27 to 30, 2015.
Goode is professor and director of the community pharmacy residency program at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy. Goode has pharmacy practice experience in hospital, long-term care, and ambulatory care settings, and has focused most of her career on developing and implementing innovative patient care services in community pharmacy practice. She worked with Ukrop’s Pharmacy (now Martin’s Pharmacy) for 10 years implementing patient care services. Goode currently practices in a patient-centered medical home in a federally-qualified health care center for the homeless. She is an author and speaker on topics including immunizations, practice-based research, medication therapy management, diabetes, asthma and innovative community pharmacy practice. Goode is a former APhA-APPM president and is a current member of the APhA Board of Trustees
Helling is clinical professor, University of Colorado School of Pharmacy and the former executive director of Pharmacy Operations and Therapeutics, Kaiser Permanente Colorado Region, where he oversaw more than 800 employees at 29 pharmacies and influenced the expansion of pharmacists’ roles and ambulatory clinical pharmacy services. His practice emphasis and research have been focused on documenting the impact pharmacists have on improving patient and economic outcomes. Helling is past president of American College of Clinical Pharmacy, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, and the APhA Foundation board of directors. He has served on the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Argus Commission and represented the profession on the Association of American Medical Colleges Center for Clinical Care Improvement Advisory Committee. Helling is also the VP of the Board of Directors of the Denver Hospice.
MacLean serves as associate dean and clinical professor for the Washington State University College of Pharmacy. She teaches pharmacy management, entrepreneurial pharmacy and practical politics and pharmacy. She has particular interest in new and evolving practice models for community pharmacy and community pharmacy residency programs. MacLean is a past president of the Washington State Pharmacists Association and current member of the Community Pharmacy Foundation Board of Directors. MacLean has provided numerous continuing education sessions on topics such as immunizations, diabetes and community practice and has been involved as coach and mentor for 12 student pharmacist teams for the National Community Pharmacists Association Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition, including two first place teams.
Henderson held numerous roles within her career in pharmacy practice, including: practitioner, educator, academic administrator, researcher, regulator, historian and mentor. During her tenure at Ohio Northern University College of Pharmacy, she served as professor, chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and associate dean for Pharmacy Student Services and as advisor to Mortar Board, Kappa Epsilon Fraternity and Phi Lambda Sigma. She is the author of American Women Pharmacists Contributions to the Profession and served as chair of the conference “The Emerging Majority: Contributions of Women Pharmacists, Past, Present and Future.” Over the years, she has been active in local, state and national pharmacy organizations including Kappa Epsilon Fraternity (president), AACP, APhA, Rho Chi Society, Phi Lambda Sigma (president), American Institute of the History of Pharmacy and the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy.
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HHS: Seniors saved $11.5 billion on meds since 2010
WASHINGTON — New numbers from the Department of Health and Human Services released as Medicare turns 49 are showing it is getting better with age.
Since the Affordable Care Act was signed in 2010, more than 8 million older and disabled Americans with Medicare benefits have saved $11.5 billion on prescription drugs.
“Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, seniors and people with disabilities are saving on needed medications,” HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell said. “By making prescription drugs more affordable, we are improving and promoting the best care for people with Medicare.”
The savings have come partially from provisions in the Affordable Care Act that are meant to minimize the Medicare coverage gap requiring people to pay full price for prescription. Other rebates for prescription drugs have contributed to the savings.
These numbers accompany news that the Medicare Trust Fund will last through 2030, and news that for the second year, Part B premiums will stay the same. This is all happening as growth in spending hovers around 2% annual from 2009-2012.