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From the President
B.S. Pharm, BCPS
Leslie Kenney, B.S. Pharm, BCPS
Wow, what an eventful fall 2017! Our Fall Meeting was quite successful on many fronts. The programming was relevant and diverse; there was a good amount of time for networking with peers and our industry colleagues. Our new Board of Directors was installed, and the 2018 budget was approved. As well, many students participated in the meeting sessions and the ever-popular residency showcase. Perhaps of greater consequence, 201 KAR 2:380 – Board Authorized Protocols – was approved. This significant piece of legislative regulation will allow pharmacists, in collaboration with a physician, to provide Board-approved protocol-driven care, including dispensing medications under that physician’s name. In most hospitals, this type of protocol-driven care by pharmacists is routine. For many community-based pharmacists, this regulation opens doors of opportunities. For all pharmacists, 201 KAR 2:380 represents a major step of progress toward recognizing the skill and value of pharmacists toward narrowing the “access to care” gap. More details will follow to outline implementation plans, including collaboration and education efforts.
After the KSHP Fall meeting, I read an attendee’s evaluation that mentioned “lack of programming and exhibits related to outpatient practice”. At times, I am confounded by the division in our profession that aligns our practitioners as either
“inpatient” vs. “outpatient”. To me, the division isn’t necessarily so clear cut. And, for KSHP members, most of our hospital practitioners are quickly becoming invested in the community/ambulatory aspects of practice as we are integrated into health systems. When I think about my internal professional advocacy voice, I never say words like inpatient pharmacist. I tend to think more about the way I interact with patients and colleagues than the place where that interaction occurs.
I tend to think of myself as a pharmacist who prioritizes my patients and holds myself responsible and accountable for their medication-related care. My hope for KSHP members is that we identify as health-system practitioners with invested interests in both acute care and ambulatory care and owners of the medication use process across all patient care environments.
That being said, I do appreciate the sentiment of that attendee’s constructive feedback. Coincidentally, KSHP leadership is already brainstorming ideas to promote the Board Authorized Protocols regulation. We are excited to have an important occasion to highlight education more aligned to ambulatory practice, but still quite significant to all pharmacists in Kentucky. More than ever, all pharmacists need to engage in the national momentum toward obtaining provider status for pharmacists. The Board Authorized Protocol regulation is forward progress toward provider status, and it provides another bridge of practice commonality within our