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TPA Announces Clinical Pharmacy Pathway Certificate Training Program

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Updated May 28, 2020

The Tennessee Pharmacists Association is excited to announce the release of the Clinical Pharmacy Pathway Certificate Training Program. This two-day, interactive, knowledge-based program is designed to provide pharmacists with the clinical skills and strategies necessary to develop pharmacist-provided patient care services and implement them into practice.

This training program includes tools and resources specifically focused on clinical management of acute and chronic conditions, patient assessment, and practical application in daily practice. The program is divided into four modules. The first three modules address pharmacist-provided clinical management of cardiology, endocrinology, and chronic lung disease, and the fourth module focuses on practice development resources related to collaborative pharmacy practice, point-of-care testing, and medical billing. More information about each module can be found below.

The Clinical Pharmacy Pathway Certificate Training Program is offered by the Tennessee Pharmacists Research and Education Foundation (TPREF) as part of a grant from the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and will be presented virtually on the following dates:

June 13-14, 2020
June 25-26, 2020

Grant recipients will be eligible for up to $3,500 in grant funding to support participation in the education and training program, additional tools and resources, implementation of patient care and services, and collection and documentation of required data and clinical endpoints.

If you have questions about this grant opportunity, please contact Lucy Adkins at lucy@tnpharm.org.

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MODULE DESCRIPTIONS

Module 1 – Endocrinology Overview

The endocrinology learning module will allow participants an opportunity to develop skills to practice within the scope of a collaborative practice agreement involving patients with diabetes.  After completion of the learning module and required assessment, participants will feel comfortable in assessing and managing patients with diabetes, including establishing goals of therapy, development of treatment plans for oral and injectable therapies, and appropriate follow-up.  The active learning sessions will allow a case-based approach to treating patients, along with developing skills in appropriate documentation of patient encounters in a variety of settings.  Upon completion of the learning module, participants will be more confident about how to implement services in their respective practices.

At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

  • Design an evidence-based plan for the management of prediabetes
  • Describe glycemic targets for patients with diabetes
  • Describe the benefits and risks of common pharmacotherapy options in the treatment of type 2 diabetes
  • Create a pharmacotherapy plan for patients with type 2 diabetes
  • Modify the insulin pharmacotherapy plan in patients with type 2 diabetes, based on 2019 ADA algorithm principles
  • Explain cardiovascular and microvascular risk reduction strategies in patients with type 2 diabetes
  • Document the assessment and plan using SOAP note format
  • Discuss community-based resources for patients, such as DPP and DSME/T

Module 2 – Cardiology Overview

The cardiology learning module will allow participants an opportunity to develop skills to practice within the scope of a collaborative practice agreement involving patients with cardiovascular disorders.  After completion of the learning module and required assessment, participants will feel comfortable in assessing and managing patients with hypertension, hyperlipidemia and heart failure, including establishing goals of therapy, development of treatment plans, and appropriate follow-up.  The active learning sessions will allow a case-based approach to treating patients, along with developing skills in appropriate documentation of patient encounters in a variety of settings. Upon completion of the learning module, participants will be more confident about how to implement services in their respective practices.

At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

  • Evaluate a patient case using diagnostic classifications for hypertension, dyslipidemia, and heart failure
  • Assess a patient case for the presence of drug-related causes for each cardiovascular chronic disease state reviewed
  • Outline a successful self-monitored blood pressure service
  • Describe goals of therapy for each cardiovascular chronic disease state reviewed
  • Design an evidence-based treatment plan for the management of hypertension, dyslipidemia, and heart failure

Module 3 – Pulmonary Overview

The pulmonary learning module will allow participants an opportunity to develop skills to practice within the scope of a collaborative practice agreement involving patients with pulmonary disorders.  After completion of the learning module and required assessment, participants will feel comfortable in assessing and managing patients with asthma and COPD, including establishing goals of therapy, development of treatment plans, and appropriate follow-up.  The active learning sessions will allow a case-based approach to treating patients, along with developing skills in appropriate documentation of patient encounters in a variety of settings. Upon completion of the learning module, participants will be more confident about how to implement services in their respective practices.

At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

  • Set goals/expected outcomes of pharmacotherapy for patients with COPD
  • Collect history relevant to pharmacotherapy evaluation
  • Administer validated symptom assessment scores, such as the COPD Assessment Test (CAT)
  • Correctly classify patients with COPD per the 2019 GOLD guidelines
  • Select inhalers based on GOLD classification and other patient-specific information
  • Counsel patients on inhaler technique
  • Distinguish asthma from other chronic respiratory disorders
  • Appropriately classify asthma severity
  • Select appropriate maintenance inhaler regimens given a patient case
  • Create an asthma action plan

Module 4 – Application and Billing

The application and billing learning module explores the different elements pharmacists should be familiar with in order to successfully submit medical claims for pharmacist-provided services. After completion of the learning module and required assessment, participants will be able to properly document a patient encounter so that it will have all key elements required of a patient note. They will also be able to better understand different methods and codes that are currently available to pharmacists, as well as possible future processes that are being discussed regarding billing for services outside of dispensing. The active learning session will allow participants to successfully create a collaborative practice agreement, as well as ensure that all key elements are present in the documentation of the encounter. Upon completion of the module, pharmacists will be more confident in their abilities to successfully set up a collaborative practice in their setting.

At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

  • Develop thorough patient care notes
  • Notate visits using proper documentation that will pass medical audits
  • Discuss various billing codes and when they are appropriate
  • Create a collaborative practice agreement for pharmacist-provided services

ACPETennessee Pharmacists Consortium for Education (TPCE) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This training program will provide sixteen (16) hours of ACPE-accredited continuing education credits to pharmacists who attend the session and complete the activity evaluations that are required to claim credit. UAN: 0575-0000-20-017-L01-P