The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists held its 47th Annual meeting November 4-6 in Dallas, Texas. This year’s theme was “Empowering Seniors to Live Independently,” and Guardian Pharmacy Atlanta was represented at this important meeting.
The landscape for long-term care is changing; Industry drivers are different. Consumers are demanding more say in their healthcare. Payers are seeking value over volume. The largest generation in our country’s history, the Baby Boomers, are now our patients. With the election now over, there will be more changes coming in 2017. The one constant is that long-term care pharmacists have years of medication management experience, and are the experts in improving outcomes for our patients’ lives, no matter where they reside.
The focus of this ASCP meeting was to educate long-term care pharmacists about all the changes in our industry, and to equip them with the tools to adapt our practices to meet these challenges. Sessions covered a variety of topics, including nation-wide long-term care initiatives such as antimicrobial stewardship, CMS pushing for more appropriate prescribing, and pharmacists seeking to obtain provider status.
The coming year is going to be one of continual change, and long-term care pharmacists must work together to ensure we are recognized for the clinical services we deliver, and measure the positive differences that we make.
The pharmacists at Guardian Pharmacy Atlanta are here to answer any questions you have, and are experts in this ever changing industry. Together, we have more than 30 years of long-term care experience. We can help provide top quality care to your residents in any setting. Please call us to learn more about our services at 770-635-3301.