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By Dana Staat, Pharm.D., clinical pharmacy specialist, Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids and MSHP president

At the conclusion of every year, I am consistently surprised at how time seemed to race by. I feel this way, even more so, this year. When starting out the Michigan Society of Heath-System Pharmacists (MSHP) presidency year, it is easy to get overwhelmed by the Board meeting calendar, the charges that need to be written for each committee and the feeling of responsibility for this great organization’s success. In the blink of an eye, the committees have met, the meetings have all occurred, the charges are complete and the year is now over. Now it is time to reflect on the year that was. 

Notable Accomplishments

Revision of the MSHP Mission Statement and Goals: Due to outdated terminology within the MSHP mission statement and goals, the MSHP Board of Directors decided it was time for the mission statement to be revised. After much research, the Organizational Affairs Committee suggested that the MSHP goals be removed from the bylaws, revised, and placed into the MSHP Chapter Manual. Society goals often require frequent updating, so by removing the goals from the bylaws and placing them in the Chapter Manual, there would be fewer barriers to future updates. Subsequently, the Committee recommended that the revision of the MSHP goals be addressed as a future committee charge. At the MSHP Annual Meeting in October, a new mission statement was approved by the MSHP membership. The new mission statement reads: 

MSHP’s mission is to provide leadership, support, and a collective voice for its members as they practice and advance the pharmacy profession to achieve desired health outcomes through optimal medication use.

Approval of the MSHP Vision Statement: Prior to 2017, MSHP did not have a vision statement. The Organizational Affairs Committee worked throughout 2016 to craft a vision statement. That vision statement was approved in January 2017 by the MSHP Board of Directors. The MSHP vision statement will now be placed into the MSHP Chapter Manual. As you can see, the vision statement complements the revised MSHP mission statement. The MSHP vision statement reads:

MSHP’s vision is that all people in Michigan have pharmacy care providers to ensure optimal, safe and effective medication use.

Ambulatory Care Workshop: The Ambulatory Care Committee organized an excellent Ambulatory Care Workshop that occurred Sept. 14, 2017. The workshop focused on facilitating completion of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Ambulatory Care Self-Assessment tool within the state of Michigan. There were also a number of speakers who concentrated on sharing information about the ambulatory care services they provide. The 2017 workshop prompted a follow-up workshop that will occur in 2018 supported by a Practice Advancement Initiative (PAI) State Affiliate Workshop Grant provided by ASHP, where MSHP can utilize information obtained from the Ambulatory Care Self-Assessment tool.

Work in Progress

The 2017 MSHP theme was “Geared up for Provider Status.” Many of the charges that were developed for the MSHP committees focused on how we can prepare pharmacists for the day where we are listed as providers within section 1861(s)(2) of the Social Security Act. We had hoped that 2017 would bring a vote and approval by the federal legislature of H.R. 592 and S. 109 also known as The Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act. Unfortunately, the bills have not been approved yet. However, there has been continual action and bipartisan support of these bills throughout the year. As of December 2017, 14 additional legislators have even cosponsored the bills. I look forward to 2018 and the opportunities that these bills may provide pharmacists as we work toward goals of increasing access and improving quality for Medicare beneficiaries through pharmacist-provided care services.

The Future

As I have often quoted J.R.R. Tolkien this year, “The greatest adventure is what lies ahead.” I truly believe that our profession is on the cusp of significant changes. I am honored to have served as the 2017 MSHP president. Here’s to the adventures we will encounter together in 2018. 

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