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  Bryan Liptak, Pharm.D.  PGY-1 Resident;   Timothy Ekola, Pharm.D., MBA Director of Pharmacy  Sparrow Health System / Comprehensive Pharmacy Services   On Jan. 4, 2019, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) Board of Pharmacy updated their controlled substance rules. One important rule change to take note of is that opioid and ...

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Derek VanderHorst, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCIDP Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - Adult Infectious Diseases Spectrum Health   On Jan. 1, 2017, The Joint Commission's standards on antimicrobial stewardship for inpatient acute care settings went into effect. Since that time, many institutions have implemented and/or expanded their antimicrobial stewardship efforts. No matter if your antimicrobial ste...

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Nadia Haque, Pharm.D., MHSA, BCPS, FASHP Director, Precision Medicine Program Henry Ford Health System The increasing role of healthcare analytics has immense opportunity and potential for the pharmacy world in ways that are growing "bigger" than ever before. The new era of big data, combined with healthcare analytics, can help organizations optimize medication use, improve safety a...

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Curtis Smith, Pharm.D., BCPS, FCCP In 2018 the 115th Congress failed to pass the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act, the cornerstone of the federal pharmacist as provider movement. For many years the pharmacy profession, including MPA and MSHP, have promoted this legislation as a vitally important step in ensuring that pharmacists are paid directly for their clinical s...

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Stacy Brousseau, Pharm.D., BCPS, WMSHP president, emergency medicine clinical pharmacist, Bronson Methodist Hospital, Western Regional Society representative   The Western Michigan Society of Health-System Pharmacists (WMSHP) had exceptional continuing education offerings in 2018, with speakers who provided the membership with relevant, up-to-date information on an abundance of topics. WMSH...

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