Pharmacy is changing, and it's no time to watch from the sidelines | NCPA Executive Update | April 19, 2019

NCPA April 19, 2019

Dear Colleague,

Doug Hoey

The crowd at Augusta National went wild when Tiger Woods sank the winning putt at the Masters on Sunday. Moments before, you could have heard a pin drop on the 18th green, but when Tiger won, the spectators, as well as his competitors, were there to congratulate him. Not to mention millions watching the tournament on TV all over the world.

The professional golfers moved to the Carolinas (Hilton Head, S.C.) this week. And to much less fanfare, so did CPESN® USA, which converged on the Charlotte area this week for its mid-year meeting.

Unlike the Masters, CPESN participation is not a spectator sport. For the CPESN movement to build on its success to date, it will take every participating pharmacy to be actively in the game, not cheering on the sidelines. Nothing worth doing is easy. We've had enough early success, gotten enough positive reaction from pharmacies and payers to know we are on the right track to a new payment model that represents the value community pharmacies can deliver to patients.

If you're a participating CPESN pharmacy, good for you. You're on a winning track. Here are a few things you can do to continue on that track:

  • Take the time to read the regular email communication from CPESN USA.

  • Include your pharmacy team members so they can help execute and document on contracts from your local CPESN network.

  • Make sure your pharmacy profile is complete on the CPESN collaboration site.

  • Make sure you have a system capable of documenting and transmitting your patient care plans.

  • Start documenting your care plan with some patients. Those on higher doses of opioids are one good place to start.

  • Be in touch with your local network luminaries, know what help they need, and do what you can.

  • Talk to other pharmacies about joining your CPESN network.

  • Identify potential payer partners for your local network.

If you are not yet a participating CPESN pharmacy, I encourage you to talk to your peers who are involved and decide if you are willing to invest your time and effort in this initiative to establish a new payment model. If you're ready to start being paid for what you do for patients, join the CPESN network today.

NCPA is proud to have helped get CPESN USA off the ground and establish the framework for success, and we will continue to do our part. CPESN networks are your networks. Success depends upon pharmacies getting out from behind the spectator ropes and into the game.


Doug Hoey