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PHARMACISTS GET A SEAT AT THE (OWS) TABLE
GeriMed recently joined with American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) to magnify the paramount role of independent pharmacists within OperationWarpSpeed (OWS). ASCP was asked by the White House’s COVID-19 Task Force for names of pharmacists that could represent LTC pharmacy on OWS’s implementation committee. Through its selected representative— ASCP member T.J. Griffin, Senior Vice President of Operations at PharMerica—ASCP has been able to push the merits of using the existing contractual relationships between LTC pharmacies and SN and AL facilities to manage the delivery of the vaccines. The administration has indicated through the more recent weekly calls to be in favor of using the LTC pharmacies to acquire, deliver, coordinate administration and report the vaccine and information. Clearly, this is a priority and opportunity for both ASCP members and LTC pharmacies nationwide.
GeriMed and ASCP invite members servicing both SNF and ALF to partake in the weekly Friday calls aimed at ensuring our sector is prepared to operationalize a vaccine into skilled and assisted living facilities by providing feedback based on insight from the Warp Speed committee, as well as being apprised on ASCP’s correspondence with the administration. To join the calls, please contact your GeriMed representative, or email ASCP’s chief executive Chad Worz at email@example.com with your contact information and the number of SNF and ALF (buildings) your pharmacy services to receive an invite to the meeting.
This is a very important opportunity for LTC pharmacies and pharmacists as solutions for this difficult crisis. GeriMed and ASCP want to involve as many LTC pharmacies into the process to ensure its success, and to further drive the recognition independents deserve as leading healthcare providers.
GeriMed team will be attending/exhibiting at the conferences/events listed below. Come by our booth to say ‘hello’ and to learn about our latest developments.
(There are no other 2020 events to list here at this time. We look forward to hopefully getting back ON THE MOVE in the conference circuit once again in 2021.)