Happy 40th Anniversary Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS)!

For over half of BPS’ four decade history, it has truly been an amazing experience to have the opportunity to be a part of the exponential growth of the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) and witness the increasing value of BPS Board Certification along the health care continuum from a patient’s to a provider’s perspective. During my tenure with BPS, I have worked in numerous positons, including Registrar, Website Coordinator, Certification Administrator, Associate Director and Director of Certification.

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The Value of Dual Certification

Driving through Southern Idaho this summer on the way to a mountain lake vacation, I noticed something unusual in several of the sugar beet fields. A roof, completely intact, collapsed onto the ground, around the remains of a log cabin. Perhaps a hastily built home trying to avoid the endless snow and wind across the sagebrush desert? It definitely reminds us of the need to build a solid foundation, because without that, a roof on the ground doesn’t provide much shelter.

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BCOPs: Bridging the Gap in Oncology Patient Care

Because of the aging population and the rising incidence of cancer it is expected that in the next 5-10 years, there will be a shortage of oncology physicians in the US. In 2007 the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) reported that by 2020, the increased demand for oncology services would exceed the increased supply of oncology physicians by about 34%. In a 2014 update, ASCO confirmed the earlier information, predicting a shortfall in the number of oncology providers to keep up with the increasing demand for oncology services. They estimated that by 2025 there will be a 40% increase in the need for oncology services with only a 25% increase in the number of oncology physicians.

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On Comprehensive Medication Management–and Getting the Meds Right.

In May, health care industry insiders and outsiders alike were stunned. A report announced medical errors are the third leading cause of death.
Me? I’m not stunned. Forgive me, but this is not news. We’re coming up on 17 years since the release of To Err is Human, the Institute of Medicine’s damning report on patient safety, and we still see similar headlines every few years. The fault lies with our uncoordinated system of care, with medications being the least coordinated of all.

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Recertification of BPS Board Certified Pharmacists

A board certified pharmacist’s commitment to career-long learning and continuing competence is an important differentiator of a certification program compared to a pharmacy degree, a pharmacy residency program, or a practice-based continuing education certificate of completion. The knowledge and skills required of a pharmacist specialist evolves as treatment guidelines change and new medications are available to patients.

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The Value of Certification

The Value of Certification

As I write this month’s blog I am attending a national convening organized by the American Board of Nursing Specialties designed to discuss the value of certification. I am very pleased that the Board of Pharmacy Specialties is one of 26 different organizations from nursing, medicine, occupational therapy and various testing vendors supporting this multi- day meeting.

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