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. Continue Reading BCOPs: Bridging the Gap in Oncology Patient CareDetails
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. Continue Reading On Comprehensive Medication Management–and Getting the Meds Right.
The Pharmacy profession is at a pivotal time in the development and movement for pharmacist provider status. This essential recognition not only sets the stage for reimbursement for clinical services by pharmacists but also defines the actual roles or responsibilities for Advanced Practice Pharmacists. Continue Reading BPS Board Certification — The Premier Credential for Advanced Practice PharmacistsDetails
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. Continue Reading Recertification of BPS Board Certified PharmacistsDetails
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. Continue Reading The Value of CertificationDetails