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 2016 Annual
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Schedule at a Glance

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subject to change

 All meetings and events are open to all attendees unless otherwise indicated


Special Programs

Golf Outing
Special Medical Marijuana Briefing and Education Session
PPCN Patient Care Training
Residency Showcase
Achieving Independence Competition
Exhibit Hall
PPA Business Meeting & General Session
presented by Dr. Levine and Secretary Tennis

Leadership & Awards Dinner

Click here for CE program details


Program Type Keys 

Professional Development


Social Event

Attendee Keys

All Attendees
Pharmacy Technician
CE Credit Available
Pharmacy Students

If no Attendee Key is listed, then attendance is restricted.
See program description for restrictions. 




Thursday, September 22


11:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Golf Outing

Additional fee applies - $150 per person

PPA's Annual Golf Outing will be held at Turtle Creek Golf Course in Limerick, PA. Proceeds benefit PPA's Educational Foundation and PharmPAC.

11:00 AM Registration check-in and Practice

11:30 AM Lunch Buffet
 1:00 PM Shotgun Start

 5:45 PM Announcements and Prize Drawing

Register by completing the Golf Outing Registration Form or by adding the Golf Outing ticket to your conference registration.

Golf Tee Sponsorship Form - Thanks to RDC for coordinating!


Dinner on Thursday will be on your own, but consider stopping by the hotel bar when you return to start connecting with other conference attendees!

Friday, September 23  

9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

CE: Pennsylvania Pharmacists Care Network Patient Care Training

Presented by: Rebecca Miller Wise, MEd, PharmD, CGP & Robert L. Maher, Jr., PharmD, CGP
Open only to CMMC members who have completed the online training. This live training is meant to serve as a follow-up to the online training, and completion of the online training is required to participate in the live training.  CMMC is PPA's entry point gateway to an exciting new learning collaborative focusing on opportunities to provide direct patient care through medication management services.  Learn more about CMMC and access the online training.

The Pennsylvania Pharmacists Care Network (PPCN) has been developed to serve as the structure for pharmacists in Pennsylvania to work together to care for individual medication-related needs in local communities. The focus of the PPCN will be to connect pharmacists, payers and health care practitioners in order to deliver medication management services to patients in the Commonwealth. The goal of the PPCN is to improve patient outcomes, enhance quality, and reduce overall healthcare costs. This live training session is designed to reinforce the concepts covered in the online training modules in an active learning environment through a patient case, documenting and billing encounters, and implementing patient care services in your practice setting.

Click here to register for PPCN Patient Care Training ONLY.


9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Special Medical Marijuana Briefing and Education Session

Additional fee applies, advance registration required.

A detailed overview of the requirements and opportunities to participate in the Commonwealth’s upcoming medical marijuana program. Learn more about this program.

Click here to register for the Medical Marijuana Session ONLY or add the Medical Marijuana Session to your conference registration (free if attending Friday programs!).

9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

CE: Assessing the Revolution of your Heart's Constitution

Presented by: Nicholas Leon, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP & Kristin Watson, PharmD, BCPS (AQ Cardiology)

This session will expound on common clinical situations where having the knowledge and skills necessary to perform elements of the cardiovascular physical exam to enhance patient care and support the perception that pharmacists are healthcare professionals. Using these clinical situations as a backdrop, session faculty will review how to perform and interpret elements of the physical exam and enable participants to engage in hands on practice using standardized student volunteers as it relates to listening to heart sounds and assessing a patient's volume status.

10:00 AM to 2:00 PM Top TIER
Open only to Top TIER members
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

CE: Digital Health 103: Resources for Pharmacists

Presented by: Kyle McCormick, PharmD & Ravi Patel, PharmD

This presentation will discuss updates to the digital health landscape and discuss resources that pharmacists might use in their practice. Resources covered will range from information resources, decision support tools, and professional/practice management apps. Presenters will share available resources and provide advice on critiquing them for accuracy. Participants will be asked to use this advice to analyze presented topics in the context of the role and benefit in their practices. This session will be interactive and participants will be encouraged to bring their smart devices in order to actively participate.

1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Train the Trainer

Invitation only. Email Pat Epple at pepple@papharmacists with interest.

For those who wish to become trainers for Pennsylvania Pharmacists Care Network Patient Training.

2:10 PM to 3:10 PM

CE: Lehigh Valley Pain Management Alliance Experience

Presented by: Howard C. Cook, Jr, RPh, BCNSP, FASHP

This presentation highlights the establishment of a community pharmacy-based pain management service -The Lehigh Valley Pain Management Alliance - a collaborative effort between the pain management practices of the region and the member pharmacies of the alliance. This relationship will assure that bona fide pain management patients will have a pharmacy dedicated to their treatment, that these medical practices will have a partner in the care of their patients, and that illicit distribution of dangerous drugs through mainstream medical channels will be eliminated by enhanced patient selection.

2:15 PM to 3:45 PM Coalition of Pharmacy Schools
Open only to coalition representatives or invitees
2:45 PM to 4:00 PM Comprehensive Medication Management Collaborative (CMMC) Forum
Open to those in the CMMC and those with an interest in joining or learning more about the CMMC

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM Student Programming
Visit the Student page for details
3:20 PM to 4:50 PM Health Policy Committee Meeting
Open to committee members - other conference attendees may observe
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Educational Foundation Board of Directors Meeting
Board members, ambassadors, and guests only
3:50 PM to 4:50 PM Local County Association Forum
For affiliated counties and those interested in possible affiliation
4:00 PM to 4:30 PM

CLIA Waivers and Point-of-Care Testing

Luke Berenbrok and Nicole Pezzino will provide an overview and answer questions on these hot topics.
4:30 PM to 5:30 PM New Practitioner Forum
For residents and new practitioners to share ideas

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM New Practitioner Reception
Open to residents and new practitioners (class of 2006 or newer) and their spouses/guests
Students graduating in 2017 are welcome to attend beginning at 6:30 PM

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM Past Presidents Reception
Open to PPA Past Presidents and their spouses/guests only

7:00 PM to 9:30 PM

Welcome Reception & Dinner in Exhibit Hall

Grab some dinner and a drink, then mix and mingle with pharmacists and visit with exhibitors who provide a wide variety of products and services.

 9:30 PM Social Hour 

Come connect with other attendees at the hotel bar.


 9:30 PM

Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, University of the Sciences Reception

Come mingle with old friends and meet our students!

Open to PCP alumni and students!

Saturday, September 24  
7:15 AM to 10:30 AM

Breakfast Buffet available until 8 AM (sponsored by Datascan)

PPA Business Meeting

The Annual Business meeting will feature the installation of the 2016/2017 Board of Directors, Rite of Roses Ceremony, updates from PPA Leadership, and other important PPA business.

GENERAL SESSION: Pennsylvania’s Prescription Opioid and Heroin Crisis – Developing Partnerships for Solutions!

Presented by: Dr. Rachel Levine, PA Physician General, & Gary Tennis, Secretary of PA's Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs

Dr. Rachel Levine and Secretary Gary Tennis will discuss what Pennsylvania’s Department of Health and the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs are doing to dramatically reduce the prescription drug and heroin overdose and addiction issues in our state.  From Dr. Levine’s Naloxone standing order, to the new PDMP, and discussions around healthcare practitioners being involved in warm handoffs, learn about the vision and passion of reform that these two dedicated state leaders are advocating and how pharmacists and others must be part of this collaboration.

10:40 AM to 11:40 AM

Will not begin until general session concludes

Student Programming
Visit the Student page for details

10:40 AM to 11:40 AM

CE: Spirometry: An Innovative Value-Added Service for Pharmacists

Presented by: Michael J. Cawley, PharmD, RRT, CPFT, FCCM

This program will provide an overview of spirometry including published evidence to support the role of pharmacist performing testing. In addition, the program will also provide valuable information to assist pharmacists in beginning a spirometry service including identifying proper equipment, discussing financial reimbursement, and strategies to work collaboratively with physicians in the community setting in providing this service.

10:40 AM to 11:40 AM

CE: Healthcare Trends and Changes – Creating Connectedness and Leveraging Medication Synchronization to Influence Patient Behavior and Drive Adherence

Presented by: Mindy Smith, RPh, BSPharm

This program will highlight healthcare trends affecting community pharmacy including value-based payments, ACOs and the enhanced MTM initiative. Attendees will explore ways technology and the appointment based model can be leveraged to improve medication adherence to change behavior and drive the relationship the patient has with their pharmacist. In addition, participants will recognize the importance of quality measures and how health plans are now paying community pharmacies for their performance.

10:40 AM to 12:00 PM

PPCN Board of Directors Meeting

Board members and invitees only


11:00 AM to 11:20 AM

Exhibitor Meeting
Open to exhibitors and associate members only


11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Lunch in Exhibit Hall

Munch on lunch and continue where you left at Friday night's Exhibit Hall

1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
PPCN Mentor Collaborative
Open to mentor collaborative members only

1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Panel Discussion & Forum: Community Pharmacy Role in Accountable Care Organizations & Patient Centered Medical Home

Moderated by: Tanya Dougherty, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Ambulatory Care, Department of Pharmacy Medicine & Community Health, University of Pennsylvania. Panelists: Jerry Greskovic, Director of Ambulatory Clinical Pharmacy Programs, Geisinger Health System; Ed Scott, COO, Life Tree Pharmacy; & Nicholas Shaiko, Owner, Sun Ray Drugs

Do you want to learn about exciting pharmacist led and developed patient services? Do you want to become part of a PCMH/ACO? Do you want to discuss your ideas for expanding your patient care services? Meet expert pharmacists representing diverse settings who have developed innovative ambulatory patient care services within a PCMH/ACO model of care in this interactive panel discussion. Pharmacists who represent independent, clinical, and administrative pharmacy will be present to discuss their unique patient-centered pharmacy services. Come to learn, share and network during this exciting session!

1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Panel Discussion & Forum: Transitions of Care & Medication Reconciliation

Moderated by: Judy Kristeller, Professor, Wilkes University, Moses Taylor Hospital. Panelists: Bruce Citsay, MTM Coordinator of Clinical Services, Weis Pharmacy; Rob Maher, Director of Clinical Services, Klingensmiths; Karleen Melody, Assistant Professor, University of the Sciences, Sun Ray Drugs; Shanta Sen, Associate Professor, University of the Sciences, Cooper University Hospital; & Jenna Tempalski, Pharmacist, Sheehans Pharmacy

Please join our panel to discuss challenges and opportunities in providing clinical pharmacy services to patients during care transitions.  The panelists have a broad range of hands-on and administrative experience including community, hospital, and academic settings.   Topics discussed will involve strategies for optimizing pharmacist resources, accessing and storing patient information during care transitions, innovative patient care activities, and strategies for integrating clinical activities into the workflow.  

1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Student Programming
Visit the Student page for details

2:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Residency Showcase
Learn more about residency programs in PA and surrounding areas & prepare for ASHP. Last year's Residency Showcase had over 50 programs represented and more than 150 students in attendance!  All pharmacy students are invited to attend.  Admission is included in the student conference registration packages.  Students who do not plan to attend the conference call still attend the showcase, but there is a fee of $20 for non-members (free for PPA members!).

Click here to register for ONLY the Residency Showcase

2:40 PM to 4:40 PM

Panel Discussion & Forum: The Complexities of Detecting and Treating Substance Use Disorders

Moderated by: George Downs. Panelists: Thomas Hogan, John Gallagher, Jessica Hansford, Dan Ventricelli, Don Daddario

Join a panel of experts for discussion around the growing issue of substance use and abuse. Panelists will discuss and answer questions regarding naloxone, caring for addicted patients, dispensing guidelines, the new Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, outcomes, treatment methods, and more.

3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Achieving Independence Competition (sponsored by Pioneer Rx)

Open to all conference attendees

Support PPA's student pharmacists as they share their entrepreneurial spirit and present their innovative concepts for creating an independent pharmacy!

3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

PPCN Research Collaborative
Open to research collaborative members only

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Leadership Excellence and Advocacy Development (LEAD)
LEAD participants only

4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Independent Owners Forum

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Health System Forum

5:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Achieving Independence Reception
For Achieving Independence teams, advisors, coaches judges, and independent pharmacy owners

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Leadership & Awards Reception

7:00 PM to 9:30 PM

Leadership & Awards Dinner

This formal event (black tie optional) recognizes PPA's incoming and outgoing officers, and several prestigious awards are presented to deserving PPA members.  Learn more about PPA's Awards program.

9:30 PM to 10:00 PM

Photos of Award Recipients & Board Members

Social hour at hotel bar

Sunday, September 25

7:30 AM to 9:30 AM

Breakfast Buffet available until 8:30 AM (sponsored by LifeScan)
Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Year Pharmacy Student?

This fun, informal game will allow the audience to chime in as host Ed Bechtel poses questions that fifth year pharmacy students should be able to answer - but can you?

9:40 AM to 10:40 AM
Student Advisory Board Meeting
Open to all student conference attendees

9:40 AM to 10:40 AM

CE: The Star Spangled Revolution: How Community Pharmacies can Affect their Quality Measures

Presented by: Ashley Firm, PharmD & Lucas A. Berenbrok, PharmD

This program will review the changing standards in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Star Rating System including newly added and newly discontinued measures, display measures for future consideration, and a detailed review of how overall and individual measures are calculated and reported. Although individual pharmacies are not graded by the current system, pharmacies have a large stake in active participation due to bonus payment, reimbursement, and further opportunities for payment for exceptional performance. After approximately 25-30 minutes, the presenters will then utilize a “town hall” format to encourage sharing of successful strategies aimed at increasing the pharmacist’s value to prescription drug plans.

9:40 AM to 11:40 AM

CE: Deprescribing: The New Way to Guide Medication Reviews

Presented by: Jennifer Pruskowski, PharmD, BCPS, CGP, CPE

There are many evidence-based guidelines to initiate drug therapy, but few to discontinue. This unbalanced equation leaves many patients with critical and/or life-limiting illnesses with potentially inappropriate medications, and therefore inappropriate burden and cost. Deprescribing is the systematic process of identifying and discontinuing drugs in instances in which existing or potential harms outweigh existing or potential benefits within the context of a patient’s care goals, current level of functioning, life expectancy, values and preferences. This presentation will explore the process of, barriers to, and current literature base for deprescribing. Lastly, it will introduce one implementation model, and communication techniques to utilize with your patients and respective interdisciplinary team.

9:40 AM to 11:40 AM
PPA Board of Directors Meeting
Board members and invitees only




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