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Click here for CE information - surveys and slides will be available January 20, 2020.




Friday, January 24

8:30 AM - Continental Breakfast available for Friday attendees


9:00 AM to 5:00 PM    

Substance Use and Disorder Training Part 2

Have you ever wondered how to engage your patients, family members, or friends in a difficult conversation regarding their substance use?  Do you know how to refer individuals to treatment through motivational interviewing and warm handoffs?  This program will provide you with the tools to effectively engage in SBIRT (screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment).  Certification will be important in seeking reimbursement for SBIRT engagement.

Attendees must complete Part 1 of training prior to registering for Part 2 - Click here for more information!



9:00 AM to 12:00 PM  (8:30 AM Registration)

CE: Delivering Enhanced Patient Care Training - Part 2 - Advanced Level

Brandon Antinopoulos, PharmD, Trainer

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 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.  This session is open only to pharmacists who have enrolled in the Comprehensive Medication Managment Collaborative (CMMC) and completed the required online training program.


For more information on the training, click here.


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER for this training only !!!   If attending the conference you can add this option  into your conference registration. 



9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Flip the Pharmacy Assessment Program


Click here for more information on the FTP Track


10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Flip the Pharmacy Payer Advisory Board Meeting (by invitation only)


11:30 AM - 1:15 PM

Lunch Buffet

Ticket required - come and go as your schedule permits!


1:15 PM - 5:15 PM

Training Outpatient Pharmacists Techniques In Evidence Based Research (TOP TIER)

Open only to TOP TIER members.




1:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Flip the Pharmacy Document Boot Camp

Sponsored by: Omnisys, PioneerRx, Prescribe Wellness and QS/1


If you didn’t document it, it didn’t happen- right?  Join this hand-on documentation boot camp to discuss the importance of documenting your impact on patient care and learn what happens with the data you document in an eCare plan.  Connect with colleagues who are effectively and efficiently documenting their patient care encounters and collaborate with your eCare plan vendor to get a better understanding of how this can be implemented in YOUR pharmacy.  By the end of the session, you will have created a plan to improve upon patient care documentation and will walk away with strategies to ensure success. 


Tentative Agenda 

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.   What’s an eCare plan, best practices 

2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.     eCare plan vendor demos  

Confirmed Vendor sponsors include: Omnisys, PioneerRx, Prescribe Wellness, and QS/1

4 – 4:30 p.m.      Conclusion and creation of plan


4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m

PPCN and FTP Mix and Mingle Reception*  (*By invitation only to PPCN/FTP pharmacies/pharmacists)


1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

PPA Education Foundation Board Orientation

Open to new Foundation Board members


1:40 PM to 2:40 PM

CE: Giving High Quality Feedback to our Learners using the ARCH Method.

Presented by: Patricia (Trish) Klatt, PharmD, Director Pharmacy Residency Program; Director Advanced Pharmacist Practice, UPMC St. Margaret and

Rachael M. Cardinal, PharmD, BCPS

PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Resident

Faculty Development Fellow

UPMC St. Margaret


2:40 PM to 4:00 PM

PPA Educational Foundation Board of Directors Meeting

Open to Foundation Board members, Ambassadors, and invited guests.


2:45 PM to 3:45 PM

Health Policy Committee Meeting

Open to Health Policy Committee members. Other PPA members and attendees may attend and observe.


2:50 PM to 3:50 PM

CE: Understanding the Updated Beers Criteria: Preventing Inappropriate Prescribing in the Elderly

Presented by: Lindsey Meston, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Genesis Medical Associates


3:50 PM to 4:30 PM

Local County Association Forum

Members of PPA's affiliated county associations (Allegheny, BucksMont, Lancaster and Lehigh Valley) meet and share ideas.  Also open to those interested in a possible affiliation.


4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

CE: Smoking out the Real Truth: Vaping Exposed

Presented by: Jamie L. McConaha, PharmD, NCTTP, BCACP, CDE; Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Duquesne University School of Pharmacy

Assisted by: Julia Fadul, PharmD Candidate 2021


5:00 PM to 5:45 PM

New Practitioner Forum

Open to all new practitioners who graduated after 2012.

Connect and share ideas with new practitioners and residents.



5:00 PM to 6:00 PM 

Independent Owners Forum


6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Welcome Reception (ticket required, included in certain packages)

Mingle with old friends and make new ones! Grab a bite to eat before students face off in competition. Show your spirit by wearing your Alma mater gear!


8:00 PM to 9:30 PM CE: Patient Self-Care and Pharmacy 2020 - Introductory Level

 Hosted byJohn DeJames

The conference kick-off celebration will lead into the always popular “Jeopardy-Like” question and answer informational session. This program will help you to identify the correct treatments for patient self-care, explain aspects of the effective and safe practice of pharmacy self-care treatments, and relay that information to your patients. Come represent and cheer on your pharmacy school! The traveling championship plaque will be presented to the winning team’s school. Pharmacists will be able to earn CE credit for this session. This is an event you do not want to miss!!! Last year, Temple walked away as the winner! Come join us to find out who the 2020 winning team will be!




Saturday, January 25 **Be sure to wear your PPA Shirt!!


8:00 AM to 9:30 AM 

Breakfast Buffet (Ticket required, included in certain packages)

Hear messages from Mid-Year Conference Sponsors, get updates on what's happening with PPA.



9:40 AM to 10:40 AM

CE: Understanding eCare Plan Coding and Function: Connecting the Dots

Presented by: Sophia M. Cothrel, PharmD, Community Practice Development Fellow, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy

and Ravi Patel, PharmD, Lead Innovation Advisor, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy


10:50 AM to 11:50 AM

CE: Gatekeeper vs. Caregiver: Pennsylvania Community Pharmacist Behavioral Intentions to Dispense Opioid Use Disorder Pharmacotherapy.

Presented by: Daniel Ventricelli, PharmD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at Unviersity of the Sciences

Assisted by: Kayla Askey, Doctor of Pharmacy Candidate 2020, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at University of the Sciences


****PC2 Track****

9:40 AM to 12:15 PM and 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Click here for more information



9:40 AM to 12:40 PM 

CE: Connect, Collaborate and Create Your DSME Accreditation - Advanced Level

Suzanne Higginbotham, PharmD, BCACP, CTTS, Director Duquesne University Pharmacy, Duquesne University

Nicole Pezzino, PharmD, BCACP, CDE, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Wilkes University 

This three-hour session will provide participants with essential knowledge and skills required to accredit a Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) program through the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) system. The session will focus on the fundamental standards needed when applying for accreditation.  During the session participants will engage in discussion-based active learning experiences and exercises where they will engage in applying knowledge and skills to create a framework for a DSME program that can be utilized in their own pharmacy.

Prerequisite: Attendees should have attended or participated in the 5-part webinar series available on the DSME section of the PPA website.


1:40 PM to 3:10 PM

DSMES (All are welcome!)

CE: Connect, Collaborate and Create Your Individual and Group Facilitated Diabetes Sessions

Suzanne Higginbotham, PharmD, BCACP, CTTS, Director Duquesne University Pharmacy, Duquesne University

Nicole Pezzino, PharmD, BCACP, CDE, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Wilkes University


3:20 PM to 4:50 PM

DSMES (All are welcome!)

CE: Connect, Collaborate and Create Your DSMES Accreditation Materials with S.M.A.R.T. GOALS, Documentation, and Quality Improvement

Suzanne Higginbotham, PharmD, BCACP, CTTS, Director Duquesne University Pharmacy, Duquesne University

Nicole Pezzino, PharmD, BCACP, CDE, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Wilkes University and Garrett Lambert, PharmD
Kennedy Austin, PharmD,
Amanda Shaver, PharmD



****Health System Track****


9:40 AM to 10:40 AM

CE: 340B and Pharmacy

Patrick Ferguson RPh, MBA Network Director of Pharmacy St Luke’s University Health Network


10:50 AM to 11:50 AM

CE: Putting your CAP on in the Hospital - Updates to the Pneumonia Guidelines

Presented by: Vicky Shah, PharmD, BCPS, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy


1:10 PM to 2:10 PM

CE: Dedicated Admission Medication History Resource: Creating a New Role for Pharmacy Technicians and Beyond

Presented by: Christopher Walsh RPh, PharmD, FISMP
Medication Safety Pharmacist
Program Director, PGY1 Pharmacy Residency
Penn State Health St. Joseph
Reading, Pennsylvania


2:20 PM to 3:20 PM

CE: The Big Slow Down - Managing Opioid Induced Constipation

Presented by: Letitia N. Warunek, PharmD, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Wilkes University 


3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Health System Forum

Connect with other health system pharmacists & technicians and discuss current issues and hot topics.


****Student Programming****

New Practitioners and all others are also welcome to attend...CE only offered to Pharmacists


9:40 AM to 11:10 AM  

CE: Career Crafting in the 21st Century: A Toolkit for Pharmacists' and Pharmacy Students Career Development

Presented by: Erin Albert, MBA, PharmD, JD, PAHM


11:20 AM to 12:20 PM

CE: Changing Healthcare through Self-Care - the Rx to Beat Burnout

Presented by: Adam Martin, ACSM-CPT, NAMS-CNC, NSA Professional Speaker and Founder, The Fit Pharmacist, LLC



11:30 PM to 1:30 PM

Lunch Buffet

Ticket Required - included in certain packages

Grab a bite to eat and mingle with students and pharmacists

Buffet will be open until 1:15 PM


1:00 PM to 2:45 PM

PC2 Programming Continued


1:10 PM to 2:25 PM

Student Programming

Click here for more details

1:10 PM to 2:10 PM

CE: Cannabis Conundrums: Navigating Drug-THC and CBD Interactions

Presented by: Jenna Carmichael, PharmD, Pharmacist, Columbia Care


1:30 - 3:30

PPCN Board Meeting

Board members and invitees only


2:20 PM to 3:20 PM

CE: Immunizations to Go!  An Innovative Way to Vaccinate your Community.

Presented by: Rebecca Miller Wise, PharmD, MEd, BCGP, CTTS

Associate Professor & Director of Admissions: and Clinical Administrator

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Pharmacy and LECOM Health


3:40 PM to 4:40 PM

CE: Making the Proper Connections: How to Prevent and Correct Vaccine Related Errors

Presented by: Carly Gabriel, PGY1 Community-Based Resident, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy and Giant Eagle Pharmacy

and Renee M. Richardson, PharmD, Pharmacist, Community Partnerships, Giant Eagle Pharmacy


2:30 - 4:00 PM
CE: Pharmacy Patient Counseling Competition 2020
- Introductory Level

Pain management is an important topic that pharmacists are often faced with while practicing. Often, these patients present unique challenges to providers. It is important to review key pain management concepts and counseling techniques in order to optimize your patient’s treatment plan. Come observe and learn as our students compete!


3:00 - 4:00 PM

CE: Veterinary Medicine: Taking Care of our Furry Family Members

Presented by: Samantha Pitzarella, PharmD, Director of Pharmacy, Asti's South Hills Pharmacy


4:10 PM to 5:10 PM

LEAD Town Hall - all are invited!

"Death with Dignity: Patient's rights and legal implications overview"

Physician assisted suicide is already legal in states across the country. Will you be prepared ethically, emotionally, and professionally when the idea is posed in PA? We’Il provide an overview of how different states are making it work so you can be prepared to join the conversation. 



5:15 PM to 7:00 PM

CE: Connect, Collaborate and Create (Poster Presentations) - Introductory Level

Student pharmacists will present their posters focusing on original research, projects in progress, and innovative practice ideas and strategies. Pharmacists in attendance may earn one hour of CE credit by engaging in thoughtful discussion with the presenters.


Dinner on your own


9:00 PM - Social Hour - Join us in the bar for a beverage and conversation! 



Sunday, January 26                            

8:00 AM to 10:00 AM  

The Foundation's Sunnyside Up Breakfast (ticket required, included in certain packages)

*Buffet will be available until 8:30 AM*

Come and celebrate all the good things PPA's Educational Foundation has accomplished!


9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

CE: 2020 Overview of Emerging Practices and Opportunities from PPA’s Educational Foundation Grant Research - Introductory Level

Each year, PPA’s Educational Foundation provides several grants of up to $1,000 each for the exploration of innovative and best pharmacy practices, especially focusing on patient centered outcomes. Come hear the 2019 grant recipients share the highlights of their projects!


10:10 AM to 11:40 AM

CE: How to Survive a DEA Inspection Series: How to Prepare for Such Inspection

Presented by: Carlos M. Aquino, Compliance Consultant & Founder PharmaDiversion, LLC


10:10 AM to 11:10 AM

CE: Current Treatment Agents: Revolutionizing Atopic Dermatitis Managment

Presented by: Sarah A. Ofori, PharmD, MBA, BS, Post-Doctoral Fellow - Inflammation & Immunology, Rutgers University/Pfizer



10:10 AM to 1:10 PM

Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Board of Directors Meeting

Open only to PPA Board members and invitees


10:10 AM to 11:10 AM

PPA Student Forum (will include the Student Advisory Board Meeting)

Open to all student conference attendees


10:10 AM to 12:40 PM

DSMES Training

CE: Putting My DSMES Plan Into Action!

Presented by: Jonathan G. Marquess, PharmD, CDE, FAPhA 


The Marquess Group


10:10 AM to 12:40 PM

DPP Training

CE: Implementing a successful Diabetes Prevention Program in your pharmacy practice.

Presented by: Kristen Hartzell, PharmD



Have a Safe Trip Home and We Hope you Join us in the Poconos at the Kalahari Resort October 1-4, 2020!




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