October 4, 2013

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October 4, 2013 

United States Congress

Shutdown, shut out: As of 11:59 pm September 30, 2013 the federal government was without funds appropriated for its operation. According to the Antideficiency Act there are categories of programs and personnel that can continue in light of unappropriated funds. The House and Senate have been unable to agree on legislation that would restart the flow of appropriated funds. To date the House has sent the Senate four variations of HJR 59 and the Senate has rejected each version. The legislation currently is in the House. The legislation faces an uncertain future as the Senate seeks a “clean” continuing resolution- legislation that would appropriate funds for a time certain but does not include additional provisions. The House has been unwilling to offer or accept such an approach.

Feel free to add your voice to the growing chorus of American citizens, across the political spectrum, that are asking their members of Congress to pass legislation that will allow the federal government- not just a part , but ALL the federal government- to continue its operations. A piecemeal approach, even if that piece is something near and dear such as NIH, draws out the necessary discussions for restoring funding for all the federal government and has little likelihood of passage or being signed by the President.

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Administration

Submit your MTM studies to AHRQ: The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) published a notice of request for scientific information (MTM) submission in September 17, 2013 edition of the Federal Register (FR). The deadline for information submission is October 17, 2013.

Information can be submitted electronically using this link: http://effectivehealthcareAHRQ.gov/index.cfm/submit-scientific-information-packets/

The FR notice includes the following contact information if you have need for further information: Robin Paynter, Research Librarian, Telephone: 503-220-8262 ext. 58652 or Email: src.org">SIPS@epc-src.org.

The FR notice includes VERY SPECIFIC submission criteria that MUST be met or your submission will NOT be accepted.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) will undertake a systematic review of the medication therapy management literature. AHRQ will contract with the Evidence-based Practice Centers to conduct the review. In addition to the standard database searches, AHRQ is seeking additional information from the public. That information includes:

  • Completed studies that are available on ClinicalTrials.gov;
  • Completed studies and that are not on ClinicalTrials.gov;
  • Ongoing studies that are available on ClinicalTrials.gov;
  • Ongoing studies that are not available on ClinicalTrials.gov;

Studies that are completed or ongoing that are not on ClinicalTrials.gov MUST BE submitted with specific information that is included in the Federal Register notice.  All information MUST be publicly available or able to be made public. The FR notice lists the types of materials that WILL NOT be acceptable for submission.

The FR notice includes the questions that the systematic review is anticipating to answer. This link will take you to the research protocol. AHRQ is NOT seeking public comment on the research protocol or the questions included in the protocol.

AACP would appreciate a copy of your submission being sent to wlang@aacp.org.

Correction Notice: If you read the actual Federal Register notice from September 17 please be advised that the AHRQ published a notice in the October 3, 2013 edition of the Federal Register that the Web site included in the ADDRESSES section of the notice is incorrect (page 57159).

The correct Web site is: http://effectivehealthcare.AHRQ.gov/index.cfm/submit-scientific-information-packets/

Change to grant accounting at NIH: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced that it will begin a process of allocating funding for each extramural grantee instead of to the grantee institution. This is a grant management process being implemented across HHS. Deputy Director of Extramural Research Sally Rockey explains this process change in a blog post. The NIH published a guidance document that provides detailed information about the change that will move pooled grants to subaccounts starting October 1, 2013 through September 2014. This change is for all grants although new and competitive continuing grants will be first followed by non-competitive continuation grants in FY15.

Emergency preparedness training available: Pharmacists can and do play an important role in helping their communities prepare and respond to emergency situations. Two emergency preparedness training modules are available for pharmacist and community leaders improve their individual and community response.

IS-930: Emergency Responder Health Monitoring and Surveillance (ERHMS) System: Leadership Training

WB2254: Emergency Responder Health Monitoring and Surveillance (ERHMS)

Assisting individuals with Health Information Marketplaces: Starting October 1, 2014 individuals without health insurance or those with private individual insurance will be eligible to participate in the Health Information Marketplaces. Whether your state is operating the marketplace or opted to let the federal government operate the marketplace individuals, such as health professions students, faculty and preceptors, may come in contact with patients that are eligible to participate in the marketplaces.  By going to www.healthcare.gov anyone, including the student, faculty or preceptor can assist a patient access information about available local resources (Find Local Help) including people trained and knowledgeable about the marketplace, eligibility criteria and other important information. All you need is the individuals zip code and local resources will be pulled up that can be shared with the patient. The student, faculty or preceptor does not need to know any additional information about the marketplace!

For students, faculty and preceptors that are interested in learning more about the marketplaces the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has information available to increase that knowledge. Individuals are encourage to have their organizations and institutions become Champions for Coverage. Information is available at the Champions for Coverage Web page along with information about how to sign up as a Champion.

Other…

Congratulations to CA!: Academic and professional pharmacy gained an important goal with Governor Jerry Brown’s signature of the SB 493. The legislation:

  • establishes the practice of pharmacy as a profession;
  • “further declares that pharmacists are health care providers who have the authority to provide health care services;” and
  • establishes a new category of pharmacist- the Advanced Practice Pharmacist- who can practice within the scope of the law within or outside a licensed pharmacy.

This legislative victory provides an excellent example of the strength of pharmacy education  and state pharmacy associations. The overarching goals of increased access to care, improved quality of care and efficient use of health professions workforce are met through the California legislation. In similar partnerships AACP member institutions are encouraged to determine whether their state practice acts support this overarching goal and the extent to which the California law might be leveraged to that end.

For your amusement…: Here is a clip from Jimmy Kimmel asking people to state their support for Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act. (Hint…they are the same thing!)

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