The 2012-2013 AACP Standing Committee on Advocacy encompasses the work of four issue-specific workgroups. The workgroups are a strategy to improve AACP’s capacity to proactively engage in public policy development and implementation. The expertise of each workgroup will assist AACP in the development of tactics to enhance communications to and from AACP members on priority issues. The list of priority issues was established through AACP leaders and staff input and in alignment with the AACP policy framework. The rationale for such action is to:
The four priority issues and the “crucial question” the respective workgroups will answer are:
Payment policy - As we move to new team-based care delivery models and performance-based payment, how do we leverage the value of the pharmacist so that ALL team-members (including pharmacists) get paid for service delivery?
Interprofessional education - As we reorganize our health system to improve quality of care, what are the health professions education strategies that ensure graduates are competent to deliver patient-centered, team-based care, supported by informatics? (IOM 2003)
Medication adherence - As we reorganize our health system to meet the Triple Aim, what are the pharmacist’s contributions to appropriate, safe, and cost-effective medication use (including medication adherence)?
Education quality - As we seek to increase the value of higher education, what are the major contributions of academic pharmacy to that value proposition?
The report of the committee will include an issue brief, editorial piece and case-study appendix for each of the four priority issues. The Chair and workgroup leads will be the authors of the report. Workgroup members will be acknowledged in the report as contributors. All workgroup members continue as issue content experts for AACP’s continued advocacy on these issues.