The 2010 AACP Interim Meeting, CEO Deans’ Retreat, Communications Workshop and the ALFP Session III will proceed as scheduled.
AACP Staff have been carefully watching the weather forecast for the significant snowstorm headed up the East coast. The snow has already begun to fall and is expected to accumulate slowly and then come down significantly overnight. According to the National Weather Service, snow will continue through much of Saturday, ending sometime tomorrow afternoon. If your flight is canceled or delayed, and you need to cancel/change your hotel reservation, please call 1-800-266-9432. AACP needs to monitor all cancellations; therefore, please send an e-mail, including your reason for cancellation, to IM10@aacp.org.
CEO Deans’ Retreat
We are contacting our five accreditation panel members to inquire as to their ability to shift their calendars to meet during the lunch hour on Sunday. There will be dinner on Saturday evening for those people who arrive Friday or sometime Saturday (AACP Board, Leadership Fellows and several early deans retreat travelers). Sunday morning we will focus on hot topics and a new draft AACP strategic plan, as well as anything else those who have arrived wish to discuss about the Academy and AACP programs and services.
At this time AACP is not refunding any registration fees. Immediately following the meeting, staff will assess the situation and announce if there have been any changes to the cancellation policy.
Transportation to Crystal Gateway Marriott
If the airport closes, most likely the Metro system above ground will close as well. For status updates, please visit http://www.wmata.com.
The hotel offers an airport shuttle. For a pick-up, please call 703-920-3230 upon your arrival.
AACP Emergency Contact
If you need to contact AACP with any questions or emergencies, please feel free to call Barbra Gustis, director of meetings and exhibits, on her mobile phone at 202-280-8160.
Please, travel safely. AACP Staff is already arriving at the Crystal Gateway Marriott and we look forward to greeting you there!
As we move into the next decade, I often hear our members asking, “How can health professions education generally, and academic pharmacy specifically, heighten its commitment to educating collaborative professionals who are competent to meet the needs of both individuals and communities?”
Regardless of the outcome of legislative approaches to healthcare reform, it is apparent that the public and policymakers recognize that improving the quality of care to which we have access leads to better coordination of that care. Legislative proposals include provisions reflecting approaches that the federal government has championed through health professions education-supported programs. The best examples of these interprofessional approaches to education are the Area Health Education Centers and the Geriatric Education Centers authorized under Title VII of the Public Health Service Act.
The legislative proposals also reflect a growing awareness within the healthcare system that improved care coordination leads to improved patient outcomes and often reductions in costs associated with unnecessary care. These models of care are found in communities where healthcare professionals, the public and policymakers agree that the status quo of fee-for-service healthcare is untenable and unresponsive to the needs of individual patients and their communities.
While there is long-standing federal support for collaborative, interprofessional health professions education, and local communities are reorganizing systems to improve care coordination, team-based, patient-centered care as envisioned by the Institute of Medicine’s 2003 report is not the standard. Federal programs are disjointed, lack consistent funding and fail to create sufficient evidence that interprofessional education is essential. These educational models have not provided sufficient leverage for health professionals to coalesce around their tenets nor have they created a sufficient critical mass of providers whose expectations for collaboration overtake historical and personal concessions. Legislative proposals lack sufficient evidence to be scalable within larger organizational structures like states, regions or the nation as a whole.
The 2010 AACP Interim Meeting will offer attendees the opportunity to contemplate a healthcare system reorganized around a health professions education commitment to interprofessional education in which graduates make contributions to patient care that are collaborative and centered on the needs of their patients. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is expected to be the leader in reinvigorating and renewing federal commitment to interprofessional education and developing a more unified health professions workforce strategy. External stakeholders focused on the creation of medical homes as a care coordination model, the improvement of the quality of care patients receive through the development of consensus-based quality measures, and the integration of information technology will state their expectations of pharmacy educators in helping them meet their goals. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is also working to address its expanded legislative mandate of better meeting the public expectation of ensuring that drugs, biologics and medical devices are safe and effective. Academic and professional pharmacy are essential partners in supporting this important public health agenda.
Healthcare reform indicates that health professions education and academic pharmacy have provided significant contributions to the discussion on the reorganization of our healthcare system. Yet, pilot projects and grant-supported programs send a clear message that much more evidence must be generated before our nation is convinced that reorganizing our healthcare toward a more patient-centered, team-based system is worthy of becoming the standard of care. Well-educated healthcare professionals competent to deliver this type of care will go a long way in creating the force for change.
Lucinda L. Maine, Ph.D., R.Ph.
Executive Vice President and CEO