It’s the dawn of a new year at MSHP, and as an organization we’re hard at work preparing a flight plan to help several initiatives take flight in the coming months. Initiatives such as lobbying for provider status (in the eyes of the government AND third-party payers), the ability to bill for clinical services rendered, expanded technician certification and roles within health-system pharmacy, and revised BOP rules to allow pharmacists to administer medications are all very high on our list. But as an organization we’re not going to limit ourselves to working only on these initiatives, so if you have any ideas for advancing pharmacy practice in the state of Missouri, please don’t hesitate to contact us at mshp@qabs.com! We need your ideas and input to help guide our focus over the coming year. Remember, MSHP is your organization and our responsibility as the Board is to act as a conduit for realizing your vision for practice advancement.

I also want to remind everyone to take advantage of the many networking opportunities offered by MSHP and by your local affiliate. Whether it’s the Spring Meeting, the Fall Meeting, or any number of local dinners and social events, there are always opportunities to network, collaborate, and maybe even lay the groundwork for the next big advancement in clinical practice! It was in the relaxed atmosphere of a social event in 1941 that Leroy Grumman developed the idea for one of the greatest design advancements in aviation using just an eraser and a paper clip when he designed a radically new wing folding mechanism for Naval aircraft in WW2. That may be somewhat of a digression, but the point remains the same. Great things happen when great minds get together and network, so make full use of every opportunity!

We at MSHP wish you a great summer, and again, please make sure to contact us at mshp@qabs.com with any ideas, questions, concerns, or even just cool stories or accomplishments that you’d like to highlight! We’d love to put your excellent work on display for all to read about!

You’re cleared for takeoff, now it’s time to take flight!

Jeremy P. Hampton, PharmD, BCPS
President - MSHP

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