Pharmacy Times Launches New Series to Examine the Effects of Health Care Reform on Pharmacy

Pharmacy Times has launched a new series, Directions in Pharmacy, that focuses on navigating health care reform as provisions of the Affordable Care Act are integrated into health plans nationwide.
The first of this four-part series debuts this month and provides a road map for pharmacists to follow as the industry rapidly and drastically evolves. The series will reach approximately 25,000 pharmacy owners and managers, chain headquarters personnel, health-system pharmacy directors, managed-care directors, and formulary managers.
This series was designed to help everyone who works in pharmacy to better understand the nature and magnitude of the changes underway in the health care system, said Troy Trygstad, PharmD, Ph.D., MBA, co-editor of the series. We hope that our in-depth coverage helps the industry prepare to adapt.
The April 2013 issue of Directions in Pharmacy features an in-depth look at the tenets of health care reform that will affect every pharmacist, including increased accountability, a growing focus on prevention, and reduced cost shifting. Future editions will focus on other areas, such as the coordination of care, health care costs, and how technology is changing the way patients interact with their health care teams.
The group of experts who provide their perspectives in the series include Trygstad, the director of the Network Pharmacist Program and Pharmacy Projects for Community Care of North Carolina; Fred Eckel, R.Ph., M.S., editor-in-chief of Pharmacy Times and professor emeritus at the Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Laura Cranston, R.Ph., the executive director of the Pharmacy Quality Alliance; and many others.
As the No. 1 publication in pharmacy, Pharmacy Times has a 100-plus year track record of being at the forefront of major shifts in the industry, said Tighe Blazier, chief operating officer of Michael J. Hennessy Associates, Inc., the journal's publisher. This series arms pharmacists and other key industry personnel with the practical information they need on this important topic.
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