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Mercer University and University of Maryland, Baltimore Visit AMCP Headquarters

 

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Mercer University,  University of Maryland Student Pharmacists 
   

Twenty student pharmacists from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and Mercer University visited AMCP’s Alexandria, Va. headquarters on May 20 for a crash course on issues and opportunities in managed care pharmacy. The group was met by April Shaughnessy, AMCP’s Director of Mission Advancing Initiatives & Governance and Sarah Vizcaino, AMCP’s Manager of Student Development. 

Shaughnessy began with an overview of AMCP and profiles of staff and members, and discussed the many distinct paths that one can take in managed care pharmacy.  Other AMCP staff joined the group to delve deeper into top issues facing managed care pharmacy today.

Mark Brueckl, AMCP’s Assistant Director of Pharmacy Affairs, gave an overview of managed care pharmacy.  Among other things, Brueckl discussed health information technology, quality issues and practice issues that arose with the Affordable Care Act. The conversation then moved to opportunities in Managed Care Pharmacy Residencies and AMCP’s APPE in Association Management.

Ebony Clay, Program Manager for the AMCP Foundation, presented an overview of opportunities through The AMCP Foundation, including the Foundation’s summer internships with Allergan, Genentech, Pfizer and The Burchfield Group and AMCP’s Executive Residency.

Lauren Fuller, AMCP’s Vice President of Government Affairs, and Mary Jo Carden, AMCP’s Director of Regulatory Affairs, discussed the Academy’s work in legislative and regulatory issues, as well as AMCP’s collaboration with other pharmacy organizations and government agencies. 

Fuller and Carden also gave updates on health care reform as it pertains to managed care pharmacy and AMCP’s efforts in this area. The discussion centered on the top issues for AMCP’s Legislative and Legislative & Regulatory Action Committees, including health care reform, specialty pharmacy and biosimilars, medication therapy management, copay parity and federal government drug negotiations.

The visit concluded with a question and answer session.  AMCP welcomes visits from all of our student pharmacist members! For more information, or to schedule a visit for your school/college of pharmacy, please contact Sarah Vizcaino at svizcaino@amcp.org.