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CPhT Connection - August September 2013

by Laura Humphrey | Oct 01, 2013

NOW AT PTCB

November Recertificants Invited To Apply Now
PTCB is now accepting recertification applications for CPhTs who have a November 30, 2013 expiration date. PTCB urges you to apply now to avoid heavy online traffic from last-minute applicants. November 30 falls on the Saturday of a holiday week, an especially busy time. Please submit your application no later than October 30. To get started, please log in at www.ptcb.org using the username and password we sent you by email. For assistance with your application, refer to the PTCB Recertification User Guide. Learn more about recertification.

PTCB To Introduce Updated Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam November 1
PTCB will introduce an updated Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) on November 1. Candidates who apply for PTCB certification before November 1 will receive the current PTCE, and those who apply on or after November 1 will take the updated exam. The exam updates resulted from PTCB’s latest Job Analysis Study, which involved 25,712 pharmacy technicians from every state and practice setting. PTCB evaluates the evolution of pharmacy technician roles by conducting this study on a regular basis. Historically, pass rates decline when new or updated content is introduced in the PTCE. Training and exam preparation are imperative. "The PTCE is the foundation of PTCB’s certification program. We continually strive to ensure the PTCE is current and accurately tests the knowledge required in all sectors of pharmacy practice,” said PTCB Executive Director and CEO Everett B. McAllister, MPA, RPh. 

Reminder: Check Your Profile
Take a minute to log in at www.ptcb.org to check your profile and review all information for accuracy in your PTCB Account. Please pay attention to your 'mailing address' and make sure it is correct. For technicians who just took the PTCE, an incorrect mailing address will delay delivery of certificates and wallet cards for two to four additional weeks. If you do not receive your mail where you physically live, and use a PO Box or other address, please ensure your mailing address is accurate. (Certificates are typically delivered up to four weeks after your exam date. If you haven't received your certificate after four weeks, please contact us and indicate 'certificate not received by mail' in the subject line. Include your name, exam date, and address for verification.)

PTCB To Announce the CPhT of the Year© on National Pharmacy Technician Day
Thank you for voting for the PTCB CPhT of the Year©. PTCB will announce the selected honoree and finalists on October 22, National Pharmacy Technician Day. The day highlights the important role pharmacy technicians play in supporting pharmacists in the delivery of safe and effective patient care. By recognizing the outstanding CPhT of the Year and finalists, PTCB aims to support excellence and encourage innovation among all pharmacy technicians. On National Pharmacy Technician Day, PTCB applauds the nation's increasing number of CPhTs who have passed the PTCE and are maintaining their certifications. We commend you for your dedication to advancing patient care.

Survey of Pharmacy Technicians; Chance To Win
GlobalHealth Education is collecting information on pharmacy technicians to use in developing future educational materials. If you would like to participate in this survey, please take a few moments to answer the survey questions at http://sgiz.mobi/s3/05ac4584ce4a. By participating, you will be eligible to win free recertification, compliments of GlobalHealth Education. Please note that this prize will be awarded by GlobalHealth Education, not PTCB.

CPhT SPOTLIGHT

Eric Piasecki, CPhT



Check out the newest CPhT Spotlight on Eric Piasecki, CPhT, Medication History Specialist at Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, PA. In his position, Eric contributes to the safety of every patient who walks through the hospital door.

CE UPDATE

Free CE: What’s The Big Deal? Fraud, Waste and Abuse in the Pharmacy Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians strive to work in an ethical manner, to provide the best care to patients and customers, and to submit proper claims for payment. Sometimes, however, even behavior that seems 'right' or 'ethical' may be in violation of a law or regulation. This CE provides an overview of the legal concept of fraud, waste and abuse, also known as FWA, as it relates to Medicare Part D plans that are governed by federal law. The course covers what is required to be in compliance with related laws, and the serious consequences of noncompliance. Most, if not all, states have some statutes and regulations that are similar to federal laws, which broadens the pharmacy employee’s and/or pharmacy’s liability beyond federal health care programs into private insurance. This free one-hour CE is available until July 24, 2016.

Free CE: Medication Therapy Management (MTM) and Collaborative Practice
Pharmacists are playing an integral role on the health care team, helping patients achieve their therapeutic outcomes, sharing patient information with prescribers, and ensuring that communication among providers is efficient and effective. Patient care is significantly enhanced when pharmacists can establish successful collaborative relationships with physicians and other health care providers. This CE will teach you to identify the components of successful collaborative pharmacy practices, and identify components of state regulations necessary to provide collaborative practice. Pharmacy technicians are eligible to participate in the knowledge-based portion, and will receive one hour of CE credit for completing the activity, passing the quiz with a grade of 70% or better, and completing the online evaluation. This free CE will be available until December 10, 2013.

RESOURCES AND NEWS

ASHP and ACPE Announce Collaboration To Accredit Pharmacy Technician Education Programs
The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) are pleased to announce their collaboration to accredit pharmacy technician education and training programs, beginning in late 2014. The collaboration will result in the creation of the Pharmacy Technician Accreditation Commission (PTAC), which will be tasked with assuring and advancing the quality of pharmacy technician education and training programs. The PTAC will conduct document reviews and site surveys and advise the ASHP and ACPE boards of directors, which will then agree on final accreditation actions. The establishment of the PTAC expands upon ASHP’s 31-year history as the national accrediting body for pharmacy technician training programs and incorporates ACPE’s expertise in the accreditation of pharmacy educational programs. Read the full story.

Coming Up

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