An Insider's Perspective on Pharmacy Policy Advancement

Published by Texas Pharmacy Association


Hear directly from a pharmacist who has been “at the table” at the highest levels in the federal government. Dr. O’Brien was one of the key architects of the Trump Administration’s Blueprint to lower drug prices and out-of-pocket expenses. He has been part of the conversations dealing with pharmacy’s most pressing issues of direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fees and pharmacist provider status at the federal level. He will share firsthand the importance of pharmacists being involved in the policy-making process. Come away with an insider’s view on what pharmacists can do differently to advance their public policy goals.

At the completion of this activity, pharmacists and technicians will be able to: 1. Discuss the challenges pharmacy has faced with its most pressing issues of DIR fee reforms and provider status at the federal level. 2. Identify opportunities for pharmacists to show their relevance in health care with the current landscape. 3. Describe the importance of pharmacist and technician involvement in the policy-making process.

”ACPE This lesson is a knowledge-based CE activity and is targeted to pharmacists and technicians. This program has been approved for 1.0 contact hour of continuing education credit (0.1 CEUs).

ACPE 0154-0000-20-005-H04-P
ACPE 0154-0000-20-005-H04-T

Texas Pharmacy Association (154) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Credit has been approved with the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education for 0.1 CEU credit and 1 Contact Hour credit. This credit is valid until 7/23/2023.

John Michael O'Brien, Pharm.D., MPH
Former Senior Advisor - U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services
John O’Brien served as Senior Advisor to the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he led policy development on multiple Administration priorities, including the drafting and execution of the President’s drug pricing blueprint. He also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health Policy, and a key advisor to the Secretary for health policy research, development, and analysis related to Medicare, Medicaid, and private health insurance.

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Originally Published

July 24, 2020

Program Titles and Supporting Materials

This program contains the following components:

  • An Insider's Perspective on Pharmacy Policy Advancement - Video
  • An Insider's Perspective on Pharmacy Policy Advancement - Paper

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