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2019 Conference & Expo Elevates the Profession

Monday, August 5, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Brian Sparks
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A record crowd of Texas pharmacy professionals found a variety of ways to elevate their profession at the 2019 TPA Conference & Expo last weekend in Irving. Pharmacists, student pharmacists, and technicians from across the state gathered August 2–4 for the opportunity to earn more than 17 hours of continuing education. More than two dozen sessions covered a wide range of topics including updates from the Texas State Board of Pharmacy and Texas Medicaid, practical advice on how to take advantage of new laws allowing pharmacists to bill for services, and how to answer patients’ questions about CBD. In between CE sessions, more than 70 exhibitors attracted the attention of conference-goers in the exhibit hall.

Tom Menighan speaks at the 2019 TPA Conference  State Sen. Bryan Hughes speaks at the 2019 TPA Conference. 
APhA CEO Tom Menighan speaks during the opening general session at the 2019 TPA Conference. State Sen. Bryan Hughes provides a legislator's perspective of the 2019 Texas legislative session.

In her opening remarks, TPA CEO Debbie Garza explained how the Association is elevating its membership, participation, voice, presence, practice, and influence, noting accomplishments during the 2019 legislative session. She also outlined ways that the profession can continue to improve by elevating its influence, visibility, and involvement in public affairs. Friday’s opening keynote address by Tom Menighan, CEO of the American Pharmacists Association, focused on the state of the pharmacy profession. That afternoon, Chris Dimos, president of McKesson Retail Solutions, discussed pharmacy and self-disruption and then moderated an all-star panel with industry insights from Craig Norman (Senior Vice President, H-E-B Pharmacy), Nimesh Jhaveri (President, Health Mart Pharmacy), Rex Swords (Group Vice President, Centralized Services, Walgreens), and Ben McNabb (independent owner and CPESN luminary). Saturday, the conference welcomed State Senator Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola), a champion of PBM reform. He shared insights from this year’s legislative session and discussed how pharmacy fits into the larger health care picture as we look forward to 2021.

Chris Dimos leads a panel discussion at the 2019 TPA conference.
McKesson's Chris Dimos leads a panel discussion of industry experts at the 2019 TPA Conference & Expo.

Raj Chhadua takes the oath of office as TPA presidentOther activities included the passing of the gavel as outgoing president Mark Comfort administered the oath of office to incoming president Raj Chhadua. Saturday evening's President's Celebration offered food, fun, music, and games--including an impromptu Giant Hungry Hippos competition between Ellen Church (representing the Texas Pharmacy Foundation) and Kay Rider (representing PharmPAC) to raise additional funds for the respective organizations. The annual Awards Luncheon honored the best among us and recognized Texas Pharmacy Foundation scholarship winners.

Mark your calendars now for the 2020 TPA Conference & Expo, July 24–26 in Austin.

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