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2020 TPA Conference & Expo - Schedule at a Glance

2020 TPA Virtual Conference & Expo





Please note: Schedule subject to change.


Thursday, July 23, 2020

2:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Immunization Update 2020

Presented by Sharon Rush, R.Ph. • Community Introductory Pharmacy Practice Coordinator, Experiential Programs, The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy

Updates to immunization recommendations and recent outbreaks both serve as reminders of the importance of staying up to date with immunization practices. Pharmacists have a responsibility to follow immunization guidelines and incorporate best practices when administering vaccines. Attend this Immunization Update to hear about current best practice recommendations on vaccinations and new developments in vaccines.

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Independent Pharmacy Academy Annual Meeting

Separate Registration Form Required.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about TPA’s new Independent Pharmacy Academy and how you can join! Watch history being made as the Academy’s inaugural Board of Directors is installed. Then, hear directly from board members about their plans to strengthen and unify the voice of independent pharmacy in Texas with a more powerful public affairs and lobbying force to advance critical legislative priorities, such as meaningful PBM reform, that are especially important to the sustainability of independent pharmacies.

This meeting is open to all Texas independent pharmacists, regardless of TPA membership, who want to learn more about the Academy. There is no charge, and participants do not have to be registered for the 2020 TPA Virtual Conference & Expo to attend. Separate Registration Form Required.

Friday, July 24, 2020

7:00 AM – 7:30 AM

TPF Virtual 0.5K Fun Run

One race you're sure to finish!

As the 2020 TPA Virtual Conference & Expo: Pharmacy in Focus commences to share our vision for the future, join us for the TPF Virtual 0.5K Fun Run to focus on your health! Help us to raise money for pharmacy student scholarships and get a Foundation 50 Years Strong T-shirt recognizing the Foundation’s 50th anniversary. Before Friday’s opening general session meet-up with your colleagues, then off to the races - - taking 25 laps around your kitchen table or kitchen island  or 5 laps around your house! No workout attire necessary. Be able to tell your friends you survived the 0.5! AND, we even have a sleep-in option!! Separate Registration Form Required.

8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Opening General Session and Keynote Address: State of the Industry

TPA President's Remarks: Raj Chhadua, Pharm.D.
State of the Association: Debbie Garza, R.Ph., CEO

Keynote Address: State of the Industry
Presented by Doug Hoey, R.Ph., MBA • CEO, National Community Pharmacists Association

Having grown up in a pharmacy and as a pharmacist, Doug knows firsthand the personal connections pharmacists have with their patients and the impact they have on their community.  Hear how Doug sees the profession evolving, how pharmacists must demonstrate their value in healthcare, and the work he has been spearheading at the national level to address pharmacists’ biggest public policy concerns with DIR fees and PBMs.

Sponsored by American Pharmacy Cooperative, Inc.

9:30 AM – 10:15 AM

Friday Morning Coffee Chat
  • Conversation with Doug Hoey: Join NCPA CEO Doug Hoey to talk all things community pharmacy. Sponsored by APCI
  • Diversity & Inclusion: Engage with your colleagues on this complex issue as it relates to the patients we serve, our profession and us as individuals.

10:15 AM – 11:15 AM

Keynote Address: An Insider's Perspective on Pharmacy Policy Advancement

Presented by John Michael O'Brien, Pharm.D., MPH • Former Senior Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services

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.

11:15 AM – 11:45 AM

Product Theater Presentations
  • RX Safe
  • Tabula Rasa Healthcare
  • Novo Nordisk
  • Pharmacists Mutual

11:45 AM – 12:15 PM

TPA Lunch Break

Mix and mingle with your colleagues over lunch!

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

COVID-19 in Texas

Presented by John Hellerstedt, M.D. • Commissioner, Texas Department of State Health Services

Hear directly from Dr. Hellerstedt regarding COVID-19 in Texas. Get the latest on current  developments and cases in Texas, understand the epidemiology of the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), and how to curb the spread with proper infection control. Learn about the latest related to treatment, testing, and tracing in Texas and how pharmacists should be prepared and involved going forward.

Sponsored by Walgreens

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM

When Time Is Short: Assessing and Addressing Adherence Problems

Presented by Bruce Berger, Ph.D., FAPhA • President, Berger Consulting, LLC and Professor Emeritus, Auburn University

Non-adherence to medication regimens now costs over $500 billion a year. Motivational interviewing is an evidence-based, patient-centered approach to improving adherence to medication regimens, health behaviors, and outcomes. Traditional or acronym-based approaches to motivational interviewing have often caused problems for health care professions (HCPs).  HCPs often have difficulty remembering what each letter of each acronym stands for and, more specifically, when to use that letter in the acronym.

This session will introduce pharmacists to a new and very practical approach to motivational interviewing that is highly effective in improving adherence in time limited environments. This program will use multiple mini case examples and dialogs to demonstrate the use of this approach to improving adherence to medication regimens and health behaviors, focused on managing chronic illnesses such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.

Sponsored by The University of Texas College Pharmacy Health Outcomes Division through a Texas Department of State Health Services grant funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM

Awards Ceremony: Celebrating Pharmacy Excellence in Texas
Sponsored by Smith Drug Company

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Texas State Board of Pharmacy Update
Presented by Allison Benz, R.Ph., M.S. • Executive Director, Texas State Board of Pharmacy

Learn about the recent changes in rules relating to the practice of pharmacy in Texas and an receive an update on current issues facing the Texas State Board of Pharmacy.

Sponsored by Tarrant County Pharmacy Association

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Texas Pharmacy Medical Billing: Set Sight on Your New Adventure

Presented by Mary Stoner • President, Electronic Billing Services Incorporated

In January legislation became effective that was passed during the 2019 Texas legislative session, which allows pharmacists to be in provider networks and to be reimbursed for services that are within their scope of practice. Where do you begin? Mary will dive into various aspects of medical billing available for pharmacy/pharmacists in Texas. Medical billing takes a firm understanding of what is billable, how it is billable, and who pays for these services. Federally, many of these new billable services are not payable under the Medicare program, therefore payer credentialing will be a vital part of being able to accept payment from other payers. We will discuss all of these areas and get you started in the right direction.

Sponsored by Denton County Pharmacy Association

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Friday Evening Happy Hour
  • All Things COVID: Discuss how your pharmacy practice has adapted to care for patients during this pandemic and concerns or needs pharmacy still has.
  • Silver Linings: Hop into this breakout to talk about and hear positive takeaways we now have as a profession due to the changing world we currently face. Sponsored by Micro Merchant Systems Inc

Saturday, July 25, 2020

8:00 AM – 9:15 AM

Keynote Address: A Legislator's View - Looking Ahead to 2021

Presented by Senator Kelly Hancock • Chair, Senate Business and Commerce Committee

Texas State Senator Kelly Hancock serves as chair of the powerful Senate Business and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over health insurers, PBMs, and many other areas important to pharmacy that directly affect patient access and business. During the 2019 legislative session, Chairman Hancock's committee passed payment for pharmacists' services and pharmacist provider status that became law in Texas.  Additionally, the committee passed comprehensive PBM reform legislation, although the bill failed to receive a vote on the Senate floor.

In this keynote address, as we look ahead to 2021, Chairman Hancock will share his insights on how the current coronavirus pandemic may impact the 87th legislative session that begins in January. The Chairman will speak to health care challenges Texans face and his thoughts as a leader on pharmacy business and health care issues.

President Installation: Passing of the Gavel

TPA President Raj Chhadua, Pharm.D.
TPA President-Elect Michelle Beall, Pharm.D.

Sponsored by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores

9:15 AM – 10:15 AM

Building a Health Care Dream Team: A Road Map for Collaborative Practice

Presented by Amina Abubakar, Pharm.D. • Owner, Rx Clinic Pharmacy and President, Avant Institute

Medical providers are facing increasing pressure to address acute/episodic care, yet there is an increasing workload to manage patients with chronic conditions due to payment being tied to outcomes and quality metrics. With the decreased bandwidth of providers and limited resources, patients might wait months for an appointment with only enough time to address their chief complaint, leaving most minor and chronic conditions unaddressed.

This is the perfect storm for pharmacists. Pharmacists already have the training and skills to be great partners for medical providers in the new value-based healthcare ecosystem. Join Dr. Amina Abubakar as she shares her journey in making the dream of pharmacist-physician collaboration a reality.

Sponsored by Bexar County Pharmacy Association

10:15 AM – 10:45 AM

Candidate Forum

Meet the Candidates for the 2020 Board of Directors.

10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

The National Academy of Medicine Report on Clinician Well-Being: Implications for Pharmacists

Presented by M. Lynn Crismon, Pharm.D. • Dean, The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy

The findings and recommendations from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s consensus report "Taking Action Against Clinician Burnout: A Systems Approach to Professional Well-Being" will be presented. The presentation will further focus on pharmacist well-being and burnout, differences in the prevalence of burnout based upon pharmacist practice setting, pharmacy specific issues that contribute to burnout, as well as system and personal approaches that can be used to decrease burnout and improve well-being among pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

11:45 AM – 12:15 PM

House of Delegates Credentialing

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

Optimizing Technology: Innovation to Use in Your Pharmacy Today

Presented by Adam Chesler, Pharm.D. • Director of Regulatory Affairs, Cardinal Health Company

As technology continues to advance, it changes the landscape of entire industries. Healthcare is no different, as new innovations are constantly introduced to the field which help healthcare professionals serve patients better. In pharmacy specifically, there are many innovations that have been introduced that change the practice, but there are still many more that are being introduced currently or will be in the near future. It’s important to know what these innovations are, how they can be implemented and used, and the legal implications of each. This presentation breaks down these technologies into how they can be used in your pharmacy today to increase revenue, loyalty, and patient satisfaction.

Sponsored by QS/1

1:15 PM – 2:45 PM

House of Delegates Meeting

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Beyond Opioids: A Look at Multimodal Approaches and Pain Management Alternatives

Presented by Allen Dennis, M.D., M.S. • Advanced Pain Care

Health care providers and pharmacists in particular need to have a good understanding of patient-centered pain management.  Hear from an expert in pain management and learn best practices for safe and effective pain relief today.  You’ll come away knowing the latest in alternative treatment options and multimodal approaches to manage pain, helping to reduce the use of opioids.

Sponsored by Walgreens

4:15 PM – 5:15 PM

New Drugs Update

Presented by Laurajo Ryan, Pharm.D. • Clinical Professor of Pharmacotherapy, The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy and Bryson Duhon, Pharm.D. • Assistant Dean of Student Success, The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy

Every year the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves a number of new drugs for use.  In some cases, these new agents represent significant advancements over older, more established treatments.  In other instances, however, marketing practices by pharmaceutical companies result in widespread use of some new drugs over less costly, commonly used agents with similar risks and benefits to patients. This seminar will review some recently approved drugs with an emphasis on their pharmacology, clinical efficacy, adverse effects, drug interactions, and monitoring requirements.  Attendees will learn practical information about the new drugs presented, which in turn, they can use in their interactions with prescribers and in the care and counseling of their patients.

Sponsored by Dreamy Meadows

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Saturday Evening Happy Hour
  • The "Next" Normal: Join the discussion as pharmacy looks to resume its normal operation as it relates to reopening, safety,  immunizations, etc.
  • Self Care & Mental Health: Share ideas and best practices for taking care of yourself in these stressful and anxious times, and how to serve your patients facing many of the same stressors. 



3 HOURS of On-Demand Preceptor CE available to all conference registrants!
A link to the on-demand session will be emailed to you and available beginning on July 23, 2020.

The TCEP Evaluation Rubric, Performance Improvement Plans for Under-Performing Students, and Pharmacist Patient Care Process with OTC Consults

Presented by Jacqueline Navarrete, Pharm.D. • Clinical Assistant Professor with The University of Texas at Austin / University of Texas at El Paso Cooperative Pharmacy Program; Lisa Killam-Worrall, Pharm.D., BCPS • Assistant Dean for Experiential Education, University of North Texas System College of Pharmacy; Jennifer Fix, MBA, Pharm.D. • Associate Professor of Pharmacotherapy, University of North Texas System College of Pharmacy


Conference registrants will receive a code after the conference to access on-demand CE sessions at no charge through 8/31/2020 in case their schedule changes or doesn’t allow the live viewing of any Conference CE session.

Texas Pharmacy Association (154) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Continuing education will be provided to participants who complete all course requirements.  


Obtaining Your CE Credit
Once the conference is completed, you will receive an email to finalize your continuing education (CE) credit. A link to evaluation forms for each education session will be available once you login. Use your TPA login to access your profile and evaluations. Please refer to the learning objectives of each session as you complete the evaluation. Participants must complete each session evaluation form to receive a Statement of Credit for CE sessions attended. You will be required to enter your NABP CPE ID number to obtain credit. CE credit will be uploaded into your CPE Monitor profile no later than August 30, 2020. It is the responsibility of the participant to provide the correct profile number and date of birth prior to the upload.


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