Available Until 5/7/2023

Specialty Pharmacy Value and Outcomes Best Practices Series

Planned in cooperation with the ASHP Section of Specialty Pharmacy Practitioners

ACPE Number: various - see below 
Release Date:
May 7, 2020
Expiration Date: May 7, 2023
Activity Type: Knowledge-based   
Activity Fee: Member – Free / Non-member – N/A 

Activity Overview

This recorded series highlights a variety of specialty pharmacy best practices and strategies showcasing the value of health-system specialty pharmacy practice. Covered throughout the series is an assortment of topics to help practitioners expand services, advance specialty practice, and optimize patient care.

This collection is maintained and curated by the ASHP Section of Specialty Pharmacy Practitioners Advisory Group on Outcomes and Value.         

This series is free for ASHP members as a benefit of membership.

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

This activity was planned to meet the educational needs of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who practice in specialty pharmacy.

Learning Activity

ACPE Number

Contact Hours

Expiration Date

Advancing Specialty Pharmacy Practice into New Therapeutic Areas

0204-0000-20-021-H04-P/T

0.50

5/7/2023

Breaking Down Prior Authorization Barriers in Accessing Disease Modifying Therapies for
Multiple Sclerosis

0204-0000-20-026-H04-P/T

0.50 

5/7/2023

Managing Outcomes Reporting Requests for Specialty Pharmacy

0204-0000-20-025-H04-P/T

0.25

5/7/2023

Maximizing Capture Rate in a Health System Based Specialty Pharmacy

0204-0000-20-029-H04-P/T

0.50

5/7/2023

Oral Chemotherapy Management

0204-0000-20-024-H04-P/T

0.50

5/29/2023

Specialty Pharmacy Best Practices: Productivity and the Health-System Specialty Pharmacy Value Story

0204-0000-21-035-H04-P/T

0.75

6/1/2023

Specialty Disease State Outcomes and Value – The “How to…!”

0204-0000-20-019-H04-P/T

0.75

5/29/2023

Specialty Pharmacy Best Practices: Collecting, Tracking, and Reporting Disease-Specific Health Outcomes

0204-0000-20-001-H04-P

1.00

3/4/2023

Specialty Pharmacy Partnerships with Pharma

0204-0000-20-027-H04-P/T

0.25

5/7/2023

Strategies for Minimizing Audit Recoupment

0204-0000-20-020-H04-P/T

0.25

5/7/2023

Track and Trend Specialty Pharmacy Support Staff Productivity

0204-0000-21-036-H04-P/T

0.25

6/1/2024

Using Outcomes Research to Communicate Value to Key Stakeholders

0204-0000-20-023-H04-P/T

0.75

5/7/2023

Innovative Models to Improve Specialty Pharmacy Outcomes 

0204-0000-22-053-H04-P/T

1.0

4/15/2025

Strategies to Improve Patient Access to Clinic Administered and Medically Billed Specialty Medications 

0204-0000-22-058-H04-P/T

1.0

5/16/2025

Advancing Specialty Pharmacy Practice into New Therapeutic Areas

  • Identify specialty therapeutic areas to target for development of new clinical services.
  • Discuss business plan development, including the operations of embedding pharmacists.
  • Describe how to implement, sustain, and track outcomes associated with new clinical specialty service lines.

Breaking Down Prior Authorization Barriers in Accessing Disease Modifying Therapies for Multiple Sclerosis

  • Describe the specialty pharmacy workflow that includes the prior authorization process of infusible DMTs.
  • Identify outcomes associated with the prior authorizations.
  • Discuss the value for the patient, team, and organization when specialty pharmacy takes ownership of the prior authorization process for infusible DMTs.

Managing Outcomes Reporting Requests for Specialty Pharmacy

  • Describe informatics relationships needed to produce valuable outcomes reports.
  • Define all necessary data points before requesting data.
  • Give an example of a prospective outcomes study with available electronic health record functionality.

Maximizing Capture Rate in a Health System Based Specialty Pharmacy

  • Describe the benefit of tracking specialty capture rate within the health system.
  • Identify barriers that may hinder capture rate.
  • Identify what data is needed to determine capture rate.
  • Discuss ways to build relationships with clinics.
  • Describe best ways to utilize pharmacy staff for patient advocacy.

Oral Chemotherapy Management

  • Define barriers associated with oral oncology management.
  • Describe multidisciplinary system processes to improve quality and safety.
  • Describe the roles of specialty pharmacy team members in the management of oral chemotherapy patients.
  • Outline the benefits of a health-system specialty pharmacy on the management of oral chemotherapy patients.

Specialty Pharmacy Best Practices: Productivity and the Health-System Specialty Pharmacy Value Story

  • Identify the unique health-system specialty pharmacy (HSSP) activities that distinguish the integrated delivery model.
  • Describe the impact of distinct HSSP services on patient and pharmacy outcomes.
  • Discuss recommended workforce metrics for measuring productivity in specialty pharmacy.

Specialty Disease State Outcomes and Value – The “How to…!”

  • Describe key disease state-specific and overall clinical outcome measures.
  • Outline implementation and data collection strategies to show clinical program value.
  • Discuss how outcomes data meet payer and/or manufacturer reporting requirements.

Specialty Pharmacy Best Practices: Collecting, Tracking, and Reporting Disease-Specific Health Outcomes

  • Explain why collecting, tracking, and reporting clinical outcomes benefit specialty pharmacy practice.
  • Discuss ways to collect and track clinical outcomes.
  • Identify meaningful disease-specific outcomes to measure.
  • Discuss best practices for data evaluation and reporting outcomes.

Partnerships with Pharma

  • Describe the value of health system specialty pharmacy relationships with pharmacy.
  • Identify mutually beneficial goals for the health system specialty pharmacy and pharma.
  • Give examples of engagement plans with pharma.

Strategies for Minimizing Audit Recoupment

  • Identify vulnerabilities for insurance audits.
  • Describe preparation strategies for insurance audits.

Specialty Pharmacy Best Practices: Track and Trend Specialty Pharmacy Support Staff Productivity

  • Identify measures for tracking specialty pharmacy clinic support staff productivity.
  • List development, implementation, and expectations of a tracking dashboard.

Using Outcomes Research to Communicate Value to Key Stakeholders

  • Describe value-based care and reimbursement in specialty pharmacy.
  • Identify value-add within a health system specialty pharmacy delivery model.
  • List key stakeholders and their respective values for a health system specialty pharmacy.
  • Discuss specific case examples using outcomes research to communicate your value story.

Innovative Models to Improve Specialty Pharmacy Outcomes 

  • Identify innovative strategies to use pharmacy technicians within specialty clinic workflow.
  • Describe position development for the needs of an expanding integrated health-system specialty pharmacy.
  • List strategies to incorporate collaborative drug therapy management protocols within specialty clinics.

Strategies to Improve Patient Access to Clinic Administered and Medically Billed Specialty Medications

  • Identify medications proactively where coverage on the medical or pharmacy benefit varies by payer.  
  • List strategies to connect with vendors, payers, and organizational stakeholders for new specialty medications. 
  • Discuss steps to incorporate specialty medications into existing approval workflows. 

Kristin Beeker, PharmD, MBA
Quality and Compliance Coordinator, Specialty Pharmacy
Medical University of South Carolina Specialty Pharmacy, Charleston, SC

Shubha Bhat, Pharm.D., BCACP

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Boston Medical Center
Boston, MA

Lisa Blanchette, Pharm.D., MHA, BCPS-AQ ID
Director of Specialty and Infusion Pharmacy Services
Novant Health
Charlotte, NC

Steve Conway, PharmD
Specialty Pharmacy Manager
University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY

Nicole Cowgill, Pharm.D., BCOP, CSP
Clinical Pharmacy Manager
Specialty Pharmacy Services
Atrium Health
Charlotte, NC

Michael Gannon, Pharm.D., CSP
Assistant Director of Specialty Pharmacy Services
University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System
Chicago, IL

Lana Gerzenshtein, Pharm.D., BCPS, CSP
Manager of Network Clinical Programs
ExceleraRx Corporation
Minneapolis, MN

Jocelyn Faircloth, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP, AAHIVP  
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics 
Iowa City, IA 


Jacob A. Jolly, Pharm.D., CSP
Director, Market Access and Strategy
Vanderbilt Specialty Pharmacy
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN

Amanuel Kehasse, Pharm.D., Ph.D.
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Boston Medical Center
Boston, MA

Julie Kidd, Pharm.D., MPH, BCPS, CPP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Neurology
Novant Health Specialty Pharmacy
Winston-Salem, NC

Brian Lounsbery, R.Ph., CSP
Director of Pharmacy
Avera Specialty Pharmacy
Sioux Falls, SD

Wendi Owens, CPhT
Clinic Program Manager of On-boarding and Process Implementation
Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

Kristin Reindel
PGY2 Specialty Pharmacy Administration and Leadership Resident
University of Rochester Medical Center
Rochester, NY

Elizabeth Righmier, PharmD, BCPS
Quality and Accreditation Manager, Specialty Pharmacy
University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY

Adam Saulles, Pharm.D., CSP, BCACP
Clinical Coordinator
Credena Health Specialty Pharmacy – Providence
St. Josepth Health System, Portland, OR

Bhavesh Shah, R.Ph., BCOP
Senior Director of Specialty Pharmacy
Boston Medical Center
Boston, MA

Whitney Simerlein, PharmD, BCACP
Clinical Specialist
Medical University of South Carolina Specialty Pharmacy, Charleston, SC

Ana Simonyan, PharmD, BCACP
Clinical Pharmacist, Infectious Disease
Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

Martha Stutsky, Pharm.D., BCPS
Clinical Programs Manager
Specialty and Retail Pharmacy Services
Yale New Haven Health System
Hamden, CT

Andrew J. Teare, Pharm.D., CAHIMS
Principal Application Analyst
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN

Allison Trawinski, Pharm.D., M.B.A.
Assistant Director of Pharmacy Operations
Specialty Pharmacy
PGY2 Specialty Pharmacy Admin and Leadership Residency Director
UR Medicine
Rochester, NY

Autumn D. Zuckerman, Pharm.D., CSP
Program Director
Health Outcomes and Research
Vanderbilt Specialty Pharmacy at Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN

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Methods and CE Requirements

This activity consists of recordings of faculty slides presentations, active learning activities, discussion, and handouts.
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