Available Until 7/28/2023

Specialty Pharmacy Pearls 2020

Planned in coordination with the ASHP Section of Specialty Pharmacy Practitioners

ACPE Activity Number: 0204-0000-20-119-H04-P / 0204-0000-20-119-H04-T
Activity Date: July 28, 2020
Expiration Date: July 28, 2023
Activity Type:  Knowledge-based
CE Credits:1.5 hour, no partial credit
Activity Fee: Members – Free / Non-Member – Not Available

Activity Overview

The Specialty Pharmacy Pearls are quick, five-minute presentations designed to convey one practical idea, concept, or initiative that has been useful in day-to-day specialty pharmacy practice. Pearls cover a variety of topics important to the specialty pharmacy workforce.


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

Target Audience

This continuing pharmacy education activity is designed for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who practice in specialty pharmacy.

Learning Objectives

After participating in this CPE activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify novel clinical practice options for patient care in the specialty pharmacy setting.
  • Discuss opportunities to improve specialty pharmacy services
  • Describe effective medication management strategies for specialty pharmacy services.
  • Outline teaching and learning activities that may add benefit to your practice.

Schedule of Activities

  • Introduction and announcements
  • Presentation
  • Self-Assessment questions and answer overview


Building a Rare Disease Program: Alpha 1-Antitrypsin Deficiency

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

Specialty Pharmacy Productivity: How to Demonstrate Value and Justify Clinical Resources           

  • Nick Gazda, Pharm.D., MS, BCPS, CPS, Assistant Director, Specialty Pharmacy Services, Cone Health, Greensboro, NC,

Building a Pharmacy Technician Workforce Without Breaking the Bank   

  • Kelli Johnson, CPhT, Pharmacy Technician Supervisor, Credena Health Specialty Pharmacy, Portland, OR,

Clinic-Embedded Specialty Pharmacist Interventions in a Pediatric Academic Medical Center        

  • Dusty Lewis, Pharm.D., MBA, Manager of Specialty Pharmacy, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, OH,

Set Up For Success: Oncology Pharmacist Review of Electronic Oral Chemotherapy Orders in a Real-Time Work Queue               

  • Seema Ganatra, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCOP, Clinical Pharmacist, Hematology/Oncology, Northwestern Medicine, Chicago, IL

Multiple Sclerosis Clinic with Specialty Pharmacy Collaboration  

  • Karen Essick, CPhT, Medication Management Specialist, Novant Health Specialty Pharmacy, Winston Salem NC

PROMs in Dermatology (Patient-Reported Outcome Measures) 

  • Brandon Hardin, Pharm.D., MBA, CSP, Manager of Clinical Services, Summa Health Specialty Pharmacy, Akron, OH

PPAP — Empowering Families   

  • Allie Chenault, BGS Business Studies, Patient Assistance Coordinator, Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, TX

The Story of Specialty Pharmacy Residency Training and Strategies for Success    

  • Lisa Kumor, Pharm.D., BCACP, Accreditation and Residency Coordinator, Specialty Pharmacy Services, University of Illinois at Chicago Hospital and Health Sciences System, Chicago, IL

How to Make the Special Case for Specialty Pharmacy Program Expansion to Leadership

  • Alex Mersch, Pharm.D., MBA, BCPS, Specialty Pharmacy Manager, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA

Relieving the Burden of Financial Toxicity of Specialty Medications for Underinsured Patients      

  • Heather McCoy, CPhT, Patient Care Coordinator, University of Kentucky Specialty Pharmacy and Infusion Services, Lexington, KY

“Hello, Can You Hear Me?” Tips for Meeting Specialty Accreditation Phone Metrics          

  • Stephanie Barrus, Pharm.D., Pharmacy Supervisor, Pharmacy Ambulatory Clinical Care Center, University of Utah Health, Salt Lake City, UT

Show Me The Money! A Pharmacy Technician Led Process to Review Denied Claims for High-Cost Medications    

  • Lena Sillas, CPhT, Program Operations Specialist, University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA

Overcoming the Limited Distribution Hurdle, One Position at a Time        

  • Angelica Berni, Pharm.D., MS, BCPS, Director, Specialty Pharmacy, Baptist Health South Florida, Miami, FL


  • Matthew H. Rim, Pharm.D., M.S., Associate Director, Specialty Pharmacy Services, Assistant Professor, College of Pharmacy, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL


In accordance with the ACPE's and ACCME's Standards for Commercial Support, anyone in a position to control the content of an educational activity is required to disclose to the accredited provider their relevant financial relationships. In accordance with these Standards, all potential conflicts of interest have been resolved. An individual has a relevant financial relationship if he or she (or spouse/domestic partner) has a financial relationship in any amount occurring in the last 12 months with a commercial interest whose products or services are discussed in the activity content over which the individual has control.

As defined by ACCME, a commercial interest is any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients. The Standards for Commercial Support do not consider providers of clinical service directly to patients to be commercial interests. The existence or non-existence of relevant financial relationships will be disclosed to the activity audience. All identified conflicts of interest must be resolved prior to the activity.

  • All planners, presenters, reviewers, and ASHP staff report no financial relationships relevant to this activity.

Methods and CE Requirements

This activity consists of a recordings of faculty slides presentations, active learning activities, discussion, and handouts. Participants must participate in the activity in its entirety to claim continuing pharmacy education credit online at ASHP eLearning Portal. Follow the prompts online to complete the evaluation, claim credit and view the statement of credit immediately after completing the activity.

Per ACPE requirements, CPE credit must be claimed within 60 days of being earned. Claim your CE at http://elearning.ashp.org. Once you have processed and claimed your CE credit, we encourage you to check your NABP eProfile account to verify your credits were transferred successfully before the ACPE 60-day deadline. It is an electronic direct-report process so your credits should appear in your account within a few minutes. After the 60 day deadline, ASHP will no longer be able to report your credit(s) for this activity.