The Georgia Pharmacy Association

CPEasy

Clickable ACPE-accredited instruction. Anytime. Anywhere.

You need CPE — on average, 15 hours a year. But fitting that into your busy schedule isn’t always easy. You need CPE that’s flexible and accessible no matter where in Georgia you call home.

That’s why GPhA now offers CPEasy.

Live or on demand: Take CPEasy courses live (via the Web) so you can interact with instructors. Or take them on demand in any order you like for a custom fit to your busy schedule. Some of these ACPE-accredited 90-minute course costs are free. Others are just $20. How’s that for accessible?

The software is free and installs in a couple of minutes. Once you register, you’ll get a link in your inbox. You click, and in a few seconds, you’re learning.

Check out our 2017 line-up below.

 

CPEasy Live

FREE in April/May: Pharmacy Security for Everyone

What pharmacists and technicians need to know about keeping their pharmacies – and their patients – safe and secure. This three-part webinar series is brought to you by Compliant Pharmacy Alliance

Controlled Substances Loss or Theft: What Steps Do I Take?

7:30 PM | April 25 | 1.5 hours CPE | FREE | C. Scott Lancaster | 0142-0000-16-088-L04-P/T

We hope you’ll never need what’s covered in this course. But as a realist, you know that you just might. Controlled loss and theft are a reality pharmacists must deal with. Scott Lancaster will show you the procedures to follow when your pharmacy suffers loss or theft and help you put together an action plan to head off future incidents.

After completing this session, learners will be able to:

Physical Improvements for Enhancing Pharmacy Safety and Security

7:30 PM | April 27 | 1.5 hours CPE | FREE | Ronda H. Lacey and Scott Daniel | 0142-0000-16-081-L04-P/T

Optimize your physical workspace to keep you, your staff and your patients secure within the pharmacy setting. In this session, you’ll explore security features that you can use in your practice setting to protect yourself, your staff and your patients in the event of a robbery, and to help discourage robberies from happening.

After completing this session, learners will be able to:

Preserving Personal, Staff, and Customer Safety During a Pharmacy Robbery

7:30 PM | May 4 | 1.5 hours CPE | FREE | Officer Wilner Piquant | 0142-0000-16-068-L04-P/T

Pharmacy professionals have to imagine the unimaginable, including what to do during and after a pharmacy robbery. Taught by Atlanta metro area law enforcement professional Wilner Piquant, this session provides useful tips to minimize the dangers of a pharmacy robbery. Officer Piquant will discuss Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (or CPTED) and the steps you need to take during and after an incident.

After completing this session, learners will be able to:

Free in July: Georgia’s Opioid Epidemic

What do pharmacists need to know about opioid abuse and misuse? We’ll let you know what you can they do right now with this free webinar series, sponsored by Alliant Quality and SPF-RX.

Turning the Tide: Prescribing Guidelines, Quality Measures, and Care Coordination Practices to Improve Opioid Safety

Free, thanks to our partnership with Alliant Quality!
7:30 PM | July 6 | 1.5 hours CPE | Michael Crooks and Sharon Clackum | 0142-0000-16-071-L04-P/T

Opioid abuse and misuse have swelled to alarming rates in the U.S. How can pharmacists push back? In this session we will consider quality measures for opioid safety, incorporating government, health system and local guidelines and efforts to curb the opioid epidemic and prevent opioid harm. Becoming the patient’s best healthcare advocate ensures your role as part of the healthcare team.

After completing this session, learners will be able to:

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Free! Understanding Naloxone: Products, Protocols, and Georgia Law

1.5 hours CPE | Bradford Upchurch | 0142-0000-16-089-L04-P/T

Understanding Naloxone: Products, Protocols, and Georgia Law. As opioid addiction rises, knowing the ins and outs of naloxone dispensing is more vital than ever. This session reviews HB 965, also known as the Georgia 9-1-1 Medical Amnesty Law, and how agencies and first responders can obtain naloxone. The course also reviews products and protocol agreements.

After completing this session, learners will be able to:

Choose from three different dates and times and then click:
7:30 PM | July 11 | Free, thanks to our partnership with SPF-RX!
7:30 PM | July 13 | Free, thanks to our partnership with Alliant Quality!
7:30 PM | July 16 | Free, thanks to our partnership with SPF-RX!

 

Free! Improving Opioid Safety: Prescribing Guidelines, Quality Measures, and Care Coordination Practices

1 hour CPE | Michael Crooks | 0142-0000-17-028-L04-P/T

Opioid abuse and misuse have swelled to alarming rates in the U.S. How can pharmacists push back?

In this session, we will consider quality measures for opioid safety, incorporating government, health system and local guidelines and efforts to curb the opioid epidemic and prevent opioid harm. Apply what you learn to become the patient’s best healthcare advocate!

Learning objectives
After completing this session, learners will be able to:

Choose from two different dates and times and then click:
July 12 | 1-2 PM | Free, thanks to our partnership with SPF-RX!
July 18 | 7:30- 8:30 PM | Free, thanks to our partnership with SPF-RX!

 

Free! The Pharmacist’s Obligation with Controlled Substances: Corresponding Responsibility and Risk Management

7:30 PM | July 20 | 1.5 hours CPE | Kaushik Kotecha | 0142-0000-17-037-H05-P/T

Corresponding Responsibility is a necessary – but often misunderstood – DEA regulation. But pharmacists need to learn more about the pharmacist’s legal and professional responsibilities when dispensing controlled substances, and how to identify “red flags” for potentially unsafe or illegitimate prescriptions.

Kaushik Kotecha knows both sides of the pharmacist’s responsibility. After a career in law enforcement, Kaushik graduated pharmacy school and worked as an oncologist pharmacy/manager at IntraCare. He then joined the South Carolina DHEC Bureau of Drug Control as an inspector, eventually becoming the Piedmont District Director, and has since joined Smith Drug team as Director of Compliance. Join him as he walks you through your responsibilities.

Learning objectives
After completing this session, learners will be able to:

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Available in August: Pharmacy Technician Training 101

Technicians, up your game. Pharmacists, Optimize your pharmacy team with this suite of pharmacy technician basics.

Future Trends for Pharmacy Technicians

7:30 PM | August 3 | 1.5 hours CPE | $20 | Pedro A. Valentin | 0142-0000-16-086-L04-P/T

The role(s) of pharmacy technicians is forever evolving. In this session, Columbus Tech’s Pedro Valentin looks at the past and present knowledge, skills and abilities required of today’s pharmacy technicians. Then we will dive into required knowledge, skills, and abilities for future demand.

After completing this session, learners will be able to:

Pharmacy Abbreviations and Calculations for Technicians

7:30 PM | August 10 | 1.5 hours CPE | $20 | Pedro A. Valentin | 0142-0000-16-085-L04-P/T

Pharmacy Technicians need to develop their knowledge and skills in pharmaceutical calculations procedures. This session, led by certified technician and Columbus Tech’s Pedro Valentin gives addresses measurement, medication dispensing calculations, pharmacy mathematical procedures, and calculation tools and techniques.

After completing this session, learners will be able to:

Laws and Regulations in Georgia: What Pharmacy Technicians Must Know

7:30 PM | August 17 | 1.5 hours CPE | $20 | Greg Reybold | 0142-0000-16-087-L04-P/T

The Georgia legislature, and the Georgia Board of Pharmacy have carefully prescribed what pharmacy technicians can and cannot do. Running afoul of rules and regulations can cost people their jobs and can even shut down a pharmacy. Join GPhA VP of Public Policy Greg Reybold to find out what you need to know to stay compliant. Pharmacists will want to take this course, too!

After completing this session, learners will be able to:

Available in September: Back to School

Get the latest updates in law and new drugs – and knock out your OSHA training for good measure.

The Dreaded — But Required — OSHA Update

7:30 PM | September 7 | 1 hour CPE | $20 | Liza Chapman | 0142-0000-16-080-L04-P/T

If you offer immunizations you’re required to take an annual live OSHA update course. Here it is. This OSHA training session will keep your immunization practice compliant, and earn you 1 hour of CPE toward your license renewal.

After completing this session, learners will be able to:

2017 New Law Update

7:30 PM | September 14 | 1.5 hours CPE | $20 | Greg Reybold | 0142-0000-16-066-L04-P/T

Now that legislative decisions have been made, what’s next for Georgia pharmacists, and what new responsibilities do they need to be aware of? Vice President of Public Policy & Association Counsel Greg Reybold will present a rundown of all that’s gone on over the past few months.

After completing this session, learners will be able to:

2017 New Drug Update: A Formulary Approach

7:30 PM | September 21 | 1.5 hours CPE | $20 | Rusty May | 0142-0000-16-072-L04-P/T

Join Rusty May, Clinical Professor at the UGA College of Pharmacy, as he reviews selected new drugs. He’ll look at each new medication’s pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, efficacy, safety, dosing, and cost — comparing it to current medications used for similar indications.

After completing this session, learners will be able to:

Available in October: Pharmacy Technician Training 201

We’re digging deeper in pharmacy technician training with these advanced sessions.

Technicians and the High-Performing Pharmacy Team

7:30 PM | October 5 | 1.5 hours CPE | $20 | Carlie Traylor | 0142-0000-16-073-L04-P/T

As demand on their time increases, pharmacists are going need able technicians more than ever — technicians who can facilitate patient care and support pharmacists in their clinical encounters. Learn about current and future opportunities for technicians to gain and demonstrate competence, as well as, advanced credentialing opportunities for technicians.

After completing this session, learners will be able to:

The Technician’s Role in Supporting Chronic Care Management

7:30 PM | October 12 | 1.5 hours CPE | $20 | Carlie Traylor | 0142-0000-16-074-L04-P/T

Medication synchronization and adherence programs are a necessity in today’s pharmacy practice. Learn about the most effective programs available today, including the latest practice improvements from Med Sync and other adherence programs.

After completing this session, learners will be able to:

Basic Training: 30 Medications and Classifications Pharmacy Technicians Need to Know

7:30 PM | October 19 | 1.5 hours CPE | $20 | Frank F. Barnett | 0142-0000-16-074-L04-P/T

Pharmacy technicians need to be able to readily identify the top 30 medications and the disease states they are used to treat. Join Wiregrass Georgia Technical College’s Frank F. Barnett and he drills you on brand name and generic nomenclatures.

After completing this session, learners will be able to:

Available in November: Results! How to improve patient outcomes (and get paid for it)

Making quality improvement and value-based billing work.

Value-Based Payment Models: Fee for Quality in Outpatient Community Settings and Beyond

7:30 PM | November 2 | 1.5 hours CPE | $20 | Anne L. Burns | 0142-0000-16-084-L04-P/T

Health care payment models are rapidly evolving away from volume-based fee for service to value-based pay for quality. In this program, you’ll learn about factors driving the transformation to value-based payment, the different types of value-based models, and how pharmacists are being integrated to improve outcomes and control costs.

After completing this session, learners will be able to:

LEAN In: Quality Improvement in the Highly Efficient Pharmacy

7:30 PM | November 9 | 1.5 hours CPE | $20 | Ann Damon | 0142-0000-16-076-L04-P/T

In order to minimize wasted effort and maximize productivity, your pharmacy needs a quality improvement methodology. Pharmacist and certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Ann Damon can help you develop just that. Ann will discuss principles and practices of Quality Improvement, cover Measures of Quality, Models of Quality Improvement, and the Differences between Quality Improvement and Quality Assessment.

After completing this session, learners will be able to:

The Pharmacist’s Role in Improving Quality Measures and Coordination of Care

7:30 PM | November 16 | 1.5 hours CPE | $20 | Michael Azzolin | 0142-0000-16-079-L04-P/T

Pharmacists should be active agents in improving quality measures. And opportunities for pharmacists to implement quality improvement initiatives abound. In this session, Michael Azzolin explores quality improvement strategies and tools, with an eye toward helping participants plan and implement their own FOCUS-PDCA process.

After completing this session, learners will be able to:

 

Available in December: Medication Safety and Adverse Drug Event Prevention

Training on how to prevent medication errors and improve patient safety.

Medication Errors and Adverse Drug Event Prevention: New Quality Measures for Medication Safety

7:30 PM | December 7 | 1.5 hours CPE | $20 | Michael Crooks | 0142-0000-16-077-L04-P/T

Join Alliant Quality’s Mike Crooks for an overview of adverse drug event risks, rates and the role of the pharmacist in prevention. Participants will build on the foundation of the National Action Plan for Adverse Drug Event Prevention. Participants will also review existing and proposed quality measures related to medication management and safety.

After completing this session, learners will be able to:

Pharmacogenomics of Drug Metabolism: A New Opportunity for Pharmacists

7:30 PM | December 12 | 1.5 hours CPE | $20 | Kathryn Momary | 0142-0000-16-078-L04-P/T

Pharmacogenomics is emerging a fertile ground for expanding your clinical services. Join Kathryn Momary for her review of the pharmacogenomics of drug metabolizing enzymes. She’ll discuss drugs of concern and the potential for maximizing efficacy and reducing risk through patient genotyping. Patient case studies round out this application-based session.

After completing this session, learners will be able to:

Quality Prescribing National Action Plan for ADE Prevention: Strategies to Prevent Common and Significant Medication Harm

7:30 PM | December 14 | 1.5 hours CPE | $20 | Sharon Clackum | 0142-0000-16-090-L04-P/T

Quality Care is a national healthcare initiative, and pharmacists are an integral part. Learn how you and your interdisciplinary team can identify and prevent common adverse drug events and keep your patients healthy. Providing quality care and preventing hospitalizations will ensure that the pharmacist is an integral part of the healthcare team.

After completing this session, learners will be able to:

CPEasy on Demand

Anytime, anywhere (as long as there’s Internet access): Take these Web-based CPEasy courses whenever you like — think of it as home study credit.

Each course is just 25 bucks and gives you an hour and a half of CPE credit in most cases.

Making GRITS Sing: Finding New Patients Using the Georgia Immunization Registry

On Demand | 1.5 hours CPE | $25 | Libby Massiah | 0142-0000-16-036-H04-P/T | Release date: 07/20/2016

You have probably seen functions on the GRITS sidebar that you have never used before. Learn how these extras can help you plan doses; identify and recall patients who need vaccines; speed data entry; and manage inventory.

Learning objectives

After completing this session, learners will be able to:

Navigating Specialty Pharmacy

Specialty pharmacy is a rapidly growing healthcare niche. Join specialty pharmacist Josh Meeks of Encompass Rx for training on the role of specialty pharmacy and an in-depth look at specialty drugs for select disease states.

Specialty Pharmacy & the Specialty Pharmacist’s Role

On Demand | 1.5 hours CPE | $25 | Josh Meeks | 0142-0000-16-039-H04-P/T | Release date: 08/03/2016

Just what is specialty pharmacy? And what is its purpose in healthcare? Specialty pharmacist Josh Meeks defines his professional niche, looking at recent — and intriguing — FDA approved specialty drugs and their role in medication therapy.

Learning objectives

After completing this session, learners will be able to:
• Differentiate specialty pharmacy from retail and hospital pharmacy.
• Define the Roles of a specialty pharmacist and pharmacy and their relationship to other stakeholders.
• Recognize new approved specialty medications making significant impact.

Specialty Pharmacy: Hepatitis C

On Demand | 1.5 hours CPE | $25 | Josh Meeks | 0142-0000-16-040-H04-P/T | Release date: 08/03/2016

Hepatitis C treatment has evolved significantly over the last five years, to provide cure rates unimaginable a mere decade ago. Developing the correct treatment regimen for Hepatitis C patients is complicated. This presentation provides an in-depth look at treatment options.

Learning objectives

In this session, learners will:
• Discuss prognostics and diagnostics of an HCV case.
• Analyze current and future treatment options.
• Develop correct treatment regimens for patients.
• Recognize role of specialty pharmacists in regards to HCV treatment.

Specialty Pharmacy: Multiple Sclerosis, Plaque Psoriasis, and Rheumatoid Arthritis

On Demand | 1.5 hours CPE | $25 | Josh Meeks | 0142-0000-16-041-H04-P/T | Release date: 08/03/2016

The specialty pharmacist plays a vital role in ensuring patients with an autoimmune disease are treated appropriately and monitored through the course of their therapy. This presentation will take a look into three major autoimmune disease states, assessing their clinical management and providing insight into pathophysiology and specialty treatment options.

Learning objectives

After completing this session, learners will be able to:
• Define multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and plaque psoriasis.
• Recognize specialty treatment options for these diseases.
• Develop treatment regimens based on the severity of the disease and determining factors.
• Recognize the specialty pharmacist’s role in managing each of these disease states.

What’s New?

New laws affecting pharmacists, drugs and your patients are passed every year, and they can affect your pharmacy business and how you serve patients. Occasionally, they even provide opportunities to deliver new clinical services. You won’t get information that’s this in-depth, this up-to-the-minute anywhere but GPhA.

2016 New Law Update

On Demand | 1.5 hours CPE | $25 | Greg Reybold | 0142-0000-16-042-H03-P/T | Release date: 09/07/2016

Now that legislative decisions have been made, what’s next for Georgia pharmacists, and what new responsibilities do they need to be aware of? Join Vice President of Public Policy & Association Counsel Greg Reybold for a rundown of all that’s gone in over the past few months.

Learning objectives

After completing this session, learners will be able to:
• Outline the legislative and regulatory advocacy process and how it impacts Georgia pharmacists and their patients.
• State the pharmacy/healthcare related bills passed in the 2016 Legislative Session and how they might impact pharmacists and their patients.
• State major regulatory issues affecting pharmacy practice.

2016 New Drug Update

On Demand | 1.5 hours CPE | $25 | Rusty May | 0142-0000-16-043-H04-P/T | Release date: 09/07/2016

Join Rusty May, Clinical Professor at the UGA College of Pharmacy, as he reviews selected new drugs. He’ll look at each new medication’s pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, efficacy, safety, dosing, and cost — comparing it to current medications used for similar indications.

Learning objectives

After completing this session, learners will be able to:
• Recognize differences between newly approved drugs and older agents regarding their pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, efficacy, safety, dosage and cost.
• Outline ways that the formulary approach can be applied to evaluating new drugs.
• Discuss the potential utility of drugs in the pipeline for possible release in the next two years.

Collaborative Practice Models

Embedding pharmacists in primary care practices is an idea whose time has come. Thanks to new ACA regulations, physicians are paid for their outcomes and pharmacists are all about improving outcomes. Bryan Zeigler and Greg Reybold walk you through the ins and outs of collaborative practice agreements.

Exploring Primary Care Provider Partnerships

On Demand | 2 hours CPE | $25 | Bryan Zeigler | 0142-0000-16-007-H04-P/T | Release date: 03/18/2016

The primary care practice model is changing, and with change comes new opportunities for pharmacist to provide value. More than ever, physicians need pharmacists if they are to expand their patient care services to improve health outcomes. We’ll help you to get ready, with an overview of revenue models and a look at proven strategies for identifying collaborative partners.

Learning objectives

After completing this activity, learners will be able to:

Implementing Community Pharmacy Services in Primary Care Settings

On Demand | 2 hours CPE| $25 | Bryan Zeigler | 0142-0000-16-008-H04-P/T | Release date: 05/20/2016

Embedding pharmacists in primary care settings is a great idea, but how do you make it a practical one. This hands-on session explores the process, with interactive activities allow participants to apply presentation topics to their own practice setting.

Learning objectives

After completing this activity, learners will be able to:

An Overview of Collaborative Practice Agreements Under Current Georgia Law

On Demand | 2 hours CPE | $25 | Greg Reybold, JD | 0142-0000-16-009-H03-P/T | Release date: 05/20/2016

There’s no denying it: Georgia law hasn’t caught up the array of services that pharmacists can offer the state’s patients. But that’s not to say there aren’t hidden opportunities for Georgia pharmacists. GPhA legal counsel Greg Reybold takes a look at state law and how pharmacists can creatively respond to current opportunities under it.

Learning objectives

After completing this activity, learners will be able to:

Other great courses we can’t think of a category for

MTM, PDMP, ETC.

Critical Conversations: Coaching Patients to Adherence

Critical Conversations: Coaching Patients to Adherence is built on a simple idea: the better pharmacists are at communicating with and motivating patients to stick to medication regimens, the more value they provide to physicians and patients.

But getting patients to change – or even to listen – well, that’s not so simple. Get ideas from this informative on-demand webinar.

Learning objectives

After completing this session, learners will be able to:

Complying with Georgia’s PDMP Updates: A Primer for Pharmacists and Technicians

On demand | Greg Reybold, JD | 0142-0000-16-054-H03-P/T | 1.5 hours | Release date: 07/09/2016

Recent revisions to Georgia’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program signal new responsibilities for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians alike. But with new responsibility comes the potential for new penalties. Are you sure you understand what it takes to navigate the new system and stay compliant?

Sign up for training on this timely topic, taught by one of the movers behind the new law, GPhA’s Vice President of Public Policy, Greg Reybold.

Learning Objectives

After completing this training, learners will know how to:

MTM and the Successful Business Plan

On Demand | 1.5 hours CPE | $25 | Jake Galdo | 0142-0000-16-003-H03-P | 0142-0000-16-003-H03-T

You’ve heard about outcomes or potential cost savings behind MTM. But what about the cost and time to implement a successful MTM program? Let Jake Galdo give you the business case of MTMs for community practice — from direct revenue to indirect costs.

Learning objectives

After completing this activity, learners will be able to:

Fine print

ACPE-logo_highresblackThe Georgia Pharmacy Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

To earn CPE credit for live study, learners are required to attend the live webinar, participate in class discussion, respond to quiz questions, and complete an online survey within one week of the class.

To earn credit for home study, learners are required to listen to the recorded webinar, complete an online quiz. Upon completion of the webinar recording and online quiz, learners must notify the CPE administrator at pratliff@gpha.org.