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PART 1 of 2 Healthcare Career Development - the Future of Work
Healthcare-Pharmacy Career Development Leader & Co-Host, Erin Albert, MBA, PharmD, JD, interviews the leading authority of the "Future of Work" Jacob Morgan. 
Jacob Morgan is one of the world’s leading authorities on the future of work, employee experience, and how the workplace is changing. He is a best-selling author, keynote speaker, and futurist who advises business leaders and organizations around the world. His latest book, The Employee Experience Advantage: How to Win the War for Talent by Giving Employees the Workspaces they Want, the Tools they Need, and a Culture They Can Celebrate” (Wiley, March 2017) analyzes over 250 global organizations to determine how to create an organization where people genuinely want, not need to show up to work. 
Jacob is also the co-founder of The Future of Work Community, a global innovation council of the world’s most forward thinking organizations exploring the new world of work. His previous best-selling books were The Future of Work and The Collaborative Organization. Jacob’s work has been endorsed and supported all over the world by leaders such as the CEO of SAP, President of Turner International, CEO of Schneider Electric, CEO of Whirlpool, Owner of the Golden State Warriors, Global Chairman of KPMG, CIO of the United States of America, and dozens of others.
Jacob Morgan's site:
Jacob's Podcast, The Future of Work Podcast:
Direct download: The_Future_of_Work.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 9:25am EDT


Building to a Career in Pharmacy Associations

Guest: Allie Jo Shipman

P4 at Mercer University College of Pharmacy

Welcome to the Pharmacy Podcast Network, I’m your cohost Tony Guerra for the PharmacyFutureLeaders podcast broadcasting from DMACC’s Ankeny Campus.

Connect with me on Twitter at Tony_PharmD or on YouTube at TonyPharmD where you can find over 700 pharmacy videos supporting my audiobook Memorizing Pharmacology and new book How to Pronounce Drug Names, both available on Amazon.

Today we're going to be talking with Allie Jo Shipman who is a final year student pharmacist at Mercer University College of Pharmacy. She is currently in the Mercer PharmD/MBA dual degree program and will graduate in May. She has been involved in pharmacy associations throughout pharmacy school, and she is currently chair of the APhA-ASP Member Engagement Standing Committee and Secretary General for the International Pharmaceutical Students' Federation. She plans to go into association management upon graduation.

  1. Everyone’s leadership road is a little different; tell us a little bit about your road to pharmacy school and what made you decide on pharmacy as a profession.
  1. You are at Mercer University in Georgia, which is outside your home state of South Carolina, what made you make the move?
  1. When did you decide that a PharmD/MBA was something you wanted to do and tell me a little bit about how the two degrees work in tandem at Mercer. 
  1. You’re heavily involved in Association Management, but first tell us the difference between an association and a board of pharmacy and their scopes of practice.
  1. You got to experience a pharmacy association in a 5-week APPE rotation, tell us what you did on a day-to-day and week-to-week basis.
  1. How does the GPhA set priorities for the legislative session?
  1. Tell me a little bit about how attending regional and national meetings impacts your role as a leader in a pharmacy school especially with APhA-ASP.
  1. I know a little bit about the APhA-ASP Summer Leadership Institute, but tell me about how you would be selected, what you do there and why you would go multiple times.
  1. You’re graduating soon; tell me about APhA’s New Practitioner’s Network and how that fits into your future.

  2. You’ve been tagged as a leader by the Georgia Pharmacy Association’s CEO, what do you think made you stand out? 
  1. What blanket advice do you have?

Allie Jo Shipman


P4 at Mercer University College of Pharmacy  

Direct download: PFL_Allie_Jo_Shipman.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 11:59am EDT

Reclaim Your Power - Pharmacy Podcast Episode 384
We are all born with an infinite Power and several unique gifts to share with the world. As we progress in life, we absorb and learn from our surroundings at school, home and work. Our teachers, parents, peers and bosses reflect societal norms that are purely accepted by the masses. We grow up in a world where we need to ask for permission and conform in order to feel safe and accepted.

As a result, many children grow up with limiting beliefs about their potential and may never question authority or dream past what their parents accomplished. Gradually, we begin losing aspects of who we really are because we become distracted by the external world.

With the advancement in technology, we are distracted and disconnected now more than ever. We have grown further away from listening to our intuition and the inner guidance that is always available to us. We must return to our true nature and find what it is that makes our heart beat, our pulse quicken and our life meaningful.

Now is the time for each of us to take responsibility for our lives, heal the wounds of the past and reclaim the infinite Power we were all born with. We must remember who we really are to live a life of joy, prosperity and love and create the heaven on Earth that so many of us crave. As each individual reclaims their Power, the shift will be felt on a global level and create an impact on the collective consciousness.

Reclaim Your Power is a personal guide to serve as a gateway to uncover your unique gifts, rediscover the Power within and live a life of fulfillment beyond your wildest dreams.
1st book
Free 7 Week Wellness ebook: Scroll to the very bottom and enter your email near the Sign Up tab. 
2nd book 
Revealing Your Inner Radiance: Healing Through the Heart
3rd book 
Reclaim Your Power: A Roadmap to Re-energizing Your Life 

"Be the change you wish to see in the world"-Ghandi
Dr. Christina Tarantola 
Licensed Pharmacist & Certified Health Coach
The Diet Doc LLC
Direct download: Reclaim_Your_Power.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

Certifications for Pharmacist Career Development - Pharmacy Podcast Episode 383
The Pharmacy Podcast Network Career Development Guru, Dr. Erin Albert talks about 'Certifications & your Pharmacy Career'.
How to Get Access to the Pharmacist & Healthcare Certifications List:
2. Scroll down to the left side of the page, and enter your email address for an updated list of pharmacist certifications in Erin Albert's emails.
Orgs mentioned specifically in the podcast:
1. HIMSS -
Article on certifications as a growing area for pharmacists and healthcare professional career development vs. other forms of continuing education: 
Direct download: Certifications_for_Pharmacist_Career_Development.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 3:56pm EDT

Jeff Hedges, the Pharmacy Compliance Guide is back discussing the IMPACT repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will have on the Pharmacy Industry. 

Question: Now that the Republicans have control of both houses and the White House, they are going to Repeal and Replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obamacare. What does this mean?

Answer: The current system is broken, mainly because the government and the insurance companies worked together to write this law to control health care payments to health care practitioners. Patient care and the health care practitioners were not factored into the law.

Question: Will the new healthcare law contain the popular portions of the ACA?

Answer: Before the ACA was created, both the Republicans and Democrats agreed that pre-existing conditions, children staying on their parent’s health insurance until the age of 26 as well as many small portions of health care that benefit patients and providers. In fact, 80% of the ACA had been mutually agreed upon by everyone before the law was enacted. However, over the last eight years, this fact has been forgotten.

Question: So why is the ACA considered to be so bad?

Answer: ACA eliminated competition and fixed pricing for practitioners. Then turned over the management of health plans to the insurance carriers with no oversight on premiums. This eliminated competition by the mergers of insurance companies. Now there are only six national insurance carriers who set their premiums and control the market. 

Question: What can we expect with the new changes to health care?     

Answer: 2017 insurance policies have already been written, so there will be no changes for current policies. However, depending on what changes are made in the first half of 2017, 2018 may have a completely different look for health insurance.

Question: What can we expect the first changes to be made in our healthcare?

Answer: Interstate competition. Enabling insurance companies to compete across state lines will have a dramatic effect on insurance premiums.

Health care practitioners will be involved in the development of the new regulations so the focus is on health care to the patient and the patient / doctor relationship. This concept alone will redefine the entire health care program in the United States. The simple concept of patient driven care rather than cost driven care will be the most radical change.

Question: We hear about practitioners, especially pharmacies, who are being reimbursed below their acquisition prices, is this true and if so, how are healthcare facilities able to stay in business?

Answer: Yes, as insurance premiums continue to climb, reimbursement to providers are being cut. Especially in the pharmacy industry. 75% of generic drugs are reimbursed at or below acquisition price. The insurance companies have also imposed a Direct / Indirect Remunerations (DIR) fee that is clawed back 60 days after the reimbursement is made. This can be a flat fee or a percentage and it fluctuates, this makes it difficult to plan your cash flow. This fee has forced thousands of pharmacies out of business.

What key points need to be addressed as the Affordable Care Act is repealed and replaced- points to keep if speaking to members of Congress

Before the ACA was created, both the Republicans and Democrats agreed that pre-existing conditions, children staying on their parent’s health insurance until the age of 26 as well as many small portions of health care that benefit patients and providers. In fact, 80% of the ACA had been mutually agreed upon by everyone before the law was enacted. However, over the last eight years, this fact has been forgotten.

Critical points that are hurting pharmacies and patients

  1. Pharmacy Benefit Managers have:
    1. Established a regulatory empire with no over-sight
    2. Established reimbursement rates for pharmacies with no input on acquisition prices
    3. Worked in collusion with insurance companies
    4. Set price fixing with other PBMs
    5. Have no transparency, even with mandatory state laws requiring transparency
  1. Direct / Indirect Remunerations (DIR) fees
    1. Were initially established under the ACA as a quality payment to pharmacies for providing quality patient services
    2. Let health insurance attorneys working with HHS the ability to change definitions within the ACA, to change the quality payments to a DIR fee. The DIR Fee is an after service fee (insurance tax) deducted or clawed back normally 60 days after the reimbursement. This is either a percentage or flat fee that also changes from carrier to carrier and throughout the year. This has the most detrimental effect on pharmacies’ cash flow and consequently forces them out of business.
  1. Mandatory Mail Order
    1. Insurance carriers increasingly force patients into the insurance company’s mail order pharmacy.
    2. Prescriptions are auto-filled/auto-shipped without patient consent
    3. Patients become overwhelmed with excess medications and DME products
    4. Medicare/Medicaid/Tri-Care are the payors who are the end losers who pay for extra fees for services not needed.
  1. Orthotic Products moved to Off-the-Shelf
    1. This single move has caused rampant fraud throughout the country
    2. The current practice allows the mail order companies to advertise in all forms of media. A patient contacts the supplier who matches them with a physician over the phone. Physician writes prescription and sends to the mail order medical supply company who then ships the product to patient. No medical necessity is required. Thousands of new fraud cases are occurring every month.
  1. Competitive Bidding has:
    1. Drastically reduced patient access to DMEPOS products
    2. Reduced reimbursements for DMEPOS products leads to cheaper products being dispensed therefore, affecting the quality of care


-It’s a great time to be in pharmacy and a better time to be looking into accreditation to be able to add the most amount of services and reimbursements to your bottom line. 

Connect with Jeff today: 

R.J. Hedges & Associates

163 9th Street PO Box H  New Florence, PA 15944  

Phone: (724) 357-8380

Direct download: Pharmacy_Compliance_Guide_2.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 2:18pm EDT


The Pharmacist Vlog w/ Kevin Yee

Guest: Kevin Yee 

Today we’re talking with Kevin Yee, a pharmacy vlogger with a lot of good advice who started his pharmacy journey at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences but is now living in Los Angeles. It’s tough to find people in pharmacy that can show you what the day-to-day life is, but his YouTube channel has ton of content. You can find him on YouTube if you put in Kevin Yee the PharmD in the search bar. 


What do you do if you're struggling in school (not academically)?

You're failing in school, academically, what do you do? 

What's it like to be married in pharmacy school 

After pharmacy school 

What's it like to live and work in California

Why do (or don't do) a pharmacy residency 

Cal State Long Beach talk 

Brown Bag Event with Southern Cal students 

How things have changed for you over the three years (you can totally see it in your videos) 

Kevin Yee the PharmD


YouTube: KevinYeethePharmD

Instagram: kevin_the_refugee

Direct download: Pharmacy_Future_Leaders_-_Kevin_Yee.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 9:29am EDT

On this episode of the Pharmacy Marketing Simplified Podcast, Nicolle interviews Marketing guru and Founder of Heinz Marketing -- Matt Heinz about the power of Networking with other businesses in your community. 

About Matt:

Prolific author and nationally recognized, award-winning blogger, Matt Heinz is President and Founder of Heinz Marketing with 15 years of marketing, business development and sales experience from a variety of organizations and industries. He is a dynamic speaker, memorable not only for his keen insight and humor, but his actionable and motivating takeaways.  Matt’s career focuses on consistently delivering measurable results with greater sales, revenue growth, product success and customer loyalty. Matt is a repeat winner of Top 50 Most Influential People in Sales Lead Management and Top 50 Sales & Marketing Influencers.  Matt is living through the renovation of a 105-year old historic farmhouse in Kirkland, Washington with his wife, Beth and three young children.

Matt Heinz Speaking Engagements

You can read more from Matt on his blog, Matt on Marketingfollow him on Twitter, or check out his books (listed below) on

Contact Nicolle McClure

2929 Westown Pkwy., Suite 100,

West Des Moines, IA 50266


Direct download: Making_B2B_Connections.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 8:46am EDT

Kristy Sobel, host of the Patient's Podcast, interviews a retired United States Air Force Pararescue hero - Mike. The conversation is testimony to the day by day life our military heroes live with many suffering from chronic pain, (PTSD) Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Depression, and other conditions from their time serving in the military. 

Mike is a part of a special foundation dedicated to honoring and assisting fellow Pararescue Service men and women. (Pararescue Foundation

United States Air Force Pararescuemen, also known as “PJs,” and their Combat Rescue Officer leaders are the only US force specifically trained and equipped to execute the most dangerous and technical rescue operations worldwide.  Regardless of enemy threat or environmental conditions, these elite warriors stand ready to find isolated and injured people, render expert medical care, and return them safely.

Such selfless service takes a toll on military families.  These warriors operate at a convergence of roles known to be high-risk for Post-Traumatic Stress: ground combat, trauma medicine, and the recovery of human remains.  Also, the physical burden of carrying patients, rescue equipment, and combat loads through parachute insertions, armed conflict, open ocean swims, glacier travel and mountainous terrain routinely results in chronic physical and neurological damage.

The Pararescue Foundation is the only entity dedicated to exclusively support US Air Force Pararescue and Combat Rescue Officer service members, veterans and their families.  

Please donate to this admirable cause: 

Direct download: Military_Service_Patients_Podcast.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 1:12pm EDT

What is a Medical Science Liaison? - Pharmacy Podcast Episode 378

What is a Medical Science Liaison?

By Erin Albert – Career Development Co-Host, Pharmacy Podcast

Slides on What is a MSL? at:

Book excerpt, The Medical Science Liaison, an A to Z Guide:

First print edition of The Medical Science Liaison: An A to Z Guide at Amazon:

Second digital edition of The Medical Science Liaison: An A to Z Guide at Amazon:

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Direct download: MSL_Erin_L_Albert_2017.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Pharmacy Future Leaders - Sara Vande Walle  - Pharmacy Podcast Episode 377


On the Road to a Career in Managed Care

Guest: Sara Vande Walle  (email:

P4 at UMN at Elite 8 Finalist Team, AMCP P&T National Competition 

Sara is a fourth year pharmacy student at the University of Minnesota with a primary focus on managed care pharmacy. Last year, her team placed in the top 8 nationally competing in the AMCP National P&T Competition. Sara has held many leadership positions during pharmacy school in Phi Delta Chi and in the Minnesota Pharmacy Student Alliance. Sara graduated from UW-Madison in 2013 with a degree in genetics.

  1. Everyone’s leadership road is a little different, tell us what you are doing now and how you got there. 
  1. What do you feel is your area of expertise and what are two things that we can really learn from what you do?
  1. Tell us how you became a leader and how your perception changed when that happened.
  1. What’s the worst thing that’s happened to you as a leader and how did you get out of it?
  1. Tell us about a time when you had an epiphany that changed how you thought about something.
  1. What’s the one thing you’re most excited about now?
  1. What blanket advice do you have for someone wanting to get to where you are?
  1. How do you prefer people contact you?

email : , twitter @pharmacyfocus


Direct download: PFL_Sara_Vande_Walle.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 12:00am EDT