November 2019
Welcome to the November 2019 issue of the News You Can Use!

In this issue:

  • Pharmacist Spotlight: Ashley Duty, PharmD, MS
  • Pharmacy Technician Spotlight: Grace Imes, CPhT
  • Ricky Ogden, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, FACHE
  • Upcoming Affiliate Events
  • MSHP Public Policy Update
  • KCHP/MSHP 2020 Spring Meeting - Call for Presentations
  • ASHP Midyear Reception
  • Getting Involved with MSHP
  • Upcoming Newsletter Information and Deadlines
Pharmacist Spotlight
Ashley Duty, PharmD, MS
Children’s Mercy Kansas City
Affiliate Chapter: Greater Kansas City Society of Health System Pharmacists

Q: Pharmacy School attended?
A: Ohio Northern University

Q: Any additional training?
A: Master’s in Pharmacy Administration from Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) + PGY1/2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration residency from Cleveland Clinic

Q: What is your current position?
A: Clinical Pharmacy Operations Manager at Children’s Mercy Kansas City

Q: What do you love about your job?  
A: Serving children and their families is very emotionally rewarding and motivating

Q: What role(s) to you have in professional organizations?
A: GKCSHP President-Elect, Member of the ASHP Pharmacy Practice Leaders Section Advisory Group on New and Emerging Leaders

Q: What are some of your hobbies?
A: Shopping, collecting Harry Potter stuff, reading

Q: Anything else that we should know about you?
A: I’m passionate about pharmacy engagement on social media. Get involved on Twitter! @ASHPOfficial @GKCSHP 
Pharmacy Technician Spotlight
Grace Imes, CPhT
Truman Medical Centers
Affiliate Chapter: N/A

Q: Any additional training?
A: CPhT certified / Sterile products preparation certificate

Q:What is your current position?
A: Pharmacy buyer for inpatient areas of TMC Health Science District and Lakewood campuses

Q: What do you love about your job?  
A: I like the high intensity and variety of what I do. I like the level of importance of having medications available for our patients.

Q: What role(s) to you have in professional organizations?
A: None at this time

Q: What are some of your hobbies?
A: I am band mom for my daughter in high school and travel with her for competitions. Big Chiefs, Royals, and Mavericks fan. I love to do photography in my spare time. 

Q: Anything else that we should know about you?
A: I have been in pharmacy for 23 years. Started out in outpatient retail, then inpatient IV room, and now as the pharmacy buyer. I have three beautiful daughters, two in college and one sophomore year in high school. I have an ornery boxer named Athena.  
Shout Out
Congratulations to
Ricky Ogden, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, FACHE
Ricky is now a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a professional society dedicated to promoting the highest standards of professional, educational and leadership performance; the highest ethical standards of conduct; and the advancement of healthcare management excellence.
Know a MSHP member who has earned a new certification or fellowship, published new literature, or other accomplishments and should be recognized? We would love to hear about it! Please send to Barb Kasper or Jim Andrews . You can check us out on Facebook or Instagram and submit someone to be recognized!
Upcoming Affiliate Events


  • November 14th: Student CE presentations at Shakespeare's South (Time: TBD)
MSHP Public Policy Update
Author: Sarah Cox, PharmD, MS
Public Policy Committee Chair

This fall, the Public Policy Committee formed the following two workgroups:

  1. Technician Advancement with a focus on tech check tech: The goal of this workgroup is to develop guidance documents, which will outline MSHP endorsed standards/procedures for tech check tech. These standards will be a resource to health-systems interested in implementing tech check tech and will include parameters to ensure it is implemented and utilized safely.
  2. Pharmacist prescriptive authority and reimbursement for pharmacy services: The goal of this workgroup is to research the strategies other states have taken to successfully obtain prescriptive authority and reimbursement for clinical pharmacy services. The workgroup will also collaborate with ASHP and MPA to devise a new advocacy strategy for prescriptive authority and reimbursement in Missouri.

With these workgroups in place, the Committee hopes to work more efficiently and effectively on our advocacy priorities for the year. In addition to local advocacy, MSHP sent representatives to the ASHP Legislative Day in September. The priorities for ASHP advocacy this year include the following:
  • Patient access
  • Drug costs
  • Retroactive DIR fees
  • Reimbursement
  • Rejection of drug importation
  • Drug shortages
  • Opioid addiction
  • Residency funding through CMS

Be on the lookout for policy updates in future MSHP communications to stay informed of the progress the workgroups make as well as hot policy topics at the national level. 
2020 Spring Meeting
Call for Presentations and Posters
Educate. Network. Advocate.   The Health-System Pharmacy event of the YEAR  in Kansas and Missouri designed for pharmacists, residents, technicians and students!

When and Where:
The Sheraton
Overland Park, KS
April 3-4, 2020

Past Reflections, Future Visions

MSHP will also be celebrating our  50th Year as an association.
ASHP Midyear Reception
Missouri will have their annual reception at the 2019 ASHP Midyear in Las Vegas, NV

Monday, December 9th
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mandalay Bay Hotel
Room: South Pacific IJ
UMKC, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, and MSHP are co-hosting a reception at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting on Monday December 9 th at the Mandalay Bay from 6-8pm in the South Pacific IJ room. Please plan to attend the Missouri reception to meet with friends and colleagues from across the state and to hear updates from each of the host organizations. Awards will be presented to two students from UMKC and two students from St. Louis College of Pharmacy who won their local Clinical Skills Competition at their colleges earlier this fall. These students will represent their respective colleges by competing in the ASHP Clinical Skills Competition at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting on Saturday December 7 th . The MSHP R&E provides the $150 award for each of the students to offset their travel cost to the competition. 

This year the MSHP R&E will be providing free drink tickets for donations made to the R&E Foundation. These donations go directly to providing support to these awards as well as the Best Practice Award, Garrison Award, Best Resident Project, and poster awards presented during the MSHP Spring Meeting. For every $25 donation made to the MSHP R&E prior to the reception, you will be given a ticket for a free drink at the reception. Please go to the MSHP website to make your donation today to benefit students and to receive a beverage to enjoy as you catch up with friends at the Missouri Reception. Donations will also be accepted onsite. We can't wait to see you at the reception!
Want to get involved?
Public Policy Committee
Recommend measures requiring legislative action and amendments to existing rules and regulations that will enhance the practice of health-system pharmacy.

Membership Committee
Coordinate all recruitment and renewal activities for MSHP; establish liaisons in health-systems and colleges to promote activities .

Education & Programming Committee
Provide opportunities for continuing education that are of interest and beneficial to members. Conduct participant evaluation of meetings and educational events.Develop annual meeting content based on members needs. Solicit funds for program financing.
Communications Committee
Help coordinate all communication activities whether it is the newsletter or social media outlets.

Newsletter Committee
Solicit contributions to the newsletter from membership and officers; publish and distribute the newsletter bimonthly.

Website Committee
Ensure Society website contains accurate and up-to-date information, and update as necessary.
Want to get involved but don't know how? Consider one of the following committees or sign up and we will help you get on the right committee that fits your needs.
Upcoming Newsletter Info
Questions submit to: Laura Challen
Upcoming Featured Clinical Topics:
Nov/Dec 2019: Infectious Disease/Vaccines
Jan/Feb 2020: Endocrinology
March/April 2020: Psychcology/Neurology/Pain
May/June 2020: Critical Care/Pulmonary/Emergency
July/August 2020: Cardiology/Anticoagulation
Sept/Oct 2020: Pediatrics
Nov/Dec 2020: Infectious Disease/Vaccines
Newsletter Submission Deadlines:
Nov/Dec 2019: November 11th
Jan/Feb 2020: January 13th
March/April 2020: March 9th
May/June 2020: May 11th
July/August 2020: July 13th
Sept/Oct 2020: September 14th
Nov/Dec 2020: November 9th
Newsletter Submission Guidelines
  • Pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacy students in Missouri are eligible to submit content for publication in the MSHP Newsletter. Student submissions need to include pharmacist oversight.
  • Submit content to the current Newsletter Committee Chair on or before the established deadlines.
  • CE and Featured Clinical Topics must be approved by the Newsletter Committee Chair in advance of article submission, to prevent duplicates. Duplicate articles submitted without advanced approval may not be published.
  • Recommended length of submissions for committee, affiliate, college/schools of pharmacy, and student chapter reports is half to one page in length.
  • Recommended length of submissions for featured clinical topics is 1 to 2 pages, without references.
  • Recommended length of CE articles is individualized, based on the amount of CE provided.
  • Recommended length of submission for other categories is 1 to 2 pages.
Interested in becoming a MSHP member or need to renew? It's easy! Click the above button or visit the MSHP website:

Membership Dues:
Pharmacist: $110
Joint Pharmacist: (Husband/Wife) $155
Technician: $35
Associate Member: $110
Recent Graduate (within 24 months): $45
Student: $25
Retired Pharmacist: $35
MSHP Committee Chairs
Committee Chairs
Vendor Relations Board Liaison -   Evanna Shopoff
Membership Committee -   Erin Hennessey
Communications Committee -   Barb Kasper
Public Policy Committee -   Sarah Cox
Newsletter Committee -   Laura Challen
Education and Programming -   Elizabeth Englin
Website Committee -    Lori Rio