Between CVS Caremark, health care reform, mandatory mail order – you name it – there’s no shortage of challenges or opportunities for independent community pharmacists. The NCPA Annual Convention and Trade Exposition is the community pharmacist’s best chance to trade ideas with colleagues, discover a new niche service, and learn about how pharmacy’s biggest and growing customer – the government – will impact the bottom line in health care reform and other areas.
Earlier this month, online registration opened and the preliminary schedule was posted, including a keynote address from former Olympic champion Bruce Jenner. And soon NCPA will announce that a bipartisan pair of past U.S. Health and Human Services Secretaries – Michael O. Leavitt and Donna Shalala – will speak about health care reform and provide an insider’s view as the former leaders of the department where some of the most important health care reform implementation decisions will be made.
But at least as important as the motivational speeches and government insights are the unparalleled opportunities to network with fellow community pharmacists and to rack up those continuing education hours and knowledge. Over 70 percent of those surveyed said what they learned during the Convention would “pay for the trip” when they returned to their stores.
For a closer look at what the NCPA convention has to offer, we’ve reposted links to the five-part convention series posted on The Dose late last year:
- Former Senate Majority Leaders Daschle, Frist Laud Community Pharmacists’ Role
- NCPA’s Henry Touts Independent Ownership, Blasts CVS Caremark
- Niche Services Give Many Independent Pharmacies the Edge
- Independent Pharmacist of the Year
- Is Your Pharmacy a Leader or a Laggard?
Similarly, this year’s conference features nearly 20 hours of continuing education credits on topics including marketing, merchandising, technology and niches including long-term care, immunizations, compounding, and more.