Magazine article Drug Topics

NIPCO Offers R.Ph.S Fast Track to Pharmaceutical Care

Magazine article Drug Topics

NIPCO Offers R.Ph.S Fast Track to Pharmaceutical Care

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(Editor's note: Drug Topics' Aug. 5, 1996, issue featured a roundup of pharmaceutical care training models available to help pharmacists develop pharmaceutical care practices-and get paid for them. Here, in the last of our seven-part series, we profile NIPCO's Pharmacist Care Model.)

ntensive training that lets you begin practicing complete pharmaceutical care right away-that's the primary objective of the Pharmacist Care Model offered by the National Institute for Pharmacist Care Outcomes (NIPCO) in Alexandria, Va. NIPCO, established by NARD (now the National Community Pharmacists Association) in 1995, offers community pharmacists a comprehensive pharmaceutical care educational program with hands-on, case studybased training.

"The Pharmacist Care Model has four modules-one basic course and three disease state management modules, for diabetes, respiratory, and cardiovascular disease," said Kathryn F. Kuhn, executive director of NIPCO. To receive the program's Pharmacist Care Diplomate certification, participants must complete the basic courses and two of the disease state management courses.

Each module is three-quarters didactic study. The remaining quarter is spent on case studies performed at workshops. "The didactic section provides the needed background, and the hands-on workshop training lets pharmacists go back to their practices and apply their training immediately," Kuhn said.

Ideally, pharmacists should complete the basic course first, Kuhn noted. In it, pharmacists are assigned a home reading course that is followed by a written examination. They then attend a 20-hour workshop, which is offered twice a year at NCPA meetings. (NIPCO also will hold workshops for individual states, if it is invited to do so by the state's pharmacy association.)

The basic course gives pharmacists a systematic approach to patient evaluation and monitoring and drug therapy assessment. Much attention is also given to documenting the services and billing for them using the pharmacist care claim form developed by NCPA. "The codes for pharmacist services are somewhat complicated, so we really concentrate on these in the course," Kuhn said.

The three disease state modules consist of home study and 12 hours of workshop training. …

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