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Mississippi Credentialing Moves into Second Gear

Magazine article Drug Topics

Mississippi Credentialing Moves into Second Gear

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Mississippi has entered the second phase of its ambitious program to credential pharmacists to earn Medicaid disease state management fees.

In early July, 63 pharmacists took an examination in one of three disease states as the first phase of Mississippi's credentialing process. A total of 95 exams were administered, as some R.Ph.s took more than one test. The exams in asthma, diabetes, and hyperlipidemia were provided by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. Results were expected by the end of July.

With the exams under their belts, it was time for the pharmacists to attend a one-day, hands-on skills assessment workshop as the last stop on their way to being credentialed. Seven workshop sites were set up around the state. Faculty, all experienced practitioners, were approved by the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, the state pharmacy board, and the state pharmacists association. Each workshop accommodates six pharmacists and two faculty members. …

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