Academies Weekend includes compounding and long-term-care pharmacists with top-notch programming and beautiful surroundings. This year, the Academy of Pharmacy Owners will be attending and participating with a pharmacy owner education track!   

Long Term Care Track – September 27-28, 2014
Join us for the weekend and earn 9 CE hours on:

  • Dementia Care
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    Presented by: Rebecca Ferrini, M.D., M.P.H., C.M.D.
    Behavioral difficulties in dementia reduce quality of life and can be challenging to manage, especially in a complex regulatory environment. Commonly used medications are not approved for this indication and have serious side effects. Although there are trends towards reductions in antipsychotics for this population, use continues—why? How can the pharmacist help assure that symptom management meets the highest standards of practice? The pharmacist can assist in educating the physician with research evidence, and assist in evaluating data specific to the individual. Through clarification of diagnosis, target symptoms, alternatives, and well collected side effect and behavioral data around reductions, the pharmacist can play a key role in improving the rationality of psychoactive medication prescribing.

  • Transitions in Care
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    Presented by: Lee Meyer, PharmD, CGP, FASCP
    This program is for pharmacists and others caring for residents of skilled nursing facilities. The focus of the program is on practical, everyday issues encountered by facility nursing staff, LTC pharmacists dispensing medications to the residents, and consultant pharmacists that may result in medication related problems for seniors as they transition through various levels of care. Reduction of medication errors and other medication related problems, both clinical and practical, is an appropriate QAPI activity in the SNF that can be coordinated with other levels of care. The influences of regulatory and compliance measures impacting the acute hospitals as well as perspectives from the SNF, the assisted living facility and from home environments will be presented and discussed.

  • Regulatory Update on LTC
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    Presented by: Sue Chaban, PharmD
    This program will provide an overview of pharmaceutical services related federal and state regulations for long-term care facilities. This overview will include:
    • A review of both federal (code of federal regulations) and state (title 22) regulations limited to pharmaceutical services.
    • A discussion of unnecessary drug as related to antipsychotic medication use.
    • A brief discussion of CMS guidance change regarding antipsychotic medication use for BPSD (Behavioral and Psychological symptoms of Dementia).
    • And a step-by-step discussion of CDPH antipsychotic survey tool including informed consent requirements.

  • New Drugs
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    Presented by: Dan Hussar, Ph.D
    Coming soon!

  • Medicine Donation: Making Destruction Obsolete
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    Presented by: Kiah Williams
    Annually, nearly $1 billion of unused, unexpired medicine is destroyed by the long term care industry. Meanwhile, one in four adults in the U.S. skip medicine they need due to costs. Recent changes to California law make it legal for long term care pharmacies to donate, rather than destroy medications to safety-net clinics. Through a dynamic lecture with time for questions, this session will ensure participants understand these law changes and options to donate. Participants will leave the session able to confidently weigh medicine donation against destruction, and know how to move forward with donation if they are interested.

  • Dispensing Controlled Substances*
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    Presented by: Robert Hill, DEA
    Coming soon!

Compounders Track – September 27, 2014
Join us on Saturday and earn 6 CE hours on:

  • Controlled Substances, For Office Use, LSCs Contracting with Non-LSCs, 3rd Party Marketers, and other Legal Conundrums // Sponsored by PCCA
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    Presented by: Tony J. Park, Pharm.D., J.D.
    Come join Dr. Tony J Park to discuss some of the most perplexing regulatory issues facing compounders today: for office use, out-of-state deliveries, FDCA § 503A/503B, controlled substance compounding, hiring independent marketers, and more.

  • Nutraceutical Adjuncts for Improving Chronic Pain Outcomes
    // Sponsored by Freedom Pharmaceuticals
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    Presented by: Mark T. Burger, Pharm.D
    As compounding pharmacists concerned with patient outcomes related to CHRONIC PAIN we have always been concerned about dose, side effects, cognitive function, pain relief, addiction, legal ramifications of dispensing, and drug-drug interactions. In recent years due to the promotion of TOPICAL PAIN GELS/CREAMS and the growing concern for ADDICTION POTENTIAL of opiates, chronic pain and its alleviation have become an intense therapeutic modality as patients and physicians seek alternatives. Compounders have always stepped up to help clinicians and patients solve these problems and some pain gel combinations are truly innovative. But we may lose sight of the “whole patient” as we focus on multi-actives, insurance reimbursement, patient costs, and physician acceptance. What we may lose sight of in the fray are co-morbidities that impinge upon the patient’s perception of pain. We should ask ourselves if we can step slightly to the side of our compounding per persona to help the patient with these “other” issues: HORMONE DISRUPTIONS, GLYCATION EFFECTS, PERIPHERAL NERVE HEALTH, SLEEP, etc. This program explores some of those possibilities.

  • Quality is Only and Assumption – Until it is Measured 
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    Presented by: Russell Odegard, BS, MBA
    This program is about helping pharmacists understand the key influencers of quality within their pharmacy. It will give them the tools to deconstruct their operations into discrete, easy to understand elements, after which they will be able to rebuild based on current best practices and technologies. It will help them understand, when, where and how to measure for quality, and will conclude by helping them understand how to establish a culture of continuous improvement by leveraging, and gleaning untapped value from data that is generated routinely by the measurement process.

  • Accreditation vs. State Licensure // Sponsored by Analytical Research Laboratories
Pharmacy Owners Track – September 27, 2014
Join us on Saturday and earn 6 CE hours on:
  • Pharmacy Law Update – 2014 Q3
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    Presented by: Tony J. Park, Pharm.D., J.D.
    Come join Dr. Tony J Park to discuss the latest changes in laws pertaining to the practice of pharmacy in California, emphasizing those with potentially far-reaching provisions and examining their real world effects.

  • Communicating with the Difficult Patient or Prescriber
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    Presented by: Jody Jacobsen Wedret, RPh, FASHP, FCSHP, BS Pharm.
    Effective communication involves listening more than talking. In today's healthcare marketplace, it is imperative that respect be foremost in conversations between patients and their practitioners and practitioner to practitioner. This session will look at breakdowns that happen in communication and fixes. Participants will be given vignettes to work through and present.

  • Why Quality Measures Matter
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    Presented by: Nicholas Dorich, PharmD
    Community pharmacy has long been considered the most accessible site for health care delivery. Due to this accessibility and other elements of pharmacy care, pharmacists have frequently championed their level of patient care and how they improve patient care outcomes. Now, pharmacies and health plans have the information and data to better show how pharmacies are impacting patient care. This session will highlight the use of medication safety and adherence measures and how they impact community pharmacies. In addition, we’ll discuss how pharmacies can understand and improve their performance scores.

  • Medical Benefit Specialty Oversight & Management:  Using Data Analytics to Identify Management Opportunities
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    Presented by: Craig Stern, RPh, PharmD, MBA, FASCP, FASHP, FICA, FLMI, FAMCP, FCPhA, CSP
    This presentation will create stimulating discussions and innovative solutions for dealing with effective and accurate Specialty Injectables claims payment. This energetic discussion will include Pricing Solutions, Billing Options, Pricing to Contract Discounts, Estimating price to ASP contracts, and utilization management solutions as a baseline for creating a valuable and useful Specialty Pharmacy program for Retail Pharmacies. Clarification and education of attendees will also focus on the “cornerstones” of an effective Specialty Pharmacy Program focus on key issues affecting timely and appropriate pricing and payment of Specialty Injectables, such as:
    • Effective Specialty Vendor Contracting
    • Pharmacy vs. medical billing
    • Utilization management
    • Thorough understanding of the key principles and “rules” for Specialty Injectable Pricing
*Sessions are tentative


Saturday, September 27
8:00 am - 8:45 am  Registration
8:45 am - 10:15 am  CE Sessions
10:15 am - 10:30 am  Break
10:30 am - 12:00 pm  CE Sessions
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm  Lunch & Exhibits
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm  CE Sessions
3:00 pm - 3:15 pm  Break
3:15 pm - 4:45 pm  CE Sessions
4:45 pm - 6:15 pm  Reception
Sponsored by Medisca

Sunday, September 28
8:00 am - 8:45 am  Registration
8:45 am - 10:15 am  CE Sessions
10:15 am - 10:30 am  Break
10:30 am - 12:00 pm  CE Sessions  

Registration Rates

Early Bird
Rcvd by 9/5/14
Rcvd by 9/19/14
Rcvd after 9/19/14
ONE DAY      
  $99 member
$199 non-member
$119 member
$239 non-member
$139 member
$279 non-member
Pharmacists $229 member
$459 non-member
$249 member
$499 non-member
$269 member
$539 non-member
$149 member
$299 non-member
$169 member
$339 non-member
$189 member
$379 non-member
Pharmacists $299 member
$529 non-member
$319 member
$549 non-member
$339 member
$579 non-member

*Non-members: Save $100 off your member dues by joining today! Contact (916) 779-4524 for more information. 


Cancellations are subject to 30% handling fee, there will be NO REFUNDS issued for cancellations received within 10 business days prior to program. Cancellations must be in writing. Refunds will NOT be made for no-shows. However, substitutions will be allowed. Should CPhA cancel the program, a full registration fee refund will be issued.

To register online,
please select a track below: 
To register by fax or mail, 
please download a registration

Hotel Information

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Anaheim - Orange County
100 The City Drive
Orange, California, 92868
Phone: (714) 634-4500
Fax: (714) 978-3839

Room rate: $119/night
For reservations,
call 1-800-HILTONS;
reference CPhA Academies Weekend 2014

You can also make hotel reservations online at:

Deadline for room rate extended until: 
September 1, 2014