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State by State: Colorado Expands Scope of Practice for Pharmacy Professionals

August 3, 2021

The Colorado General Assembly conducts periodic "sunset reviews" of the rules governing specific state boards, agencies, or functions of government. If changes are deemed necessary to these rules, revisions may be made through new legislation. In 2021, the laws, rules, and policies governing the Colorado State Board of Pharmacy were due for such a review. Led by the Colorado Pharmacists Society and the sponsorship of Colorado state senators Faith Winter and Joann Ginal and Representatives Dylan Roberts and David Ortiz, Senate Bill 94 was signed into law June 24, 2021 by Colorado Governor Jared Polis, greatly expanding the scope of practice for state pharmacy professionals.

In this blog, RMOS Member-at-Large Stephanie Evangelisti, PharmD, MS, BCOP, Pharmacy Director, Grand Valley Oncology, discusses the impact of Colorado's new legislation on oncology.
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2021 ACCC Innovator Awards: Virtual Reality Brings Patient Education to Life

June 23, 2021

Effective patient education helps patients better understand their diagnoses and participate in shared decision-making with their providers. Traditionally, such education has taken the form of oral communication during office visits, with some video and reading components incorporated into post-appointment materials. But Douglas Holt, MD, chief resident of radiation oncology at the University of Colorado Cancer Center, UCHealth-Oncology Services, is taking patient education to the next level: virtual reality.
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ACCC Virtual Hill Day Brings Together Members, Lawmakers

June 4, 2021

On May 12, 2021, the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) hosted a virtual Hill Day, in which 43 ACCC members from 24 states held more than 70 meetings with U.S. House and Senate offices. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the annual Hill Day—typically an in-person event—was held virtually, giving more of our members the opportunity to engage with policymakers at the federal level.

RMOS President and Hill Day participant, Alan Miller, MD, noted that the virtual format had some advantages. “The virtual environment for Hill meetings was more efficient than live, because you did not need to schedule time between meetings to walk from office to office, especially when the D.C. weather is not optimal,” said Dr. Miller.
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