Live Webinars

PQA Quality Forum Webinars are a monthly series which focuses on healthcare quality. These live 1-hour webinars are occasionally accredited for free pharmacists continuing education. CE credit is available for live webinars only.

Register for Accredited Continuing Education Webinar
Increasing Safe Medication Disposal 
Join us on Thursday, April 21, from 1:00- 2:00 p.m. ET. for a free Quality Forum Webinar that is accredited for continuing education. 

Patient education at the time of dispensing and the provision of disposal products are critical to support proper disposal of medications, especially opioids. This Quality Forum webinar will explore approaches to increasing safe medication disposal in community pharmacy and health care facility settings. 

The pharmacy is key to mitigating the accumulation of unused or unwanted medications. To combat the problem of accumulation, the state of Iowa recently began a novel program where any patient or caregiver can go into any participating community pharmacy and request a drug disposal kit at no cost to the patient. Pharmacists are essential for educating patients about appropriate medication use, adherence, storage and disposal of any unused medication.  

Mitchell Barnett, associate director of the Iowa Prescription Monitoring Program, and Leslie Herron, owner of Sumpter Pharmacy, will discuss how pharmacists can assess their workflow and patient interaction, utilize information on safe medication disposal and engage with patients in meaningful conversation about the dangers associated with opioids. 

For surgical patients, the use of prescribed opioid medications during the perioperative period enhances surgical pain management yet introduces the potential for excess opioid medications to remain in communities for misuse and diversion. Health care facilities are well positioned to implement changes related to leftover prescribed opioids. The safe use, storage and disposal of leftover opioids can be a focus for providing both perioperative education with the provision of an in-home opioid product. 

John M. Edwards, acute pain service co-director at Baptist Health Lexington, will review the current literature related to the use of in-home opioid disposal products to enhance post-surgical disposal.

PQA Education Director Amanda Ryan will host this Quality Forum and moderate a question-and-answer session at the end of the webinar.

Earn Free Pharmacist CE Credits with this Quality Forum! 

PQA now offers free pharmacist continuing education (CE) credits for select Quality Forum Webinars. At the completion of this activity, pharmacists will be able to:  

  • Describe methods to assess their current pharmacy workflow and interactions with patients to determine if the are engaging appropriately to discuss the specific risks for opioids;
  • Discuss information on more current and relevant medication disposal technologies and share the information with patients;
  • Explain techniques to engage with patients in more meaningful conversations about the potential dangers associated with opioids and other controlled substances, along with methods for mitigating those potential dangers.

To receive 1.0 hour of CPE credit, you must complete an online evaluation and mark down the code that is given for the activity as validation of attending. The evaluation as well as your NABP e-profile ID and birth date MMDD will need to be received by the Washington State Pharmacy Association in order to receive credit. The evaluation must be completed by May 21, 2022. 

WSPA will upload the CE within 4-5 weeks after the event. The Washington State Pharmacy Association only has 60 days from the date of the activity to upload the CPE information to the CPE Monitor. It will be your responsibility to check the CPE Monitor before the 60 days to make sure the CE is uploaded in your profile. If there are any problems, you will need to contact WSPA by phone at 425-228-7171. CE cannot be uploaded after the 60 days from the date of the event. 
ACPE LogoThe Washington State Pharmacy Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a Provider of continuing pharmacy education.
ACPE Universal Activity Number: 0130-9999-22-213-L05-P| 1.0 hour CPE | Activity type: Knowledge 

Mitchell Barnett, is Associate Director of the Iowa Prescription Monitoring Program, part of the Iowa Board of Pharmacy and Iowa Department of Public Health. Mitch earned an undergraduate degree in pharmacy from the University of Iowa, later earning a doctorate in pharmacy and a master’s degree from the University of Iowa. He completed a post-doc fellowship in clinical outcomes. He has been actively involved in health services research and patient claims analyses for over 20 years, holding positions at the Iowa City VAMC Center of Excellence and Touro University-California, College of Pharmacy. Mitch has published over 60 research articles and book chapters and has presented at numerous regional, national, and international meetings.
Leslie Herron, is the owner of Sumpter Pharmacy in Adel, IA, just outside Des Moines. She comes from a multi-generational background in the independent pharmacy industry. After graduating in 1989 from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, Herron’s career focused on Long-Term-Care, serving as head of pharmacy operations for several national LTC chains. In 1998, she was recruited to Anacortes, WA, by a start-up software company, tasked with spearheading the development of a software solution unique to the LTC pharmacy industry. The product is known today as Primecare WebConnect. In 2018, she purchased Sumpter Pharmacy, bringing her professional life full circle, fulfilling her intense passion for community pharmacy as well as her entrepreneurial spirit.
John Edwards III, DNAP, CRNA, earned his Master of Science in Anesthesia from Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia in 2002. In January 2019, he completed the Acute Surgical Pain Management Fellowship from Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia. In August 2021, he completed the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice degree at Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia. John has been practicing at Baptist Health Lexington in Lexington, KY, since 2004, where he Co-Founded and Co-Directs an Acute Pain Service. He is also the Co-Founder of Thoroughbred Anesthesia Academy and is an Adjunct Faculty Member at Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia in the Acute Surgical Pain Management Fellowship. 
Past Accredited CE Webinars

Statewide Collaboration across Practice Settings to Improve Value-Based Care Outcomes | December 9, 2021   

This December 9, 2021, PQA Quality Forum Webinar featured Sharrel Pinto, the 2021 Community Pharmacy Innovation in Quality individual award winner presented by PQA and the Community Pharmacy Foundation. Dr. Pinto provided an overview of the challenges facing healthcare organizations that serve rural communities and identify statewide collaborative solutions that effectively build bridges and break down silos to patient care. Her presentation shed light on identifying gaps in care within communities and methods for partnering with stakeholders including tribal partners, federally qualified health centers, and community pharmacies. Finally, Dr. Pinto discussed designing specific strategies to working with IDNs and community partners to further improve access to care and positively impact outcomes.

 This recorded webinar is no longer accredited for CE credit. 


Pharmacists in Value-Based Program to Improve Performance on PQA Measures | September 22, 2021

This September 23, 2021, PQA Quality Forum Webinar featured Magaly Rodriguez de Bittner of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. PQA measures are used in a variety of settings to improve medication safety, adherence and appropriate use. Rodriguez de Bittner explained how PQA and other quality measures are used to assess care provided to patients within value-based contracts at the University of Maryland Medical System. She also shared how pharmacist-provided care within the healthcare team can impact measures such as PQA, quality, and health care utilization measures.

This recorded webinar is no longer accredited for CE credit.