The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) today launched a five-part continuing education video series that examines how community pharmacies can rethink their pharmacy practices to reflect changing health care models and ultimately improve care for their patients. The videos, produced by NCPA and sponsored by H. D. Smith, explore topics such as the role of technology in patient care, marketing, and new models of payment such as population health management programs.

“Pharmacy is changing and the shift toward quality standards and value-based patient care presents opportunities as well as challenges,” said NCPA CEO B. Douglas Hoey, RPh, MBA. “Community pharmacies are solution companies – every day, they are adapting and evolving to fill gaps in care, help underserved populations, and partner with other providers to transition care for patients. NCPA is proud to offer this continuing education video series with the support of H. D. Smith to ensure community pharmacists have the skills and knowledge they need to drive better health outcomes for patients and diversify their businesses at the same time.”

“Because H. D. Smith works with one in six community pharmacies nationwide, we wanted to support NCPA in this endeavor,” said Chris Smith, president and CEO at H. D. Smith. “The pharmacists we partner with are wearing several hats at once, so these videos are an easy way to stay updated on current industry issues and simultaneously earn credit.”

The videos also give a taste of what attendees at the NCPA 2015 Annual Convention in the Washington, D.C. area can expect for educational programming. A convention session Oct. 12, “The Clinical Community Pharmacy – the Journey Continues,” will examine the same themes of delivering comprehensive patient care in the community pharmacy and how pharmacists can take it to the next level to improve patient outco

Each video provides 1.0 contact hours (0.1 CEUs) of continuing education credit. Pharmacists must complete a pre-read and post-test before and after each video to receive credit. The videos and accompanying CE credit information can be accessed on the NCPA website

About NCPA

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA®) represents the interests of America's community pharmacists, including the owners of nearly 23,000 independent community pharmacies. Together they represent an $88.8 billion health care marketplace, dispense nearly 40% of all retail prescriptions, and employ more than 300,000 individuals, including over 62,000 pharmacists. To learn more, go to www.ncpanet.org, visit facebook.com/commpharmacy, or follow NCPA on Twitter @Commpharmacy.