Integrating Pharmacists into Primary Care

This certificate training program consists of a home study (20 CEUs) and a live session (4 CEUs) and is designed to help prepare pharmacists for collaboration with medical practices. The curriculum is a combination of clinical and business concepts essential to providing high quality sustainable services as part of an interdisciplinary team.

Course Dates Available

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Registration Information

Registration accounts for the home study portion, plus a live session where participants can practice applying the knowledge and skills gained during the home study. Home study deadline has been extended to March 25th and does not need to be completed prior to the live session.

In State Registration- Cost $699

*Grant scholarships apply to all in-state residents until February 17th*

Pricing after scholarship applied

SCPhA Member$199
SCPhA Non-Member$349
FQHC and SCPhA Member$99
FQHC and SCPhA Non-Member$249

Out of State Registration- Cost $699

Grant scholarships may be available in your state. Please contact your state’s association to inquire about potential funding.

Home Study

This certificate training program is built in modules. All home study modules must be completed in chronological order before advancing to the live offering. This will allow participants to claim a certificate of achievement. 

Chronic Disease State Reviews (11.5 CEUs)


The Pharmacist’s Role in Managing Certain Cardiovascular Disorders

Ashley Costello, PharmD, BCPS

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    1. Recall current guidelines for the management of heart failure, hypertension, dyslipidemia, and aticoagulation
    2. Distinguish between current pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment recommendations for heart failure, hypertension, dyslipidemia, and anticoagulation.
    3. When given a patient case, determine the most appropriate pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment options for heart failure, hypertension, dyslipidemia, and anticoagulation when presented with a patient case.
    4. Summarize how heart failure, hypertension, dyslipidemia, and anticoagulation is best assessed in the primary care setting by a pharmacist.
    5. Describe how pharmacists can play an integral role on an interprofessional care team in the management of heart failure, hypertension, dyslipidemia, and anticoagulation.


Pharmacist’s Role in Managing Endocrine Disorders

Kayce M. Shealy, PharmD, BCPS, CDCES

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    1. Identify guidelines for the endocrine-associated medical conditions.
    2. Identify treatment options for endocrine-associated medical conditions, including diabetes and osteoporosis.
    3. Recommend initial therapy for endocrine-associated medical conditions.
    4. Develop a patient-centered treatment plan for endocrine-associated medical conditions, including diabetes and osteoporosis.


Pharmacist’s Role in Managing Mental Health Disorders

Jordan C. Cooler, PharmD, BCPP

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    1. Identify clinical features of common psychiatric disorders.
    2. Differentiate between treatment options for common psychiatric disorders with regards to side effects, drug interactions, place in therapy, and patient education.
    3. Compare and contrast advantages and disadvantages for pharmacotherapeutic treatment options for common psychiatric disorders.
    4. Design a treatment plan using the Patient-Centered Care Process for a patient with specific factors.


Pharmacist’s Role in Managing Respiratory Disorders

Eileen D. Ward, PharmD, BCACP, TTS

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    1. Identify common features of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
    2. Select an appropriate evidence-based treatment plan for the management of asthma, COPD, and nicotine dependence based on patient-specific factors.
    3. Compare and contrast different inhaler devices and appropriate use techniques.
    4. Identify opportunities for pharmacist intervention in primary care to assist in the management and patient education of asthma, COPD, and nicotine dependence.


Pharmacist’s Role in Medication Optimization

Kristin Zimmerman, PharmD, BCGP, BCACP

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    1. Describe the impact of polypharmacy and polymedicine on healthcare outcomes.
    2. Summarize examples of successful deprescribing strategies.
    3. Utilize tools and resources to identify potentially inappropriate medications (PIMS).
    4. Apply the deprescribing “protocol” to PIMS.
    5. Consider how you might practically implement these strategies into your practice.

Team-Based Care Principles (4 CEUs)


Interprofessional Collaboration Basics

Michelle Thomas, PharmD, BCACP, CDE, FAPhA

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    1. Justify interprofessional relationship change between pharmacists and providers.
    2. Identify crucial challenges to cultivate collaboration.
    3. List steps pharmacists can take toward team formation and strengthening.
    4. Describe communication principles essential to teamwork for pharmacists in primary care.
    5. Outline key pharmacist responsibilities in establishing effective interprofessional teamwork.


Build Your Brand, Own Your Value: Translate your pharmacy skills to lasting success inside the primary care setting.

Ashlee Klevens Hayes, PharmD, MHA

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    1. Discuss the current career ecosystem in pharmacy.
    2. Discuss strategies on how to create and buid an authentic personal brand that can support you standing out as an expert in your industry.
    3. Review 5 steps on how to show your value inside the primary care providers (PCP) office.


Primary Care Practice Integration for Pharmacists

Stephanie White, PharmD, BCACP

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    1. Understand the workflow of a physician’s primary care office.
    2. Understand how to effectively schedule patient visits.
    3. Understand the benefits of utilizing the provider’s electronic health record.
    4. Understand how to incorporate referrals into patient visits.
    5. Understand when to share a visit with a provider on the same day.

Sustainability of Integrating Pharmacists into Primary Care (4.5 CEUs)


Billing and Documentation for Pharmacists

Taylor Evans Meyers, PharmD

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    1. Develop a basic understanding of current billing opportunities in primary care.
    2. Review billing codes and documentation requirements for billing opportunities.
    3. Understand “incident-to” rules for physician office services.
    4. Understand how a pharmacist implements these services.


Overview of Primary Care Practice Model Changes and Value Based Care

Brian Zeigler, PharmD, MBA

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    1. Describe the difference between fee-for-service and value-based care.
    2. Describe the changing landscape of primary care medical practice and reimbursement models for primary care providers.
    3. Identify how healthcare quality metrics are driving primary care value-based reimbursement.
    4. Identify the different practice and payment models currently in place in South Carolina primary care settings.


Determining Your Value

Patricia H. Fabel, PharmD, BCPS

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    1. Summarize the impact pharmacists have on the Quadruple Aim.
    2. Determine the metrics a pharmacist should track in order to demonstrate value.
    3. Explain how the data gathered can be used to illustrate the pharmacist’s value.

Live Session

Course dates coming soon!

This is a 4 hour live session that covers the following objectives:

  • Apply concepts of chronic disease management, including deprescribing, when presented with a simulated annual wellness visit case.
  • Discuss billing and documentation case(s) to demonstrate understanding of concepts.
  • Determine the value of a pharmacist on a team using data provided and discuss results with colleagues.

I got a great overview of chronic disease states that is applicable to my current job as well as my future goals. Learned about a ton of places for resources on a plethora of information that are valuable in my profession. I also got to learn more about the billing, pitches, and quality measures.

Jessica, IPPC Participant