Synchrony Pharmacy
2022 Virtual Educational Symposium

Interdisciplinary Collaboration for Precision Medication Management

Tariq Adwan, PhD, Rob Leffler, R.Ph., Kathleen Shepler, MS, CCC-SLP

Wednesday, April 27, 2022 • 1:00 pm — 2:30 pm EST

Our Educational Symposium is designed for Administrators, Director of Nursing, and nursing staff that provide care to elderly and developmentally disabled persons. Our desire is to provide networking among leaders in the Post-Acute Care, Long Term Care, and Assisted Living industry while providing education on hot button issues. We hope that participants leave with the knowledge and tools to prepare them for the future.
These presentations provide education on tools to improve the quality of care. The following topics will be presented: pharmacogenomics testing and how it relates to medication management.

Tariq Adwan, GeneIQ

  • Review the Science of Pharmacogenomics (PGX)
  • Discuss the Impact of Genetic Variation on Increased Risk of Side Effects

Rob Leffler, Synchrony Pharmacy

  • Discuss pharmacist’s role in report interpretation
  • Review how pharmacists utilize GeneDoseLive to provide feedback on the resident’s medication regimen.

Kathleen Shepler, Synchrony Rehab

  • Review how therapist can assist with identifying residents who would benefit from pharmacogenomic testing.

 

* Registration and attendance is complementray.

Speaker Bios

Dr. Tariq Adwan, PhD
GeneIQ
Dr. Adwan has extensive experience in molecular diagnostics, laboratory quality management, clinical education, and overall laboratory operations. He graduated with honors from Misericordia University with a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry and received his Ph.D. in Cell, Stem Cells and Developmental Biology from the University of Colorado where he also did his postdoctoral fellowship. Dr. Adwan received several grants and awards including the National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Health and the young alumnus Award from Misericordia University. In addition, he has authored a number high-impact, peer reviewed publications and has been invited to present his work at various scientific meetings including the conference for the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. He is actively engaged with various working groups and scientific advisory committees dedicated to the improving the quality standards in laboratory services including the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Advisory Committee where he is a member of the CLIA Regulatory Assessment Workgroup.

Rob Leffler, R.Ph.
Vice President of Clinical Services, Synchrony Pharmacy
Rob Leffler is a graduate of Butler University in Indianapolis, IN. He has spent most of his career as a pharmacist in long term care pharmacies in the Midwest. He currently is the Vice President of Clinical Operations and Compliance for PCA Pharmacy. Their corporate offices are located in Louisville, Kentucky but they currently provide services through five pharmacies to patients and residents in 5 states. Rob has been a member of ASCP since 1996 and is currently serving as a member of the Consultant Pharmacist Workgroup.

Kathleen Shepler, MS, CCC-SLP
Clinical Support Specialist, Synchrony Rehab
Kathleen Shepler is a speech-language pathologist (SLP) who earned degrees from Butler University and Purdue University. Kathleen has experience in the Indiana public school system and the home health setting, with a primary focus for the past 19 years in skilled nursing and long-term care. She feels it is a great privilege to serve the geriatric population. Kathleen has several years of various management experience in the rehab setting. She started with Synchrony in 2012 as a staff SLP and transitioned to the clinical support team in September 2016. As a clinical support specialist, Kathleen strives to support fellow therapists by providing education in Medicare compliance, quality clinical documentation, and program development. She has presented on topics including alternative payment models in skilled nursing, PDPM, advocating for therapy services, the role of rehab in reducing rehospitalization in the SNF environment, and the role of the SLP in fall prevention. Kathleen understands the importance of collaboration across disciplines for safe and effective medication management and is delighted to be part of this presentation.

The Nursing Perspective: Pseudobulbar Affect (PBA) in Geriatric and Long-Term Care Patients

Justin Rash, PharmD, BCGP

Wednesday, August 24th | 1:00 pm — 2:00 pm EST

Our Educational Symposium is designed for Administrators, Director of Nursing, and nursing staff that provide care to elderly and developmentally disabled persons. Our desire is to provide networking among leaders in the Post-Acute Care, Long Term Care, and Assisted Living industry while providing education on hot button issues. We hope that participants leave with the knowledge and tools to prepare them for the future.

This presentation is intended to educate healthcare professionals on the intricacies of this disease state. Included is a review of PBA with a focus on neurocircuitry, a discussion of disease state assessment and prevalence with a focus in long-term care and then finishing with a review on the effects of PBA symptoms on patients in long-term care settings.

Learning Objectives Include:

  1. Provide an overview of what Pseudobulbar Affect (PBA), how neurological conditions can cause PBA symptoms and how the symptoms of the disease present in patients.
  2. Review how often symptoms of PBA can occur and what the effects of uncontrollable crying and/or laughing can mean to patients with a focus on patients in Long-Term Care communities.
  3. Discuss how PBA is assessed and considerations for the healthcare professionals in PBA symptom screening.

* Registration and attendance is complementary.

* This program is NOT associated with continuing education.

Speaker Bios

Justin Rash, PharmD, BCGP
Senior Medical Science Liaison

Justin Rash, Senior Medical Science Liaison, is a graduate of Drake University with his Doctorate in Pharmacy and then received his Board Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy. Prior to joining Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Avanir”) he was with Martin Health Services LTC Pharmacy where he was the Vice President of Clinical Services leading a consulting pharmacy team before being acquired by CVS/Omnicare where he then was a Clinical Manager. Justin in the past has been involved with association work in leadership positions that include the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, the Pharmacy Quality Alliance and the Iowa Pharmacy Association. He was drawn to Avanir because of the company’s combination of his three clinical passions; long-term care, geriatrics and CNS-related disorders. Justin resides in the Des Moines, Iowa area with his wife, two sons and dog and as a family they enjoy watching/playing soccer.