Found this in my E-mails yesterday, from Goose. Essentially, pharmacists are now in the same bucket as lawyers or accountants. The employers are in an enviable spot, after years of scrambling just to get Warm-Bodies-With-Licenses. They can pick and chose now. Some employers will go for cheap and others for quality.
This will not last. The demand for prescription drugs will skyrocket. Again, there will not be enough of us to go around. The fuckers who are disrespecting us now will get it right back. Good riddance. Just hang on, Sloopy.
A serious warning: You cannot allow them to change or delete two laws.
The requirement that we counsel. (More on that later)
The requirement that a RPh be present when an Rx is sold.
If you are not watchful and allow them to do that, you are really fucked and it will be ON YOU. Keep your eyes open and act like adults. Blaming the ACA is bullshit, by the way. The brains at HHS already have it figured out that RPhs are over-educated to be simply Prescription Mill Minders and they plan on using RPhs and RNs instead of MDs and Dos because we are cheaper. Watch out, Sloopy. Knowing pharmacists, you will go kicking and screaming all the way to paradise. Jay Pee
Here starts the message from Goose.
Yesterday my hospital group laid off 5 of our 27 total pharmacists that covered 2 hospitals and 2 ambulatory clinics. Four of the five were RPhs. Out of the 22 pharmacists we have left, one is an informatics resource, one is the Director and two are Operations Managers for our two hospital campuses. We have 4.5 FTE of full time clinical and the rest is staff.
Official word is this is due to the ACA and decreasing revenues. Bigger issue I think is uncompensated care. Indiana has its own issues on that, decision not to expand Medicaid to cover low-income uninsured as with many other states really putting the squeeze on hospitals. They are required by law to treat everyone and cannot collect most of the time.
This is the first time I have seen a targeted reduction in force of pharmacists. We have eliminated positions by attrition before but never actual layoffs. In numbers we represented 20% of the total number of jobs eliminated.
Add to this the fact a few months ago our President of the Indiana BOP, Sara St. Angelo had her position eliminated at her hospital in Indianapolis. This would have been unheard of a few years ago.
Scary times brothers.
Peace out, Goose