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4 Ways to Combat the DIR Fee Hit Coming Next Year

2024-02-07T13:04:14-06:00November 9th, 2023|Categories: Community Pharmacy, News Release, Pharmacy Practice|Tags: , , , |

Did you miss the one hour webinar from ACA Corporate Member, WaypointRx – on “4 Ways to Combat the DIR Fee Hit Coming Next Year”


As most of you know by now, we are facing a significant headwind the first half of next year with the double DIR fee hit (the DIR Fee hangover). There are things you can do to help mitigate the hit to your cash flow right away. Please join us for a webinar to learn 4 ways to help boost cash flow beginning next year. This could go a long way in helping you survive what is coming and ultimately thrive moving forward.

This activity does not offer CE credit.

Our Panelists:


Seasoned, evidence-based, results oriented, operational executive leader focusing on connecting small and midsize companies’ vision to the bottom line through evidence-based management practices.

Christian Jewkes – Vice President of Client Relations for Jorns and Associates

Ben Coakley CFP™, ChFC, CLTC    
Director of New Business Development for WaypointRx and Lead Pharmacy Recruiter for Big Tree Medical.

Ben has been an advisor to business owners since 2004 and specializes in empowering independent community pharmacy owners to rekindle their love and passion for pharmacy. He holds himself accountable for helping the people he serves accomplish their most important life and financial goals. He is the co-creator of the Pharmacy of Tomorrow initiative, The Purpose of Capital financial success system, the Pharmacy Insurance Group, and the Families Saving Families community vitality protection program.

Ben is a lifelong resident of Summerville, SC and is passionate about giving back to his community. He was president of the Summerville Jaycees in 2006/07 and is a founding member of The Summerville Evening Rotary Club. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Clemson University, and is a graduate of Leadership Dorchester.

4 Ways to Combat the DIR Fee Hit Coming Next Year


ACA Members in the NEWS

2023-10-26T11:07:10-05:00October 25th, 2023|Categories: Members In The News, News Release|

Congratulations to ACA Fellow, Dr. Jobby John
2023 University of Texas Distinguished Young Alumnus Award Recipient

Members of The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy Alumni Association board have selected the winners of this year’s Alumni Awards. The 2023 recipients will be recognized on Saturday, November 4, 2023 at the college’s Texas Pharmacy Homecoming Tailgate, generously sponsored by H-E-B.

Dr. Jobby John is a distinguished figure in pharmacy practice, known for his innovation and dedication to patient care. By founding Lake Hills Compounding Pharmacy and Wellness Center in Austin, Texas, at just 26, he secured his place as one of the U.S.’s youngest pharmacy owners. An esteemed graduate of The University of Texas College of Pharmacy (2013), Dr. John’s work at Lake Hills emphasizes the importance of compounding in crafting individualized care. This dedication to tailoring solutions extends to his venture, Nimbus Healthcare. As a digital platform, Nimbus integrates advance technologies like AI and data analytics to revolutionize patient care, making personalized medicine both accessible and affordable.

Earning recognition as a fellow of the American College of Apothecaries and the president-elect of Texas Pharmacy Association, Dr. John’s career epitomizes the evolution of pharmacy: blending traditional wisdom with cutting-edge technology.

Congratulations to ACA Member, Brenda Jensen, owner of Compounding Consultants, LLC for receiving The USP Jacob Bigelow Award

The USP Jacob Bigelow Award acknowledges the outstanding contribution by an individual volunteer. It is presented in recognition of exceptional dedication and important contributions to the achievement of USP standards-setting and impact or improvement of USP’s standards-setting processes. The award is named after botanist, botanical illustrator, and physician Jacob Bigelow (1787–1879), who developed the materia medica list and nomenclature in the first USP.

Brenda Jensen, Chair, Compounding EC

  • Brenda’s commitment to USP is unwavering and uncompromising despite an incredibly demanding schedule with pharmacy consultation and her students.
  • As the Chair of the CMP EC, Brenda has remained a pillar of ethics and character for over a decade despite pushback from stakeholders on compounding standards.
  • Brenda’s style of leadership is rare — firm in her stance when the science is clear, she is also generous and inclusive. Quick to admit when others’ expertise is required, she values and appreciates the unique expertise that every EC member brings to the table.
  • She led the group that made possible that revisions of <795> and <797> became official.


Are you an ACA Fellow or Member being recognized, receiving an award, elected to a local or state office, or in the news? Send a photo and the information to so we can share with our members.  We are proud of the accomplishments of all our members.

ACA Members in the NEWS

2023-10-18T12:33:34-05:00October 18th, 2023|Categories: Members In The News, News Release|

WORLD ETHICS DAY 2023 – Embracing Ethics and Professionalism: Fueling our Passion in Pharmacy

Hey everyone!  Let’s take a moment to celebrate the incredible journey we’re on as healthcare professionals in the world of Pharmacy.

Every day, we’re fueled by an unwavering passion for upholding the highest standards of ethics and professionalism.  Our commitment to these principles isn’t just a duty; it’s a driving force that propels us forward, shaping the care we provide and the lives we touch.


Ethics: Our moral compass guides us in making the right choices, even when faced with challenging situations. We prioritize patient well-being above all else, ensuring that their health and safety are never compromised. With each prescription we fill and every consultation we give, we’re safeguarding the trust that patients place in us.

Professionalism: We’re not just experts in medications; we’re also ambassadors of respect, empathy, and collaboration. Whether we’re interacting with patients, fellow healthcare professionals, or the broader community, our professionalism sets the tone for effective teamwork and patient-centered care.

Our passion goes beyond the counters and shelves. It’s a commitment to lifelong learning, staying up-to-date with the latest advancements, and continuously improving our skills. This dedication not only elevates our practice but also showcases our genuine love for what we do.

As we navigate the complex landscape of healthcare, let’s remember that our passion for ethics and professionalism is a cornerstone that helps us thrive. By sharing our stories, experiences, and insights, we inspire others to join us on this rewarding journey.

So here’s to us – the passionate advocates of ethics and professionalism in Pharmacy!  Let’s continue to shine brightly and make a positive impact, one prescription, one interaction, and one step at a time. Together, we’re shaping a healthier and happier world.

Are you an ACA Fellow or Member being recognized, receiving an award, elected to a local or state office, or in the news? Send a photo and the information to so we can share with our members.  We are proud of the accomplishments of all our members.


2023-08-31T14:40:18-05:00August 30th, 2023|Categories: Member Benefits, News Release|

(Bartlett, Tennessee) – The American College of Apothecaries (ACA) was founded in 1940 in Richmond, Virginia to empower passionate pharmacy professionals to provide exceptional patient care in thriving community practices. ACA conducts educational programs, facilitates networking and mentoring, and promotes leadership that empowers pharmacy professionals to provide exceptional patient care.

The Waypoint Company (Waypoint) was formed in 2010 and serves over 800 pharmacy businesses in helping them create a plan to achieve their true purpose during and after their life in pharmacy. Their sole purpose is to protect and empower pharmacy owners because they believe successful, locally owned businesses bring greater vitality to the families and communities they serve.

Through this partnership, ACA and Waypoint look forward to serving independent pharmacy owners to find ways to generate revenue outside of the PBM model, and better serve their communities.

Matt Coakley, CEO of Waypoint, is excited to expand their services to ACA members. “We’re excited to continue to serve independent pharmacy owners and help them find ways to serve their communities and look beyond just filling prescriptions,” said Coakley.

For more information, please call 843-873-4420 or visit or


All Waypoint solutions do not charge any upfront fees.  They make money when you start benefiting from the Waypoint solutions.  Call today!


One of the most overlooked lines on a pharmacy profit and loss statement are the employee benefits. This is why the Pharmacy401k team has decided to launch the first annual pharmacy employee benefits survey. This will allow other pharmacies to benchmark their benefits against pharmacies in their state, region and across the United States.

Independent Pharmacy Benefits Survey

Compounding Pharmacy: Properly Display Current Licenses, Permits

2023-08-16T08:51:22-05:00August 8th, 2023|Categories: Administration/Management, Blog, Community Pharmacy, Compliance|Tags: , , , , |

Compounding Pharmacy

PCAB Accreditation Standards require compounding pharmacies to be compliant with all federal, state, local, and nonresident licensure/permit requirements, as applicable.

Copies of current licenses and/or permits, if applicable, must be displayed within public view in a prominent location of the pharmacy and any additional locations or branches.

PCAB Standards

Standard TCRX1-A: The organization is an established entity with legal authority to operate and has a physical location with the appropriate licensure, Articles of Incorporation, or other documentation of legal authority.

The standard applies to an established entity with legal authority to operate that has the appropriate Articles of Incorporation, or other documentation, of legal authority.

Legal authority is granted to one individual, members of a Limited Liability Corporation (LLC), a Board of Directors (usually referred to as the governing body), and as allowed in state statutes for the appropriate type and structure of the organization. The entity, individual, or organization has a copy of the appropriate documentation or authorization to conduct business.

If state or applicable local law requires a license or permit, the organization posts the current copy in a prominent location in all locations/branches and/or in accordance with appropriate regulations or laws. The organization will display all licenses and/or permits required in the pharmacy operation in an area of public view:

  • Resident state board of pharmacy permit/license.
  • Nonresident board of pharmacy permit/license as required, if applicable.
  • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registration.
  • State controlled substance license, if applicable.
  • Pharmacist licenses.
  • Pharmacy Technician licenses/certificates, if applicable.
  • Biohazard generator permit or appropriate contract, as required.

Tips for Compliance

  • In addition to appropriate documentation or authorization to conduct business, compounding pharmacies must post copies of all current federal, state, and local licenses and permits in a prominent location of the pharmacy and ensure they can be viewed by customers.
    • Copies of nonresident licenses/permits must also be posted by compounding pharmacies that ship medications into other states.

Megan Reed, LPhT, CPhT, HDDP, Program Lead, ACHC

Megan is a Certified Pharmacy Technician (2007), who started out her career working at an internship at the CHASS Center, in Detroit, MI.  This experience solidified what she wanted to do in life, which was to help people.  She has worked in two different PCAB Accredited compounding pharmacies.   One designated a 503B Outsourcing Facility.  During that time she was in Quality Assurance, and Lead Technician roles.  Reed diversified during her 14 year career, by also working in hospital outpatient pharmacy.  She is currently the first pharmacy technician hired to work for PCAB (Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board).  Reed is also a member of the Pharmacy Clinical Team, at ACHC (Accreditation Commission for Health Care) in Cary, NC.  The main focus of her expertise is in non-sterile, sterile, and hazardous compounding.

Here for You

ACHC is your partner in accreditation. For more information, contact your Account Advisor, email, or call (855) 937-2242, ext. 458.


Accreditation Commission for Health Care:  ACHC is excited to give ACA Fellows and Members access to special pricing options and educational resources for their nationally recognized accreditation services. Members can use their unique code to receive a $250 discount off accreditation when submitting an application online at They can also use their discount code to receive $50 off when purchasing a workbook or registering for a workshop through


Building a Membership Model for Your Pharmacy Using Point of Care Services

2023-07-27T15:17:55-05:00June 22nd, 2023|Categories: Community Pharmacy, News Release, Pharmacy Practice|Tags: , , , |

Did you miss the meeting on July 18, 2023?  This meeting is now available –



Learning Objectives: 

  • Why offer a membership model for your clinical services
  • What to offer in your membership model
  • Point of care testing that you should offer year around
  • How to charge and keep track of your members

Join ACA Corporate Member POCTi for a 1 hour webinar on “Maximizing Pharmacy Profits: Unleashing the Power of Point-of-Care Services in Your Membership Model” and receive more information on how your pharmacy can get started with Point of Care testing.

This activity will not offer CE credit.

Our Panelists:

Dr. Tara Schneider, PharmD. is an experienced pharmacy leader with a demonstrated history of providing and implementing revenue generating clinical. Her mission is to empower pharmacists to maximize the profitability of Point of Care Testing and to improve patient outcomes. She specializes in implementing Point of Care Testing (POCT) services for independent pharmacies across the US. Her vision is to be the trusted source for pharmacists who are ready to advance their knowledge of POCT.

Being an independent pharmacy owner herself, she understands the day to day struggles that pharmacists face. Many pharmacists have great intentions to start a new clinical service line, but lack the time. That is where POCTi has been so impactful. She offers turnkey solutions for compliance, protocols, marketing strategy, implementation, guidance, and ongoing support to generate new revenue while improving patient outcomes through POCT. She believes in meeting her clients where they are in their journey to help them be successful in reaching their goals with POCT.

Dr. Schneider earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, OK. After many years practicing as a clinical hospital pharmacist and pharmacy administrator, she opened a closed door non-dispensing pharmacy that focused on POCT. Her background as a healthcare administrator gave her a deeper knowledge and understanding of compliance, operational requirements, implementation, protocols and procedures that she enjoys sharing with her members.

Chuck Schneider, MBA is the Co-founder of the Point of Care Testing Institute and is the Director of Pharmacy at Cognivue, a neuroscience testing company.

For the past decade, Chuck has worked closely with pharmacists and independent pharmacy owners to help them increase their service lines and profitability.  Prior to joining Cognivue, Chuck was the chief revenue officer at Pharmacy Development Services and more recently at Ananda Professional where he led commercial operations.

Chuck received his MBA from the Thunderbird School of International Management.  Chuck and Tara, live in Lexington, Kentucky.  Together they enjoy running, cooking on Sunday nights, and visiting National Parks.

Maximizing Pharmacy Profits: Unleashing the Power of Point-of-Care Services in Your Membership Model


2023-06-13T12:57:05-05:00June 6th, 2023|Categories: Community Pharmacy, News Release, Pharmacy Practice|Tags: , , |

Things You Should Know About Preparation For USP Changes

On Monday, June 12, 2023, ACA Compounding Faculty presented an open forum, open to all pharmacy professionals, about preparing for the upcoming USP Changes, how to prepare, what you should know. These changes will go into effect on November 1, 2023.  Will you be READY?

Host:  Ernie Gates, RPh, FACA


  • Denise Frank, RPh, FACA, FAPC
  • Brenda Jensen, CPhT, CNMT, MBA
  • Lisa Ashworth, BS Pharm, RPh, BCSCP, FACA

Recording – CLICK HERE
Audio Only – CLICK HERE




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