20WAYS to Im pr ove P atient Ca re & Pha rmacy cost cont ain ment Certified Geriatric Pharmacist Credential from CCGP Hospitals need board Certified Geriatric Pharmacists to manage the special needs of the increasing numbers of older adults—medication reconciliation, falls and other geriatric syndromes, and participating in geriatric teams (NICHE, ACE, etc.). REGISTER BY: TAKE EXAM IN: December 15, 2013 January/February 2014 March 15, 2014 April/May 2014 June 15, 2014 July/August 2014 September 15, 2014 October/November 2014 WINTER 2013 I h ealth sys te m • in fusion 53 President & CEO: Thomas R. Clark, RPh, MHS, CGP Founded: 1997 Employees: 2 Phone: (703) 535-3036 Fax: (703) 739-1500 Address: 1321 Duke Street Alexandria, VA 22314 Website: www.ccgp.org/hospital Company Background The Commission for Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy was created by the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists in 1997. CCGP is a nonprofit corporation, autonomous from ASCP and with its own governing Board of Commissioners. CCGP offers a voluntary board certification examination for pharmacists in geriatric pharmacy practice and was accredited by the National Commission on Certifying Agencies in March 2012. CCGP is a member of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence and the Council on Credentialing in Pharmacy. Product Overview The Certified Geriatric Pharmacist examination is computerbased and is offered at computer test centers throughout the United States and Canada and in a number of other countries around the world. The exam is administered in four test windows throughout the year. The test is 150 questions in multiple-choice format. The initial certification period is five years, and periodic recertification is required. This may be accomplished by retaking the examination or by the Professional Development Program, with continuing education of 75 credit hours over the five-year period. Features & Options With the rapid growth in numbers of older adults in hospitals, and recent changes in Medicare reimbursement, the need for hospital pharmacists with the Certified Geriatric Pharmacist credential is growing as well. Hospitals need pharmacists who understand the unique medication-related needs of the elderly, including Beers criteria, geriatric syndromes, prescribing cascades, and issues related to transitions of care and medication reconciliation. Hospitals increasingly need pharmacists to participate in geriatric teams, including ACE, NICHE, HELP, and similar geriatric team-based programs. A pharmacist with the Certified Geriatric Pharmacist credential should be a part of every hospital pharmacy team. Pricing Information The fee to register for the initial examination is $600, and the fee for periodic recertification is $400, either by exam or by CE. In addition, a certification administration fee of $250 per five years is required, payable after meeting requirements for certification or recertification. CCGP also offers a Self-Assessment Examination (practice test) of 150 questions, available in web-based format for $85 or print format for $99. Quarterly Registration Deadlines to Take the CGP Exam A list of resources to prepare for the CGP examination is available at: www.ccgp.org/exam/prepare The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists offers an online geriatric review course, with continuing education credit, at: http://gprprep.ascp.com The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.
20Ways Winter 2013 Issue: Health System - Infusion
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