Specialty Pharmacy Certification Board (SPCB) Receives Accreditation from the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) for the Certified Specialty Pharmacist™ (CSP™) Credential

Tampa, FL, March 2, 2015 –The Specialty Pharmacy Certification Board (SPCB) today announced that the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) granted accreditation to the Certified Specialty Pharmacist™ (CSP™) Program.

Specialty pharmacy is considered one of the fastest growing sectors of the pharmaceutical industry, gaining more visibility and more interest in the field. Specialty drugs are increasing in market share coupled with a rising percentage of health plan spending. As specialty pharmacy continues to grow rapidly, the demand for clear standards and guidelines continues to build.

The CSP credential is a key indicator to employers, manufacturers, patients, payers, other healthcare providers and the public at large that a professional is an expert in specialty pharmaceuticals. It demonstrates proficiency in specialty pharmacy management duties in a variety of practice settings.

“The CSP credential positions pharmacists to stand out in the fastest growing sector of the pharmaceutical industry,” said Gary M. Cohen, BSPharm, RPh, CSP, Executive Director of the Specialty Pharmacy Certification Board (SPCB). “We are thrilled that the NCCA Commission, by accrediting the program, has verified that the CSP meets stringent national standards. The accreditation testifies to SPCB’s dedication to promoting specialty pharmacy’s unique responsibility, maintaining the highest quality standards, and advocating for professional development to ensure that specialty patients receive appropriate care now and in the future.”

As more pharmacy graduates enter the workforce, the CSP and other pharmacy certifications are going to make a difference in the job marketplace. “Accreditation will allow CSP to become more widely recognized as not only a job differentiator, but also as a company differentiator,” said Gary Rice, RPh, MS, MBA, CSP,  Vice President of Clinical Services for Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. and past president of the Specialty Pharmacy Certification Board (SPCB).

SPCB works in partnership with qualified psychometric consultants to ensure the CSP examination is developed and maintained in a manner consistent with accepted psychometric testing practices and national accreditation standards for certification programs. The CSP examination is given during the months of April and October each year. The exam is offered through Comira test centers across the US.

The CSP program will be accredited for a five-year period, through February 28, 2020.

For more information on the CSP credential, visit www.spcboard.org.

About SPCB
SPCB, launched in 2012, is an independent, not-for-profit entity whose sole mission is the certification of professionals who meet specific eligibility requirements and pass a rigorous assessment instrument. The SPCB is independent from any trade or professional association. The SPCB is dedicated to promoting specialty pharmacy’s unique responsibility, maintaining the highest quality standards, and advocating for professional development to ensure that specialty patients receive appropriate care now and in the future. The goal of the CSP program is to assure the general public receives care from qualified, educated and knowledgeable specialty pharmacists.

CSP Information Webinars

SPCB is hosting the following free informational webinars for Specialty Pharmacists interested in applying for the CSP examination.

The webinars will be held at 1:00 PM EST on:

  • Tuesday, August 12th
  • Tuesday, September 9th

Each 1-hour session will review the value of certification, the application process, tips for preparing for certification, maintaining certification, and an open question and answer period.

The CSP exam is offered at testing centers across the United States during April and October each year. Applications for the October examination are being accepted until September 15, 2014.

Click here to learn more and sign up for a free webinar. 

Click here to download the CSP Fact Sheet.

SPCB Announces New Public Board Director

Alexandria, VA (June 24, 2014)—The Specialty Pharmacy Certification Board (SPCB) is pleased to announce Will Johnson, MPA, has been elected SPCB’s Public Board Director.

Mr. Johnson currently serves as the Director of Business Development for the Patient Access Network Foundation. PAN is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing help and hope to people with chronic or life-threatening illnesses for whom cost limits access to breakthrough medical treatments. Prior to joining PAN, Mr. Johnson served in a variety of sales and sales leadership positions in the pharmaceutical industry, worked with the Air Line Pilots Association, and served as a staff member to former US Representative and US Senator Blanche Lincoln. He earned his Bachelor’s and Masters of Public Administration from Arkansas State University.

As SPCB Public Director, Mr. Johnson represents the interest of the public in health and safety and serves as an advocate for patient interests. This important perspective brings value and a broadened perspective to the SPCB Board.

“We are pleased to welcome Will to the SPCB Board and look forward to the valuable contributions we know he will bring to the group and to the Specialty Pharmacy industry in general,” said Gary Cohen, BSPharm, RPh, CSP, SPCB interim executive director. “His knowledge and understanding of the challenges faced by patients will help SPCB reinforce the vital role of the specialty pharmacist and we look forward to collaborating with him to strengthen the Certified Specialty Pharmacist™ credentialing program.”

Mr. Johnson joins the following existing members of the 2014 SPCB Board of Directors:

  • Nick Calla, RPh, CSP, SPCB President, Industry Relations, Community Specialty Pharmacy Network
  • Ray Tancredi, RPh, MBA, VP, CSP, SPCB Vice President, Specialty Pharmacy Development, Walgreens
  • George Zula, RPh, MBA, VP, CSP, SPCB Secretary/Treasurer, Operational Programs and Solutions, US Bioservices
  • Gary Rice, RPh, MS, MBA, CSP, SPCB Immediate Past President, Clinical Services, Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy
  • Donald Filibeck, PharmD, MBA, VP, CSP, Pharmacy Services, Axela Care
  • Gaurang J. Gandhi, PharmD, MHA, CSP, Sr. Director of Pharmacy Practice, Curascript
  • Stacey Jassey, PharmD, CSP, Clinical Development Specialist, Fairview Pharmacy Services, LLC
  • Sandra Matsumoto, RPh, CSP, Director, Specialty Pharmacy Practice, CVS Caremark
  • William Bunn, MD, JD, MPH, Retired VP, Health Safety Security Productivity, Navistar
  • Jeffrey Bourret, RPh, MS, FASHP, Medical Lead, Specialty Payer & Channel Customer Services, Medical Affairs, Pfizer, Inc.
  • Kathy Webster, PharmD, PhD, Founding Dean and Professor, KGI School of Pharmacy
  • Kathy Puglise, MSN/ED, BSN, RN, CRNI®, VP of Infusion Nursing, BioScrip, Inc.
  • Jim Smeeding, RPh, MBA, NASP Executive Director
  • Gary M. Cohen, BSPharm, RPh, CSP, Executive Director, SPCB

SPCB, launched in 2012, is an independent, not-for-profit entity whose sole mission is the certification of professionals who meet specific eligibility requirements and pass a rigorous assessment instrument. The SPCB is independent from any trade or professional association. The SPCB is dedicated to promoting specialty pharmacy’s unique responsibility, maintaining the highest quality standards, and advocating for professional development to ensure that specialty patients receive appropriate care now and in the future. The goal of the CSP program is to assure the general public receives care from qualified, educated and knowledgeable specialty pharmacists.

Certified Specialty Pharmacy Exams Underway

Alexandria, VA, April 15, 2014

The Specialty Pharmacy Certification Board (SPCB) today announced that the second round of exams for the Certified Specialty Pharmacy™  (CSP™) credential have officially commenced and will continue throughout April. Created to serve as an objective tool for identifying competent professionals within the Specialty Pharmacy industry, SPCB developed the CSP certification to provide independent, verifiable evidence of proficiency in their practice. Candidates who successfully complete the exam will join the ranks of CSPs credentialed by SPCB.

“The CSP credential positions pharmacists to stand out in the fastest growing sector of the pharmaceutical industry,” said SPCB President, Nick Calla, RPh, CSP, Vice President of Industry Relations at Community Specialty Pharmacy Network. “Preparing for the exam broadens pharmacists’ knowledge base. Earning the CSP demonstrates proficiency and a commitment to best practice.”

Although the current testing window is now closed, the next opportunity for Specialty Pharmacists to take the CSP exam will be in October 2014.  Online applications for future exam windows will be accepted beginning May 1. Specialty Pharmacists interested in applying for the CSP should review the Eligibility Requirements and Candidate Handbook prior to completing the online application. Offered in April and October at testing centers across the United States, the exam covers four separate domains: intake, fulfillment, clinical management, and outcomes.

SPCB, launched in 2012, is an independent, not-for-profit entity whose sole mission is the certification of professionals who meet specific eligibility requirements and pass a rigorous assessment instrument. The SPCB is independent from any trade or professional association. The SPCB is dedicated to promoting specialty pharmacy’s unique responsibility, maintaining the highest quality standards, and advocating for professional development to ensure that specialty patients receive appropriate care now and in the future.  The goal of the CSP program is to assure the general public receives care from qualified, educated and knowledgeable specialty pharmacists.

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SPCB Announces 2014 Board Officers & Board of Directors

Alexandria, VA, April 7, 2014

The Specialty Pharmacy Certification Board (SPCB) is pleased to announce its 2014 Board Officers and Board of Directors including the addition of three Board members Stacey Jassey, PharmD, CSP, Kathy D. Webster, PharmD, PhD, and Kathy Puglise, MSN/ED, BSN, RN, CRNI®.

SPCB’s 2014 Board of Directors Officers are:

  • SPCB President: Nick Calla, RPh, CSP, VP, Industry Relations, Community Specialty Pharmacy Network
  • SPCB Vice President: Ray Tancredi, RPh, MBA, CSP, VP, Specialty Pharmacy Development, Walgreens
  • SPCB Secretary/Treasurer: George Zula, RPh, MBA, CSP, VP, Operational Programs and Solutions, US Bioservices
  • SPCB Immediate Past President: Gary Rice, RPh, MS, MBA, CSP, Vice President, Clinical Services, Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy

Stacey Jassey, PharmD, CSP joins the Board as Certified Specialty Pharmacist director. She is the Clinical Development Specialist in the Specialty Development and Marketing Department for Fairview Pharmacy Services, LLC. Dr. Jassey’s areas of focus support the Fairview Specialty Services Pharmacy (FSSP), and includes development of clinical protocols for the therapy management program, pharmaceutical pipeline monitoring, clinical development and training for pharmacy staff, development of patient education materials, and clinical support for maintenance of URAC accreditation.

Kathy D. Webster, PharmD, PhD joins the Board as the Education Director. Dr. Webster was named the KGI School of Pharmacy’s founding dean and has extensive experience helping to establish and working with new schools of pharmacy, including the University of Maryland Eastern Shore School of Pharmacy, where she recently served as professor and associate dean of academic affairs. She holds a Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, and a PhD in medicinal chemistry from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

Kathy Puglise, MSN/ED, BSN, RN, CRNI® joins the Board as the Nurse Director. Dr. Puglise has been a registered nurse for 26 years and has clinical experience in emergency room, critical care, and infusion nursing. Dr. Puglise has her Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in health care education. In addition she is board certified in infusion nursing. She has served on the Infusion Nurses Board of Directors as the President from 2012-2103, and currently is the presidential advisor. Currently she is the Vice President of Infusion Nursing for BioScrip, Inc.

“We are pleased to welcome our new Board members as we look forward to the valuable contributions that their experience will bring to the SPCB Board and to the Specialty Pharmacy industry in general,” said SPCB President, Nick Calla, RPh, CSP. “Their knowledge and perspectives will help SPCB reinforce the vital role of the specialty pharmacist and strengthen the Certified Specialty Pharmacist™ credentialing program.”

The 2014 SPCB Board of Directors members are:

  • Nick Calla, RPh, CSP, SPCB President, Community Specialty Pharmacy Network
  • Ray Tancredi, RPh, MBA, CSP, SPCB Vice President , Walgreens
  • George Zula, RPh, MBA, CSP, SPCB Secretary/Treasurer, US Bioservices
  • Gary Rice, RPh, MS, MBA, CSP, SPCB Immediate Past President, Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy
  • Donald Filibeck, PharmD, MBA, CSP, AxelaCare Health Solutions
  • Gaurang J. Gandhi, PharmD, MHA, CSP, Curascript
  • Stacey Jassey, PharmD, CSP, Fairview Pharmacy Services, LLC
  • Sandra Matsumoto, R.Ph., CSP, CVS Caremark
  • William Bunn, MD, JD, MPH, Physician Board Director, Navistar
  •  Jeffrey Bourret, PharmD, MS, BS, RPh, BCPS, FASHP, Corporate Board Director, Pfizer
  • Kathy D Webster PharmD, PhD, Education Director, KGI School of Pharmacy
  • Kathy Puglise, MSN/ED, BSN, RN, CRNI®, Nurse Director, BioScrip, Inc.

SPCB, launched in 2012, is an independent, not-for-profit entity whose sole mission is the certification of professionals who meet specific eligibility requirements and pass a rigorous assessment instrument. The SPCB is independent from any trade or professional association. The SPCB is dedicated to promoting specialty pharmacy’s unique responsibility, maintaining the highest quality standards, and advocating for professional development to ensure that specialty patients receive appropriate care now and in future. The goal of the CSP program is to assure the general public receives care from qualified, educated and knowledgeable specialty pharmacists.

Certified Specialty Pharmacist Information Session

Tuesday, August 12th, 1:00 PM EST

Tuesday, September 9th, 1:00 PM EST

 

 

 

 

This webinar will introduce the Certified Specialty Pharmacist (CSP) credential & answer frequently asked questions including:

Who should apply for certification?

  • What is the value of certification?
  • What is the process for earning certification?
  • How can pharmacists prepare for certification?
  • What’s next after earning certification?

The session will include an open question and answer period. Anyone considering or planning to apply for CSP certification is encouraged to participate.

Presenters:

Gary M Cohen, BSPharm, RPh, CSP, SPCB Executive Director

Janice Moore, SPCB Certification Consultant

The session is available at no cost for any one interested in CSP certification. Advanced registration is required.

 

Certification of Michael Crocco

Alexandria, VA, December 2, 2013

The Specialty Pharmacy Certification Board (SPCB) is pleased to announce the recent certification of Michael Crocco, PharmD, RPh, CSP under its Certified Specialty Pharmacist™ (CSP™) certification program. Created to serve as an objective tool for identifying competent professionals within the Specialty Pharmacy industry, SPCB developed the CSP certification to provide independent, verifiable evidence of proficiency in practice.

Notably, Dr. Crocco helped develop the CSP credential as a subject matter expert, collaborating with a distinguished panel of top performing clinical pharmacists representing specialty thought leaders within the industry. Their collaborative efforts writing, reviewing and reconfiguring submitted questions completed the framework of SPCB’s examination. He has now become one of the first in the industry to earn this important distinction.

Dr. Crocco currently serves as a Pharmacist in Charge (PIC) for Publix Pharmacy in Tampa, Fl. He is also a Specialty Pharmacy Clinical Consultant for the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy (NASP). Previously, he worked as a clinical pharmacist for Wellcare Specialty Pharmacy and has been involved with the Specialty Pharma Education Center as a reviewer and author of Continuing Education for Pharmacists and Nurses. Dr. Crocco graduated from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy in 2008.

“We congratulate Dr. Crocco for demonstrating his commitment and skill by earning CSP certification,” said Gary M. Cohen, BSPharm, RPh, CSP, SPCB executive director. “SPCB congratulates all of the exam development participants, especially Dr. Crocco, for his contributions in developing this credential. We look forward to seeing where earning certification takes these truly accomplished specialty pharmacists.”

The CSP credential is a key indicator to employers, manufacturers, payers, other healthcare providers, and the public at large that a professional is an expert in specialty pharmaceuticals. Earning CSP certification validates specialty pharmacy experience, demonstrates a commitment to patient safety, and sets a new standard for pharmacies to elevate their specialty pharmacy services. Applications for the CSP exam are available at www.spcboard.org. Exams are administered in April and October yearly.

SPCB, launched in 2012, is an independent, not-for-profit entity whose sole mission is the certification of professionals who meet specific eligibility requirements and pass a rigorous assessment instrument. The SPCB is independent from any trade or professional association. The SPCB is dedicated to promoting specialty pharmacy’s unique responsibility, maintaining the highest quality standards, and advocating for professional development to ensure that specialty patients receive appropriate care now and in the future. The goal of the CSP program is to assure the general public receives care from qualified, educated, and knowledgeable specialty pharmacists.