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New Pharmacy and Healthcare Laws from the 2017 Indiana General Assembly Session

April 25th, 2017

screen-shot-2016-12-28-at-6-01-05-amIndiana Peeps of the Pharmacy and Healthcare Persuasions:

While the local Indianapolis news spent a lot of time on the really important news this week, like the controversies swirling around the Unicorn Frappuccino, it appears that the Indiana General Assembly was hard at work creating new statutes for all of us in health to follow this past session! Now that it’s over, officially, I wanted to take a looksie and see what will be changing soon, if not already, in the land of pharmacy, medicine, healthcare, and allied/public health.  Here’s what I found.  I haven’t read them all myself just yet, but… happy reading!

HEA 1019 – Controlled Substances – Looks like we have some new C-Is.

HEA 1278 – Cervical Cancer Prevention

HEA 1642 – Diabetes in Indiana

HEA 1308 – Various Professional Licensing Matters

SEA 175 – Healthcare Consent (sorry IGA, Healthcare is one word in my mind.)

SEA 549 – Health Record Information

SEA 112 – Hospital Police Departments – an interesting read if you work in a health system

SEA 303 – Direct Primary Care Agreements

SEA 392 – Emergency Medications (in schools)

SEA 497 – Medicaid Eligibility of Former Foster Children

SEA 499 – Opioid addiction

HEA 1069 – Immunizations for Higher Education Students

HEA 1273 – Network Provider Referrals

HEA 1336 – Department of Health Matters

HEA 1337 – Telemedicine Matters

HEA 1439 – FSSA Matters – Medicaid issues in here.

HEA 1148 – Cannabidiol and Treatment Resistant Epilepsy - (This bill is not yet signed by the gov as I write this on 4/25.)

HEA 1493 – Long Term Care and Home Health - (This bill is not yet signed by the gov as I write this on 4/25.)

HEA 1541 – Addiction Treatment Teams - (This bill is not yet signed by the gov as I write this on 4/25.)

SEA 59 – Professional Licensing - (This bill is not yet signed by the gov as I write this on 4/25.)

SEA 156 – Drug and Alcohol Treatment Reporting

SEA 243 – Substance Abuse Programs

SEA 404 – Abortion, child abuse, and human trafficking

SEA 510 – Substance Abuse Pilot Program

Legislators – if I missed any, do let me know so I can share it with my friends in health!  And actually, I did leave out a few. In fact, I left out the top 5 most important bills for pharmacists that were either passed this session, or sitting on Gov Holcomb’s desk right now, waiting for autographs.  

What are they, you ask?

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In the meantime, you have PLENTY to read above…!


A Rant, with Friendly Reminders

April 18th, 2017

After some seriously bizarre energy over the last 2+ weeks coming my way, and pleading for the universe to take it away over at the faceplace, I need to state the following for the record, as a reminder to myself more than anything. If it helps the fab 13 out too, great.

1. Contrary to popular belief, I don’t and won’t have all the answers.

2. In fact, every day I have fewer answers. As I’ve said here, I just tend to have more questions.

3. I try to be fair and look out for the majority, even sometimes the minority (when there is injustice), but when that doesn’t work and I’m fighting an uphill battle, I do start asking why, then I think about quitting, just like everyone else. Sometimes, quitting is OK. In fact, quitting is better than doing something half-baked.

4. While I’m generally a rule-follower, I have a problem with rules if there is no rationale for them, or worse yet, nothing better than “that’s the way we’ve always done it” as the excuse for why something is done the way it is.  Or, if a rule was founded on something antique. Rules must change, just like everything else.

5. I am doing the best job I can, with the resources I have, and the time allotted. If that’s not good enough, see #3 above.

6. (Caution: the link I’m about to share has rated R language, so don’t go there if you’re PG), but...this. Said another way, the past is in the past for a reason. It should probably stay there.

7. I have no crystal balls, special powers, or magical abilities. I just work hard.  There are no shiny secrets to being ‘successful’ either. If there are shiny secrets when I do get to the land of successful one day, I’ll be sure to share them. For now, I’m just working hard.

8. Success is the best revenge.

9. Ok, I lied. THIS is the magical shiny secret to success (sorry, more R rated in the link).  And I needed this reminder this week.

10. Quit fighting weird energy/arguing and get back to work. Make things that matter.

Rant. Over.’s 2Q17 Media Kit

April 16th, 2017

For your viewing pleasure – it’s updated and ready to go! media kit – 2Q17 – one sheet from Erin L. Albert, MBA, PharmD, JD, PAHM

Top 5 Cars…and How they Compare & Contrast…to Your Career

April 11th, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-04-11 at 10.04.45 PMTonight, I’ve been doing some hard core meeting planning (not my best thing)…and I’ve been thinking about networking.

Not something I enjoy doing at a live meeting….with a focus ONLY of…networking. I liken it to a spray of cheesy pitches and card trades that go absolutely nowhere post-networking-event.

So, I was thinking of a game or something we could play along with this networking event coming up.  Since it will be in May and in the Indianapolis area – the first thought I had was – Indy 500. That led to cars. Then, I thought, wouldn’t it be cool to compare and contrast one’s top 3-5 cars vs. their careers? As in, describe what you love most about your favorite 3-5 cars, and then compare those loves to your own career.

Too Pluto? I don’t know, but I’m going to try and write through it below.  Below are my top 5 favorite cars, what I love about them, and then the bit about comparing and contrasting to my career.

5. Pretty much anything Fiat.  While the newer models are ok, I’m really more of a vintage Fiat 500 kind of girl.  What I like about them: they’re easy. Tiny. Can zoom around quickly, go a lot of places that other vehicles cannot, and you can park them pretty much anywhere.

How this car fits into describing my career:  This one is pretty obvious….but being flexible about your career in this day and age. You have to be willing and excited to go places where no one else has gone in your chosen career (in my case, building a portfolio that has a weird but interesting intersection between pharmacy, business, law, writing, podcasting, etc.)

4. 1959 Karmann Ghia Coupe. Yes, pink. Yes, like Andi’s in Pretty in Pink.  This car is a classic, but has a bit of a funky edge in the pink color. And, candidly, it’s a little bit ugly.

How this car fits into describing my career:  Classic, but with a bit of a funky edge.  Also, some wear and tear on me just like Andi’s car….been in my career officially for over 20 years now, and I’ve incurred some bruises…lol! There’s always some ugly in one’s career, but that’s part of the life journey, right?

3. Jeeps.  I prefer the Liberty and now I have a Renegade (which ironically has a Fiat engine in it – see #5 – lol). They are reliable, sturdy, can plow through snow, aren’t egregiously expensive, and you can crank on the 4-wheel drive when needed.

How this car fits into describing my career: I’m reliable, and I can plow through a snowbank of work, if needed. I won’t comment on the egregiously expensive bit. Ha.

2.  BMW Isetta: Once again, in the 1950s, this type of “bubble” car was made by several manufacturers; my favorite design just happens to be the BMW version. It’s fun, it’s literally bubbly, and it doesn’t take itself too seriously.

How this car fits into describing my career: While I take my work as seriously as a myocardial infarction, I don’t take myself too seriously. Work should have a little fun in it…!

1. And my number 1 favorite car is…the 1956 Porsche 356. Black, convertible. Goes fast and is slightly dangerous. The Porsche 550 Spyder was what James Dean died in.  All the convertible Porsches share the commonality of being fast and dangerous.

How this car fits into describing my career: Fast, just like life itself. And also just like life itself, inevitably fatal.  This car is an excellent place to end on, both for my analogy and my post.

What’s your favorite car, what do you love about it, and how or does it fit into your career development or career path, in any way?

Ladies and gents, start your engines…!

SXSW Recap

April 4th, 2017

Here it is – SXSW recap after attending and speaking my first year – enjoy!

Who’s the Helm of US Healthcare? A Spring 2017 Checkup

April 2nd, 2017

I’ve been tracking women at the helm of healthcare organizations now for a while–and overall, the news is still pretty blue at the top. But, for those of you who get excited when women leaders break the glass ceiling like I do, I have an exciting bit of news, that honestly didn’t get much press for some reason – but I’m here on my bandwagon to trumpet it!

This spring, for the first time in a long time, if EVER, a woman finally made it to CEO of a top 15 pharmaceutical company! Congratulations to GSK for promoting Emma Walmsley to the CEO position. I’d personally like to thank her for allowing me to finally put something besides blue and zero at the bottom of this list:

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I also decided to start tracking the % of women on the corporate boards of these healthcare companies this time around. First, let me just say that some companies don’t really have their board of directors listed anywhere ‘easy’ to find – I literally had to dig into some recent 10K reports to get these percentages sussed out. Odd.

Second, the standard deviation of percentages of women on boards is wide – you can see above it varies anywhere from 6.7%-41.7%. Considering it has been shown that more women on boards increase corporate profitability, I challenge all of us to consider these statistics when investing our hard-earned money in our mutual funds, retirement programs, and IRAs.¹

The other group I analyzed thus far this spring (as I try to do every 6 months) is retail pharmacy chains. Unfortunately, I don’t have any great news here….not much change, and I still think if aliens landed on Earth and only met these leaders, they’d be very confused about the lack of women at the top:

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If the rumors are true and Amazon is getting into the pharmacy business (which are just rumors in my world – hearsay – I don’t know if it is true or not and don’t take any ownership of this rumor in any way, shape or form), I looked at their board, and they have 33% women on it, which could be a strategic advantage for them, as their percentage is a little higher than some of the companies above.

And, shoutout to Sanofi² and Cardinal Health for having the highest %s of women on their boards in the lists above.

I’ll continue to do my homework and study up on other healthcare organizations this spring and bring more of this information to light – even if I have to root around in 10Ks to do it. If I’m wrong on any of the data above – call me out on it, give me a link to the corrected info, and I’ll gladly update it. It’s important. The only way we’re ever truly going to get to gender parity in healthcare leadership is to keep on holding up the mirror….

1. I really despise it when people reference data but don’t provide actual sources. So, here is a recent source and study on this:
2. Sanofi is a company based in France. Do they have a higher percentage of women on their board for this reason? Maybe. But we’ll take it!

2Q17: What’s Coming Up

March 31st, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-03-21 at 7.06.15 PM2Q17 is here!

You know what that means….time for another top 10 list of items I’m focused on for the second quarter of 2017.

Here we go:

Books – More than 1 bullet here.

1. SWE3 should be done soon – the 5 year anniversary third edition of Single. Women. Entrepreneurs. If you’re a ‘trep (man or woman), please take this quick survey.

2. Last, starting to FINALLY crank on #STEMPrincess4!

3. Launching the S(He) Said Guide to Mentoring – book signings and a tour – awesome!

4. HBA Indiana – we continue to grow HBA IN with events in April, May and June – a huge signature event with Jennifer Cook of WOTY 2016 fame coming into Indy at Roche, (which was a total door buster!) followed by the start of our mentoring program kickoff on 4/27, followed by a networking event in May, and a huge manbassador panel discussion event in June for women in healthcare. HIT is still on our radar screen too.  Also, helping to set up a first ever, ‘we’ve never done this before’ type of event for HBA Indiana coming in September – hold on to your hats – this one will be wild!

5. Pharmacy Podcast – This quarter, I want to dig into informatics as a career track for pharmacists, as well as a few other arenas for pharmacist differentiation. HIMSS17 was a hit 1Q.

6. Meetings – LOVED what we did at HIMSS17 with the Pharmacy Podcast. We’re taking the Pharmacy Podcast back on the road for Cardinal Health RBC in San Antonio this summer!

7. I’ll be precepting pharmacy students again this quarter – for the following academic year – yippie! And great projects for them to work on…

8. Said yes to judging at the 2017 Reimagine Education Awards.

9. Attending #BlogHer17….this conference has been on my radar for years now – finally can make it happen.

10. Getting a year older this quarter – happy birthday to me. #Forever29.

Upcoming Sightings and Stuff I Love to Promote:

5/5/17 – Milwaukee book signings for, The S(He) Says Guide to Mentoring with Dr. David Borst and yours truly.  

5/18/17 – 5-7:30  PM – HBA IN’s Nothing But Networking, SunKing Brewing, Fishers:

6/13/17 - 5:30-8:15 PM – HBA IN’s “Manbassadors” Event: Getting More Women Sponsors – Barnes & Thornburg – - WARNING: This one will sell out–grab tickets STAT!

7/26/17 – 5:30-8 PM – Nothing but Networking with HBA IN and Women & Hi Tech – Eskenazi Rooftop Garden, Indy – mark your calendars!

7/26/17 – 7/29/17 – The Pharmacy Podcast is heading to the Cardinal Health Regional Business Conference in San Antonio!

8/1/17 - #SMDames17 is in the house!

9/29/17 – 10 AM-3 PM- #HealthCarDev Unconference – Miles Printing/Harding Poorman – Registration this summer – mark your calendars!

Have a MERRY 2Q17!


Informatics for Healthcare Pros

March 28th, 2017

If I learned anything at HIMSS17, it’s that informatics is coming to healthcare – big time.

Blockchain, AI, virtual reality, interoperability between systems, apps, the cloud–you name it. It’s already most likely being used in healthcare somewhere.

Taking advantage of being around the wise ones at HIMSS, I went ahead and was lucky enough to get one of them for the Pharmacy Podcast. Dr. Charles Safran has an app out for families to better manage their parents’ medications and care.  Yes, we discussed InfoSAGE.

But, the more interesting part of this conversation was on career development in informatics for healthcare professionals.  Dr. Safran is a medical doc, but there are pharmacists, nurses, lab techs, and pretty much every other player in healthcare now with paws on the technology and informatics that’s here and coming in the future of health.

Listen in on this – and if you’ve been considering a way to differentiate yourself as a healthcare pro, look at informatics.  After all, it’s the future…

10,000 Hours & 10 Years

March 27th, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-03-27 at 9.13.22 PMSo, about this time, 10 years ago, I embarked upon a first for me: writing my first book. I can’t believe it’s actually been 10 years since I’ve been writing and publishing books, but a dozen or so books later (give or take multiple editions of a couple of titles); here we are.

The S(He) Guide to Mentoring just launched last week, and after it, I have two more books to get done this calendar year: 2. #SWE3 (which you can help me figure out the cover art concept for here), and 3. #STEMPrincess4, both of which are already finished in my head.  I just have to make it happen on paper….(and which, BTW, I’m still looking for a print sponsor for STEMP4).

I haven’t given much thought ahead to books and writing for 2018 and beyond. Although, I suppose I’ll keep writing. I don’t know. Am I the only person who still reads books? Surely not. I know a few of my fab 13 blog followers here read them.  I do hope they never go out of style. If they do, I’ll be the last one kicking and screaming when they try to take away my library card.

Regardless, if you’ve never read anything but this blog, all the way through to my mom, who has read all of my books at least twice, or even if you’re somewhere in between on the fandom scale for all this work, thanks for tagging along. I hope these have been semi-helpful to readers. It helps me ignore all the haters, critics, and snarkies out there too when I discover these works are actually useful and helpful to people.

And even though the 10,000 hours expertise theory by Gladwell has been debunked now, I still want to recognize the 10-year milestone coming this year. It’s almost here.  And besides, every book is a journey. It’s a tour. It’s a collection of ideas with an endpoint, and the beginning of a conversation, all rolled into a few bits of paper. I’ve been on a few of these paper journeys now…and I’m grateful for each and every one of them, as I am each and every one of my 13 fans.


How Do You Get Inspired?

March 23rd, 2017

This was a question one of my faceplace friends asked today.  (Well, at least I think it was today – it showed up in my faceplace feed today – not that that nails it. Anywho…)

I quipped “books, podcasts and ideas,” but I think it’s much broader than that.

Travel, art, people, ideas, books, podcasts, meetings, events, even silly walks in the pocket park across from my crib inspire me. Driving in the car inspires me. Monotony inspires.

What inspires you?