Reflection #1: Nare Karabekyan, PharmD Candidate 2019
During this presentation, I learned a lot about Dr. Raffia Kaprielian and his role in Managed Care Pharmacy. I learned that Dr. Raffia Kapirelian is part of the WesternU alumni. This resonates with me because seeing him so passionate and successful made me sure that I picked the right school! He was really happy that he has a work and life balance, which is very important to me as well because I hope to have children and a family in the future along with a successful career.
I learned about Managed Care and the goals it tries to achieve each day. For example, one of their major objectives is to provide quality healthcare while keeping costs low. He explained that in the past, pharmacists were not very involved in Managed Care, but now pharmacists are very involved in all the aspects of Managed Care and Dr. Raffia Kaprielian is living proof of this historical change.
My main “Keeper” from this presentation was learning about the role pharmacists play in Managed Care. They focus on improving patient outcomes by managing the quality of patients drug therapies. Dr. Kaprielian explained the process he goes through every day with hospital discharge notices. He checks for duplicate medications patients could be taking and evaluates what medications are being utilized correctly or incorectly. This is a “Keeper” for me because Dr. Kaprielian made me realize that pharmacists truly have a valuable asset to add to the Managed Care team and it is something I should definitely consider for my future as a pharmacist.
Reflection #2: Jing Liu, PharmD Candidate 2019
Dr. Kaprielian is currently a pharmacist in Heritage Provider Network, and their focus is managed care in the healthcare system. He shared the importance of focusing on managed care in order to control cost of medication and increase the clinical outcome. The healthcare system is evolving due to the involvement of pharmacists and their new roles. The Affordable Care Act provided more access and affordability to patients which has significantly increased the number of patients. This has brought patient safety management and monitoring in focus to improvement patient care. Many times, physicians can prescribe drugs but they cannot monitor if the patients actually adhere to the plan, so it is the pharmacists’ jobs to make sure that the patients are properly taking their medication. The keeper of this speech was that the need for managed patient care is increasing, and all of the pharmacists now should quickly develop management abilities so that they can better adapt to the changes in the healthcare system. This means that as a candidate of pharmacist I should start to develop leadership characteristics now so by the time that I graduate I can practice managed care to my patients to insure their safety and quality of treatment. Especially for elderly patients who are on multiple medications, it is very important to make sure that they are not taking unnecessary drug which can bring side effects to their health conditions. Therefore, manage care is a broad term that can be applied to different groups of people and it is important for everyone to have the high quality healthcare.
Reflection #3: Alvin Fong, PharmD Candidate 2019
Dr. Raffi Kaprielian came in to talk to us about his current profession in the managed care field of pharmacy. He described to us the pharmacist’s role in making sure that their patient’s medication is being used as effectively as can be while also minimizing the costs. He gave several examples of his experiences while working at Regal Medical Group as the Director of Pharmacy Services. As trivial as it may sound, the main keeper message that I took from Dr. Kaprielian’s presentation was the fact that he was an avid motocross racer. At times, I tend to stress out about how busy and tired I will be when I am going through pharmacy school and practicing pharmacy after I graduate. It was really nice to see a fellow Western University Pharmacy student that has gone through everything that I will go through still have time to enjoy his passion for racing. I take his lifestyle as an example for me to always make time for play so that I will not get over stressed out with my studies and patients.