Workgroups and Committees

The Pharmacy HIT Collaborative Committees and Work Groups, formerly known as PSTAC, the Pharmacist Services Technical Advisory Coalition, was founded in 2002 to improve the coding infrastructure necessary to support billing for pharmacists' professional services. In 2012 PSTAC was restructured so that it is under the same umbrella of leadership as the Pharmacy HIT Collaborative Committees and Work Groups

The Pharmacy HIT Collaborative’s Volunteer Workgroups help facilitate the Collaborative’s efforts, particularly in regards to our strategic plan. There are currently four Workgroups:

Workgroup 1 - Professional Service Claims and Codes

2017 Description:
 •Maintain, add, and evolve new pharmacy service billing codes (CPT); and monitor the organizations responsible for establishing and maintaining billing codes and the transactions using the codes (e.g. AMA/CPT, NCPDP, X12). Evaluate NCPDP WG1, WG10 and WG11 activity to determine the need for new codes or Value Sets for billing professional services. Monitor quality reporting measures as they relate to pharmacists’ services including organizations overseeing these measures (e.g. PQA, NQF, AMA/CPT). 

  • ChairMichele Davidson - Representing NCPDP
  • Vice Chair - Jenny Arnold - Representing NASPA
  • Staff Liason - Ryan Burke - Representing APhA
  • Staff Liason - Tricia Lee Wilkins - Representing AMCP
  • Brian Isetts - Representing APhA
  • Peter Cummings - Representing AMCP
  • Dan Buffington - Representing APhA
  • Shepin Werner - Representing AMCP
  • Ralph Kalies - Representing ASCP
  • David Pope - Representing NCPA
  • Stacey Shellberg - Representing AACP
  • Maureen Sullivan - Representing APhA
  • Dusty Allen - Representing APhA
  • Anne Burns - Representing APhA
  • Michael Zabonik - Representing Cardinal Health/Fuse
  • Helen Mannhalter - Representing Cardinal Health/Fuse
  • Jim Green - Representing Surescripts

Work Group 1 Documents
New Codes for Transitional Code Management and Chronic Care Coordination Services

Case Study Examples: Pharmacists Working in Collaboration With Physicians and Other Health Care Professionals

Workgroup 2 - Professional Service Documentation and Coding

2017 Description: Identify pharmacists professional service documentation codes (e.g. SNOMED-CT, LOINC, RxNorm); as necessary monitor and act upon standards development organizations activity (e.g. NCPDP WG10 MTM Communications TG, HL7);  develop educational or guidance material about the technical use of pharmacists coding EHR documentation (e.g. medication reconciliation, disease or condition specific outcomes).

  • Chair Patty Lind - Representing AMCP
  • Vice Chair - Beth Brusig - Representing AMCP
  • Staff Liason - Jenna Ventresca - Representing APhA
  • David Bright - Representing APhA
  • Karen Eckert - Representing NCPDP
  • Cathy Graeff - Representing NCPDP
  • Frank McKinney - Representing NCPDP
  • Stacey Shellberg - Representing AACP
  • Marie Smith - Representing AACP
  • Shepin Werner - Representing AMCP
  • Maureen Sullivan - Representing APhA
  • Dusty Allen - Representing APhA
  • Susan Rhodus - Representing ASCP
  • Michael McGregory - Representing ASHP
  • Sandra Bollinger - Representing NCPA
  • Jim Green - Representing Surescripts
  • Sandra Leal - Representing APhA
  • Scott Lust - Representing Cardinal Health/Fuse
  • Jeffrey Norder - Representing Cardinal Health/Fuse
  • Ann Schwemm - Observer
  • Samm Anderegg - Observer
  • Mary Ann Kliethermes - Observer
  • Mary Jo Carden - Observer
  • Shannon Thor - Observer

Work Group 2 Documents
Environmental Scan of Pharmacogenomics Coding: Current Practice and Barriers

Medication Therapy Management Services Clinical Documentation: using a structured coding system – SNOMED CT

Documenting Comprehensive Medication Management in Team-Based Models Using SNOMED CT Codes

Workgroup 3 - Communication Standards

2017 Description: The Work Group assists the Collaborative with guidance to pharmacists and other key stakeholders about Health Information Exchanges (HIE's), clinical aspects of e-prescribing, workflow related to the pharmacists’ patient care process, digital health, clinical data exchange, and other standard electronic-related transactions.

  • Chair - Clark Kebodeaux - Representing AACP
  • Vice Chair - Beth Breeden - Representing ASHP
  • Staff Liason - Jim Owen - Representing APhA
  • Staff Liason - Tricia Lee Wilkins - Representing AMCP
  • Beth Brusig - Representing AMCP
  • Özlem Ersin - Representing AACP
  • Mary Ann Kliethermes - Representing ASHP
  • David Pope - Representing NCPA
  • Nicole Russell - Representing NCPDP
  • Rebecca Snead - Representing NASPA
  • Larry Kelley - Representing ASCP
  • Scott Fannin - Representing Updox
  • Kathy Vieson - Representing APhA
  • Taylor Kravatz - Representing ASCP
  • Elizabeth Otley - Representing Cardinal Health/Fuse
  • Kristen Furby - Representing Cardinal Health/Fuse
  • Brian T. Henderson - Representing APhA
  • Samm Anderegg - Observer
  • Vibhuti Arya - Observer
  • Stephanie Hammonds - Observer

Work Group 3 Documents
Overview of Pharmacists’ Role of mHealth in Medication Adherence

Integrating Pharmacists into  Health Information Exchanges

Workflow of Pharmacist Clinical  Documentation Process in  Pharmacy Practice Settings

Workgroup 4 - Pharmacist EHR

2017 Description: Work with HL7 and NCPDP to evaluate and recommend changes to EHR functional profiles specific to community (ambulatory), long term post-acute care, and hospital pharmacy practice settings; electronic structured documents (C-CDA); work on guidance documents to educate pharmacists on the value of their system vendors in adopting pharmacist EHR and Health IT certification to accomplish interoperability; work with quality development organizations (e.g. PQA, NQF, NCQA) in electronic standardization for the impact of pharmacists’ clinical interventions and medication use information in EHRs for quality reporting and analytics (evaluate and predict).

  • Chair - Marie Link Representing ASHP
  • Vice Chair - Phil Ayers - Representing ASHP
  • Staff Liason - Arnie Clayman - Representing ASCP
  • Staff Liason - David Searle - Representing Pfizer
  • Catherine C. Graeff - Representing NCPDP
  • William A. Lockwood, Jr. - Representing APhA
  • David Butler - Representing APhA
  • Gary Dighe - Representing ASCP
  • Dave Doane - Representing ASCP
  • Nina Homan - Representing AMCP
  • Will Lockwood - Representing APhA
  • David Pope - Representing NCPA
  • Scott Robertson - Representing NCPDP
  • Stacey Shellberg - Representing AACP
  • Chris Smith - Representing NCPDP
  • Dusty Allen - Representing APhA
  • Allen Nichol - Representing APhA
  • Ryan Burke - Representing APhA
  • Corbin Shaw - Representing Cardinal Health/Fuse
  • Greg Milanich - Representing ASCP
  • Mike Chen - Representing AMCP
  • Stacy Ward-Charlerie - Representing Surescripts
  • Peinie Young - Representing Cardinal Health/Fuse
  • Angela Smith - Representing Cardinal Health/Fuse
  • Derrick Pena - Representing Cardinal Health/Fuse
  • Mark Harris - Representing Cardinal Health/Fuse
  • Tamara Fox - Observer

Work Group 4 Documents
Health Level Seven (HL7) posted the “Pharmacist Electronic Health Record (EHR) Implementation Guide for Community Practice” on the EHR Functional Profile page of the HL7 website The Pharmacist Electronic Health Record (EHR) Implementation Guide for Community Practice: prepares pharmacists to electronically collect, document and exchange clinical information, the pharmacy management systems need the appropriate functionality to capture these functions. This guide will help EHR certification organizations develop certification criteria for Pharmacist EHRs in the community practice setting. 

Electronic Health Record Certification: Making the Pharmacists' Case to System Vendors.

Electronic Health Record Certification: Making the Pharmacist’s Case to System Vendors by Practice Specific Settings

Value Set Committee

2016 Description:
The VSC is responsible for vetting and approving documentation codes and value sets for use in national electronic health information exchanges for the pharmacy. Value sets are lists of specific terms and their associated codes that describe clinical concepts for electronic health documentation. Value sets submitted and approved through the National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) Value Set Authority Center (VSAC) are intended to represent federally recognized codes to be used as standards for electronic health documentation.

  • Chair - Samm Anderegg
  • Staff Liason - Ryan Burke
  • Amber Baybayan - Representing Cardinal Health
  • Anthony Pudlo - Representing NASPA
  • Dusty Allen - Representing APhA
  • Julie Lee-Mar Burbridge - Representing ASCP
  • Karl Gumpper - Representing ASHP
  • Laura Augusto - Representing APhA
  • Paul Iverson - Representing NCPA
  • Patrizia Taddei-Allen - Representing APhA
  • Yvonne Grant - Representing ASCP

Value Set Committee Documents
Implementing SNOMED CT in Practice: A Beginner’s Guide