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    Top 4 Trends for Hospital Pharmacists in 2018

    ASHP predicts leadership changes, enlarged roles for pharmacists, and financial pressures.


    Revised Expectations 

    At least 25% of health systems will revise the requirements and expectations of pharmacy practice leaders to better accommodate the work–life balance expectations of younger pharmacists who want to take on leadership roles. Younger pharmacy leaders have different expectations of their jobs — including how long they plan to stay with their current organizations, their work loads, and their work/ life balance — than do older pharmacy leaders, Vermeulen explained.

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    “Increasingly, younger leaders don’t stay at an organization for more than a few years,” Vermeulen said.

    Financial Pressures 

    Health systems will face increasing financial pressure that will affect pharmacy departments. Sixty-one percent of FPs believe that the annual number of hospital and health-system bankruptcies will increase by at least 25% over the next five years “The retraction of coverage [after ACA reform legislation] means that hospitals are going to go back to being the safety net of care for their communities — without financial help,” Vermeulen said.

    In addition, a majority of respondents predicted at least a 25% reduction in investment in new programs.


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