Brett Bailey, Pharm.D., Named to Pharmacy HIT Collaborative Committee

By Benjamin Waldrum

Bailey, also an adjunct assistant professor in the College of Pharmacy, was appointed by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) and will serve as one of its representatives on the committee.

“Brett’s skill set is uniquely qualified for service on this committee,” said Amy Franks, Pharm.D., chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice in the College of Pharmacy. “He not only has clinical pharmacy expertise but also real-life experience in population health management and patient outcomes analysis. He is an excellent choice to contribute meaningfully to this committee and to represent the strength and diversity of pharmacy practice at UAMS.”

“I am honored to represent UAMS and AACP on this committee,” Bailey said. “I’m excited to begin work with representatives from across the country to review and approve new national coding and documentation standards for pharmacy. This work will help shape our profession and improve electronic health system documentation overall.”

The committee is responsible for vetting and approving billing and documentation codes as well as value sets for use in national electronic health information exchanges for the pharmacy profession. Value sets are lists of specific terms and their associated codes that describe clinical concepts for electronic health documentation, and help set a national standard. They will help standardize how pharmacists bill and document the services they provide to patients.

Bailey earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the UAMS College of Pharmacy in 2016 and served his residency at UAMS Medical Center in 2017. He has appointments in Clinical Informatics and the College of Pharmacy.

Founded in 1900, AACP is the national organization representing pharmacy education in the United States. Pharmacy is the third largest health profession — after nursing and medicine — with more than 300,000 clinicians practicing in community-based practices, hospitals/health systems and many other health care settings. The mission of AACP is to lead and partner with its members in advancing pharmacy education, research, scholarship, practice and service to improve societal health.

The Pharmacy HIT Collaborative comprises the major national pharmacy associations, representing 250,000 members, including those in pharmacy education and accreditation. The collaborative’s membership is composed of the key national pharmacy associations involved in health information technology, the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs and 13 associate members encompassing e-prescribing, health information networks, transaction processing networks, pharmacy companies, system vendors, pharmaceutical manufacturers and other organizations that support pharmacists’ services. For additional information, visit