Monthly Archives: April 2015

I was just on a conference call with a managed care organization (MCO) that will respond to a request for proposal (RFP) as our state shifts our medicaid administration to two or more MCOs.  Unfortunately, the MCO that we spoke with today did not have any idea about the role of pharmacists as care providers.  WHAT?!!!!  How......
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Pharmacy and pharmacists are navigating uncharted waters. The reason is the many the recent and significant changes in healthcare. Two very different factions emerging within the profession: Medications as a commodity and Pharmacists as providers of care The competition between these factions will shape pharmacy and healthcare for years to come. Will one faction win over the......
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One of the most challenging issues facing today’s health care providers is sharing information. Technologically, one might assume that it would be easy to create a system of data exchange between providers. The reality, though, is that providers may be selective with what they will share, who they may share it with, and how they share it. The......
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A key factor in performing continuous medication monitoring (CMM) is knowing the indication of  each medication a patient is taking. Sometimes this is easy to decide, and other times it can be challenging. The important step, however, is documenting the information once it is known. This article will discuss strategies and workflows that we use to......
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As co-owners of two community pharmacies, a compounding pharmacy, and a consulting company, my business partner and I have created practices that  have developed and implemented value-added services.  The services we have implemented include immunizations (flu, pneumonia, shingles and TDaP), health screenings, disease state management, medication therapy management, medication adherence program, medication synchronization services, consultations for......
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Over the years I have been asked by many pharmacists why Towncrest Pharmacy gets such a good response from physicians and other prescribers when we send them a SOAP note and recommendations.  My response to them is that it took having many conversations with different physicians, creating easy to use physician communication forms, and learning......
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Dispensing software is necessarily optimized for dispensing. To perform a clinical review, the software needs to present information in a very different manner....
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ore and more, we are hearing that MTM is the future of pharmacy. And while there is some truth with this statement, the reality is a lot more complicated. MTM, as it has evolved under Medicare Part D’s parentage, is a poorly conceived service. The separation of the medication costs and the medical costs that......
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Watching the bottom line at a small business often resembles an event at the X-Games. Not asking for better pricing means possibly not being in business this time next year....
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