Monthly Archives: July 2015

One trait of a thriving pharmacy is a good patient base, and a patient base is always in a state of flux. Patient move away, move into nursing homes, or otherwise just evaporate. To continue to thrive, a pharmacy needs to continue attract new customers. Advertising, therefore is important. The advertising continuum can range from simple to inexpensive.......
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Here at the Thriving Pharmacist, we often write about where we believe the practice of pharmacy should going, and given the feedback we receive, there are more than a few pharmacists that agree with our direction. In a nutshell, we believe that pharmacists and pharmacies should be documenting patient care, evaluating outcomes of therapy and working with......
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The previous analysis of narrow network DIR fees generated significant attention, and several people were interested in more details about the medications that were severely underwater. Notes It is important to note that the 10 drugs listed below represent 10 drugs our pharmacy dispensed during a 3 month period to patients using one specific narrow......
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Last week, one of the Medicare Part D plans using Mirixa for Medication Therapy Management (MTM) “dropped” a new batch of “Star Measure” alerts to our pharmacy. These have been previously discussed here on this blog. This “drop” was not unlike previous iterations our pharmacy has seen; the patients highlighted for possible compliance issues were exclusively......
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Today’s post is yet another edition of  “Tales from the Counter.” This one is somewhat less clinical sciences and a bit more pharmaceutical sciences, with a measure of soapbox thrown in for good measure. The other day, while performing CMM on a nursing care center patient being admitted, my technicians asked about a DUR Warning......
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keBack when I was a pharmacy student, there were still some pharmacies that kept prescription histories for their patients on paper and typed prescription labels on an electric typewriter. The Bates Number Machine was still a staple of many practices. Today, with the advances in computers and electronics, modern pharmacies in the United States use computerized Pharmacy......
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We often want to pass on things we find interesting that are not worthy of a full-length blog post. For that reason, we have added a Twitter account to the Thriving Pharmacist. Follow us at @ThrivingRPh (sorry, the full name doesn’t fit twitter’s guidelines). We will, of course, also tweet each new blog post there,......
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The Sync Workflow Medication synchronization is a popular service offered by more and more pharmacies. The premise is two fold. One: create a convenience for your patients such that they only have to stop by the pharmacy once to get all of them medications. Two: allow the pharmacy to optimize its own workflow, as refills......
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I have heard a lot different angles (mostly negative) about certain narrow network Medicare Part D plans. These plans are somewhat exclusive, and many chains and independents were not offered, or declined contracts due to the very aggressive reimbursement offered. Some aspects of the overly complicated DIR (Direct and Indirect Renumeration) fees this plan leverages have been previously discussed on......
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As a pharmacy owner, I tend to visit pharmacies (especially independent pharmacies) when I travel. There is a lot of history to be seen in some stores, and even new ideas to be hatched. While visiting an independent pharmacy in Little Havana (Miami Fl) that was right out of the 1950’s, it occurred to me that......
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