Monthly Archives: March 2016

This is a tale of a MAC price appeal. But I will warn you: this story doesn't end in a typical manner. Much like Frederick Forsyth's The Day of The Jackal, I am going to tell you how the story ends before embarking on the rest of tale. The MAC price does get adjusted. But you will probably be surprised how the tale ends....
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The other morning, before my staff arrived to work for the day, I took a phone call from one of the group homes we service. They wanted to know if we had received an order for a dose change on a patient’s sertraline. I looked in our systems and concluded that we had not yet received......
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Many practitioners, both prescribers and pharmacists, responded to Tuesday’s article The System is Broken. Most were in agreement with the frustrations described, and many had experienced similar issues with their own patients. Some pointed out that the immediate release guanfacine’s labeled indications only include hypertension while the extended-release guanfacine, a more expensive formulation, is indicated for ADHD.......
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For the past month we have been working with one our psychiatrists who is treating a mutual patient of ours. This patient has an intellectual disability, lives in a group home, and has significant history of depression with anxiety and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). One of his mediations that he has been taking for......
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The other day, I received an email notice from a Medicare Part D PBM: . The message continued on to state: 30-90 Conversion with $50 Payment for Positive Outcome I will be the first to admit that when I read case, I immediately thought of a clinical opportunity. The conversion of a prescription from a 30 day......
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EQuIPP scores are increasingly being used to compare pharmacies, and are the basis of some drug plan plan incentives. Understanding how these numbers are calculated can help a pharmacy plot a course of action to improve their scores. Today, the Thriving Pharmacist looks at the calculation of the compliance scores (the PDC) and some techniques to optimize your pharmacy's performance. ...
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