Viewpoints Column Archives

Viewpoints [January/February 2015] Predictions for 2015

As we begin a new year, we decided that an annual forecast of market changes would be in order. What follows is what we believe will have the greatest impact on pharmacy this year.

Viewpoints [November/December 2014] OIG Concerns with Co-pay Discount Programs

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report in September questioning pharmaceutical manufacturers’ safeguards to prevent co-pay card use in federally funded programs, specifically Medicare Part D. The OIG voices its concern with the strategies employed by the pharmaceutical manufacturers and their vendors that facilitate the execution of co-pay card programs.

Viewpoints [September/October 2014] E-Prescribing of Controlled Substances Moving Forward

Significant advances have occurred in electronic prescribing over the past few years. A substantial increase in volume was mainly due to the meaningful use of e-prescribing in prescriber systems according to the requirements set by CMS.

Viewpoints [July/August 2014] Refresher on HIPAA and HITECH

Many aspects of pharmacy practice have been shaped by HIPAA and HITECH requirements… Two areas that have recently emerged as potential threats to privacy and security are pharmacy apps and pharmacist-patient interactions outside of the pharmacy counter.

Viewpoints [May/June 2014] Interns and the Pharmacy Computer System

Pharmacy interns may interact with many computer systems within the prescription fulfillment workflow, with the most obvious being the pharmacy computer system. Interns who are educated on the different systems have the ability to impact the profitability of the pharmacy and improve customer service, while providing a head start on having a successful career as a pharmacist.

Viewpoints [March/April 2014] What’s Coming with Track and Trace: Part Two

In the last issue of ComputerTalk we discussed the requirements to be implemented under the the Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA) in the first three years. Here, we will discuss the longer-term conditions and implementation issues expected from 2017 through 2023, by which time the act will be fully operational.

Viewpoints [January/February 2014] What’s Coming with Track and Trace

The key provisions of the Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA) will be phased in over the next 10 years and will make it easier to trace where a drug has been in the supply chain; detect and remove counterfeit drug products; and facilitate drug recalls when necessary.

Viewpoints [November/December 2013] Prognostications for 2014

We have compiled our annual predictions for what is ahead in 2014, including changes in reimbursement, more critical analysis of technology investments, and the impact of pharmacist supply.

Viewpoints [September/October 2013] Assisting Patients with Health Insurance Exchanges

With many Americans looking for healthcare coverage starting Jan. 1, 2014, the importance of understanding the new health insurance exchanges cannot be overstated.

Viewpoints [July/August 2013] Starting a Refill Synchronization 

Refill synchronization is emerging as a new, innovative service for retail pharmacy. The service coordinates all of a patient’s maintenance prescriptions to be refilled on the same day each month.

Viewpoints [March/April 2013] Telemedicine in Pharmacy

We view this increased online patient contact with healthcare professionals as a huge opportunity for pharmacists to expand their scope of supportive care via telemedicine.

Viewpoints [May/June 2013] Watchful Waiting for Health Information Exchanges

Gathering Information for retail pharmacists to be active users, HIEs need to be open to retail pharmacist involvement but pharmacists also share in the responsibility.

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