George Pennebaker, Pharm.D.

We Have a Problem — a Big Problem

Reporters from a major metropolitan newspaper took prescriptions for drugs that had serious interaction potentials to a significant number of pharmacies. In the vast majority of the pharmacies, there was no indication that anything was done to deal with the interaction issue.

Seventeen Years and Ninety-Five Articles

It’s been 17 years and 95 articles. 17 years ago the term “health information technology” was not in vogue. The intent of our column has always been to inform readers about emerging technologies that can support their practice immediately, while not venturing into bleeding-edge technologies that are not ready for widespread implementation or are too risky for you to devote scarce resources to.
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What Happens When We Run Out of NDC Numbers?

The drug product identifier used by pharmacies to submit prescription claims — the NDC (National Drug Code) number for the majority of those products — is going to run out of numbers sometime in the next decade.

A Link Between Value-Based Care, Medication Safety, and Pharmacy Practice Software

More from the May/June 2017 Cover Story, Raising the Bar in Long-Term Care Pharmacy... Tabula Rasa Healthcare CEO Cal Knowlton offers a couple of thoughts for us to ponder regarding pharmacy in general and LTC pharmacy in particular, including the medication safety metrics by which pharmacy will be measured.
Tim Tannert, SoftWriters, VP and COO

Building a Strong LTC Foundation

More from the May/June 2017 Cover Story, Raising the Bar in Long-Term Care Pharmacy... Tim Tannert, R.Ph., VP and COO at SoftWriters, shares his thoughts with ComputerTalk’s Maggie Lockwood on the best way to create a robust LTC business for your pharmacy.

Navigating Short-Cycle Billing

More from the May/June 2017 Cover Story, Raising the Bar in Long-Term Care Pharmacy...  In January 2013, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented a new federal rule, often called the “short-cycle dispensing rule,” aimed at reducing Medicare waste. As a result, billing for these prescriptions has become more complex, lending itself to possible billing errors that can result in lost revenue for pharmacies. 

Raising the Service Level in Long-term Care Pharmacy

Long-term care (LTC) pharmacies have been on the leading edge of some important trends. For example, they‘re innovators in med sync and adherence packaging and they‘ve built platforms to connect care provider teams. With this record of innovation in mind, we checked in with four closed-door long-term care pharmacies to find out how they are continuing to raise the bar in the profession.

A Model for Success

National Community Pharmacists Association Independent Pharmacist of the Year Randy P. McDonough, R.Ph., Pharm.D., and partner Mike Deninger, Ph.D., have a rallying cry to explain the paradigm shift they are making at their two pharmacies in Iowa: ”Free up the pharmacist.” Find out what they are doing to implement a successful clinical practice model.

PSAOs: Giving Independents the Power to Compete

Pharmacy services administrative organizations, or PSAOs, play a central role for today’s independent and small chain pharmacies. Find out how these organizations have evolved and what you should expect from a modern PSAO.
Bill Lockwood, Chairman/Publisher

The Adherence Challenge

A lot of attention is being given to the topic of medication adherence. Without doubt people not following the prescribed regimen of their prescriptions is one of the drivers for the high cost of healthcare.