Blending IT-Based Innovation with Service Excellence for Pharmacy Success

As a high quality Pharmacy Services Administrative Organization (PSAO) representing 2,500 pharmacies, Arete Pharmacy Network’s value proposition is two-fold; serving as a channel that delivers high performing pharmacies to payers and an advocate of the pharmacy that strives to reduce the burden of doing business and meeting regulatory and payer requirements.

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.
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.

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. 
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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.

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.
Marsha K. Millonig, B.Pharm., M.B.A. Catalyst Enterprises

Pharmacy Accreditation

Many recent conferences, including ASAP’s annual conference, have addressed the topic of pharmacy accreditation. In this column, we’ll do a deeper dive into what accreditation is and why it’s getting so much attention by 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.

Annual Integra Customer Conference

In February, 300 industry professionals from over 100 pharmacies and 25 exhibiting service providers met in New Orleans for the 10th Annu-al Integra Conference.
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.