From The Issue: July/August 2019

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Lack of Access to Pharmacies Impacts Adherence

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EARLIER THIS YEAR, THE Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of the Actuary’s estimated that national health expenditures may reach $6 trillion...

Impact of Biologic and Biosimilar Naming Suffixes

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THE FDA’S FINAL GUIDANCE on “Nonproprietary Naming of Biological Products Guidance for Industry” requires the use of a four-character suffix on all original biologics...

The Last One

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I have been writing this column since 1985, and I have enjoyed writing it and receiving occasional comments from readers. However, the premises that...
Speaker Brad Kile, center, gave a legislative update

QS/1 2019 Customer Conference

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The 2019 QS/1 Customer Conference brought customers from around the country to Hershey, Pa., to learn about system enhancements and get inspired by fellow...
Tracking Health with Wearables

Remote Patient Monitoring: Pharmacy‘s Future?

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THE ADVENT OF MULTIPLE DEVICES using Bluetooth technology to sync with a user’s smartphone has led to the widespread adoption of the internet of...

Pharmacy PLUS Technology Blog

Cut DIR Fees in Half, and Minimize Your 2019 Pharmacy Tax Liability

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Pharmacy owners are finding that by improving adherence on even a few “outlier” nonadherent patients, they can enjoy a huge savings to their bottom line. A certified public accountant (CPA) explains how. "What we've noticed, over the last year in particular, is DIR fees have really become an issue,...
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The Best Defense Against An Intrusive Pharmacy Audit Is… A Pharmacy Technology System

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A popular blog written by an Iowa pharmacy owner recently detailed the author’s experiences with audits of his business. “Over my career as a pharmacy owner, we have faced over $1 million worth of audited claims, and the PBMs have attempted to charge back over 10% of that...
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HHS Final Drug Pricing Rule Fails to Address Pharmacy DIR Fees

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Despite strong support from leading pharmacy associations, patient advocacy groups, senior citizen groups, and members of the U.S. Congress, in May 2019 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final drug pricing rule for Medicare and Medicaid that failed to address the serious issue of...
Are you ready for CPESN? Five Key Services QS/1

Are you ready for CPESN? Five Key Services

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CPESN — Community Pharmacy Enhanced Services Networks — offer a promising way to differentiate yourself with both patients and payers. CPESN member pharmacies come together to improve patient outcomes with optimal medication use. They agree to provide enhanced services that go beyond dispensing and basic patient education. CPESN pharmacies are...
Improve Medication Adherence with BestRx

Improve Medication Adherence with BestRx

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It comes as no surprise that the current state of the healthcare system in the United States has flaws. That aside, there remain highly skilled and passionate medical professionals and pharmacists who work tirelessly to deliver the best possible treatment, care, and follow-up with patients. But the fact remains that...
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Mevesi: Turning Your Pharmacy Data into Power

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There is power in knowing. And you can further elevate your pharmacy business when you put knowledge to use to make informed decisions. Every pharmacy has a treasure trove of information. Daily prescription processing results in so many data points that it can be overwhelming, but you can put that...

Micro Merchant Named Pharmacy System of the Year

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Micro Merchant Systems received the 2019 Software Company of the Year award from the American Pharmacy Purchasing Alliance (APPA) for its PrimeRx system. The award, which is based on results of an industry-wide survey, honors PrimeRx for innovation, dedication, and best-in-class service, according to a release from the company....