From The Issue: January/February 2021
Taxes and Pharmacy Technology: Are You Using Section 179 Wisely?
It’s getting to be the time of year to think about getting your pharmacy’s finances in order for the tax year. If you have not considered it yet, section 179 may offer you an opportunity to reduce or eliminate the Federal tax liability for the year, if you’ve made or still plan to make a […]
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Specialty Pharmacy: Getting The Right Tools
Specialty pharmacy presents tremendous opportunities for community pharmacies, but is also perceived to present serious challenges.
You may know that you have a handful of patients for whom you need to dispense specialty medications; you may sense a real market opportunity to meet a broader demand for community-based specialty programs; or you may even have a vision of building up a specialty business that serves patients across the country. Each of these models has specific demands, and each one can be successfully pursued using specialty pharmacy software platforms in the market right now. Hear from two pharmacies making these models work, and from the software vendors providing the right tools for each model.
A Pharmacy System that Makes It Easy
Since graduating from pharmacy school, Chrissy Barr, owner of the Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy in North Little Rock, Ark., has used the RxMaster system and continues to be impressed by the customer service and the company’s commitment to adding new features.
Have You Met Eyad Farah? New President of Health Mart and Health Mart Atlas
Eyad Farah, a 10-year veteran of McKesson, was named president of Health Mart last October. Farah shares his optimism for the future of pharmacy and his thoughts on why it’s important that pharmacy owners adopt new practice procedures.
Patient Benefit Plans: Do They Help Independent Pharmacy?
How can the industry response to the reimbursement battle between pharmacies and pharmacy benefit managers help independent pharmacies? Explore some of the programs and their benefits and utility. The reimbursement battle between pharmacies and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) continues stronger than ever. There seems to be little to no control in place on the PBM power to set predatorial maximum allowable costs (MACs), and they are taking full advantage.
Independent Pharmacies: Expanding with Immunizations
Today, the services provided by community pharmacies are more vital than ever. With a trusted care provider in the area, patients can learn the truth about immunizations and access the care they need. There are many benefits to offering vaccine programs, yet some pharmacists balk at the requirements. Here are tips to get a program started.
Publisher’s Window | We Should Be Thankful for Technology
While we still face the human destruction that COVID-19 has caused, we have to be thankful for the technology that brought vaccines to market at unprecedented speed. This experience is going to have a positive impact on the development of vaccines when new viruses raise their ugly head. Can you imagine what it would have been like had this pandemic occurred 20 years ago?
Technology Corner | Mobile Health Apps and Tools for a New Year
Health and fitness apps, particularly those with video workouts, performed strongly in 2020. Although personal health and wellness have always been important, 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic may have made both mental and physical wellness more important than ever. Health behaviors are of course key here. This includes medication adherence.
Viewpoints | COVID-19 Vaccines — Operational Considerations
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many challenges to all areas of healthcare and the economy in general. The introduction of two vaccines in late 2020, from Pfizer and moderna, begins the process to hopefully take control of the pandemic and enable life to return to normal.
Catalyst Corner | New Health IT Plan Focuses on the Individual
The federal government’s five-year strategic plan for health information technology (HIT) was released two months ago, continuing efforts toward creating a health system that uses information to engage individuals, lower costs, deliver high-quality healthcare, and improve individual and population health.