From The Issue: January/February 2021

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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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In The January/February 2021 Issue

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We Should Be Thankful for Technology

Fortunately, pharmacies use a robust technology platform that keeps them connected with their patient population and insurers, and now steps are being taken to provide this connectivity with other healthcare providers. The technology is largely responsible for pharmacy’s recognition as a main-line health provider player.

COVID-19 Vaccines: Operational Considerations

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. Pharmacists will play a prominent role in the administration of the vaccines. We will focus on the operational challenges likely to be encountered.

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. Apps can provide training and serve as tools for tracking, thereby making target health behaviors easier to do.

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.

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Lessons Learned: Opportunities in COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment

Michael Ganio, Pharm.D., M.S., BCPS, FASHP and senior director, pharmacy practice and quality at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, talked about the progress in vaccine administration, the development of better communication between health departments and patients, and how all the bumps in the road of this vaccine rollout will make the process easier in the future.
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Resilience and Innovation: RedSail Technologies’ Next-Gen Vision

Kraig McEwen, CEO of RedSail Technologies, LLC, spoke with ComputerTalk’s Maggie Lockwood about the company’s vision for the independent pharmacy market as its portfolio increases to include three major software players. With a long background in healthcare technology, McEwen sheds light on the importance of scale for independent pharmacy, as well as innovative technology platforms that respond to the healthcare trends toward value-based care.

The ROI of your Pharmacy Management Software During COVID-19

Stuck with clunky software, outdated technology, and limited integration? Is your pharmacy management system is simply holding you back at a time when your patients need you most? Learn how your pharmacy management solution should keep up during COVID-19 and that there is an ROI to switching to a better solution.

Pharmacies Have the Vaccines, But Do They Have the Time?

With a newfound focus and pressure on pharmacies and pharmacists as frontline healthcare providers, the industry needs to ensure these pharmacies are equipped to handle such demand. How can pharmacists streamline operations, reallocate their staff, and put a focus on immunization efforts? Pharmacy automation.

KL1Plus Automation Advances Community Hospital Pharmacy Programs

A major contributor to the success of Memorial Hospital’s outpatient pharmacy expansion is also the smallest and simplest: a Kirby Lester KL1Plus verification-plus-counting device for prescription verification and counting.
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The Drive for Global Vaccination: Pharmacy’s Role in Ending the COVID-19 Pandemic

TRHC's Farah Madhat and Robert Alesiani on the tools community pharmacies are deploying to support the unprecedented efforts to roll out COVID-19 vaccines. From patient scheduling and intake to second-dose management, reporting, and community education, learn about how pharmacists are making it all work.
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Biden Administration Urged to Enlisted Retired Pharmacists for COVID-19 Vaccinations

Pharmacies' COVID-19 vaccination efforts would get a significant boost by enlisting the services of retired pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. A group of ten pharmacy associations wrote to HHS in early February, seeking permission for pharmacists and technicians who left the workforce within the past five years to be allowed to administer COVID-19 vaccines.

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Specialty Pharmacy: Getting The Right Tools

We explore the key features of software systems and integrations, management workflows, and the role technology plays in a specialty pharmacy business plan and accreditation.
 

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.

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