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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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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Technology that Powers Pharmacist Role in Clinical Decision Support

Pharmacists’ expertise in clinical decision support is moving front and center to the hospital setting for reducing readmissions and increasing adherence rates. Reaching patients where they are and packaging prescriptions to take home reduce the gap in adherence rates. This is the opportunity to be part of a collaborative team...
Critical Health-System Pharmacy Systems: POS and AI Improve Patient Care

2 Critical Health-System Pharmacy Systems: POS and AI Improve Patient Care

Streamline health-system operations and improve profitability with 2 critical health-system pharmacy systems: POS and AI Improve Patient Care. Achieve goals that were always important to hospital pharmacies, but in the wake of COVID-19’s stresses to the healthcare system, there’s even more of a need to implement digital solutions.

Technology that Drives Innovative Health-System Pharmacy Services

Automation and technology solutions can answer the paramount need in health-system pharmacy for safety and accuracy, as well as improving outcomes. With these aspects automated, health-system pharmacists can practice at the top of their license.

Newest Trends in Pharmacy Delivery Services

There are a variety of barriers to care that pharmacies can help patients overcome. For example, drug costs can be a significant barrier for millions of Americans. Pharmacists can address this barrier by working with prescribers to make appropriate substitutions of lower cost medications. Actually getting into the pharmacy...

Adding CBD to the Front End of Your Pharmacy

CBD and CDB oil are a growing market, and there's no doubt that it will continue to grow in popularity in the years ahead. Adding CBD products to your pharmacy is a great way to tap into this trend and boost your bottom line
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Key to Health-System Pharmacy? Be Flexible and Adaptable

Needs of health-system pharmacy has changed. Robert Schenk, Jr., director of ambulatory pharmacy at Hackensack Meridian Health in Edison, NJ, knows this well from his 15-plus years in the hospital setting. What’s allowed the health-system to innovate and grow to 10 pharmacy locations? A pharmacy system that is flexible and adaptable.
Automation Drives Innovation, Scalable Home Delivery Programs Grane Rx Parata Case Study

Automation Drives Innovation, Scalable Home Delivery Programs

Grane Rx demonstrates how automating as many tasks as possible will be the baseline standard for success as the role of the pharmacist continues to evolve and expand. Read a case study of this critical foundation upon which all of pharmacy can step into the future.

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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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