From The Issue: May/June 2021

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Challenges for Pharmacies with REMS

As REMS (risk evaluation and mitigation strategy) programs grow to include more pharmaceutical product manufactures, wholesalers, and distributors, pharmacies face increased compliance challenges. Learn what to be aware of when ordering drugs in this category.
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Personalized Medicine: A Step Closer with Risk Scores

Adverse drug events (ADEs) have been the fourth leading cause of death over the past decade in the United States. A new study reveals the positive impact the MedWise Risk Score can have on predicting who is at risk.

Check Out Our Pharmacy Technology Buyers Guide

Click the button to jump to the Buyers Guide with vendor listings and quick reference tables to compare vendors and easily find out which offer the features and services you are looking for.

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ONC Sunsets Interoperability Roadmap

Both the 21st Century Cures Act final rule and the new Federal Health IT Strategic Plan will advance interoperability, enhance health IT certification, and reduce the burden and costs in the healthcare system. System providers should access and read the ONC Final Rule on the Cures Act to see what provisions might impact your company and its offerings.

The Pandemic: An Opportunity for Pharmacy?

Pharmacists have been among the heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic — first, in coming to work even as everyone else was forced to stay home, so that no one had to go without medications. Pharmacy was designated an essential business. Pharmacists are vaccinating millions of Americans. The question now becomes: Can pharmacists leverage this positive experience to expand, and more importantly, get paid for their clinical services?

Systems Security

Are you devoting the necessary attention to ensure your pharmacy management system — the foundation of operations — is secure? Here's a list of security measures that can be deployed at the pharmacy to keep technology systems and data secure.

Technology Dependency

Not enough recognition is given to the pharmacy technology infrastructure in place. There is a value that should be placed on this in the reimbursements pharmacies receive. But this has not been the case.
Bruce Kneeland

So, Now What?

While community pharmacy received deserved accolades for its role in COVID-19 mitigation and vaccination rollouts, there remain obstacles to overcome around practice parameters, reimbursement rates, and other critical issues. Getting involved with state and national associations is an important first step.

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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.
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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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PSAOs: Giving Independents a Fighting Chance

Why PSAOs are a real factor in keeping pharmacies competitive.

Pharmacy services administrative organizations (PSAOs) have grown over the years to provide their members with a wide array of critical services and tools. They are doing much more these days, in an effort to combat low and negative reimbursements.

We hear from two PSAO members and dig deeper with an industry expert into some of the current headwinds in the market, such as PBM efforts to undermine these organizations in an attempt to maintain what many consider to be an unfair advantage as middlemen between plan sponsors and pharmacies.

Plus learn more about what’s offered by the PSAOs out there, with detailed listings from five major pharmacy services administrative organizations.

So, Now What?

by Bruce Kneeland

While community pharmacy received deserved accolades for its role in COVID-19 mitigation and vaccination rollouts, there remain obstacles to overcome around practice parameters, reimbursement rates, and other critical issues. Getting involved with state and national associations is an important first step.

Personalized Medicine: A Step Closer with Risk Scores

by Calvin Knowlton, B.Sc.Pharm., M.Div., Ph.D., Tabula Rasa HealthCare

Adverse drug events (ADEs) have been the fourth leading cause of death over the past decade in the United States. A new study reveals the positive impact the MedWise Risk Score can have on predicting who is at risk.

Challenges for Pharmacies with REMS

by Mike Sosnowik, R.Ph., President, PharmSaver

As REMS (risk evaluation and mitigation strategy) programs grow to include more pharmaceutical product manufactures, wholesalers, and distributors, pharmacies face increased compliance challenges. Learn what to be aware of when ordering drugs in this category.

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.

Publisher’s Window | Technology Dependency

CAN YOU IMAGINE WHAT IT WOULD BE like running your pharmacy without the technology you are using? Technology dependency is very evident across all walks of life, and pharmacies have made a big investment in technology over years. Which leads me to the point that not enough recognition is given to the pharmacy technology infrastructure in place. There is a value that should be placed on this in the reimbursements pharmacies receive.

Technology Corner | Systems Security

Are you devoting the necessary attention to ensure your pharmacy management system — the foundation of operations — is secure? Privacy and security are the two key terms in this space. Privacy is the state of maintaining control over information and its use. Security is the ability to protect information from unauthorized access. These concepts are closely related, but we will focus on security.

Viewpoints | The Pandemic: An Opportunity for Pharmacy?

Now that multiple COVID-19 vaccines have been authorized for use, pharmacists are vaccinating millions of Americans, demonstrating pharmacy’s ability to positively impact the health of the nation. The question now becomes: Can pharmacists leverage this positive experience to expand, and more importantly, get paid for their clinical services?

Catalyst Corner | ONC Sunsets Interoperability Roadmap

The National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) recently announced the sunsetting the Interoperability Roadmap. Going forward, both the 21st Century Cures Act final rule and the new Federal Health IT Strategic Plan will advance interoperability, enhance health IT certification, and reduce the burden and costs in the healthcare system. 

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