From The Issue: May/June 2021

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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.
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Arete Pharmacy Network

Arete Pharmacy Network's competitive portfolio of programs and services is designed to provide your pharmacy with necessary tools and resources to meet the demands of today's regulatory environment. Learn about our cost-efficient package of solutions for compliance, quality, and financial success.

Pharmacy First

Servicing over 2,300 independent pharmacies, Pharmacy First is a solutions resource as well as an informational hub. In addition to our contracting and credentialing services, offered through our PSAO, we offer additional solutions to help your pharmacy remain competitive.

Supporting the Quality and Independence of Community Pharmacies in an Evolving Market

PSAO partnership and support will be more important than ever for community pharmacies in the coming year, as they stay on the front lines of addressing the pandemic and continue to provide services that go beyond their traditional role. Pharmacy First has set the highest standard in the industry as the first and only PSAO to earn URAC accreditation as a Credentials Verification Organization.
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The Power of Community: Teaming Up for Quality Performance

At Arete Pharmacy Network, the quality department’s primary purpose is to coach member pharmacies on individual quality performance and the subsequent impact on the network. Want to learn how we add value to both individual and aggregate quality performance? Download our e-book.

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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 players: QS/1, Integra, and most recently, PioneerRx. With a long background in healthcare technology, McEwen sheds light on the importance...

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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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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