From The Issue: May/June 2021
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PSAOs: Giving Independents a Fighting Chance
Why PSAOs are a real factor in keeping pharmacies competitive.
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.