Effective Wednesday, March 15, 2017, the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS) will change how prescription data submissions are reported by moving to the Appriss® PMP Clearinghouse.
We often equate regulatory mandates to government overreaching that impose roadblocks, which prevent pharmacists from providing solid healthcare to patients. However, changes and goals stemming from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could actually give community pharmacies a new competitive advantage.
QS/1 is proud to be a participant in a pilot healthcare initiative that will enhance the role pharmacists play in providing integrated clinical services for patients. The collaboration is being facilitated by Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC) to bring together health information technology and pharmacy management providers.
Effective March 7, 2017, the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) will implement the Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting (KASPER) Data Collection System. Administered or dispensed controlled information will be reported directly to CHFS using KASPER.
When the Meaningful Use process started, practices started being more diligent in collecting Business Associate Agreements from all their contractors who had access to their software.
Effective February 2, 2017, the Utah Department of Commerce – DOPL Controlled Substance Database (CSD) transitioned to the American Society for Automation in Pharmacy (ASAP) 4.2 format. ASAP 95 data submissions will be accepted until ASAP 4.2 is fully integrated, which is expected to go live early to mid-March 2017.
The role of the pharmacy in patient care is constantly changing. It’s all encompassing from offering trusted advice to filling prescriptions and providing transitional care assistance. It’s more important now than ever to expand pharmacy services to reach more members of the community.
Healthcare is ever changing and with those changes must come adaptation. There is a focus on quality of care versus quantity of care. Team-based care and pay-for-performance models are on the rise and pharmacists are a part of the equation.
Effective Tuesday, January 17, 2017, controlled substances dispensed in Wisconsin or to addresses in Wisconsin must be submitted electronically to the new ePDMP system in the ASAP 4.2 Format, which is still utilized.
In the previous edition of Insight, I said, “One competitive opportunity that never changes in pharmacy services is the percentage of your current customers who would recommend you to others.” I also mentioned, “Accomplishing high percentage scores requires a full-court press inside your operation for every employee to excel.”