Effective immediately, according to legislation passed by the 2017 General Assembly (House Bill 2164) and signed into law by the governor, pharmacies must report prescriptions for Gabapentin, including all dispenses since the legislation was signed on February 23, 2017, to the VA PMP.
Enrich and Improve Lives: Campus Health Services Pharmacies at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
Good communication is essential to success; without it, opportunities to foster positive relationships diminish and growth is nearly impossible. Amy Sauls, R.Ph., director of Campus Health Services at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, has seen many changes in her 20 years in the pharmacy industry. One of the most monumental changes is the way she and her staff communicate with the student body.
Most independent community pharmacists will admit the need and desire to attract new customers and keep patrons coming back not only to benefit their bottom line, but to improve the welfare of the community’s overall health.
Effective Sunday, March 26, 2017, at 5 PM CDT, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services is implementing the Pharmacy Benefits Management System (PBMS). Pharmacies are required to submit claims to Illinois Medicaid using a new Bank Identification Number (BIN) and Processor Control Number (PCN).
Medicare is a beneficial program for Americans who are over age 65 or have certain disabilities, but providers sometimes find compliance issues a challenge. An understanding of mandates and how to properly submit claims will ensure organizations are reimbursed for Medicare Part B-covered medications, equipment and supplies, such as nebulizer-inhalation medications, oral immunosuppressive drugs and diabetic testing supplies. Occasionally, providers may unknowingly submit noncompliant or even fraudulent claims for the products and services they offer.
Your patients are adherent to their medication protocol, now you have to ensure they don’t wash the pills down with grapefruit juice or use an over-the-counter (OTC) herbal supplement that could unintentionally dilute or alter the benefits of their prescribed drugs.
Effective Tuesday, April 4, 2017, MI PMP will replace the Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS) with a new vendor, PMP AWARxE maintained by Appriss®, to provide prescription monitoring services.
South Carolina’s Third-Largest Privately Held Company Announces New CEO Alan Turfe to Lead J M Smith
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Board of Directors of J M Smith Corporation has named A. Alan Turfe as the new CEO and Chairman of the Board, effective March 1, 2017, following the retirement of long-time Chairman and CEO William R. Cobb. Turfe was selected by the board following a nationwide search, and brings a wealth of experience in the life sciences, medical device, e-commerce and automotive industries.
I recently read a book, If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty, by Eric Metaxas. The book title is part of a quote from Benjamin Franklin in 1787, the year the Constitution was drafted.
The healthcare industry in its entirety is becoming more aware of what QS/1 has known for some time now; pharmacists are the heroes of healthcare. As heroes, pharmacists can intervene, nurture patient populations, help lower overall healthcare costs and decrease patient hospitalizations.