Cyber security. Hackers. Viruses. Data breaches. These words have become so ubiquitous in our daily lives that they don’t quite pack the same punch they used to…unless they affect you. Chances are, you have been the victim of a cyber-related mishap, either personally or professionally, and dangers seem to lurk everywhere. Even mundane tasks, like clicking an email attachment, visiting an ATM or paying for gas at the pump with a credit card, have become risky.
Unlike years past, it’s not as financially feasible to operate a traditional retail pharmacy in rural and underserved communities. To help combat this challenge, pharmacists are using new telepharmacy technology to serve patients who struggle with pharmacy access.
November 13-19 marks U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week: an annual week promoted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to raise awareness about antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use.
An updated Interpretive Guidance (IG) was issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on July 5, 2017 that has far-reaching implications for long-term care facilities (LTCFs) and the pharmacists and pharmacies that provide services to residents.
Drive-thrus are common among chain pharmacies as well as many smaller independent drugstores. Pharmacies began introducing drive-thru services in the 1990s, adding convenience and faster service for their customers.
Pharmacists spend their entire day focused on their customers’ health and wellness, sometimes leaving little time to attend to their own healthy habits. On a normal day, pharmacists can spend hours standing in one place, eating on the run and perhaps wearing shoes designed more for fashion than utility.
One of the burning questions fueling healthcare provider discussions is: What’s going to happen to the Affordable Care Act? The first answer was provided on March 24, 2017, when House Republican leaders pulled the proposed American Health Care Act legislation from a vote. However, on May 4, 2017, the House passed the American Health Care Act.
When most people start running for exercise with the idea of becoming a “runner,” they likely have a goal in mind. For example, they think, “I’d like to be able to run a mile.” When they become more ambitious and comfortable with the idea, they might strive to run a 5K. The bottom line is that having an objective in mind is important to achieve success
If you run or own an independent long-term care (LTC) pharmacy in 2017, you’re probably wondering how your independent LTC pharmacy will compete with chains. There are many things to consider as you look toward the future.
Competing against the big guys is always part of running a small business and is a particularly relevant issue for independent pharmacies that operate in the face of considerable pressures.