News: Long-Term Care

The Stress of Pharmacy Staffing and Preparing for Millennials as Your Majority Employee Base

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.”

QS/1 Partners with KPhA to Provide Pharmacy Services in Emergencies

Earlier this year, QS/1 partners, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) and the Kentucky Pharmacists Association (KPhA), participated in a showcase to display the region’s overall capabilities to respond to a natural disaster or emergency and demonstrate services the state could provide, including fire, police, pharmacy and other disaster-response resources.

Tis the Season

Flu season is here, meaning it is a great time to evaluate your status as an immunization provider. Since pharmacists are the most accessible healthcare professionals, we are valued members in our communities. Expanded scope and authority have provided pharmacists the ability to impact the availability and utilization of vaccines to a patient base that may not have otherwise been immunized.

New Opioid Law Promises Sweeping Changes

On July 22, 2016, President Obama signed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) into law. This is the first major federal addiction legislative package in decades and is designed to tackle the opioid epidemic through a six-part initiative: prevention, treatment, recovery, law enforcement, criminal justice reform and overdose reversal.

Value-Based Payment Reforms and Long-Term Care Pharmacy Opportunities: Hurricane on the Horizon or Smooth Sailing?

The pace of healthcare reform has never moved faster. Tectonic changes are shifting healthcare from a volume-based to a value-based business model. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the nation’s largest payer of healthcare expenses, is leading the charge. Perspective is important when tallying America’s healthcare bill.

Synchronization: Identifying the Impact

Taking into consideration the phrase, “medications do not work in patients who do not take them,” and the statistic that 50 percent of the patients that enter your pharmacy suffer from a chronic condition, it stands to reason that the healthcare community is becoming more focused on patient adherence.

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