News: Long-Term Care

Compliance is Key in Medicare Part B Audits

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.

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.

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