James Beaumariage, RPh, editorial board member, Inside Patient Care, discusses the role of retail pharmacists in the primary care model.
James Beaumariage, RPh, editorial board member, Inside Patient Care, talks about HIPAA policies, creating privacy areas in retail pharmacies, and the value of pharmacy consultations.
With an evolving landscape and an increasing demand for quality-related outcomes, the healthcare market continues to push businesses and providers toward more quality-focused models.
In a recent interview with Inside Patient Care: Pharmacy & Clinics, David Neu, Executive Vice President of Retail Strategy, and President of Good Neighbor Pharmacy, discussed the role of independent pharmacies in the community and provided some tips to new and veteran community pharmacy store owners.
In a recent interview with Inside Patient Care: Pharmacy & Clinics, James S. Beaumariage, RPh, Principal, Beaumariage Consulting, LLC, Nashville, TN, discussed key issues and trends in pharmacy education, and ways to effectively communicate with patients.
The effectiveness of the bowel preparation determines the accuracy of the colonoscopy. Inappropriate bowel preparation leads to a third of incomplete procedures, negatively impacting colon cancer screenings.1,2 The ideal preparation should empty the colon rapidly without causing damage to the gastrointestinal mucosa, or shift fluid-electrolyte balance.1 Other features of an ideal preparation include patient-specific considerations such as product tolerability and cost.
In a recent interview with Inside Patient Care: Pharmacy & Clinics, Robert Thompson, Executive Vice President of Pharmacy at Rite Aid, discussed his responsibilities, the evolution of retail pharmacies, as well as innovative services offered at Rite Aid.
The Case A 65-year-old man with schizophrenia receives his routine outpatient psychiatric care through an agency. His case manager visits him weekly regarding medication adherence, which includes biweekly visits to his clinic for administration of his risperidone depot injection. He receives all his oral medications dispensed in weekly blister packs from his local pharmacy; however, the risperidone is provided by a separate “specialty pharmacy” that dispenses all long-acting injectable antipsychotics for the agency.
In recent years, the US healthcare system has been shifting from a fee-for-service system to a value-driven system.
When working in healthcare, quality is always being measured. There are many acronyms, measures, and surveys that are used in everyday conversations in pharmacy. You may hear “HCAHPS,” “Star Rating,” “PDC,” adherence rates, readmission rates—the list goes on and on—and you find yourself asking: “What do these measurements mean? What are they based on?”
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