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Monthly Archives: September 2015


Is Your Hospital Properly Managing Radiopharmaceuticals?

Before 2004, radiopharmaceuticals weren’t considered part of the hospital pharmacy’s domain. Traditionally, these products were handled by the nuclear pharmacy department, and all policies and procedures regarding radiopharmaceuticals were dictated as such. But when The Joint Commission (TJC) reclassified them…

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News Corner: To Avoid Nurse Burnout, Research Shows to Keep Shifts Short

Numerous studies have shown the impact nurses can have on patient outcomes and satisfaction, and with Miss Colorado Kelley Johnson’s recent monologue showcasing that no nurse is “just” a nurse, this topic is top of mind. Despite the satisfaction that…

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How Are You Managing Automated Dispensing Cabinet Overrides?

There are legitimate reasons to issue medications from your automated dispensing cabinet (ADC) via override. For example, a patient may be experiencing severe pain or suddenly have elevated blood pressure—indicating an emergent situation. However, the need to manage and monitor…

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New AHRQ Grants Promote Solution-Driven Studies for Improving Care Quality

As healthcare costs have continued to climb for consumers, hospitals, and payers over the past 50 years, new programs are being created to search for solutions that promote safety and reduce costs. Recently, Healthcare Finance News reported on the latest…

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Medication Management Council Identifies Top 10 Efficiency Best Practices

The Medication Management Council is a thought leadership initiative of Omnicell whose mission is to identify ways to improve medication management processes across the industry, leading to better outcomes for healthcare stakeholders. In January 2015, the Council produced the first…

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News Corner: Joint Commission Toolkit Tackles Hospitals Falls, Saving Millions in Avoidable Costs

Previously overlooked as a serious detriment to hospital recovery, falls are finally getting the attention they deserve. According to an article in Hospital & Health Networks Magazine, a fall can add 6.3 extra days and $14,000 to a hospital stay….

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Mobile Telehealth is Driving Positive Changes in Healthcare

With the cost of healthcare continually rising, telehealth technology is one way healthcare providers are able to provide cost-effective quality care. According to an article in Health Management Technology, 90 percent of healthcare leaders report they are developing some types…

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Could House Calls Reduce Hospital Admissions?

Receiving home healthcare these days can be as easy as ordering a pizza, notes Melinda Beck in a Wall Street Journal article. Entrepreneurial startups such as Heal in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Orange County, and Pager, which delivers healthcare…

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Pharmacists Look to Play a Bigger Role in Healthcare – and Be Compensated for It

Although pharmacy students are educated in subjects such as counseling and administering certain therapies, most find themselves in a retail pharmacy dispensing pills after graduation. According to an article in International Business Times, there are signs of change as pharmacists…

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