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Monthly Archives: October 2015


From Super Bowls to Super Storms: Automated Dispensing Cabinets for Mobile Emergency Care

One would not normally think of automated dispensing cabinets (ADCs) as being mobile. However, for one New Jersey medical institution they now are! As a result of the events of September 11th, Hackensack University Medical Center (UMC) received federal funding…

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8 Types of Waste in Healthcare

Waste is a serious issue facing the healthcare industry today. The term “waste” can be applied to a number of areas, from wasted resources and finances to wasted time and human potential. Consequently, many hospitals have adopted formal programs to…

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Medicare Part D Enhanced Medication Therapy Management Model Test

By Ken Perez, Vice President of Healthcare Policy, Omnicell On September 28, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the Medicare Part D Enhanced Medication Therapy Management (MTM) Model Test, which gives prescription drug plans (PDPs) greater flexibility…

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Closed-Loop Patient Care Services: A Pharmacist Perspective

By Stephen F. Eckel, PharmD, MHA, BCPS; Associate Director of Pharmacy, University of North Carolina Medical Center; Clinical Associate Professor, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy In hospital pharmacy today, there is much discussion regarding the “closed-loop” medication use process. By…

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Hospitals Offer Big Bonuses as Solution to Nursing Shortage

With an ever-growing nursing shortage affecting hospitals across the United States, some institutions are considering new ways to improve retention rates, namely, substantial sign-on bonuses. These bonuses, often as high as $20,000 for experienced nurses, are offered as an incentive…

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Revisiting the Role of Clinical Nurse Leaders in the Age of Healthcare Reform

With a major focus on reducing hospital readmissions and improving patient satisfaction, clinical nurse leaders (CNLs) play an increasingly important role in the healthcare industry. A relatively new position in the field, CNLs continue to provide high-level care in a…

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National Health IT Week: Three Interoperability Solutions for Medication Dispensing

For the 10th anniversary of National Health IT Week, HIMSS went all out. From using the dedicated #NHITWeek and #IHeartHIT hashtags on social media to the policy summit taking place in the middle of the week, to events surrounding the…

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What an In-Hospital Retail Pharmacy Can Mean For You

While opening and managing an in-hospital retail or outpatient pharmacy requires a large investment of time and money, the upside can be tempting. With proper management, these pharmacies can add to your hospital’s bottom line by both increasing profits and…

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News Corner: New Research Predicts Future Adherence Behavior

Given the complexity and costliness of managing patients’ medication, any insight into future patient behavior is helpful for prescribers and payors. In light of this, researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, in conjunction with CVS Health Research Institute,…

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