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News Corner: Reflections on the Advancement of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) and the Potential Impact on Hospitals

By Ken Perez, Vice President of Healthcare Policy at Omnicell After two tumultuous months since the Republicans’ first Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal and replacement bill was introduced, the American Health Care Act (AHCA) is working its way through Congress,…

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News Corner: Interoperability and HIT Policy—Hot Topics at HIMSS17

The annual HIMSS conference took place this week in Orlando, Florida and featured a whopping 1,200 exhibitors and approximately 45,000 attendees. The focus, as in past years, was on ways to improve on existing technology. The conference included more than…

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Is Your Hospital Prepared for Chapter Guidelines? Here’s What You Should Be Doing Now.

Health-system pharmacists and others dealing with hazardous drugs have July 1, 2018 top of mind. This is the date when the US Pharmacopeial Conventions’ Chapter <800> Hazardous Drugs Handling guidelines go into effect. Announced in February, 2016, hospitals are beginning…

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News Corner: Legislation Reintroduced to Give Provider Status to Pharmacists

This past week, the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act was reintroduced by three senators from different states. This legislation aims to allow pharmacists to receive Medicare reimbursements for delivering immunizations and helping community members, especially seniors, adhere to…

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Navigating the Shift to Price Transparency

As deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses rise, so does the pressure for hospitals and other healthcare services to increase price transparency. Over the last five years, we have seen multiple healthcare promotion policy acts introduced in Congress. While no federal bill…

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Technology’s Role in Navigating Hospital Drug Spend

A recent study by the American Hospital Association and the Federation of American Hospitals showed that between 2013 and 2015, inpatient drug spending increased an average 23.4 percent annually, and 38.7 percent on a per admission basis. Given the recent…

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Alternative Careers in Nursing Part 2: Administrative, Education, IT and Research

Career options available for those in the nursing field have never been better. In this four-part series, we are examining opportunities for nurses who are looking for careers outside that of the traditional hospital bedside nurse. In part 2 of…

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News Corner: Deadline to Respond to FDA Hospital and Health Systems Compounding Guidance Is Looming

By John Barickman, RPh, MBA, IV Pharmacist Consultant, Omnicell     If you are responsible for sterile IV compounding, you’ll want to be aware of and weigh in on new oversight being proposed. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently…

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Stress—A Danger to Nurses and Patients

The fact that nursing is a stressful industry is nothing new. With long hours and lengthy task lists, nurses experience high levels of stress in their daily activities. While it’s obvious that nurses face an abundance of daily pressures, the…

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Top 10 Compliance Best Practices for Medication Management

The Medication Management Council formed by Omnicell in 2014 recently issued its Top 10 Compliance Best Practices, which are shared below. The mission of the Medication Management Council is to identify medication management best practices that will move the industry…

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