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Pharmacists: Filling Prescriptions and Patient Care Gaps

The number of Americans battling diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, and other chronic diseases has been steadily increasing. Meanwhile, the amount of primary care providers (PCPs) handling these diseases is decreasing. As the gap between patient needs and available resources continues…

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News Corner: Is Meaningful Use Going Away?

On Tuesday this week at the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco, acting CMS administrator Andy Slavitt publicly stated that the opportunity to sunset the less-than-successful meaningful use program might have come. While many of the goals and desired…

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News Corner: Health IT Expectations in 2016

This past year continued the momentum for healthcare IT technology innovation that started more than a decade ago. 2015 was filled with “FHIR-drills” around ICD-10, the rocky transition from Meaningful Use Stage 2 to Stage 3, and an ongoing push…

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Working Together to Reduce Nursing Injuries

Healthcare workers across the U.S. are concerned about becoming injured on the job, and with good reason. According to 2011 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, musculoskeletal injuries from overexertion in healthcare occupations are among the highest of all…

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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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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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Biosimilars: What Pharmacists Need to Know

Recently, Pharmacy Times reported on new research from the Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy evaluating how the introduction of biosimilars to the U.S. healthcare market is expected to impact pharmacists in selecting and dispensing products. While these substances…

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Drug Shortages in the U.S. – A Serious Issue with No End in Sight

Drug shortages in the U.S. have been prevalent for years. Although there have been attempts to mitigate the issue, it’s still a serious problem that has only gotten worse over time. In this post we explore some of the causes/effects…

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The Key to HCAHPS Ratings: Satisfied Nurses

Nurses play an important role in determining the level of satisfaction patients feel about the care they received while in the hospital.  With reimbursement by Medicare being tied to patient satisfaction through the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and…

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News Corner: 21st Century Cures Act Part 3: Bill Advances to Senate

On July 10th, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the 21st Century Cures Act by a 344-77 margin. As outlined in previous Transform Healthcare posts, this bill looks to bring drugs to market quicker through advancing medical innovation and holds…

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