Area of Interest
Continuing the care of your patients in ambulatory and other outpatient settings is critical to helping manage patient populations. Ambulatory pharmacies have the opportunity to interact with more patients at discharge and between visits, including follow-up and long-term monitoring of their care, medication adherence and progress. This intervention is especially critical in high-risk transplant, cancer, HIV, cardiac or diabetes patients. It is also a key to hospitals’ documentation efforts, providing continuity of care and helping reduce readmissions.
Belying their small physical footprint, ambulatory pharmacies can be pockets of opportunity — whether located in hospitals or ambulatory care centers, near treatment clinics, or around the communities they serve. They have the potential to capture a share of the many thousands of prescriptions issued to patients and employees annually that are typically filled elsewhere.
Ambulatory Pharmacy News
Drug Disposal Kiosks Help Hospitals Serve Their Community
Patients who need to dispose of
unwanted controlled substances and other medications are embracing the
convenience of drug disposal kiosks managed by their local health-system
Keeping data – and people – healthy
Things have changed quickly and dramatically in the healthcare industry – by necessity. The Affordable Care Act has allowed millions of Americans to gain health insurance. Global health initiatives are also improving health and raising the bar for healthcare around the world.
CVS Health Research Institute Study Demonstrates Impact of Prescription Refill Programs on Medication Adherence
WOONSOCKET, R.I., Nov. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — New research by the CVS Health Research Institute is the first to show the impact of prescription refill programs on medication adherence. The study, published in the American Journal of Managed Care, found that ReadyFill®, the refill program available at CVS/pharmacy®, improved adherence to medications for common chronic conditions without …
U.S. drug benefit managers clamp down on specialty pharmacies
(Reuters) — In recent days, the largest U.S. managers of private prescription drug benefits have cut off at least eight pharmacies that work closely with drugmakers, intensifying scrutiny of a system that helps inflate drug prices, officials at the pharmacy benefit managers told Reuters.
Nearly half of hepatitis C patients on medicaid denied coverage for life-saving drugs
Nearly 50 percent of Medicaid patients infected with chronic hepatitis C whose doctors had prescribed newer, life-saving antiviral drugs were denied coverage to the therapies because they weren’t considered “a medical necessity” or because the patients tested positive for alcohol/drugs, among other reasons, according to new research.
Blues of North Dakota worried about cost of specialty drugs
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Prescription drugs account for 21 percent of North Dakota’s largest insurance provider’s health care spending. Following the national trend, 15 percent of that drug spending is experiencing a high inflation rate, increasing already high health care costs. “When the cost of prescription drugs increases, those costs …
Ambulatory pharmacy consulting
Providing ambulatory pharmacy services can strengthen patient relationships, help reduce readmissions, extend the continuum of care and raise the value of your pharmacy as a strategic asset. Our experienced pharmacy consultants work side-by-side with you to help build business plans, prepare for regulatory requirements, prepare your pharmacy infrastructure, and optimize your inventory management and technology.
Outpatient workflow and automation
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