Wed, 21 June 2017
Today we’re speaking to Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD is an Associate Professor of Medicine at New York University School of Medicine but her clinical home is at Bellevue Hospital, the oldest public hospital in the country. She is a founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Bellevue Literary Review.
Her newest book is “What Patients Say; What Doctors Hear,” an exploration of doctor-patient communication and how refocusing the conversation between doctors and patients can improve health outcomes.
Everyone’s leadership road is a little different, how did you become a leader in the Patient / Doctor relations space?
As a bestselling author, many think that your life is perfect, what was your most difficult moment as an author that might help others understand the struggle to get to where you are?
We’ll talk about your other books in a little while, but tell me about this newest book, it in some ways seems like a culmination of some of what you’ve learned in other works.
You are the author of four other books about life in medicine, can you tell me how these work together as either a journey or cohesive whole?
Danielle was also editor of a medical textbook—The Bellevue Guide to Outpatient Medicine—which won a Best Medical Textbook award.
Danielle Ofri writes regularly for the New York Times about medicine and the doctor-patient relationship. Her essays have also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, Slate, the New England Journal of Medicine, the Lancet, CNN and on National Public Radio.
How do you get a review from Lancet and other high end publications like these?
How do you balance literary writing and popular writing? Very few people move into both.
Her essays have been selected twice for Best American Essays and also for Best American Science Writing. She is the recipient of the McGovern Award from the American Medical Writers Association for “preeminent contributions to medical communication.”
She has given TED talks on Deconstructing Perfection and Fear: A Necessary Emotion for Doctors, and has also performed stories for the Moth. She is featured in the upcoming documentary: “Why Doctors Write.”
Direct download: Pharmacy_Future_Leaders_-_Danielle_Ofri_MD_PhD__Mixdown_2.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 2:00am EDT
Tue, 20 June 2017
McKesson Pharmacy Technology and Services Division Vice President of Sales – Ian Fallon interviews Pharmacy Technology Innovation Vice President of Towncrest Pharmacy Mike Deninger from Iowa City on the Med-Sync impact on patient care and operational efficiency.
Towncrest Pharmacy, Inc.
2306 Muscatine Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52240
Ph: (319) 337-3526
Medication synchronization is when the pharmacist coordinates the refill of yourmedications so you can pick them up on a single day each month. Many people miss doses of their regular medications and med sync can make you more likely to take them.
The Med Sync Guide provides a simple, five-step process to implement a medication synchronization program at your pharmacy. For each step, there is a corresponding tool to provide a quick reference as the pharmacy team is initiating the program. This guide is recommended as an on-the-job tool as it provides a quick summary of the details for each step.
Step 1: Patient Identification and Recruitment
This quick guide allows you to identify eligible patients as well as provides a structured approach for prioritizing patients. This approach will evolve over time, and the tool keeps you focused as a new or experienced med sync team. Talking points for enrolling patients are also provided.
Step 2: Selection of Medications
Selecting the right medications to sync can seem daunting at first. This quick guide will provide confidence as you are reviewing a patient’s medication profile. A three-step process for medication selection is reviewed. Which medications to synchronize as well as those to avoid are listed for an at-a-glance reminder.
Step 3: Alignment of Medications
Once the medications are selected, you’ll need to choose a sync date and complete short fills. These steps are outlined and details such as short fill codes are captured on this tool. You’ll also have access to a quick summary of key follow-up needs.
Step 4: The Appointment
An effective appointment with the patient is key to driving the financial and clinical benefits of med sync. Both appointment preparation and conducting an actual med sync appointment are outlined in this tool.
Step 5: Maintenance
Once the appointment is complete, it is crucial that patients are maintained through key steps. Routine steps are a must to be successful. This tool reviews the needed steps as well as guidelines for team roles to ensure patients stay on sync.
For more information on the Med-Sync technology by McKesson Pharmacy Technology & Services, contact:
Sr. Marketing Manager
McKesson Pharmacy Technology and Services (MPTS)
412.625.2267 (O) 412.506.1459 (C)
Fri, 16 June 2017
PCAB Sterile and Non-Sterile Compounding Workshop
July 25-26, 2017
Fairleigh Dickinson School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Florham Park, NJ
The PCAB Sterile and Non-Sterile Compounding Pharmacy workshop provides pharmacy personnel with a comprehensive overview of the accreditation process and a standard-by-standard review of the requirements for sterile and non-sterile compounding. The two-day course is conducted with a personalized approach that delivers valuable insight into the accreditation process.
During the workshop, an AU Clinical Educator and Surveyor will provide participants with:
Hands-on training for using the take-home ACHC Accreditation Guide to Success workbook, a program-specific and comprehensive tool that offers guidance on the meanings
Each attendee will receive the ACHC Accreditation Guide to Success workbook for FREE, which will be used as the primary learning instrument during the course. This workbook serves as a valuable reference tool for achieving or maintaining accreditation.
Unless otherwise noted, workshops are held at ACHC’s Corporate Headquarters in Cary, NC
Wed, 14 June 2017
The Independent Pharmacist's Take on Health Coaching
Health coaching is a technique that empowers patients to make lasting health behavior changes that improve overall well-being. It provides patients with health care implementation options that better suit their lifestyle and abilities.
Health coaching programs have the potential to foster better health outcomes, especially with patients who are chronically ill or represent an at risk population for medication non-adherence (e.g. elderly, patients on psychotropic medications).
Independent Pharmacy Owner:
Vito Colombo can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Christina Tarantola
Licensed Pharmacist, Certified Health Coach & Author
The Diet Doc LLC
Direct download: The_Independent_Pharmacists_Take_on_Health_Coaching.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 11:36pm EDT
Mon, 12 June 2017
Part 2 - We address:
-Rescheduling of drugs, ex: benzodiazepines
-How we might fix the problem of opioid addiction in the US
Mr. Joseph T. Rannazzisi — Deputy Assistant Administrator (RETIRED), Office of Diversion Control, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
Joe Rannazzisi, JD, RPh, began his career with the U.S. Drug Enforcement(DEA) in 1986. He served as a staff pharmacist at the Veterans Administration for the 18 months preceding his employment with DEA.
During his DEA career, he served as a Diversion Investigator (Indianapolis), Special Agent/Criminal Investigator (Indianapolis/Detroit), Clandestine Laboratory Coordinator (Detroit), Homicide Task Force Supervisor (Detroit), Staff Coordinator (Domestic Operations-Headquarters), Section Chief (Dangerous Drugs and Chemicals Section-Headquarters), Assistant Special Agent in Charge (Detroit), and Deputy Chief (Office of Enforcement Operations-Headquarters).
Fri, 9 June 2017
Cristal Greene has been a certified pharmacy technician since 1998, worked in a pharmacy since 1994 as a junior in high school at a small hospital pharmacy, and went on to earn a Bachelor’s in Biology from Wichita State University and has taught at Hutchinson Community College since 2008 as the Pharmacy Technician Program Coordinator.
We talk about her leadership road, hybrid pharmacy technician program at Hutchinson Community College, the Pharmacy Technician Educator’s Council (PTEC) national meeting in Las Vegas July 13-15, 2017
and the challenges of running and maintaining an ASHP Accredited Pharmacy Technician Program
Cristal Greene, BS, CPhT
Hutchinson Community College
1300 North Plum,
Hutchinson, KS 67501
Phone 620 665 3346
Direct download: Pharmacy_Future_Leaders_-_Cristal_Greene.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 11:00am EDT
Mon, 5 June 2017
Dr. Erin Albert brings us a special Pharmacy Podcast Episode with Co-Founder Doug Hirsch of GoodRx. GoodRx was co-founded by Scott Marlette and Doug Hirsch, both early employees of Facebook. Hirsch was VP of Product at Facebook back in 2005, and Marlette, one of the company's first 20 employees, was an engineer who worked on, among other things, Facebook's photo application.
WHAT IS GOODRX?
HOW DOES IT WORK?
HOW MUCH MONEY HAVE PEOPLE SAVED, WITH GOODRX?
Since the company's launch in 2011, Americans have saved approximately $3 billion using GoodRxservices.
WHAT ARE SOME SPECIAL PROGRAMS, RECENTLY LAUNCHED?
ABOUT DOUG HIRSCH:
Doug Hirsch, (co-Founder and co-CEO of GoodRx), is on a mission to lower the cost of prescriptions in America. In 2010, while on private insurance with a high deductible, Doug received an alarmingly expensive prescription from a doctor, and decided to shop around for a lower price. He quickly realized how helpless Americans were, with no one-stop destination for prescription discounts and prices, a resource that could help patients shop smarter for the medications they need. So, in 2011, Doug launched GoodRx with co-founders Trevor Bezdek and Scott Marlette. To-date, GoodRx has saved Americans over $3 billion on their prescriptions.
Earlier in his career, Doug spent 10 years at Yahoo, Inc., where he was among the first 30 employees. He conceived and/or managed the earliest online communities including Yahoo! Mail, GeoCities, Yahoo! Groups, Yahooligans, Yahoo! Personals, Yahoo! Chat, and more. Later, as General Manager of Yahoo! Entertainment, he was responsible for Yahoo! Movies, Yahoo! TV, Yahoo! Entertainment and a joint-venture with Paramount. In 2005, he joined Facebook as Vice President of Product, where he built Facebook Photos and other products. Post-Facebook, Doug founded DailyStrength, the web’s largest community for people facing health and life challenges. DailyStrength was acquired in 2008 by HSW International. Doug is a magna cum laude graduate of Tufts University and currently lives in Santa Monica with his family, where GoodRx is headquartered.
Thu, 1 June 2017
Mindfulness is getting a lot of hype in the news, and many corporations and organizations such as Google, Aetna and UCLA have staff teaching Mindfulness. In fact, Aetna appointed a “Chief Mindfulness Officer” over a year ago. We’ll discuss how Mindfulness is being used to improve physical, mental and emotional health, and to manage, if not reduce stress, chronic pain and PTSD. We'll talk about its benefits and the compelling research conducted so far. And if you’re interested in trying it, how to start a Mindfulness practice.
Bio of our guest - Tanya Valle
Tanya Valle helps professionals lead life from purpose and passion. And she provides Mindfulness instruction to organizations and individuals.
As a Certified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher, she develops and implements Mindfulness programs for organizations, communities, and individuals. She also provides independent Life Coaching services. A native New Yorker, Tanya is a former New York City television reporter, Press Secretary under former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Fortune 50 corporate public relations executive, and public relations business owner. Tanya is a dedicated meditator who has experienced the benefits of meditation, and believes in its potential for positive transformation.
Tue, 30 May 2017
Janine Kelbach, RNC-OB is a Cleveland, Ohio resident, freelance writer and owner of WriteRN.net. Janine has been an RN since 2006, specializing in labor and delivery and ventured into writing in 2012. Her mission to help other writers build their businesses as she did with her 2 kids and a husband.
Everyone’s leadership road is a little different, how did you become a leader in a nurse writer and coach?
What kind of degree or writing experience did you have before you launched?
As a writer and nurse, many think that your life is perfect, that you have the best of both worlds every day and all the time. what was your most difficult moment as writer that might help others understand the struggle that a coach might help them get through?
Can you explain the difference between what you do as a business writing coach or a writing coach and we think of athletic teams as needing coaches, how does a writer need?
Can you talk about how writing fits into your schedule of sometimes you have a shift available and sometimes you don’t based on the hospital census?
Can you take us through a day in your life, most recently I spoke with Danielle Ofri, who recently published “What Patients Say; What Doctors Hear,” and to paraphrase, she is ruthless with her time turning down activities that take her away from writing, her family, and her Cello she has no TV in her life or the news …
Why do you think there’s a non-clinical trend for health professionals?
To contact Janine:
Not sure if you need a coach? No problem! Let's do a 15 minute intro call! It's free to you, no strings attached, to see how I can help you out! Topics we can touch on:
- Goal setting - Accountability - Social Media Guidance - Work Feedback - Setbacks - Productivity - Ramping Up your Professional Presence - Establishing your rates
Direct download: Pharmacy_Future_Leaders_-__Janine_Kelbach_Mixdown_2.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 3:44pm EDT
Fri, 26 May 2017
SenioRx Radio, part of the Pharmacy Podcast Network, in collaboration with the ASCP returns with a dynamic interview about Value Based Care in LTC Pharmacy.
Chad Worz, host of SenioRx Radio interviews Harry Thibodeau, PhC, R.Ph., CCP, FASCP Chief Operations Officer with Pharma-Care, Inc.
Medication related problems and medication mismanagement are a huge health problem with serious cost implications. In this age of austerity, employers are working hard to ensure that they provide employees and their families continued access to high quality health care while saving money.
To this end, the Asheville Project has proven to reduce avoidable treatment and hospitalizations that will generate substantial cost savings; up to four times greater than the cost of the program. Starting in Asheville, North Carolina, a Value Based Insurance Design, Medication Therapy Management (MTM) has had a long track record of achieving positive health outcomes for health plan enrollees with chronic conditions as evidenced by the twenty studies which found pharmacists improved economic and clinical outcomes through direct patient care.
1 Because of this impressive history, Value Based Care (MTM) programs are included in the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug benefit. Over the past several years, Pharma-Care, Inc. has successfully implemented Value Based Care (MTM) services for many independent pharmacies and several municipalities, which, to date have yielded a 7.30:1 return on investment. They also contracted with the New Jersey Counties Division of Aging & Community Services, a division of the Department of Human Services (DHS), to provide Value Based Care (MTM) services to seniors living in their respective communities.
The Pharma-Care, Inc. Value Based Care Design program focuses on people with chronic health conditions to accomplish the following goals:
▪ Improve therapeutic outcome for targeted beneficiaries through improved medication use
▪ Reduce the risk of adverse health events through decreasing number of errors in prescribing and in taking medications
▪ Reduce the number of per patient medication claims and medical, hospital and emergency department costs The program has documented the following consistent effects among participants:
▪ Improved knowledge of their disease ▪ Increased medication adherence ▪ Improved self-management behaviors
▪ Improved clinical outcomes Pharma-Care, Inc. presents “Best in Class” solutions by employing a studied proven model, deeply engaging participants, providing individualized and goal driven guidance, providing proof of performance, and easy implementation and integration into current health plans.
1 American Journal of Health System Pharmacy, October 2010
Chad Worz, Pharm.D.
Medication Managers LLC