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Direct download: The_Opioid_Crisis_and_DEA_Quotas.mp3
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HIMSS 2018 - Recap by Todd S. Eury 

Over 43,000+ people desended onto the Vegas Strip to attend the HIMSS 2018. HIMSS is a global voice, advisor and thought leader of health transformation through health information and technology with a unique breadth and depth of expertise and capabilities to improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of health, healthcare and care outcomes. 


  • Artificial Intelligence
  • BlockChain Technology 
  • Precision Medicine 
  • New Healthcare Players, Amazon, Apple 

Quantitative Data Analysis - where there's a systematic approach to investigations during which numerical data is collected and/or the researcher transforms what is collected or observed into numerical data. It often describes a situation or event, answering the 'what' and 'how many' questions you may have about something.

CONSUMER & PATIENT ENGAGEMENT Explore consumer- and provider-oriented tools, strategies, and technologies that engage patients and caregivers to manage a patient’s healthcare and become active partners with providers and other professionals in managing their care.

HIMSS designs and leverages key data assets, predictive models and tools to advise global leaders, stakeholders and influencers of best practices in health information and technology, so they have the right information at the point of decision.

SXSW 2018 – Recap by Erin L. Albert, MBA, JD, PharmD

  1. New this year for virtual attendees: SXSW live streamed several, if not all their keynotes this year on Facebook. I watched Esther Perel (pronounced A-Stare Pa-rel), who’s talk was entitled, The Future of Love, Lust and Listening. Her new best-selling book is new called The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity. She also runs a podcast with couples therapy, and the 2nd season started during her time at SX.
    1. Join the SXSW Facebook page and you can watch keynotes for free.


  1. Also, new for me this year – the trade show. It was broken into several different categories. It had 2 stages (discovery and next stage), and then several exhibitor pavilions – health, international, social impact, and startup village.
    1. Really cool companies there – like – a company that’s like Fiverr or 99 Designs that works for nonprofits:
    2. Super smart cities were there for economic development. For example, Raleigh NC had a booth there, which featured small business owners who are awesome in Raleigh. Shout out to Videri Chocolate Factory, who was in the Raleigh booth.


  1. Also new this year: the SXSW Wellness Expo at the Palmer Events Center Exhibit hall as part of the trade show. You can check out some videos of it (including marijuana) over at Instagram. Ran the 10-th and 11th. The health and wellness information overall is included in SXSW Interactive – there’s also a SXSW Music, Film and EDU portion of the March festival.


  1. I was a mentor again this year under health and wellness. Had a lot of fascinating mentees, and we discussed a variety of topics – big data and analytics in healthcare, time management, career management/career portfolio management, and major career changes.


  1. First off – SX attracts multipationals and generalists of the creative types in healthcare. It’s really important to state that those who are attracted to SX tend to be renaissance people, and if you want to do multiple things with your career, YOU CAN, even if medicine and health care professionals want to bucket you into one category.
  2. The MSL gig came up a lot – I have a teachable course on this now. And a 57 jobs in pharmacy course.
  3. Generally, the mentors are all over the place on their careers and interests – so if you do attend SX in the future, sign up in advance for a mentoring session. Read their bios carefully and take advantage of this one on one time with them.


  1. Thank you to Dell for hosting a women funding women session. Although I couldn’t get to it with my compressed schedule, I appreciate that they had a session to help women entrepreneurs get funded with their businesses – as women entrepreneurs are grossly underfunded.
  2. Also, shout out to my friend Shwen Gwee – who ran a Health Spark 2018 Session march 11-12th for SXSW. He had topics from blockchain in health, to using chat bots, AI, machine learning, and digital wellness. I saw while I was there an interesting statistic during his “Barracuda Bowl” – where startups in health tech competed to win a cash prize – that by 2020, 85% of customer interactions will be managed through conversation WITHOUT a human!


  1. Also on the HIT front, talked to the Founder of CareSet - – which works with Medicare claims data to help companies guide drug launches. We’ll need to get Ashish on the show!


  1. Also had a bookstore and author sessions this year. Would LOVE to see more of this in the future! You can go and meet the authors too for autographs and pictures.


  1. Overall hot topics this year: AI, AR, blockchain, and SEO relative to video and most of all – digital voice technologies – for everything, including health.


  1. I attended a meetup on SEO – and all the talk was about video (and how to get video to show up high on SEO rankings) and digital voice technology SEO.
  2. SX live streamed a session in one of their pavilions with interactive AI pet dogs that learn the voice and behavior of those interacting with it.
Direct download: HIMSS_SXSW_2018.mp3
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Recorded LIVE at Pharmacy Ben Coakley with WayPoint Financial talks with Tyler Campbell with Pharmacy 401K and Amanda Gaddy with Secure 340B

Direct download: Income_Outcomes_PDS_2018.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Sheila Arquette, Executive Director of the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy interviews Heritage Biologics COO, Christopher Kennedy about being a 'Patient Focused Strategy' oriented Specialty Pharmacy. 

Heritage Biologic's Patient Experience is a refreshing alternative to other customer service models. At Heritage Biologics, patients feel the difference from their first interaction with the Heritage committed specialized team.

The Heritage experts are leading the charge to advance the healthcare experience for patients. They recognize the challenges and difficulties that life can throw your way when managing a rare disease or other health condition. Heritage has a HBcares program which is anchored in a fundamental approach to patient-centered care.

Having a rare disease patient on their leadership team has allowed Heritage to combine best practices and new ideas to create a place we're confident patients will call Heritage Biologics their home pharmacy. 


Direct download: Patient_Focused_Strategy_SPP_Heritage_Biologics.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 1:21am EDT

CVS Health Sponsors Part 2 of the 3 part series on 2018 Retail Spanish Immersion Internship.

Here's Part One:

We welcome our guests and last year's interns:


Highlights of the 2018 Retail Spanish Immersion Internship:

  • 10 week paid internship within a CVS Health Retail location.
  • Participate in the care of patients with a variety of acute and chronic conditions, focusing on the Hispanic community and utilizing the Spanish language
  • Application of therapeutic principles, communication skills (including Spanish), and drug information skills are emphasized on a daily basis through interaction with patients and other health care professionals
  • Immersion with the Hispanic community and related disease states associated with those patients
  • Complete appropriate Phase training of the CVS intern program, ExperienceRx, to fulfill the Interns’ training, in addition to the Spanish/Hispanic experience
  • Fluency in Spanish is not mandatory to apply. Spanish courses previously taken in high school and/or college, or prior participation in mission trips to Spanish speaking countries may provide a baseline knowledge for program participation
  • Medical Spanish Course offered to assist in the intern’s development of counseling Spanish speaking patients.
  • Internship held from June 4th- through August 10th, 2018- these dates are firm
Direct download: CVS_Spanish_Immersion_PART_TWO.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

SenioRx Radio host Justin Rash, PharmD., interviews Steven Littlehale with PointRight about Senior Care - transitions of care. 

Steven Littlehale

Steven Littlehale, MS, GCNS-BC is PointRight’s Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer. He has more than 25 years' experience as a long-term care professional beginning as a nurse assistant and leading to his work as an advance practice nurse, educator, researcher and consultant. He is a board certified specialist in gerontology and a nationally-known lecturer and consultant with numerous publications. Steven holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Vermont and a Master of Science from Georgetown University.

The Pharmacy Podcast Network, in collaboration with the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, has launched SenioRx Radio. 

Learn more here 


Direct download: ASCP_SenioRx_Radio_Transitions_of_Care_Mixdown_1.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

H. D. Smith Pharmacy Podcast Series interview with Alan Wilson with Espha & Tony Ferrante with H. D. Smith. 

Buying groups have been an important part of the community pharmacy landscape for nearly four decades. Their original purpose was to give independent pharmacies buying clout with wholesalers. Now these groups, estimated to number more than 30, have become full-service organizations with the tools and talent to help single-store independents and regional chains compete successfully in a chain- and PBM-dominated world.

About Alan Wilson with Espha

Alan Wilson brings a diverse and unique experience-based skill set and perspective to the Enhanced Service Pharmacy Alliance team. Prior to joining the healthcare industry, Alan spent 16 years in ever-increasing sales and operations leadership roles in manufacturing, managing global sales andmanufacturing organizations in the industrial, medical and beverage industries. One of Alan’s key accomplishments as a manufacturer was taking a traditionally industrial product and marketing it to the beverage industry… a product that today provides the carbonation for fountain sodas in stadiums, casinos, fast food restaurants and convenience stores worldwide.

Contact H. D. Smith about your Pharmacy Buying Group Strategies today: 

Direct download: Pharmacy_GPO_H._D._Smith_Pharmacy_Podcast_Mixdown_1.mp3
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Insurance Coverage for Independent Pharmacy Owners

You’ve invested a lot of time and hard work into becoming a pharmacy owner. Why wait to protect your business with the most complete insurance coverage at the best price? Heffernan Insurance Broker’s Pharmacy Owners Insurance program is perfect for the independent pharmacist looking for an experienced broker who can offer a single source insurance package for your unique needs.

We know the pharmacy industry is rapidly changing and expanding, and we can help you with these new and challenging areas of your practice. We have extensive experience serving the insurance needs of the independent pharmacist, and as your insurance partner, our professionals will help your business grow and succeed with a healthier bottom-line.

Find out how much you could save with our insurance package designed specifically for pharmacy owners. Contact Heffernan Insurance Brokers today.

Pharmacy Development Services Members

Are you a Pharmacy Development Services (PDS) member? Our pharmacy insurance reviews have discovered most PDS members have business policies that fall short in coverage and charge more than necessary. Simply download and complete our PDS Members Insurance Review form and email it directly to Steve Boone for a complementary pharmacy insurance review.

Direct download: Steve_Boone_Heffernen_Insurance_Part_One.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 10:17am EDT

On this episode of PGX for Pharmacists, host Ken Sternfled, RPh., interviews Dr. Jason Cavolina PharmD, CEO of RXVIP Enterprises. 

Jason is part of a group of Pharmacists and Students of Pharmacy who took on a personal mission to raise awareness and deliver a 2 minute life saving test. 

This life saving test can help reduce the risk of Adverse Drug Reactions (ADRs). These tests have been around for over 9 years and are now covered by Medicare so we are raising awareness through a national alliance we formed with MedXPrime

-Offering PGx tests will further differentiate our companies as the leader in the market by delivering 'Tomorrow's Medicine Today'. 

- We can offer valued based services that include consultation, screening and also perform the test to create incremental revenue, even after the initial visit with the patient with no change in workflow or added expense.

-This initiative also positions RXVIP as a leader in reducing adverse drug reactions in patients through pharmacogenetic testing (PGx).

-This will also help create additional engagement to help retain medicare patients that can create ongoing reimbursement for the practice. RXVIP would be happy to sponsor patient events to 'Meet The Pharmacist' to patient education by trained pharmacy staff at no cost to a practice.

RXVIP Concierge Pharmacists meet with patients directly in a doctor’s office to conduct Pharmacogenetic testing (PGx), educate patients on cost-saving solutions and to encourage lifestyle changes, while focusing on patient adherence to medication regimens in order to achieve better outcomes. 

Our single goal is to help patients and their physicians navigate the challenging and evolving health care landscape now in place with insurance entities, including assisting staff with prior authorizations and ePrescribing.

Areas of Expertise:
Concierge Pharmacy, PGx, Business Development, Team Management, Inventory Optimization, Marketing, Process Implementation, Strategic Planning & Analysis, Quality and Process Control, Workflow Optimization, Leadership, Project Management

Direct download: PGX_for_Pharmacists_Jason_Cavolina_3.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 2:19pm EDT

The PDS Super Growth Pharmacy Conference: The best pharmacy conference you’ve ever gone to. Guaranteed.

Go Pharmacy Owners!!

We interview several conference participants, solutions providers, vendors, and Pharmacy Development Founder, Dan Benamoz about the 2018 PDS Super-Conference on February 21 -24th. 

The PDS Team is so confident about the PDS Conference that they state if at the end of the first day you’re not 100% convinced that the PDS event will help your business, they will refund your ticket price PLUS give you $300 toward your travel expenses back home. No hassles, no hard feelings, no drama. 

Direct download: PDS_2018_SUper_Conference_.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 12:00am EDT