Fri, 24 March 2017
Pharmacy Immunizations – It’s Far More than Flu Shots
Jeff Hedges, co-host of the Pharmacy Compliance Guide brings us new insights into the Business of Pharmacy & keeping your Community Pharmacy Compliant. This week we focus on Pharmacy Immunizations.
Can every pharmacists give immunizations?
Are there any restrictions?
Is there any license requirements?
Who can administer vaccines in the pharmacy?
Are there any training requirements?
What is needed for Medicare immunizations?
How do you bill for immunizations?
What other types of immunizations can a pharmacist do?
What type of order is needed to administer a vaccine?
Am I required to have Policies and Procedures?
Where do I turn for help and guidance?
CONTACT RJ HEDGES TODAY:
R.J. Hedges & Associates
163 9th Street PO Box H
New Florence, PA 15944
Phone: (724) 357-8380
Direct download: Pharmacy_Immunizations__Its_Far_More_than_Flu_Shots.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 12:43pm EDT
Wed, 22 March 2017
How to be a Professional Sales Person in the Pharmacy Space
Guest: Kelly Roach
CEO of Kelly Roach International
4a. Kelly, you also talk about reactants, the example you gave was instead of saying don’t litter, you say pitch in. Many pharmacists work to help people stop smoking, but that means don’t smoke won’t work, rather maybe put that cigarette back in the pack. How do you as a coach keep things on the positive rather than the negative?
Kelly Roach (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Podcast and website http://www.kellyroachcoaching.com
Direct download: Pharmacy_Future_Leaders_-_Kelly_Roach.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 12:01am EDT
Sun, 19 March 2017
Even though it has been misinterpreted and refuted, I do like President Kennedy's speech ironically here in my hometown (Indianapolis) back in the 1950s, where he shared a definition of the word "Crisis" = Danger + Opportunity, in Chinese. And even though the translation is incorrect, I still would like to think that anytime there is a crisis, there is an element of danger and opportunity within it. Danger and opportunity can lead to amazing things!
This is also true of one's career. There's been talk of mergers, layoffs, and restructuring abound in my world of pharmacy and pharmaceuticals, and I don't foresee that tumult ending anytime soon. I still get panicky emails from friends of friends each and every day who lost their jobs, and beg for answers to: "What should I do about this?" When radical change is happening around us at lightening speeds, the best one can do is prepare for the crisis when it comes along.
So, I wanted to write about 5 steps to take to not entirely insulate yourself from a career crisis, but prepare for it in advance should it ever come your way. My definition of a crisis here in your career is a layoff, company closure, random pink slip, or termination out of the blue. Most of our external lives are out of our control - but the one thing we can control is...our response to the environment around us.
Ready for some actionable items around this?
What To Do During A Career Crisis:
1) Prepare for it well in advance of a potential career crisis - You need to start saving and growing your FINANCIAL and SOCIAL bank accounts well in advance of any career breakdowns. Financial is the obvious - you need to save salary in a rainy day fund...preferably 6 months worth of expenses coverage, if not a full year or more. (And this is in addition to your retirement savings.) Saving your hard earned dollars for the crisis can give you breathing space to get over the shock of loss and focus on your NEXT great adventure, without your lizard brain being hi-jacked by fear/panic and taking any job that comes along first, which may not be the right job for you. Also, your SOCIAL bank account needs growth and fostering too. You want to build your network when you need it LEAST. That means, network OUTSIDE your company. Go to events and meet new people. Get around people who are NOT like you. Get around people who are SIMILAR to you but who work at different companies. Help others. Givers gain! Help other great people find work when they need it! Start saving your social capital just as you save for your rainy day fund--because again, the last approach you want to take when you have a crisis is to reach out to others who you don't know well and panic around asking them for jobs with no financial or social capital in the bank. That looks unprofessional.
2) Spread out your work - Never put all your career eggs in one basket, especially if you think your career choice is "safe" or "insulated" from economic downturns, and especially if you work for a big company. What I mean by this is make sure you have a side hustle. That could be an additional part time job, service on an association board, a part time entrepreneurial gig of your own (of course, the day job being cool with it), and/or do something outside of your day job on the side. Not only is this good for you, in that it trains your brain in broader ways of thinking and creativity enhancement, but it helps you build skills outside of your company that can be additive to your NEXT career move--whether that's by choice or not.
3) Be aware of what's going on in the wider world around you - If you're spending all your time in your day job at work, and you ONLY work at that day job, this is really not good at all, because if that work goes away, what else do you have? Nothing. I've generally witnessed that the larger the company an employee works for, the less likely the employees are to pay attention to what's going on in the wider world around them. (Not always, but generally.) This means getting savvy with social media. This means watching the news (as mud-slinging as it is). This means going to conferences outside and beyond your comfort zone. I've seen too many times where people get too comfortable working for a large employer for decades and then, when the rug is pulled out from underneath them, they're completely lost. Don't be in that situation. My best example of this is the buggy whip manufacturer. Back in the day, they could have been a fantastic top shelf buggy whip maker - but if they didn't pay any attention to the automakers...being the best buggy whip mfr no longer mattered. Stay relevant.
4) Be ready at a moment's notice for a new adventure - Some families have disaster plans in case of a weather disaster or the power grid going off line. You need to take this strategy with your own career as well. This means keeping your resume up to date at all times. This also means having an awesome and up to date LinkedIn profile (which I'm beginning to think is probably even more important than a resume these days). If you did great work on a project or with someone, ask them for a reference on your Linkedin profile. If someone did something amazing in a project you worked on, GIVE them an awesome reference per bullet 1 above, proactively. This means all the other 3 steps above, and this above all means--keeping an open mind. Always keep one eye open for new career or project adventures. Maybe you don't even need to leave your day job for your next big project or career adventure! But keep your eyes open, and be ready to jump on exciting opportunities when they head your way.
5) The one email you should send - If you did get that termination notice, give yourself a few days to quiet the lizard brain. Then, clean up your resume and LinkedIn profiles per above, and THEN you may send an email to your top 50 social network peers with a copy of your resume, and a request for ideas on what to do next. Tell them you have an open mind and will consider all possibilities. Describe your ideal next gig in a paragraph in that email, and let them put on their thinking caps. Follow up with everyone who responds to you. Stay in front of them. There's some literature out there that supports using your 2nd degree connections for optimal job opportunities here. Most of all, don't panic. Keep calm and carry on. And, if you did the previous 4 steps in advance, you'll be miles ahead of others still back panicking with their pink slips in hand.
There. Don't panic. Prepare. With these 5 steps, start planting the seeds NOW. Because one day the career crisis may come...will you be ready for it?
Erin Albert is a career coach and co-host of the pharmacy podcast, focused on pharmacy and healthcare career development.
Direct download: 5_Steps_to_Manage_Through_a_Career_Crisis_Mixdown_2.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 5:53pm EDT
Wed, 15 March 2017
Live at the HIMSS 2017 Conference in Orlando FL, an interesting interview with Ken Perez, Vice President of Healthcare Policy at Omnicell, Inc.
Industry experts are predicting that a slow repeal of the ACA will have very little, if any, negative impact on healthcare technology. Healthcare technology grew at an unprecedented pace under the ACA, in part because the ACA contains provisions which provide healthcare technology with incentives to develop and implement new systems aimed at increasing efficiency.
Despite the significant amount of uncertainty with a slow repeal of the ACA for many players in the healthcare industry, healthcare technology appears to be poised for continued growth through value-based care, telemedicine, and the increased need for interoperability.
About Ken Perez:
Ken Perez, in this hybrid role combining thought leadership, marketing, and business development, serve as the company’s subject matter expert on health reform, accountable care organizations (ACOs) and population health management, analytics, patient safety, and medication adherence.
Ken lead multiple multi-functional team initiatives, including the Industry Intelligence Delta Team, Medication Management Council, and Pharmacy Forums. Engage directly with integrated delivery network clients. Drive scenario planning, strategy, and M&A activities for analytics, patient safety and medication adherence, working closely with the product marketing and marketing communications teams.
• Architected a medication adherence solution suite framework and identified acquisition targets to supplement the company’s existing offerings.
• Conceptualized, researched and provided the content as well as design direction for the company’s Medication Adherence Resource Center, an online educational service that is an industry first.
• Chosen to speak on health reform, ACOs, analytics, and big data at healthcare industry events.
Omnicell (NASDAQ: OMCL), a healthcare IT firm with approximately $700 million in annual revenue and a market capitalization of roughly $1.3 billion, provides comprehensive automation and business analytics software for patient-centric medication and supply management across the entire healthcare continuum--from hospitals to the home.
Direct download: Changes_to_ACA__Impact_to_Medication_Adherence.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 12:01am EDT
Tue, 14 March 2017
Marketing Your MTM & Clinical Services
Dr. Blair Thielemier and Nicolle McClure discuss why it’s important to execute clinical and MTMs services in your independent pharmacy. We will discuss challenges of getting started and how to overcome them, give several marketing ideas, and review how offering these types of services can also be a new patient generator.
For those owners that are struggling performing these types of services, we will address the benefits of hiring an independent pharmacy consultant. At the end, we will touch on Blair’s Evaluate Pharmacy Virtual Summit event in April.
Direct download: Marketing_Your_MTM__Clinical_Services.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 12:20pm EDT
Sat, 11 March 2017
Honored to have the opportunity to interview Kristy Sobel, host of the Patient's Podcast, part of the Pharmacy Podcast Network.
The Patient's Podcast - is where the Voice of the Patient is the most important Voice in Healthcare.
We talk with Kristy today about her own experiences suffering with excruciating chronic pain and how she copes and moves forward every day. Meeting your patient's "where they are" is about empathy. Being sincere and taking pause in your busy day is tremendously important to your patient's care. Every individual has their own story and their own feelings. Every patient is different and dealing with their health in a specific way. The care you provide must include your sincerity and understanding.
Kristy Sobel has been a trail blazer as an entrepreneur for 20 + years. She found herself in need for something that did not exist. Kristy created multifunctional and fashionable purses designed for those with back and neck problems. She branched out and created purses for those with special needs.
Kristy has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, Better Homes & Gardens, Island Family Magazine, Metropolitan Women, US Weekly, OK Magazine, In Touch, The Floridian, Flair, Gulf Coast Business Review, Who’s Who in the industry MTV Awards goodie bags, E! Fashion Makeover., and Extreme Makeover Home Edition. She has created and been a part of creating companies from the ground up, dealing with promotions, fundraising, public relations, marketing, implementing strategies, concept and design, and creativity.
Kristy is a active spokesperson for charities, foundations, programs, and special causes. She has been a guest speaker NAWBO (Nat. Assoc. of Women Business Owners), BPW (Business Professional Women), WIT (Women in International Trade), e-Women and WATT (Women at The Top). Kristy is a advocate for the Special Forces Pararescuefoundation.org.
Fri, 10 March 2017
The Pharmacy Podcast
Managed Care / Health Policy / U of Minnesota
Today we're going to be talking with Ryan Cotten:
Ryan Cotten is a 4th year University of Minnesota PharmD student passionate about creating unique solutions by managing limited healthcare resources. Following his P2 year, he interned at ClearScript learning about clinical services and the PBM industry. After his P3 year, he was AMCP chapter president and led his team to the AMCP National P&T Competition. He was the lead author on a health policy research paper "Pricing History Analysis of Orphan Drugs (1983-2015)" which he presented at two national pharmacy conferences. He’s looking to work in a managed care pharmacy residency to further grow as a leader and practitioner.
Ryan Cotten (email: email@example.com)
4th Year Pharmacy Student
Direct download: Pharmacy_Future_Leaders_-_Ryan_Cotten.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 2:54pm EDT
Tue, 7 March 2017
The Pharmacy Podcast Network in collaboration with the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists has launched SenioRx Radio. The newest segment of the Pharmacy Podcast Network is designed to Empower pharmacists committed to promoting healthy aging through the appropriate use of medications for our senior populations.
The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) is the only international professional society devoted to optimal medication management and improved health outcomes for all older persons. Founded in 1969, ASCP is a non-profit membership organization currently based in Alexandria, VA.
ASCP represents over 9,000 pharmacy professionals, including students, serving the unique medication needs of the senior population. Our members range in the services they provide and serve seniors in a variety of settings.
National Director of Marketing & Media Relations
Direct download: Introducing_SenioRx_Radio_by_the_ASCP_copy.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 1:42pm EDT
Mon, 6 March 2017
How to Meal Prep for Work, Stay Healthy, and ON-Track!
Today’s preparation determines tomorrow’s achievement- that’s about as simple as I can put this! If you go into work thinking you’ll “wing it”, 99.9999% of the time the only thing winging it will be your fitness plan flying right out the window with your good intentions.
(CHECK Yo-Self, before you WRECK Yo-Self!!)
“But I don’t have time to plan out my meals- it takes so long!”“I don’t want to spend all day in the kitchen.”“I hate cooking.”“I tried out for ‘Worst Chefs in America’ and didn’t even make the cut- ugh!”Does this sound like you? Believe it or not, the vast majority of those who follow through on their fitness plan and stick with it agree with every one of those statements.
SO, what’s their secret? How do they persevere? TELL ME!!!Ok, ok- here we go!
1. Bulk Up
No, no- all you can eat buffets for breakfast lunch and dinner is NOT what I’m referring to here! The magic is in a strategy known as bulk cooking, or cooking once for several, or all, days of the week. “Once and done” as we say! Rather than cooking one chicken breast for each meal (oh, the horror!), bulk cooking would call for cooking numerous chicken breasts for your meals, all in one cooking session. You can then portion them out for each meal size, refrigerate them, and then re-heat once it’s meal time! BAM! (is that trademarked by Emeril Lagasse?)
2. Set It and Forget It
There are several ‘tools of the trade’ that can be utilized for bulk cooking- and for as many types of food as you can think of! Here are my favorites:
These are super cheap (I got mine for <$30 ), and I use it ALL THE TIME! Rice comes out perfectly cooked, perfectly fluffy- and all I do is hit a button. BONUS: this is able to cook white AND brown rice! Fret not, browns fans :D
Crock Pot*Cue hallelujah music*
This little gem can be used for cooking protein, carbs, and even whole meals- all with the push of a button. If you’re a busy professional- especially with a family to feed and don’t have the time to slave in the kitchen all day- meet your magic maker. I can’t tell you how many hours this has saved me, while still turning out delicious meals that taste like I spent the day making them! No, it’s not a crock- more like a pot of gold
3. You packin’?
We now know the tremendous value that protein plays in helping us reach our fitness goals (check that article out here if you missed it), and for many of us- myself included- I can’t muster the jaw strength let alone afford the cost of getting it in through meat sources alone. The solution: protein powder! Convenient, super cheap at cost-per-meal, and you can pick just about any flavor under the sun. I even found Caramel Late that is my current obsession (you can check it out here).
Take this a step further and apply it to preparing meals for work. Who wants to carry around a huge jug of protein? I’m not even allowed to have that where I work! The solution again is to portion out your servings ahead of time. I find the best way is by using simple Ziplock® bags. I put one scoop per bag, so that once it’s time to shake things up (cornball here), all I have to do is dump the contents into my shaker bottle!
The market has made this even simpler with the creation of shaker bottles that have the storage space already built in, which is another option if you’re looking for a new shaker bottle.
There you have it- my top tips for mastering meal prep for the work place! This is a huge topic that we can really dive into deeper, but I wanted to share my top tips to get you started so you can hit your fitness goals in 2017 on the ground running.
If you’re looking to learn more, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org - this is what I do and I would love to help you succeed!
Direct download: How_to_Stay_Healthy__On-Track_at_Work.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 2:27pm EDT
Sat, 4 March 2017
Dr. Erin Albert, PharmD, MBA, and Kristin Eilenberg, MBA, join Pharmacy Podcast Network founder Todd S. Eury to discuss the 2017 Annual HIMSS Conference in Orlando Florida. The 2017 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition, February 19–23, 2017 in Orlando, brought together 42,000+ health IT professionals, clinicians, executives and vendors from around the world.
Show notes, blog post from Dr. Erin Albert:
Well, I’ve tried to absorb as much knowledge as I can before my head explodes at #HIMSS17 this week. It’s been a BLAST talking to so many rockstars of HIT and healthcare that I’m starstruck!
One of the coolest new methods of learning for me at the meeting was actually co-hosting at Intrepid Healthcare’s #JoinTheConversation podcast desk at Experian Health with Joe Lavelle in place of Todd Eury as a co-host of the Pharmacy Podcast for a few of the episodes. I even had a slip in the NCPDP session where I created a new word (adjudification = faster adjudication of healthcare claims. You’re welcome.)
What I also realized in that the harmless invite of asking people I’d only worked with on the phone or via Skype in the past to the booth was that it really boosted traffic for the space. So much so that it would be wise for orgs going to large scale meetings in the future would benefit from having live podcasting from their booths. Just saying!
If you need help with this at your next big pharmacy meeting booth, I’m certain that Todd Eury would be happy to help you out, or in the broader healthcare community, Joe would. Either org is great, and podcasting is where all the cool action is these days…just ask me and my new pink socks.
The other thing HIMSS did really well was having a social media team of ambassadors - I think EVERY trade show (inside or outside of pharmacy) should have one. These are digital influencers that can spread the halo of all the awesome things happening at your conference online through social portals. And let’s face it – who better to spread the word on a conference than those who would be at the conference anyway, speaking at the conference, and being the awesome thought leaders that they always are? And, I’ll go critical on my first profession for a moment: we don’t have enough social media ambassadors in pharmacy. For whatever reason – we need more pharmacists tweeting, Facebook live-ing, Periscoping, Pinning, you name it. (And HIMSS, if you need a pharmacist for 18 into social media – I’d be happy to help!)
These are the items I will definitely retain from #HIMSS17.