Thu, 18 May 2017
Title: Beating Adversity
Amanda Cavness (email: email@example.com)
University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy
Guest’s Skype: umtiger1121 (I went to the University of Memphis!)
Tony’s Skype account: TonyPharmD
Welcome to the Pharmacy Podcast Network, I’m your cohost Tony Guerra for the PharmacyFutureLeaders podcast broadcasting from the Des Moines Health and Public Services Building at DMACC’s Ankeny Campus
Connect with me on Facebook at TonyPharmD1 or you can find over 800 pharmacy videos supporting my audiobook Memorizing Pharmacology and new book Goodnight Pharm: 350 Brand and Generic Names with Classifications read by James Gillies.
Today we're going to be talking with the dynamic Amanda Cavness, a 2016 Graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy. She has served in various leadership roles with APhA-ASP, IPSF, and Tennessee Society of Student Pharmacists. She is currently a staff pharmacist with Kroger Pharmacy. Amanda is a patient advocate for health care providers being more compassionate and empathetic base on her personal experience as a breast cancer survivor.
University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy
Direct download: Pharmacy_Future_Leaders_-_Amanda_Cavness.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 9:18am EDT
Mon, 15 May 2017
Over the past year, video has quickly become an essential way to market your business. Dr. David Pope and Nicolle McClure talk about why it’s important for pharmacy owners to incorporate it as part of their overall marketing strategy, and how it can be used to tell a story about your pharmacy history, services and personal commitment to the community.
They’ll give examples of how it can be used in a pharmacy settings and options for execution.
Reach out to the experts today:
President - GRX Marketing
2929 Westown Pkwy Suite 100
West Des Moines, IA 50266
Direct download: 01_Video_Marketing_Rx_Marketing_Simplified.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 4:25pm EDT
Thu, 11 May 2017
Dear Class of 2017: CONGRATULATIONS!!
Although, at least for now, I may not officially be in the classroom, I still am a full, tenured professor of a very highly prestigious institution: the School of Hard Knocks, at Real World University. And, now that we are nearing graduation season, I wanted to give you some solid career advice as you advance either into college, graduate school, or scarier still, the real world.
My advice is based upon decades of experimentation with my own career, which included enumerable blunders, bad ideas, and failures. While I certainly may not be one to predict the future, I do try my best to stay ahead of the curve and watch what's on the horizon in terms of career development. Based upon this passion, here's my best advice for you as you embark into the next phase of your career and life this spring:
This is the best I've got for you, dear future leaders of the universe. You will need to discover the other superpowers and sage advice on your own. But that's the wonderful thing about the real world - it's a fantastic teacher - OUTSIDE the classroom.
Congratulations and all the best,
Tue, 9 May 2017
The latest Gavel & Pestle Podcast focuses on - 3 Tips for Buying a Pharmacy
Pharmacy Buyers must be careful when buying a pharmacy. An ill-advised pharmacy purchaser may find himself purchasing a headache, and a prepared pharmacy purchaser may find herself getting a better deal than originally anticipated.
The first 2 major questions to answer before beginning the process is to determine the type of pharmacy to purchase and the way you intend to purchase it.
Laws of Interest
Audit the pharmacy
Some recommended clauses
Deal Exhaustion is a real thing!!
Darshan Kulkarni, Pharm.D, MS, Esq.
The Kulkarni Law Firm
2929 Arch Street, Suite 1700
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office Number: 215-948-8183
Fri, 5 May 2017
The Fit Pharmacist brings a valuable episode about 'Overcoming Emotional Eating' which impacts millions of people everyday.
The Fit Pharmacist, Dr. Christina Tarantola and Dr. Adam Martin interview -- Kori Propst, PhD, LCMHC, LPC directs the nutrition and weight loss program as the Vice President and Wellness Director at The Diet Doc. She created the Mental Edge and Peak Performance consulting program tailored specifically for individuals interested in emotional agility and optimizing their potentials.
Direct download: Emotional_Eating_-_The_Fit_Pharmacist.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 12:54pm EDT
Mon, 1 May 2017
An extra year of pharmacy school
Dalton is a P3 Student at Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences who is interested in data analytics and health outcomes. He has served as president of the APhA-ASP chapter at Drake University, executive council of Phi Lambda Sigma, the pharmacy leadership society and was a two-time co-chair of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Day, as well as service chair of the Drake Pharmacy Unified Group of Students, with the apt acronym DRxugs.
Guest: Dalton Fabian (email: Dalton.S.Fabian@gmail.com )
P3 Drake University College of Pharmacy
A couple of quick hit questions.
Direct download: Pharmacy_Future_Leaders_-_Dalton_Fabian.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 8:49pm EDT
Thu, 27 April 2017
PHARMACY COMPLIANCE GUIDE (5)
Diabetic Shoes – Do It Right the First Time
Why would I ever consider doing Diabetic Shoes, Audits, insurance companies, and stinky feet? Is it not worth the hassle?
But it takes so much time
Then there is always the audits
OK, you make it sound simple. Then why are folks dropping diabetic shoes?
It all in the documentation, that is why you must do it right the first time.
Then let’s start at the beginning by asking, who is eligible?
We are talking about Medicare patients billing through their Part B coverage because this is the most restrictive and most audited process.
Who can sign the prescription for diabetic shoes and inserts?
The patient must see a MD, DO, PA, CNPT or Podiatrist for a face-2-face visit and receive a prescription for diabetic shoes and inserts. Once the prescription is received from the patient, a Detailed Written Order is completed and faxed to the individual writing the prescription requesting their signature and their clinical notes. If the prescription was signed by a PA, CNPT or Podiatrist, then the patient must be seen by a MD or DO for another face-2-face visit and a Physician Certification of Therapeutic Footwear is needed along with their clinical notes.
If the initial visit was with a MD or a DO, then the Physician Certification of Therapeutic Footwear can be faxed with the Detailed Written Order.
You mention clinical notes, pharmacists normally don’t deal with physician’s clinical notes. Why is importation for shoes?
Clinical notes are a Medicare Part B, DMEPOS requirement. Almost all audits are lost on the clinical notes. The pharmacist, fitter or billing clerk do not need to be a medical expert to identify what is needed or the problem in the notes. The notes must state:
You mentioned fitter, can all pharmacists fit diabetic shoes and insert?
The fitter is designated by state law, licensure and CMS rules. In every state except Illinois, a Pharmacist Scope of Practice covers the dispensing of a medical device with a legal prescription. All that is needed is manufacturer’s training and a training certificate. Pharmacy technician and other staff also require manufacturer’s training and can fit diabetic shoes under the supervision of the trained pharmacist. DME facilities must follow state licensure requirements when applicable and an in most instances will only dispense heat moldable inserts.
When can the initial fitting occur?
The initial fitting can occur at any time after receipt of the initial prescription. The initial fitting is an assessment of the patient to ensure the patient meets the requirements for diabetic shoes and can be safely fitted. The assessment includes the entire foot and every aspect is document. Once the assessment is completed, the fitter and patient pick the best style of shoe and complete the order forms.
Where can the fitting occur?
At your pharmacy, DME facility, assisted living facility, senior center or the patient’s residence. You are not limited to stay within your facility. This is a wonderful way to get into your community.
When is the final assessment / fitting completed?
This is a scheduled appointment. When you have received the diabetic shoes from the manufacturer and have received all of correct documentation:
What happens if you don’t or can’t get the documentation?
You use your biggest resource, contact the patient and ask for assistance. Explain what you need from the specific physician or licensed practitioner and ask if they can call. If it is a document that needs completed, you can give the patient the document and ask them to take it to the physician for signatures. The patients are motivated to get their shoes so they are motivated to their paperwork.
There seems to be a lot of diabetic shoe manufactures and they all have their own documentation and they are all different. Which documents should be used?
Shoe manufacturers are experts in manufacturering diabetic shoes and inserts. They market shoes to suppliers and provide a quality product to be dispensed to the patient. They provide documentation from what they feel is appropriate that meets the CMS guidelines but how up to date is it? There are a lot of regulations that must be followed for all Medicare Part B dispensing. If the claim is rejected, the manufacturer really doesn’t have any skin in the game. They have already been paid. It is always the responsibility of the supplier to follow all of the LCD requirements and CMS regulations.
Jeff, you sound very confident on these processes. Why?
Over the years, I have worked with the shoe manufacturers, CMS, DME MAC auditors, inspectors, accreditation organizations and many other groups. We have developed a deep understanding of what is required to dispense diabetic shoes and more importantly how to win audits. It is always about the documentation. If you know what everyone wants before you start, it is easy to meet the requirements. The problem is all the requirements are not written down. You have to talk to all the people involved. Once you do and the process developed, our process done the right way the first time never has an issue with DME MAC or insurance audits.
So does R.J. Hedges have a solution?
Yes, we actually have several solutions.
First, if the pharmacy is exempt, you can still add diabetic shoes to you CMS 855S application. All you need is manufacturer training and an amended CMS 855S application. There is NO fee
Second, we have a Diabetic Shoe program that focus’ just on the dispensing of diabetic shoes. It comes with all of the documentation, DWOs, Physician Certification of Therapeutic Footwear, Assessments, delivery receipts and compliance training. The cost is $500.00 for the first year and $100.00 for every year thereafter.
Our final option for DMEPOS products is a full DMEPOS compliance program that comes fully customized for the facility. Our sales team will work with the facility to set up the best solution for the program and then one of our Project Managers will be assigned and will create the program and become the facility’s Go To Person or what I like to say, your Assistance Compliance Officer.
Mon, 24 April 2017
Patient's Podcast host Kristy Sobel interviews Sibylle Spühler-Moran who suffered a similar injury and operation as Kristy.
Sibylle’s Story –Artificial Disc Replacement Failure
Relentless neck or back pain . . . with stabbing nerve pains . . . can be unbearable and debilitating. We try every alternative therapy until surgery becomes the last remaining option. If you are in this predicament, please listen to my story. It could just change your mind about your next steps.
I’d like to provide you with the INISIGHTS and WARNINGS that I wish I had prior to going down the surgical path. My story is quite complex. However, everyone deserves the truth vs. only partial information, in order to make the right decision.
Please be AWARE of the Spinal Kinetics M6 artificial disc replacement product that will be available in the USA, as soon as the FDA approval is complete. I believed this product was solid and fail-proof, but the exact opposite is true . . . . Their product does NOT live up to their “motion for life” tagline.
Sat, 22 April 2017
Dr. Christina Tarantola & Dr. Adam Martin return with the Fit Pharmacist Podcast segment part of the Pharmacy Podcast Network. Adam & Christina interview Kamala who holds a PhD in Counseling Education and is a licensed professional counselor, practicing for the last 10 years.
Kamala specializes in grief and loss, marital counseling, depression and anxiety, eating disorders, spiritual formation, life transition, and growing in personal awareness and wholeness. She loves research and teaching and the process of transformation. Fighting for joy and pursuing wisdom with the unique and complex people she meets in counseling is one of the things she enjoys most. She is also an avid reader, outdoorsy person, a mother of four amazing little people, wife of a pretty incredible fellow, and lover of God.
"Be the change you wish to see in the world"-Ghandi
Dr. Christina Tarantola
Licensed Pharmacist, Certified Health Coach & Author
The Diet Doc LLC
Direct download: Stress_Management_-_the_Fit_Pharmacist.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 7:14pm EDT
Thu, 20 April 2017
420, 4:20, or 4/20 (pronounced four-twenty) is a code-term that refers to the consumption of cannabis, especially smoking cannabis around the time 4:20 p.m./a.m. (or 16:20 in some European nations) and smoking and celebrating cannabis on the date April 20 (which is 4/20 in U.S. form).
Today's Pharmacy Podcast Episode 420 is a special show dedicated to an update on Medical Cannabis and our GO-TO EXPERT - Joseph Friedman with PDI Medical.
This is Joe's 4th Pharmacy Podcast, our Leading Guest of reoccurring spots for our 420th Episode Published on April 20th 4-20
Joseph Friedman Rph MBA
Chief Operations Officer
1623 Barclay Blvd
Buffalo Grove, IL. 60089
224-377-9PDI (9734) Office