Thu, 28 September 2017
Writer & director of VIALS Michael Carl Jude shares with the Pharmacy Podcast Network the story behind the comedy based on Community Pharmacy.
Tue, 26 September 2017
Welcome to the Specialty Pharmacy Podcast’s coverage of the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy. The NASP hosted its fifth annual meeting in Washington, DC, on September 17-20, 2017.
The Specialty Pharmacy Podcast was featured beside the NASP main station in the exhibit hall welcoming thousands of specialty pharmacy stakeholders helping to innovate and move our sector of pharmacy forward. We’d like to thank our sponsors, Keycentrix – developers of the specialty pharmacy software ‘order based’ system New Leaf Rx, Heritage Biologics, specialty pharmacy founded by a rare disease patient and a team of pharmacy experts, and the NASP.
The post conference podcast summary features the follow specialty pharmacy industry leaders:
Christopher W. Kennedy, MSM
Chief Operating Officer
Heritage Biologics, Inc. (Sponsor)
Michelle Sherman, RPh
Founder | CEO
Harris J. Travis
Chief Strategy Officer
Kevn McNamara, PharmD
Applications for the first CSP examination offered in April 2017 are due by March 15th, 2017. The final CSP examination in 2017 will be offered in October and applications will be due by September 15th, 2017.
Sheila M. Arquette, RPH
National Association of Specialty Pharmacy
Phone: (703) 842-0122
Mon, 25 September 2017
Pharmacy Podcast Network co-host Blair Thielemier PharmD discusses the next level pharmacy conference and updates our listeners on the pharmacy industry's first Pharmacist focused Virtual Summit.
If you are looking to stand out and make your mark in new and innovative ways, be sure to watch the short introductory video above to learn what we’re all about. Then, reserve your spot and get ready to be inspired! This event features presentations by independent thinkers who are succeeding differently in the healthcare space.
You’ll hear what works and what doesn’t when it comes to:
CLICK HERE: ELEVATE PHARMACY SUMMIT
Fri, 22 September 2017
Building Your Pharmacy Career – Pharmacy Podcast Series part II
Sponsored by CVS Health Careers:
Millions of times a day, pharmacists are helping people on their path to better health—from advising on prescriptions to helping manage chronic and specialty conditions. Because pharmacists are present in so many moments, big and small, they have an active, supportive role in shaping the future of health care.
Today’s interview is with CVS Health Careers Papatya Tankut, R.Ph. Vice President, Pharmacy Affairs at CVS Health.
Where my career began and how it advanced through the years
As the profession of pharmacy and the landscape continues to evolve and change, the opportunities and career tracks for pharmacists have significantly progressed too
Working for CVS Health feels like the opportunity to explore and work for many different companies – all under one roof. The opportunities are truly endless
Having a sound education, being open to new opportunities and willing to take risks is key to success in Pharmacy and CVS Health is certainly a company to help you get there
Thu, 21 September 2017
What an honor. We interview the one & only Zubin Damania, MD.
Catch ZDoggMD's fun and thought-provoking keynote address Sunday, Oct. 15 at the Opening General Session of the annua NCPA Meeting in Orlando FL.
What is Health 3.0?
Health 3.0: Repersonalized & Transcendent
A new paradigm is emerging at last — one that treats both Health 1.0 and 2.0 as partially true, but incomplete. A paradigm that transcends both, preserving their strengths while allowing for the emergence of something far greater: repersonalized care that honors both the unique individual and the larger whole.
Health 3.0 is about connections and the primacy of human relationships, but it’s no longer simply paternalistic (Health 1.0) or strictly commoditized and informational (Health 2.0). It’s a partnership with our patients and each other that can only emerge when clinicians are given the time, space, and tools to understand the unique hopes, dreams, and fears of the human in front of them, while also recognizing that no person exists in a vacuum — including the caregivers, who are now part of a seamless team where every member is allowed and expected to practice at the top of their license.
Actual outcomes matter in Health 3.0, not click-box “quality measures” that don’t actually measure quality. Clinicians are given the tools and autonomy to achieve the outcomes that matter to their patients; do the right thing, and let technology work in the background to enable and empower the relationship. This allows the emergence of real value, where cost, quality, and patient experience intersect. We’re paid to create this value, not to do more tests or withhold needed care or click through checklists on a computer screen. Our administrators seek not to greedily grab more of a shrinking pie, but to grow the entire pie for everyone.
In Health 3.0 we are evidence-empowered but never evidence-enslaved. We find a nerdy kind of joy in process improvement science that allows us to better achieve the outcomes that actually matter to our patients. We hold patients accountable to take control of their health, and they hold us accountable to be their shepherds. We recognize that interiors matter as much as exteriors: the mind-body connection and the conscious experience of human beings is no longer discounted. Each member of the healthcare team supports one another while bringing their unique gifts to bear, and clinician-leaders guide our organizations with compassion and wisdom.
This is medicine as a living, evolving, beautifully complex organism where every cell is unique and autonomous yet an integral part of the larger whole. And here we find the joy of caring restored.
Welcome to Health 3.0.
Wed, 20 September 2017
Pharmacy Future Leaders
Guest: Brandon Dyson Founder of TLDRpharmacy.com
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 via messenger on Facebook at TonyPharmD1 or you can find over 1200 pharmacy videos at TonyPharmD on YouTube or my website memorizingpharmacology.com
Brandon Dyson founded www.tldrpharmacy.com - which provides cheat sheets and easy to understand overviews of dense clinical topics. He is a clinical pharmacist for an academic medical center in Austin, Texas and an Assistant Professor of pharmacology for the online nurse practitioner program at the Georgetown University School of Nursing. He graduated from Howard University College of Pharmacy and completed a PGY1 practice residency at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC. He is board certified in pharmacotherapy.
He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
In this show we talk about his experiences going to school and opportunities in downtown Washington DC, moving to Austin, taking on jobs in oncology, a discipline he didn’t necessarily know much about and generally being open to the openings pharmacy life gives you.
I’m excited to talk again with a former Marylander who had a chance to work and now teaches part time at an elite Washington University, Georgetown in a graduate nursing program. Also, we talk about his very helpful website TLDRpharmacy.com. He’ll trade you one email address for an:
Antibiotic Cheat Sheet
Residency/Job Interview Evaluation Form
Chapter 1 of our book, Pharmacy School: The Missing Manual
I was introduced to the site by an APPE student who found it useful. I think you’ll enjoy this conversation.
Direct download: Pharmacy_Future_Leaders_-_Brandon_Dyson.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 8:39am EDT
Mon, 18 September 2017
Pharmacy Podcast Network's special series from the Cardinal Health RBC 2017 in San Antonio in late July 2017 was recorded live during this exciting event.
Part 3 of the series is Dr. Erin L. Albert & Todd S. Eury interviewing Dr. Adam Chesler who is the Director of Regulatory Affairs at Cardinal Health talking with us about the importance of Tele-Health to further expand pharmacy & healthcare services to millions of rural based patients.
About TelePharm: A Cardinal Health company At TelePharm, our mission is to help healthcare organizations provide convenient access to quality pharmaceutical care regardless of geographic location. Our core focus is the safe and secure delivery of remote pharmacy and healthcare services across all areas of medicine. As an industry leader in retail and outpatient telepharmacy software, we empower pharmacists to become more efficient, effective and take better care of their patients. Our user-friendly digital platform enables healthcare teams to maximize the reach of their medication experts and provide access to essential pharmacy care services.
About Adam Chesler: Doctor of Pharmacy with broad management background and more than 15 years of experience in retail and independent pharmacy. A unique combination of financial and pharmaceutical training. A persuasive individual possessing strong negotiating skills, oral and written communications skills as well a firm grasp of pharmaceutical knowledge. A history of successfully reducing expenses and increasing productivity at a retail level.
Thu, 14 September 2017
Independent Community Pharmacy owner Bruce Matte Sr with Matte's Pharmacy Inc from Monroe, Louisiana talks with Jamie Gramz Vice President, Product Management at McKesson Pharmacy Technology & Services about the importance of quality customer service which intensifies the effectiveness of their pharmacy management system's functionality.
Our Health Mart pharmacy specializes in serving our community with fast, friendly, professional service and the highest-quality medicines and health products. You’ll always work with somebody at our pharmacy who greets you by name, and our pharmacists take the time to counsel you and answer your questions.
McKesson Pharmacy Systems provides technology and services that help you deliver care to your patients, manage your operations, and gain insight into your data. In addition to three unique pharmacy management systems, we offer adherence and clinical solutions to help minimize DIR fees, manage patient care, and simplify management of patient wellness programs. Our pharmacy technology, software and services all work together to help you take your pharmacy to the next level.
For more information, call (866) 682-8942
Mon, 11 September 2017
Pharmacy Compliance Guide
Podcast Session 7
Participating or Non-Participating, That is the Question
Participating vs non-participating, what does this mean?
So participating means accepting Assignment?
I guess this means if I’m non-participating, I’m not accepting Assignment
Is the pharmacy penalize in any way?
OK, we now understand this, there must be a reason why you want to talk about this subject now. It doesn’t sound very important or fun?
Well it is definitely not fun!
However it is very important. Medicare reimbursement are continuing to be slashed and every supplier should look at this option every year, but especially this year. There is only a short time period where a supplier can change their status from Participating to Non-Participating and it’s coming in November. The official time frame is from November 15 to December 31, but we strongly encourage not to go past December 15th. NSC states the letter must be post marked by December 31st, but if there is a glitch, the supplier has to wait a year. It doesn’t matter whose fault it is, you must wait until next November 15th.
The requirement states, “if you are currently a participant, write to each carrier to which you submit claims, advising of your termination effective the first day of the next calendar year. This written notice must be postmarked prior to the end of the current calendar year.”
In plain English, the supplier writes a letter on their letterhead to the National Supplier Clearinghouse for CMS 855S products or to the Part B Contractor for CMS 855B products advising the contractor you are terminating you participating status. The letter must contain your Legal Business Names as reported to the IRS, Address on your CMS 855, PTAN, NPI and the “Authorized Persons” signature. CMS doesn’t tell you that.
We are writing a blog on this subject and it will be posted on our public website, www.RJHedges.com and we will have a sample letter there for you to download. Our clients will find the sample letter on the Compliance Portal® in the Message Center.
OK, we know what this means and how do to it, but what are the reasons to make the choice?
Simple. Profit margin. At some point every pharmacist and healthcare provider must stop being a healthcare provider and start being a business owner. There is a big difference and this might sound harsh, but it’s true. If you take care of the patient at all costs, you will be out of business and you and your staff will be out of a job. You must keep a keen eye on your profit margin. Everyone knows a lot of pharmacy owners who have gone out of business. They were great pharmacists, took care of the patients, but maybe not the best business people.
You must look at your competition, your patients, and your staff and make an informed decision whether moving to a non-participation status will work for you. The first thing you need to do if you move to non-participating and not accepting assignment, is educate your patients. Let them know that starting January 1st, you will be collecting the full fee of Medicare Part B products and Medicare and their secondary will send them their reimbursement checks. They also must understand about the sequestration 2% and copays and the difference between the Medicare allowable and your Usual and Customary fee.
I have had clients who have transition to non-assignment with no problems and other who have had a disaster. It’s all about education
I’m still concerned about repercussions from the patients. How do I answer questions like?
Answers need to be straight forward to the patient. These are tough questions and depending on your individual market, you may say I don’t want to do this and that is OK. Every business must look at their options every year and this is one of them. There are no simple answers. For example:
Jeff, so wrapping up, on our conversation today,
At the end of the day, it comes down to a business decision that each pharmacist owner needs to make. And we are strongly recommending that every pharmacy owner look at this option this year. We are not telling you to do it, but to review your books, your patients and your competition. Be prepared to act or not act on November 15th. If you decide to move to non-participation you now know you can still accept assignment on certain products at any time.
Direct download: Participating_or_Non-Participating_That_is_the_Question.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 8:45pm EDT
Tue, 5 September 2017
Brad Tice, PharmD, MBA, FAPhA, Director, Product Strategy & Commercialization at Cardinal Health -- joins Erin L. Albert, MBA, PharmD, JD, PAHM and Todd S. Eury - on the Pharmacy Podcast Network at the Cardinal Health annual conference dedicated to independent pharmacies throughout the country - the RBC 2017.
Pharmacists in Washington State got SB 5557 passed in early 2015—a bill requiring commercial or private health care plans regulated by Washington State to enroll pharmacists into their provider networks, and it mandates that these plans pay pharmacists for services provided if they are within a pharmacist’s scope of practice.
With more than 10,000 active collaborative practice agreements in existence for pharmacists in Washington State, Rochon said they wanted to “push the bar” even further and make sure pharmacists were compensated for their services. The process was long and involved and passage of the bill was achieved largely through several partnerships with stakeholders ranging from legislators to patient advocacy groups. Part of the process also involved legal maneuvering with an existing Washington State law having to do with providers and health care plans.
Please see -- PharmacistsProvideCare.com and encouraged pharmacists to share their patient care stories with policy makers.
Thank you to our podcast series sponsor - Cardinal Health.
The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent official policy or position of Cardinal Health or its customers. The primary purpose of this podcast is to educate and inform. This podcast does not constitute and is not intended to offer medical or other professional advice or services.