Content about Patient safety

February 6, 2014

The Associated Press on Tuesday reported that New York's online database of drug prescriptions has curtailed "doctor shopping" by 75%, citing New York Health Commissioner Nirav Shah.

ALBANY, N.Y. — The Associated Press on Tuesday reported that New York's online database of drug prescriptions has curtailed "doctor shopping" by 75%, citing New York Health Commissioner Nirav Shah. 

The Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing, called I-STOP, began operating in August, AP reported. 

February 3, 2014

HIT policy needs to focus on specific goals for improving patient medication adherence in order to realize the goals of improving patient health and achieving cost savings in the U.S. healthcare system.

WASHINGTON — HIT policy needs to focus on specific goals for improving patient medication adherence in order to realize the goals of improving patient health and achieving cost savings in the U.S. healthcare system, according to an expert panel convened today by the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation and Prescriptions for a Healthy America.

In particular, the panel said the two highest priorities for HIT should be providing electronic access to accurate mediation lists and complete drug formulary information for prescribing physicians.

January 30, 2014

Walgreens announced that it is expanding its relationship with technology company Inovalon to implement its patient assessment tool and technology platform to support improvements in care, quality and risk score accuracy programs across more than 400 Healthcare Clinics at select Walgreens locations.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens announced on Thursday that it is expanding its relationship with technology company Inovalon to implement its patient assessment tool and technology platform to support improvements in care, quality and risk score accuracy programs across more than 400 Healthcare Clinic at select Walgreens locations.

January 24, 2014

Social media-savvy adults with health conditions would be willing to share their health data online if it helps clinicians improve care, helps other patients or advances medical research, according to a recent survey by PatientsLikeMe, a patient network and real-time research platform.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Social media-savvy adults with health conditions would be willing to share their health data online if it helps clinicians improve care, helps other patients or advances medical research, according to a recent survey by PatientsLikeMe, a patient network and real-time research platform.

January 17, 2014

The Medicare Part D program and taxpayers often pay more when prescription drugs are obtained through "preferred" pharmacies and mail order than they would if the same prescriptions were filled through other, "non-preferred" pharmacies, according to a cost comparison made by the National Community Pharmacists Association released Thursday using the Medicare Plan Finder website.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Medicare Part D program and taxpayers often pay more when prescription drugs are obtained through "preferred" pharmacies and mail order than they would if the same prescriptions were filled through other, "non-preferred" pharmacies, according to a cost comparison made by the National Community Pharmacists Association released Thursday using the Medicare Plan Finder website. The findings come shortly after recently proposed requirements that officials with the U.S.

January 13, 2014

Users of a medication-management app can now refill their prescriptions using an enhancement to it.

HAIFA, Israel — Users of a medication-management app can now refill their prescriptions using an enhancement to it.

MediSafe announced Monday an updated version of its Medication Refill Reminder app allowing users to enter contact information for their preferred pharmacies and, once alerted that a medication refill is needed, to click on the pharmacy logo that directs them to the mobile refill page of the specified pharmacy. The app currently supports refills for Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid and Health Mart.

January 13, 2014

VoicePort announced that they have launched their Prescription Adherence Solution at Klingensmith's Drug Stores, an eight-store independent drug chain headquartered in Ford City, Pa.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — VoicePort on Monday announced that they have launched their Prescription Adherence Solution at Klingensmith's Drug Stores, an eight-store independent drug chain headquartered in Ford City, Pa. 

"Our integration to their pharmacy system allows for intelligent and timely patient communications via voice, text or e-mail to keep them current to their prescriptions," noted Alphonse Sasso, VoicePort VP business development. 

January 9, 2014

Bi-Lo and Winn-Dixie will cover initial prescription costs for customers who have enrolled in the health insurance marketplaces, but don't yet have their identification cards, the chains said.

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Bi-Lo and Winn-Dixie will cover initial prescription costs for customers who have enrolled in the health insurance marketplaces, but who don't yet have their identification cards, the chains said.

The supermarket chains, both banners owned by Bi-Lo Holdings, will offer 30-day supplies of most prescription drugs at no upfront cost to health insurance marketplace enrollees until Jan. 31.

January 7, 2014

Big Y pharmacies and En-Vision America have recently partnered on a pair of novel programs designed to improve compliance among seniors with impaired vision.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Big Y pharmacies and En-Vision America have recently partnered on a pair of novel programs designed to improve compliance among seniors with impaired vision. 

"The pharmacists are engaging with all patients and making them aware of this new service," Jan Winn, Big Y director of pharmacy, HABC and GM, shared with DSN. "The larger print labels are a big hit with the 'babyboom' generation."

January 3, 2014

According to reports, as many as 2.1 million Americans signed up for new insurance coverage that went into effect Jan. 1. However, even though these newly insured people had coverage, what they perhaps didn't have was the identification card to process claims, such as prescriptions, for example. But don't worry, retail pharmacy was fast to the rescue, offering those 2.1 million patients who had obtained insurance through a health exchange the benefit of the doubt and a 30-day supply of their prescriptions at no upfront cost once their coverage was verified.

According to reports, as many as 2.1 million Americans signed up for new insurance coverage that went into effect Jan. 1. However, even though these newly insured people had coverage, what they perhaps didn't have was the identification card to process claims, such as prescriptions, for example. But don't worry, retail pharmacy was fast to the rescue, offering those 2.1 million patients who had obtained insurance through a health exchange the benefit of the doubt and a 30-day supply of their prescriptions at no upfront cost once their coverage was verified. 

January 3, 2014

Rite Aid is providing prescriptions at no upfront cost to customers who have enrolled in the health insurance marketplaces, but have not received an ID number, the retail pharmacy chain said.

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid is providing prescriptions at no upfront cost to customers who have enrolled in the health insurance marketplaces, but have not received an ID number, the retail pharmacy chain said.

The company said that during the month of January, it would dispense a 15- to 30-day supply of many medications to customers who bring in confirmation of their enrollment until their prescription coverage details are available. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, took full effect Wednesday.

January 2, 2014

The Kroger Co. has joined the list of retailers offering supplies of prescription drugs at no upfront cost to customers who have enrolled in the health insurance marketplaces, but have yet to receive an identification number.

CINCINNATI — The Kroger Co. has joined the list of retailers offering supplies of prescription drugs at no upfront cost to customers who have enrolled in the health insurance marketplaces, but have yet to receive an identification number.

The company announced Thursday that it would offer up to a 30-day supply of certain prescription drugs to customers who provide confirmation of their enrollment at one of the retailer's pharmacies.

December 9, 2013

Pharmacy Quality Solutions on Monday announced that it will collaborate with Cardinal Health to help 600 community pharmacies track their performance on Medicare Part D Star measures.

SPRINGFIELD, Va. — Pharmacy Quality Solutions on Monday announced that it will collaborate with Cardinal Health to help 600 community pharmacies track their performance on Medicare Part D Star measures. 

November 25, 2013

Executives from retail, manufacturing, regulation and others are among the four new appointees to the Pharmacy Quality Alliance's board of directors for next year, the group said Monday.

SPRINGFIELD, Va. — Executives from retail, manufacturing, regulation and others are among the four new appointees to the Pharmacy Quality Alliance's board of directors for next year, the group said Monday.

November 13, 2013

Medical supplies manufacturer BD has joined an organization focused on patient safety, the company said Wednesday.

FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J. — Medical supplies manufacturer BD has joined an organization focused on patient safety, the company said Wednesday.

BD, also known as Becton, Dickinson and Co., announced that it joined the National Patient Safety Foundation's corporate council, a move that it said would enable it to work alongside the NPSF and constituent groups, including healthcare providers, other service and product providers and patients and family representatives to raise awareness of patient safety issues and find solutions for them.

November 8, 2013

Higi ‘scores’ with kiosks

Through its biometric screening kiosks, its smartphone application and its website, Higi encourages users to take a more holistic approach to their health. True wellness, its creators insist, springs not just from such physical metrics as blood pressure, glucose readings and body mass index, but from lifestyle choices and connections to family, friends, neighbors and coworkers.

November 7, 2013

Aisle7 on Thursday announced the launch of Healthnotes Interactions Checker, a next-generation solution simplifying the task of deciding which nutrients positively or negatively interact with the medicines they take.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Aisle7 on Thursday announced the launch of Healthnotes Interactions Checker, a next-generation solution simplifying the task of deciding which nutrients positively or negatively interact with the medicines they take. More than half of all Americans take some form of dietary supplement, and an estimated 40% of U.S. adults take both drugs and nutrients as part of their health regimen. Of these, 60% aren’t discussing possible interactions with their physician or pharmacist, Aisle7 noted. 

October 30, 2013

Walgreens’ Health Clinics have received accreditation from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, the company has announced.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens’ Health Clinics have received accreditation from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, the company has announced.

The accreditation is a symbol of quality recognizing that each Healthcare Clinic meets AAAHC requirements, embodying best practices and operating in compliance with nationally recognized standards of care. Specifically, the accreditation distinguishes Healthcare Clinics at select Walgreens as delivering high-quality care in an environment that promotes patient safety.

October 28, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has launched an online learning course aimed at healthcare professionals to educate them about potentially untruthful or misleading drug ads and promotional materials.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration has launched an online learning course aimed at healthcare professionals to educate them about potentially untruthful or misleading drug ads and promotional materials.

October 24, 2013

CVS Caremark has been awarded Pharmacy Benefit Management and Drug Therapy Management accreditation from URAC, a Washington, D.C.-based healthcare accrediting organization that establishes quality standards for the healthcare industry, the pharmacy retailer has announced.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark has been awarded Pharmacy Benefit Management and Drug Therapy Management accreditation from URAC, a Washington, D.C.-based healthcare accrediting organization that establishes quality standards for the healthcare industry, the pharmacy retailer has announced.

October 22, 2013

Baroma on Tuesday announced a strategic relationship with Walgreens that will bring pharmacists and hospital staff together to help reduce re-admissions and increase medication adherence for Baroma’s accountable care organization.

MIAMI — Baroma on Tuesday announced a strategic relationship with Walgreens that will bring pharmacists and hospital staff together to help reduce re-admissions and increase medication adherence for Baroma’s accountable care organization.

October 16, 2013

Medicare beneficiaries' use of medications — both effective and risky — varies widely across different regions of the United States, according to a new report.

LEBANON, N.H. — Medicare beneficiaries' use of medications — both effective and risky — varies widely across different regions of the United States, according to a new report.

October 15, 2013

Calling it a "looming threat," the National Council on Patient Information and Education released a 10-step plan to draw attention to the problem of poor medication adherence among elderly people with multiple chronic conditions.

WASHINGTON — Calling it a "looming threat," the National Council on Patient Information and Education released a 10-step plan to draw attention to the problem of poor medication adherence among elderly people with multiple chronic conditions.

October 11, 2013

The Center for Pharmacy Practice Accreditation is developing an accreditation program for specialty pharmacy practices, the group said.

WASHINGTON — The Center for Pharmacy Practice Accreditation is developing an accreditation program for specialty pharmacy practices, the group said.

October 10, 2013

There are many ways a pharmacy operation can measure success; the most basic is to fill more prescriptions today than yesterday.

There are many ways a pharmacy operation can measure success; the most basic is to fill more prescriptions today than yesterday.

Ryan Merrell, head of marketing for Spence’s Pharmacy, a Health Mart pharmacy in Logan, Utah, is among many independent pharmacies who are using McKesson’s Physician Outreach Program to do just that by benchmarking total prescription share against their local market and helping to identify and build relationships with high prescribers in their areas — in real time.