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ELEVATE PHARMACY VIRTUAL SUMMIT

From April 5-9th, 2017 the Elevate Pharmacy Virtual Summit will present the industry’s first ever completely web-based pharmacy conference experience. This free Summit was specifically developed for entrepreneurial-minded student pharmacists, independent pharmacy owners and private practice consultants. This summit is…

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DRUG RELATED READMISSIONS

A recent study in the March 2017 edition of the Journal of Patient Safety (http://insights.ovid.com/crossref?an=01209203-900000000-99520) highlights the extent to which avoidable medication errors impact early readmissions. In this study, the authors evaluated a  random sample of 534 potentially avoidable 30-day…

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MEDICATION MANAGEMENT FOR MEDICAID

MEDICATION MANAGEMENT FOR MEDICAID For those of us with a passion for medication management we are all encouraged to see the dissemination of medication management into Medicaid programs.  The Tennessee Senate and House, for example, are deliberating the adoption of…

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READMISSION REDUCTION A PRIME TARGET FOR MEDICATION MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS

The Annals of Internal Medicine (December 2016) provides an analysis of early readmission rates (Readmission Rates After Passage of the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program: A Pre-Post Analysis - http://annals.org/aim/article/2594952/readmission-rates-after-passage-hospital-readmissions-reduction-program-pre-post).  Medicare imposes a 3% penalty and extracts approximately $425 million in fines…

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TRENDS IN STAR CUT POINTS

In November CMS released it's report - Trends in Part C & D STAR measure rating cut points (https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Prescription-Drug-Coverage/PrescriptionDrugCovGenIn/Downloads/2017-Trends-in-Part-C-and-D-Star-Ratings-Cut-Points.pdf) . To be sure, this report provides a lot of data regarding the STAR cut points, but CMS does not accompany…

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MTM PILOT AUDITS

CMS, after a summer of audits, released it's first guidance on MTM Pilot Audits - Part D Medication Therapy Management Program Area PILOT Audit Process and Data Request.  The MTM Program area, beginning in 2017, will be included in Medicare Part…

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MTM PROGRAM SUBMISSION 2017

For Medicare Advantage and Part D plans it's time to think about your Medication Therapy Management program design and submission.  While CMS is not mandating a lot of program changes this year, it appears they will focus more on the…

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MEDICATION RELATED STAR MEASURES

Medication management (MM) is proving to be a viable tool for improving medication related quality metrics. More and more, managed care organizations are exploring collaborations between quality and pharmacy staff to improve quality metrics. Pharmacists engaged in MM can do…

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