The deadline draws near for the healthcare industry to comply with one of the final regulations mandated by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in the ongoing industrywide effort to get all arms on the same electronic page.
Recent data supports the success of Prescription Drug Plans (PDPs) under Part D.
Washington, D.C.—The anticipated shakeout in Part D plans is not occurring this year. In fact, insurers and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) are offering more drug coverage options at lower costs for seniors.
Medication therapy management (MTM) has long been a part of the pharmacy lexicon and is based on the premise that the right medication in the right dose gets to the right patient. This is to ensure that optimal outcomes are achieved with the highest safety. Numerous examples of pharmacy programs in diverse settings utilize the skills of the pharmacist to optimize drug therapy and improve outcomes and assure safety. The Veterans Administration, academia, health plans, as well as community pharmacies have all been settings where medication management of the patient has occurred.
Doctors' handwriting has always been a source of jokes, but it's not so funny when poorly written prescriptions lead to medication errors. Electronic prescriptions have the potential to save lives by negating errors in deciphering prescriptions and alerting physicians to adverse drug interactions before they write a prescription.
Recovering from disaster: The industry reflects on the impact of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on healthcare delivery and e-health records
National Reports—New Orleans officials recently announced that they believe the city has reached half of its previous population prior to Hurricane Katrina. Some of the city's hospitals have not reopened, and many doctors and allied health professionals have not returned to the city.