Retail pharmacies are faced with juggling patient care and the burden of administrative responsibilities associated with dispensing medications. One of these responsibilities is related to the prior authorization process, which can be troublesome.
Medication Therapy Management: Embracing Opportunity, Facing Challenges, and Preparing for a World of Change
The Affordable Care Act has succeeded in creating momentum in the world of medication therapy management (MTM), and with Medicaid programs expected to take on millions of additional Americans, the healthcare industry will become more reliant on pharmacy services. Through initiatives such as accountable care organizations and pay-for-performance models, the insurance marketplace is challenged to become more innovative and efficient.
Implementing a medication synchronization program is the most effective method for pharmacies to improve medication adherence, take control of their businesses, and improve patient health. The program enables pharmacies to time patients’ use of medications for chronic conditions and ensure prescription filling at the same time each month.
Across the country and beyond, drug donation programs are quietly emerging as a practical channel to connect patients in need of assistance with unused prescription medications. The World Health Organization has developed international guidelines for humanitarian relief as a basis for national and institutional guidelines.
If there were to be a major earthquake, flu outbreak, or terrorist attack in one or more of the nation’s largest cities tomorrow, gaining access to life-saving medications may seem impossible. Thankfully, the strategic national stockpile (SNS) is in place in case of an emergency.
Trends in the Dispensing of 90-Day-Supply Prescriptions at Retail Pharmacies: Implications for Improved Convenience and Access
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