Retail pharmacists will find 2014 to be a very interesting and challenging year. In the face of declining third-party reimbursement rates, we expect more of our customers to have prescription benefit coverage through the new insurance exchanges.
In our inaugural issue, I talked about our US healthcare delivery system bracing for a sea change in 2014. Well, it turns out my column for this issue will be no different, except that more changes have now been implemented as a result of the rocky rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Diabetes is a disease state that is both psychologically and economically draining on the patient and on the economy as a whole. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), there are 25.8 million people in the United States living with diabetes, with an even greater prevalence in minority populations.
Two landmark studies, the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial and the United Kingdom Prospective Diabetes Study, have shown the importance of glycemic control in patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes to help minimize macrovascular and microvascular complications.
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There is confusion within the general population about which is the healthiest and most effective dietary regimen. Many “fad” diets—such as low-fat or high-protein—are promoted to cause abnormally large weight reductions, but the reality is that weight frequently returns without the proper amount of exercise.
Healthcare 2013. Despite the tremors rattling its foundations amidst major healthcare reform legislation, it is an immensely powerful and productive industry, accounting for 17% of the gross national product, employing countless professionals in a galaxy of stakeholder groups, and spawning countless innovations that save lives and sustain health, particularly when its vast resources are managed properly.
According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), about 1 in 5 patients receiving Medicare who are discharged from a hospital are readmitted within 30 days.
Stress is something that most people deal with on a routine basis. In some instances, stress is seen as good, because it provides the drive and energy to accomplish goals.

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