The healthcare industry is undergoing a transformation as a result of changes in technology, economics, societal forces, and other factors. Although it may be challenging for healthcare professionals to adapt to certain changes, some of them are having a positive impact on the industry.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued a 658-page final rule, Medicaid Program; Covered Outpatient Drugs (CMS-2345-FC; ie, the “final average manufacturer price [AMP] rule”), which takes effect on April 1, 2016.
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Healthcare delivery is changing drastically. Demographics, technology, economics, societal forces, and many other factors are prompting the industry’s transformation as we begin 2016 and beyond.
This month, we asked the experts on our editorial board to provide their thoughts about the qualities of a pharmacy staff in a high-performing pharmacy.
Although the incidence of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) has decreased since 1992, when the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended that infants sleep in a nonprone position, this trend has plateaued.
In an interview with Inside Patient Care, Matthew C. Osterhaus, BSPharm, FASCP, FAPhA, Co-Owner/Operator of Osterhaus Pharmacy in Maquoketa, IA, and Immediate Past President of the American Pharmacists Association, discussed the importance of patient-centered services and how to incorporate them into your practice.
In December 2015, the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) published an update to their 2008 recommendations for diabetes screening in asymptomatic adults.
The antigenicity of the influenza virus changes so that it can evade the immune protection of the host, and antibody lineages of the host then become more potent. Approaches for creating a universal influenza vaccine that produces antibody lineages that do not undergo these changes and protects against seasonal variation and pandemic viruses require directing B-cell ontogeny to focus the humoral response on conserved epitopes on the viral hemagglutinin (HA). A more effective influenza vaccine approach would protect against several rounds of seasonal influenza variations, and, hopefully, the initiation of new serotypes from other circulating viruses.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has revised its recommendations for the use of the typhoid vaccine to include updated information on the 2 currently available vaccines, the epidemiology of enteric fever in the United States, and the importance of vaccination and other preventive methods for typhoid fever.
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