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Medicaid: Vital for maternal and family healthcare

June 20, 2022
Welcoming a child into the world is an exciting and joyful time, but it can also be overwhelming. New and expecting mothers may stress about how they are going to afford medical care. Luckily, help is available in the form of Medicaid. Medicaid provides family medical and maternity care to millions of Americans and covers a wide variety of healthcare services, including pharmacist-provided Medication Therapy Management (MTM).

Why engage pharmacists to address Social Determinants of Health

June 10, 2022
Healthcare is nuanced. Professionals in this field learn early that effective provision of healthcare requires a deep understanding of the communities in which they work. As the daughter of two pharmacists, I witnessed the positive impact of personalized care in communities. I inherited my parents’ dedication to understand and support their patients, and I’ve carried on this commitment as a pharmacist myself. I became interested in the factors that impact health outcomes and access to quality healthcare, which led me to evaluate the community pharmacist role in understanding social determinants of health.

How a Retail-Pharmacy CMR Can Improve Your Members’ Experience

Because members are more than just numbers, their individual experience matters. We’re seeing CMS emphasize this by increasing weight for measures related to member experience. In fact, while 36% of Star measures relate to member experience, they now account for 57% of a plan’s overall Star Rating.

3 Impacts of COVID-19 on Your Star Rating Strategy

June 14, 2021
At the beginning of 2020 no one could have predicted the scope of impact COVID-19 would have on our world, let alone the healthcare industry. Since we’re not on “the other side” of the pandemic yet, what does that mean for plan sponsors setting priorities around Star Ratings? Here we discuss three pandemic-related factors to consider as Medicare plan sponsors set Star Rating strategy for the coming years.

Optimizing Outcomes for High-Risk Patients

February 11, 2020
Patients with complex drug regimens for multiple disease states can be at high risk for a host of complications, including worsening disease, hospitalization, medication-related problems, and increased cost. Community pharmacists are ideally placed to manage these patients in a way that can positively impact their health outcomes.

Women in Pharmacy: How networking and grit helped a Missouri female-owned pharmacy expand

January 31, 2020
Cardinal Health’s Essential Insights featuring Melody Savley, owner of Alps Pharmacy, Alps Specialty Pharmacy and Alps Long Term Care Pharmacy, shares lessons learned in her journey as a pharmacy business owner.

Pharmacy Associations Urge CMS to Recognize Pharmacist-Provided Services

January 24, 2020
Several pharmacy associations, including the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), are urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to recognize pharmacist-provided care services.

NCPA to CMS: Recognize pharmacist services beyond dispensing

January 21, 2020
The National Community Pharmacists Association is highlighting pharmacists’ expanding role in health care to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Age Of Personalization: New Methods For Care Delivery

January 5, 2020
Victor Crawford, CEO of the Pharmaceutical Segment at Cardinal Health, and other CEOs address new methods of delivery for care in an age of personalization

Pharmacists Can Alleviate Primary Care Shortages

December 26, 2019
Many in community pharmacy worry that there are too many pharmacists for not enough jobs—whether it’s true or not is up for debate. Physicians, however, face the opposite problem: the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) predicts a shortage of 122,000 physicians by 2032

Four Trends Impacting Pharmacists

December 9, 2019
Here’s a look at four key trends impacting the role of pharmacists and the expanding need for Medication Therapy Management (MTM)

Managing Chronic Kidney Disease With Medication Therapy Management

June 6, 2017
Incorporating pharmacists into multidisciplinary teams in the outpatient ambulatory care and inpatient acute care settings can circumvent major drug-related problems through the process of medication therapy management

Case Study – Year 2: Value Proposition of a CMR

June 3, 2022
Calculating the value of a single comprehensive medication review (CMR) will vary by application, but recent data from Community Health Group gives evidence of year-over-year increase of financial savings and improved health outcomes.

Case Study: Value Proposition of a CMR

March 28, 2022
When Community Health Group (CHG) completed an assessment of their Medication Therapy Management program for their Medicare population at the end of 2019, they could confidently speak to the program’s value. Not only was the return on investment measurable year one, the long-term projected benefits include improved adherence, fewer hospital admissions and a decrease in overall cost of care for their members. Costs calculated included total healthcare, pharmacy, medical and specialty/ancillary services. Ultimately, the members receiving a CMR averaged 5% lower total cost of care compared to the members who did not.

Outcomes™ partners with Medicaid plans to help Ohio Medicaid members get vaccinated

June 17, 2021
DUBLIN, Ohio, June 17, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — In response to Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s request that business leaders help increase vaccination rates, four Ohio Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) are partnering with Outcomes™ to leverage the expertise and trusted status of local pharmacists for vaccine consultation and administration, particularly in underserved communities.

New Digital Tool Helps Pharmacies Manage COVID-19 Vaccine Demand

May 28, 2021
Outcomes™ and Fuse, the innovation engine and product development center at Cardinal Health, regularly collaborate with pharmacists to ensure solutions meet their current and future needs. During one of her conversations with Cardinal Health, Jana Bennett, RPh, head pharmacist at a Medicine Shoppe pharmacy in Sherman, Texas, shared the need for a patient scheduling solution to help her manage requests for COVID-19 vaccines in an organized, efficient manner, one that could be implemented rapidly to meet urgent needs.

Preparing Pharmacy for Performance-Based Reimbursement

February 3, 2020
In 2020, we expect the industry to continue moving towards value-based care and performance-based payment models that will benefit pharmacies—and most importantly, their patients.

Trump Administration Announces Medicaid Opportunity

January 30, 2020
Trump Administration Announces Transformative Medicaid Healthy Adult Opportunity. CMS resets the federal-state relationship modernizing Medicaid to deliver better outcomes.

Medication Therapy Management Offers Unique Career Opportunities

January 25, 2020
Pharmacists can play an important role in medication therapy management (MTM) services to enhance therapeutic outcomes for patients.

Retail Forecast 2020: Chain Drug Execs Look Ahead

January 6, 2020
Leading industry executives – including Debbie Weitzman and Brent Stutz of Cardinal Health – give their retail pharmacy outlook for 2020 in this Chain Drug Review article

Pharmacy Student Crowned Miss America 2020

January 2, 2020
Camille Schrier, a pharmacy student at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), has been crowned Miss America 2020

Independently Health – Independent Pharmacy 2019

December 20, 2019
See what retail independent pharmacies are saying about MTM and more in Cardinal Health’s Independently Healthy publication

DSN Honors Top Women in Retail

October 25, 2019
Drug Store News shines a spotlight on women in the mass retail industry making a difference with its Top Women in Health, Wellness and Beauty Awards