Upping the ante on diabetes care

November 18, 2016 | Pamela Youngberg Dickson

On November 2, Medicare released its final rule solidifying its focus on chronic care management and behavioral health, including a plan to expand the Diabetes Prevention Program model test in 2018. Medicare estimates it will spend $42 billion on fee-for-service, non-dual-eligible beneficiaries with diabetes, and the program encourages the establishment of community-based intervention to prevent and manage the disease in an effort to bring those costs down. 

Diabetes is a high driver of health care costs and is one of the most prevalent chronic conditions seen in our independent pharmacies. It’s also one of the five disease states plans are most focused upon this year and for the foreseeable future. Here’s why focusing on diabetes care is important:

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The Weekly Roundup

April 29, 2016 | Pamela Youngberg Dickson

You can encourage your patients to do some spring cleaning April 30. Tomorrow is Drug Take-Back Day, the DEA’s push to stop prescription medications from ending up in the wrong hands, or our landfills or water. In September 2015, the DEA captured more than 702,365 pounds of expired, unused, or unwanted drugs. Patients can call 1-800-882-9539 to find a site, or go here to punch in their zip code and find one. (My search netted four sites within a 10-mile radius of my home.)

Here are few other stories we thought you might find interesting:

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