National health awareness months provide great opportunities to discuss health-related topics with patients and attract positive attention to your store. The topic of the month for November is diabetes, and we encourage you to utilize these two resources to help get the conversations started in your community.
Two individuals of Asti’s South Hills Pharmacy, a Smart-Fill member since 2018, were recently recognized by the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association! Chris Antypas, PharmD, received the Pharmacist of the Year award while Christan Gist, CPhT, received the Pharmacy Technician of the Year award.
You are in a unique position to serve your current and future patients at a time in need. Over the next month, everyone 65 and older will be considering their Medicare and prescription options—and, as you know, they may be choosing between several difficult financial options. Some will try to make their decision on their own. Many others will turn to their children or other family or friends for help. This is where you come in. You can be the trusted expert they can count on for guidance.
We are excited to announce that, for the second consecutive year, Good Neighbor Pharmacy named a Smart-Fill member as its pharmacy of the year! The award “recognizes a pharmacy that exemplifies what it means to be a pillar in the community they serve. Beyond filling prescriptions, they display excellence in patient care, community outreach, and innovative pharmacy practice.”
With the re-emergence of diseases like measles, vaccines continue to make headlines. Pharmacists arguably must make vaccines a priority. In addition to growing top-line revenue, a robust immunization practice makes your pharmacy more than a dispensary—it makes it a wellness destination. As you gear up for the coming flu season, here are a few things to keep in mind.
One of the most exciting digital outreach opportunities for community businesses—according to Denver-based Alex Porter, CEO of Location3—is the “near me” function introduced by Google. It’s gained 500 percent in usage over the past two years. Porter presented “Get Local! Increasing Pharmacy Revenue with Digital Marketing” at ThoughtSpot 2019 and shared several ways for community pharmacies to do better with their local marketing efforts. Here are three critical components to add to your strategy.
The conceptual framework for a new diabetes prevention program went through a series of pilots across the country in 2016, each coming to the same conclusion: it works. Over the typical course of a 15-month program, healthcare cost savings of more than $2k per participant were achieved. The pilot programs, many of which were run through local YMCAs, provided enough proof of concept to warrant the launch of the National Diabetes Prevention Program which supplies education, coaching, and support to patients. Once those patient outcomes are met, with its built-in opportunity for profit, the program is a boon to pharmacists, who are often untapped resources in the fight against the disease.
In the “National Diabetes Prevention Program: An Opportunity for Pharmacy” presentation at ThoughtSpot 2019, co-presenters Bill Popomaronis (NCPA), Ashley Keller (STRAND Clinical Technologies), and Donna Avant, RPh (Ehrhardt Pharmacy), identified a few tips for taking advantage of the program in the community pharmacy setting.
In May, CMS announced its final rule allowing step therapy for Medicare Part B drugs. Although various interests pushed back, the move had clearly been signaled, pushing legislators across the country into motion to counter—or at least clarify—the plans to mandate the approach. Almost two dozen states thus far have addressed step therapy—or as opponents like to refer to it, the “fail-first policy”—at their respective legislatures. This includes last year’s efforts in our home state of Minnesota and the bill signed this month in Wisconsin that seeks to provide for a more clear patient appeal process.