Pilot Diabetes program shows promise

March 30, 2016 | Pamela Youngberg Dickson

News from the Department of Health and Human Services, confirms what pharmacists have known for a long time: regular patient contact improves outcomes.

A model Diabetes Prevention program run by CMS and funded by the Affordable Care Act encouraged program beneficiaries to attend weekly lifestyle coaching sessions and subsequent monthly follow-ups targeting a five percent weigh loss goal for each participant. The results were impressive. Medicare patients enrolled lost about five percent of their body weight...

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Marketing your Medicare Part D expertise

January 20, 2016 | Pamela Youngberg Dickson

Independent pharmacies have our work cut out for us. We need to compete for the best drug costs, plan access, and reimbursements to keep us competitive and gain or keep the loyalty of patients—especially Medicare patients—who are often steered by their plans toward mail order and big box pharmacies.

Like you, we believe we succeed when our patients turn to us as partners in their own health. At our pharmacies, Sterling Drug, we’ve found that relying on the personal relationships that we’ve already established is a good way to attract and retain Medicare Part D patients, too.

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