The Weekly Roundup: What’s New for 2019? (12.27.18)

December 27, 2018 | Pamela Youngberg

With a reach of 32 million lives, Accountable Care Organizations are good testing grounds for new concepts and programs to improve the quality and delivery of healthcare. More and more, those organizations are relying on pharmacists to help them deliver results. Physicians are recognizing the expanded role—in wellness visits, transitions of care, servicing rural areas,  ambulatory care, anticoagulant management, and diabetes care, to name a few. Collaborative care models get arguably more critica las patient disease states get more complex. Even the business press has identified the upside of team-based care.

However, change comes slowly to this profession—and it’s hard. 

While most pharmacists started out with a solid business plan, implementing it in this challenging environment may have precluded your so-called “blue-sky thinking” as of late. Check out these questions that start-ups use to get their ideas off the ground and see if they infuse some energy into your thinking. Then, start thinking how you might implement some of those changes within your store (in theory) and in practice—perhaps with this range of tools highlighting best practices in collaborative practice agreements, MTM, and patient education initiatives. 

Our whole team wants to wish you a very happy New Year. We look forward to continue serving you in 2019. 

Here are a few other stories that might be of interest: 

  • Not so fast. Pharmacy and medical associations continue to push judiciary to reevaluate (and stop) CVS/Aetna merger. 
  • Not in it for the money? Annual salary survey indicates that, despite modest salary increases, pharmacists’ job satisfaction is flagging.
  • Charges brought in Dallas-Fort Worth alleged eight pharmacy owners and marketers were involved in a kickback scheme regarding compounded drugs covered under the TRICARE system. 
  • PBM in Montana agrees to detailed accounting as part of settlement after Montana Insurance Commissioner brought an action for operating without a license. 

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Pamela Youngberg

Before she came to Smart-Fill, Pamela developed marketing strategy and content for a range of technology start-ups and large-cap enterprises. Outside the office, she's into cycling, renaissance history, cooking, and exploring the outdoors in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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