Industry News

WHOops. Where’s the Pharmacist?
The World Health Organization (WHO) recently launched a Global Patient Safety Challenge focused on medication safety. The goal of this global initiative: reduce medication-related errors by 50 percent over the next 5 years. There’s good reason — health-related and financial — to make this issue the focus of the WHO’s third global patient ...
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Introducing Check PASS 2.0
In the pharmacy, safety always comes first. Pharmacists are responsible for verifying each prescription before it goes out the door to ensure accuracy and patient safety. But even with expertise, experience, and the proper processes in place, a human’s ability to inspect degrades with time and the volume of ...
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5 Leadership Lessons for Pharmacy Technicians
Pharmacy technicians play a pivotal role in supporting a pharmacy’s daily operations and assisting pharmacists with patients. Over the last several years, the role of pharmacy technicians has expanded into various opportunities, including medication therapy management, medication reconciliation, and transitions of care.
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Pharmacies Could Save Thousands on 2014 Taxes through Section 179 Increase
Before preparing your 2014 tax return, grab a calculator and call your CPA. Your pharmacy may qualify for huge savings under the Section 179 federal tax incentive.
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Can Pharmacists Play a Strategic Role in Improving Patient Outcomes and Preventing Hospital Readmissions?
As health care reform shifts from volume-based care to value-based care, many question whether pharmacists can play a strategic role in improving patient outcomes and preventing hospital readmissions. We believe the answer is yes, most definitely! And Parata customers and pharmacists Tim Wright and his wife, Nora Wright, are ...
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Ebola and Public Policy #RxChat
This week’s #RxChat covered some tough questions regarding the Ebola outbreak. Specifically the moderator asked about quarantines, travel restrictions and the role the courts will play. There are no easy answers to these questions as personal rights, public healthcare and other important factors weigh into the decisions being ...
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How to Securely Automate Schedule II Prescription Drugs under New DEA Regulations
On Monday, October 6, a number of prescription drugs changed classification under the Controlled Substances Act. All hydrocodone combination products (HCPs) are now Schedule II substances, which are more tightly controlled.
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PQA presents: When the Stars Align: Prepare Your Pharmacy for Success
It was standing room only during our sponsored Lunch and Learn session with Sam Stolpe, PharmD, Director of Quality Strategies at the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA), and a Next-Generation Pharmacist Rising Star of the year finalist. As a member of PQA, we appreciate the leadership by Sam, the core ...
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Gateway Apothecary Earns Award for Excellence in HIV Care
We’re so proud of Parata customer, Gateway Apothecary in St. Louis, Mo., for receiving the Peter M. Fox Excellence in HIV Credentialing Award, presented annually by the American Academy of HIV Medicine.
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Parata Joins Pharmacy Quality Alliance
Parata recently joined the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA). Together, Parata and PQA are committed to improving the quality of medication management and patient health care through a collaborative process. Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) is a consensus-based, multi-stakeholder membership organization committed to improving health care quality and patient safety with ...
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Parata Max Earns GREENGUARD Gold Recertification
We’re pleased to announce that Parata Max pharmacy automation dispensing technology has once again achieved the UL Environment (a business division of UL) GREENGUARD and GREENGUARD Gold Certifications for low chemical emissions into indoor air during product usage.
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Parata CEO Tom Rhoads to Speak at World Congress Summit
We’re excited to announce that our very own CEO Tom Rhoads will be speaking at the 2nd Annual World Congress Summit to Improve Adherence and Enhance Patient Engagement. He’ll join Jon Easter of GlaxoSmithKline and Troy Trygstadt of Community Care North Carolina on March 10 at 9:30 a.m. for the ...
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How Does the Affordable Care Act Impact Independent Pharmacists?
It’s no secret that health care reform and the Affordable Care Act are changing the game for all the players on the healthcare team — including pharmacists. As we look for ways to support patient wellness and combat our climbing healthcare costs, everyone is going to have to play differently. ...
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CVS Tobacco Ban a Sign of the Times?
CVS Caremark announced yesterday that they will stop selling tobacco products in their stores. This change, effective October 1, 2014, will affect all 7,400 CVS Caremark stores across the United States, representing about $1.5 billion worth of sales in tobacco products each year.
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5 Steps for Pharmacists to Secure a Spot on the New Healthcare Team
For years, America’s healthcare costs have continued to climb, but we’re not getting any healthier. Patient outcomes continue to decline. Healthcare reform aims to change all that with a triple aim: better care, healthy people and reduced costs.
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Parata’s Innovation Summit Brings Together Pharmacists and Healthcare Leaders
We’re excited to announce that our first Innovation Summit was a success! This two-day summit was created as an idea exchange on the role of pharmacists in an evolving value-driven healthcare system. The event brought together a broad cross-section of our pharmacy customers, payors, health systems, accountable care organizations (ACOs), ...
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PASS Pack Strikes a Chord with Caregivers
Today’s Caregiver magazine has recognized Parata with a 2013 Caregiver Friendly® Award. The awards recognize products, services, books and media created with the needs of caregivers in mind. Parata was recognized in the Product category for Parata PASS adherence packaging, which organizes medications into a strip of pouches the way people ...
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Chain Drug Review: Tech solutions foster patient-centric Rx model
As healthcare shifts from treating sick patients to helping people live healthy, pharmacists are seeking ways to free up time to spend with patients on high-value services that will improve patient outcomes, including medication therapy management and adherence programs. Right now, many pharmacists are leveraging dispensing and packaging automation technologies ...
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Pharmacy Partnerships Help Reduce Readmissions
With the recent focus on reducing hospital readmissions, most of us are familiar with the stats: one in five Medicare patients is readmitted within 30 days, costing the health care system $26 billion each year. But the numbers don’t tell patients’ stories. Avoidance, fear and confusion can impact a patient’s ...
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Pharmacies Can Save Thousands in “Fiscal Cliff” Fix
If you want to see your pharmacy’s quiet accountant get talking, just ask her about Section 179. Recent changes to the federal tax incentive mean that capital equipment purchases you made in 2012 — or investments you plan to make in 2013 — may have a bigger impact on ...
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The Cost of Readmissions
The federal government has been spending $17 billion each year on hospital readmissions. Now, in light of the Affordable Care Act, it’s cracking down — on the readmissions and the expenses. Nearly one in five Medicare patients returns to the hospital within a month, but until now, hospitals have had ...
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