Moments in Pharmacy: Compassion, can-do attitude expands vaccination program for veterans

The Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke, MA, keeps a limited formulary for vaccines. For this non-Medicare facility, this meant that either the pharmacy was not reimbursed for administering vaccines or the veteran had to absorb the cost of taking a taxi to a nearby pharmacy and paying out of pocket. Jerry Munic, RPh, MBA, director of […]

Ways to improve hospital staff work life, reduce burnout & improve patient care

Most healthcare leaders have heard about the Triple Aim by now. It’s the concept introduced by Harvard professor Don Berwick a decade ago that the three ways to optimize health system performance should be built around enhancing patient experience, improving public health and reducing costs. It’s an idea that took hold and has shaped healthcare […]

Case study: Moving one pharmacist from order-taker to strategic player in hospital management

One pharmacist can make a difference. All the proof you need exists at the 100-bed hospital Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center (GCRMC) in Alamogordo, New Mexico. That’s where clinical staff pharmacist Megan Harrington, PharmD, has spent a year building her department’s reputation as a necessary, strategic partner in her hospital’s operations. Today’s GCRMC’s pharmacy team […]

2019: Top five hospital pharmacy trends

Since CompleteRx manages hospital pharmacies, large and small, across the U.S., it stands in a unique position to understand and cope with the industry’s most compelling trends. Recently, Rick Burnett, our chief operating officer, outlined his thoughts on the top trends likely to impact hospital pharmacies in 2019. #1 – Specialty pharmaceuticals will continue to […]

8 Common Misconceptions of Partnering with Outside Firms for Pharmacy Services

When it comes to using a service provider to manage your hospital pharmacy, there are many positive outcomes and advantages related to operational efficiencies, financial stability and patient care. Unfortunately, there are also some long held misconceptions. Let’s take a closer look at the most common misconceptions and get a better understanding of the benefits […]

Moments in Pharmacy – Elizabeth Lam

As part of our Moments in Pharmacy blog series, we are proud to feature Elizabeth Lam, Pharm.D., a Transitional Leader with CompleteRx. Q. What does being a pharmacist mean to you? I want to provide the best possible patient care at all times. It’s also important to set a good example to my colleagues so […]

Moments in Pharmacy – Danielle Crowley

The theme for this year’s ASHP Mid-Year Conference is “Some Mid-Year Magic.” To celebrate the contributions and magic that our talented pharmacists and technicians bring to their patients, we created a new series called Moments in Pharmacy. Today, we feature Danielle Crowley, PharmD, RPh, and Clinical Operations Pharmacist at Hogan Regional Center in Danvers MA. […]

Moments in Pharmacy – Jamie Moline

The theme for this year’s ASHP Mid-Year Conference is “Some Mid-Year Magic.” To celebrate the contributions and magic that our talented pharmacists and technicians bring to their patients, we created a new series called Moments in Pharmacy. Today, we feature Jamie Moline, PharmD and Director of Pharmacy at Holy Family Memorial in Manitowoc WI. Name […]

Pharmacy can address CEO’s top concerns

For the last 10 years, the Healthcare Executive Group has asked its members what they see as the coming year’s primary opportunities, challenges and issues. Many of these concerns cover areas where pharmacy leaders can and should play a strategic role in hospital operations. Known as the HCEG Top 10, the group’s members responded with […]

Tracking the value of pharmacy interventions

Results from a study recently released by the Veteran’s Administration offers a roadmap for hospital pharmacists looking to explain their value to their administration. Beginning in 2012, VA pharmacists began recording their patient interactions for their most common interventions in the health system’s electronic health records (EHR) using a pharmacist-specific template. These encounters were most […]