Hospital revenue growth becoming as vital as cost-cutting

Hospital executives are coming to the realization that you cannot cut your way to prosperity. We are now seeing many signs that CEOs are beginning to focus equally on improving revenue growth while keeping costs in check. The hospital pharmacy can play an important role in both areas: revenue growth and cost control. A recent […]

News Recap: Judge stops Medicare cuts to 340B

A federal judge recently ruled that Medicare cuts to 340B hospital reimbursements in 2018 and 2019 were not lawful and must be reversed. The ruling also requires administration officials at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to reimburse hospitals for the monies withheld. U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras granted a permanent injunction [...]

What You Can Do: Sterile Water for Injection Shortages

Backorders and shortages of sterile water for injections continue to plague every hospital’s staff, and likely will for the foreseeable future. In fact, the shortages have become so severe this winter that the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP), in conjunction with the University of Utah, published a series of best practices for how […]

News Recap: Financial challenges roil healthcare industry

It’s an uncertain time for the healthcare industry. A host of factors, from regulatory changes to technological advances to Amazon, are shaking up the industry and some experts predict a wave of mergers and bankruptcies in 2018. The New York Times reported recently on the proposed merger of several health insurance companies that are partnering […]

CompleteRx in the News: Five ways to optimize your antimicrobial stewardship program

For many years, antimicrobial stewardship has been an increasingly hot topic, and for good reason – antimicrobial resistance, classified by the World Health Organization as “one of the biggest threats to global health,” is a growing problem. As of Jan. 1, 2017, the Joint Commission requires hospitals seeking accreditation to have an antimicrobial stewardship program, […]

CompleteRx in the News: Five pharmacy regulations health execs must keep on their radars in 2017

By: Kenneth Maxik, Director of Patient Safety and Pharmacy Compliance, CompleteRx First published in Managed Healthcare Executive on March 19, 2017 With the first couple of months of 2017 behind them, many in the healthcare industry remain uncertain as to what regulatory challenges they may face as the year unfolds. The debut of the American Health […]

CompleteRx in the News: Coping with Escalating Drug Costs – Three simple strategies to mitigate the problem in the ER

By: Julie Rubin, PharmD, BCPS, Director of Clinical Services, CompleteRx First published in MedPage Today on March 2, 2017 Of late, few topics have been more prevalent in the healthcare industry than rising drug costs. Since Martin Shkreli, former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, made the wildly unpopular decision to increase the price of Daraprim, a […]

CompleteRx in the News: Four Ways to Reduce Hospital Medication Errors Today

By: Kenneth Maxik, Director of Patient Safety and Pharmacy Compliance First published in Healthcare Business Today on February, 28, 2017 While it may shock those outside of the healthcare industry to hear it, at most hospitals, medication errors are an ever-present reality. Many medication errors are relatively minor (e.g., a doctor prescribes the wrong medication, but a […]