Skilled care center the first to harness pharmacy helper in Massachusetts

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Liberty Commons Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center recently became the first to roll out an innovative pharmacy solution in the Bay State.

The North Chatham, MA-based SNF just started using AP PassPort, which is an automated, constantly monitored pharmacy dispensing system, provided by Partners Pharmacy. The passport helps long-term care providers by dispensing meds in single and multi-dose envelopes, dispersing them by resident and room number in a “convenient med tote.” Partners — a leading pharmacy provider in long-term care, serving some 43,000 residents at more than 400 facilities — says the passport helps to bolster nursing efficiency, along with medication accuracy, while reducing waste and added pharmacy costs.

“Our nursing staff and residents benefit from Passport's ‘real time' med pass preparation and packaging, greatly reducing the risk of changes in medication orders not getting carried through to the med pass. AP PassPort provides tremendous medication workflow efficiency, enabling our nurses to be nurses and spend more time on direct patient care and less on med pass, med destruction and other routine functions,” Bill Bogdanovich, president and CEO of Liberty Commons, said in a press release.

The AP PassPort system is monitored 24/7 by Partner's on-call pharmacy support staff, which the company says can prove crucial during power outages and natural disasters. SNFs throughout Massachusetts can now take advantage of the system, which it says has already been deployed in more than 130 such facilities across the country.