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Medicare drug pricing order could have ‘significant ramifications’ on LTC pharmacies in long run: expert

Long-term care pharmacies could soon be facing “significant ramifications in the long run” following an executive order signed by President Trump on Sunday. That directive states that the Medicare program should not pay more for Part D prescription drugs than the lowest price. More still needs to be known about possible effects, experts caution.

Clinical Briefs for Thursday, April 23

New technology could block the coronavirus from infecting human cells … Industry at a ‘severe disadvantage’ identifying asymptomatic residents and staff: AHCA/NCAL … Second COVID-19 wave in winter could be worse … Metabolic syndrome and osteopenia in older women tied to socioeconomic status … FDA: Pharmacies may temporarily compound COVID-19 drugs without prescriptions

Rich McKeon

Continuum of care: What it means for alternate site pharmacies

There is a greater interest in moving patients from SNFs to in-home care with an emphasis on reducing costs and keeping patients healthy once they’re home. These changes have a profound impact on hospitals, SNFs and the pharmacies serving these patients across the continuum, and require greater levels of care coordination.

Bill would tighten oversight of compounding pharmacies

A bill proposed in the House of Representatives would increase oversight of compounding pharmacies, which long-term care operators and other healthcare stakeholders called for after last year’s deadly outbreak of meningitis was traced to a compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts.

How to do it… medication management

The proliferation of managed care is introducing a host of new challenges for long-term care providers. Pressures have never been greater to increase quality and lower costs. Successful strategies entail excellent drug utilization and avoiding undue waste. Experts advise here how to do it best.

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