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The pharmacy world is changing fast. The emergence of pharmacy intelligence, predictive analytics, and increasing demand for a complete end-to-end solution means healthcare leaders must innovate to meet both new medication management challenges (COVID-19) and old (diversion, patient safety, and rising costs).
The Omnicell Blog is the leading source for pharmacy information on emerging trends, successful best practices, and ideas and insights to help pharmacies digitally transform to lower cost and improve patient safety.
In the Face of Resistance, 340B Coalition Summer Conference Proves Program’s Worth
Mounting pharmaceutical manufacturer restrictions and political uncertainty are currently disrupting the 340B landscape. In the face of this adversity, the 340B Coalition Summer Conference demonstrated how the 340B program meets the needs of vulnerable patients today while funding programs to improve the ongoing health and wellness of these communities going forward.
Facing the Nursing Shortage Head-on
As COVID-19 drives a continuing exodus and scarcity of nurses, it also reminds us of the vital role nurses play in our lives and why we must invest in their development and wellbeing. Leveraging technology through an intelligent infrastructure of automation and data intelligence can help minimize the impact of nursing shortages.
What to Expect in the November Elections and Implications for the 340B Program
With a little over three months left until the crucial midterm elections, it is an excellent time to look into what to expect in November. The party that controls Congress in 2023 and 2024 will significantly impact the 340B program.
Nursing Home Staffing Crisis: Ramifications for Healthcare
For years, nursing homes have been struggling with staffing shortages that are only worsening. To increase productivity and save labor, we need more innovative and strategic solutions, including healthcare technology, to support our interconnected care continuum.
Driving Pharmacy Value Through Robotics and Connected Technology
The need for a high-performing pharmacy has never been greater as health systems attempt to navigate growing staff shortages and more complicated drug therapies. Implementing an intelligent infrastructure of automation and intelligence, backed by expert services to guarantee optimization, is a chance for health systems to enhance medication distribution procedures, support sterile compounding safety and efficiency, and ultimately improve pharmacy supply chain management.
Five Key Takeaways from Supreme Court Decision on Payments to 340B Hospitals
Recently the Supreme Court ruled 9-0 that the federal government unlawfully slashed Medicare Part B drug reimbursement for 340B hospitals by almost 30 percent during 2018 and 2019. See what this means for the program from Ted Slafsky with the 340B Report.
Reclaim Your Clinicians' Time
Increased workload, longer hours, and increasing medication complexity can increase errors. Without appropriate use of technology, high turnover rates, overworked personnel, and mistakes will continue to grow. Combining automation technologies with embedded intelligence and services can minimize medication administration errors while enhancing process efficiency and allowing clinicians to focus on higher-value tasks.
At the Precipice of Retail Pharmacy Transformation
With retail pharmacy's increasing importance in the patient's healthcare journey, it has become more critical to automate and simplify pharmacy operations, allowing pharmacists to focus on patient care rather than administrative tasks. Find out how pharmacies use cutting-edge digital technologies to transform the retail pharmacy experience.
Growing Momentum at State and Federal Level for 340B Protections
With the nation’s capital remaining largely gridlocked, a growing number of safety net providers have turned to the states to address challenges to the 340B program. As we get close to the end of most state legislatures’ sessions, it is a good time to take a closer look at the efforts, evaluate their success, and see how the legislative movement has evolved.
Inventory Visibility helps Saint Luke's Health System
Omnicell intelligence solutions helped Saint Luke's Health System in Kansas City, Mo. manage its medicine inventory as part of a comprehensive strategy. While minimizing expired drug expenditures, they also increased the sharing of low-volume medicines across the healthcare system.
Federal 340B Drug Pricing Program – An Industry Update and Mitigation Strategies Relative to Recent Challenges
The 340B Drug Pricing Program has helped non-profit healthcare providers provide for their communities for 30 years. Recent reimbursement reductions and a slew of harmful pharmaceutical company activities have made things more difficult for eligible organizations to figure out how to navigate these new program complications best.
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