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‘Right to Try’ – Right or Wrong? June 12, 2018 Capitol Hill continues to shake up details of consumer drug access Where does your facility stand on ‘Right to Try’? Excited about the recent Rx revolution? Keep up to speed with your weekly fix from SpecialtyRx For years, federal and state governments have gone back and forth on the debate over experimental medical treatment. Although clinical trials ... read more

Trump’s Quest to Lower Rx Costs May 20, 2018 The president’s prescription drug proposals aim to ease financial burden Here are 3 ways Trump’s plans could change the face of LTC Rx President Trump has talked lowering prescription drug prices as far back as the campaign trail. Now in May of 2018, he delivered a landmark speech addressing the ways the administration seeks to relieve Medicare ... read more

Have you heard? Higher pay for SNF May 16, 2018 CMS officials announce a 2.4% pay hike for skilled nursing Here are all the details on the latest Medicare updates The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid services recently revealed an exciting list of updates affecting skilled nursing facilities nationwide. Focused on alleviating complicated provider paperwork, confusing patient payment groups and other red tape regulation, the new changes are ... read more

Statins: A cholesterol cure-all? May 1, 2018 Fewer than 40% of adults get the cholesterol meds they need How does your facility approach statin administration? People with high levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) and low levels of good cholesterol (HDL) are at an increased risk for other debilitating complications. Over the past decade, research has revealed the direct correlation between poor cholesterol management and ... read more

On This Week’s Menu: Memory Care Meals April 27, 2018 Dementia has a direct impact on patient weight and nutrition Check out top industry trends for enhancing the dining experience On This Week’s Menu: Memory Care Meals There’s no denying the many multifaceted issues we face when caring for patients with late-stage dementia and Alzheimer’s. Among those challenges is the problem of food. Residents osten outnumber their attendants, resulting ... read more

Have you embraced the spirit of springtime renewal? April 20, 2018 Make a fresh start with these simple approaches to LTC improvement The spring season inspires positive regeneration and rebirth in all areas of our lives, including the workplace. As skilled nursing facilities gear up for warmer weather, administrators can liſt spirits of caregivers and patients with a renewed commitment to quality care, medication safety, preventative practices ... read more

Cameras: the new SNF controversy? April 9, 2018 Cameras: the new SNF controversy?In-room cameras are the latest legislative battle for LTCFs Where do you stand on the issue of patient privacy? The majority of today’s nursing homes follow strict protocol when it comes to prescription dispensing. At SpecialtyRx, we know our long-term care partners value safety, accuracy, efficiency and reliability. But what happens when a serious problem occurs—one that ... read more

5 NEW concerns for LTC facilities March 29, 2018 5 NEW concerns for LTC facilitiesHow fit is your facility in 2018? Healthcare directors recommend these 5 key areas of focus Any manager operating in America will tell you the state of healthcare remains uncertain. As patients’ needs transform and shiſting regulation causes complications throughout the long-term care sector, many worry how their facilities will fare in the near future. Can we ... read more

Copayment costs out of control? March 19, 2018 New research suggests copays are exceeding drug costs Who’s to blame: pharmacies or insurance companies? From Medicare and Medicaid to long-term care insurance and out-of-pocket payment, residents navigate a complex maze when it comes to securing their nursing home, subacute care and similar coverage. But beyond our patients’ distinct challenges, the question of copayment remains an ever-present ... read more

Get the new LTC Opioid Playbook March 14, 2018 Get the new LTC Opioid PlaybookWhat’s your position on responsible pain management? Revisit your prescribing procedure with new resources for 2018 Leading long-term care providers are always on the hunt for quality partnerships. By teaming up with fellow healthcare groups, we’re able to realize fresh perspectives on today’s top industry challenges. One organization worth exploring is National Quality Forum (NQF), which is ... read more

Digital Health? Yes, it’s happening March 7, 2018 Digital Health? Yes, it's happeningPharmaceutical giant Novartis joins forces with PEAR Therapeutics Will digital health soon make its mark on long-term care? Novartis is making headlines for their new partnership with PEAR, a company that specializes in soſtware-based healthcare solutions. In addition to their cutting-edge prescription products, the drug manufacturer is clearly concerned about the impact of digital medicine and their ... read more

It’s an amazing era for heart health innovation February 22, 2018 It's an amazing era for heart health innovationReview the latest revelations in cardiovascular care and treatment You can’t beat a healthy heart How is your facility handling resident heart health? Stay with SpecialtyRx for more cutting-edge cardiac updates As long-term care providers, we see our fair share of cardiac concerns. It’s no secret that heart disease is the leading cause of death in ... read more

The greater LTC community agrees: Staying relevant requires key partnerships February 7, 2018 The greater LTC community agrees: Staying relevant requires key partnershipsThe New York Academy of Medicine recently hosted the 28th Annual Conference on Aging, an informational symposium and vendor expo focusing on the ever-growing needs of senior Americans. Among its many riveting discussions, the event showcased the role of aging agencies and how they offer key insight for long-term care providers. Administrators looking to secure ... read more

Long Term Care. The Next Generation January 10, 2018 Long Term Care. The Next GenerationIntergenerational living is the new long-term care trend Has your facility embraced age diversity? Over the next year, healthcare experts anticipate a number of important changes coming to the skilled nursing industry. From the rise of regional facilities and the decline of national chains to the addition of hotel-like amenities over institutional models, many of these trends ... read more

With warm thanks from your trusted pharma family, here’s wishing you a happy, healthy 2018 January 3, 2018 With warm thanks from your trusted pharma family, here’s wishing you a happy, healthy 2018 It’s been an eventful year here at SpecialtyRx. Over the past 12 months, we’ve brought you the latest long-term care updates, keeping you informed of all the breaking Rx headlines dominating industry news. Our tips and tidbits touch on just about everything, but no matter the subject, we always have your best interests at heart. ... read more

Is 1599 the New LTC Lucky Number? December 19, 2017 Is 1599 the New LTC Lucky Number? Many Medicare providers are no longer subject to recovery auditing. So how does the new CMS sliding scale affect your facility? Starting last year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services changed their auditing requirements, effectively reducing the percentage of total payments reviewed to .5% per facility. In addition, the new ADR (Additional Documentation Request) ... read more

Has regulatory compliance gone too far? December 14, 2017 Legislators say standards are too high. Advocates claim more regulation is needed. On which side does your facility stand? Over the past few weeks, Capitol Hill has been abuzz with healthcare matters as legislators and advocacy groups battle it out over current regulation. It’s no secret that hospitals, long-term care facilities, nursing homes ... read more

New modes of behavioral management November 28, 2017 New modes of behavioral management We all follow strict protocolwhen prescribing psychotropics Now, it’s time to considerintervention alternatives     The use of psychotropic drugs in nursing homes has steadily increased over the past 20 years. Many administrators work hard to ensure safe, proper prescription, but still, the problem persists all across America. Residents suffering from depression, dementia and other behavioral disorders can be difficult to manage, causing staff ... read more

Influenza poses a deadly threat to the 65+ population. November 27, 2017 Here’s how the latest Medicare changes helpus further embrace long-distance servicesTechnology has transformed the face of medicine as we know it, but its conveniences are never more apparent than in the areas of long-term and post-acute care. In the past, we’ve educated our partners on the advantages of incorporating telehealth services into their facilities. The ... read more

Influenza poses a deadly threat to the 65+ population November 21, 2017 Influenza poses a deadly threat to the 65+ populationHere are the latest recommendations for reducing patient risk in your LTC or SN facility Each year, the Centers for Disease Control release updated guidelines on annual influenza vaccination for all persons aged 6 months and above. While flu shots are administered by pharmacies all across the United States, the practice is particularly vital for those ... read more

‘Right to Try’ – Right or Wrong? June 12, 2018 Capitol Hill continues to shake up details of ... read more →

Trump’s Quest to Lower Rx Costs May 20, 2018 The president’s prescription drug proposals aim to ease ... read more →

Have you heard? Higher pay for SNF May 16, 2018 CMS officials announce a 2.4% pay hike for ... read more →

Statins: A cholesterol cure-all? May 1, 2018 Fewer than 40% of adults get the cholesterol ... read more →

On This Week’s Menu: Memory Care Meals April 27, 2018 Dementia has a direct impact on patient weight ... read more →

Have you embraced the spirit of springtime renewal? April 20, 2018 Make a fresh start with these simple approaches ... read more →

Cameras: the new SNF controversy? April 9, 2018 Cameras: the new SNF controversy?In-room cameras are the latest legislative battle for ... read more →

5 NEW concerns for LTC facilities March 29, 2018 5 NEW concerns for LTC facilitiesHow fit is your facility in 2018? Healthcare directors ... read more →

Copayment costs out of control? March 19, 2018 New research suggests copays are exceeding drug costs Who’s ... read more →

Get the new LTC Opioid Playbook March 14, 2018 Get the new LTC Opioid PlaybookWhat’s your position on responsible pain management? Revisit your ... read more →

Digital Health? Yes, it’s happening March 7, 2018 Digital Health? Yes, it's happeningPharmaceutical giant Novartis joins forces with PEAR Therapeutics Will ... read more →

It’s an amazing era for heart health innovation February 22, 2018 It's an amazing era for heart health innovationReview the latest revelations in cardiovascular care and ... read more →

The greater LTC community agrees: Staying relevant requires key partnerships February 7, 2018 The greater LTC community agrees: Staying relevant requires key partnershipsThe New York Academy of Medicine recently hosted ... read more →

Long Term Care. The Next Generation January 10, 2018 Long Term Care. The Next GenerationIntergenerational living is the new long-term care trend Has ... read more →

With warm thanks from your trusted pharma family, here’s wishing you a happy, healthy 2018 January 3, 2018 With warm thanks from your trusted pharma family, here’s wishing you a happy, healthy 2018 It’s been an eventful year here at SpecialtyRx. ... read more →

Is 1599 the New LTC Lucky Number? December 19, 2017 Is 1599 the New LTC Lucky Number? Many Medicare providers are no longer subject to recovery ... read more →

Has regulatory compliance gone too far? December 14, 2017 Legislators say standards are too high. Advocates claim ... read more →

New modes of behavioral management November 28, 2017 New modes of behavioral management We all follow strict protocolwhen prescribing psychotropics Now, it’s ... read more →

Influenza poses a deadly threat to the 65+ population. November 27, 2017 Here’s how the latest Medicare changes helpus further ... read more →

Influenza poses a deadly threat to the 65+ population November 21, 2017 Influenza poses a deadly threat to the 65+ populationHere are the latest recommendations for reducing patient ... read more →