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Long Term Care. The Next Generation January 10, 2018 Long Term Care. The Next Generation @media (max-width: 900px) { .art__h__light, p > span { line-height: 32px!important; } } .art__h__light { line-height: 20px; } .text-post-single.color-gray > p > span { font-size: 30px; } Intergenerational 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 ... 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

Another growing threat to US pharmacies September 25, 2017 A string of recent robberies are making pharmacy news headlines   What if you were the target of an attack?   It’s something you hear about often—but never imagine could happen to you. One moment you’re filling scripts, helping patients and answering phones like any other day. But in the blink of an eye, someone slips you a piece ... read more

Skyrocketing costs for life-saving insulin September 18, 2017 The type 2 diabetes crisis is an ongoing concern in America. How can we better serve patients when insulin prices have nearly tripled? It’s no surprise that diabetes is the 7 th leading cause of death of people living in the United States. Over the past few years, prevalence of the condition has rapidly increased in ... read more

What does it mean for the future of senior care? May 15, 2017 What does it mean for the future of senior care?The swearing in of President Donald J. Trump signals clear change for the healthcare industry. His move to repeal and replace ObamaCare has the public, politicians, and investors scrambling for answers as they anxiously await the details. But for those of us in nursing care, what is there to know—and how will our patients be ... read more

New legislation will bring drugs to the market faster in 2017. May 1, 2017 What does it mean for our patients? Big Pharma is celebrating a new year with the historic passing of the 21st Century Cures Act, which implements a number of regulatory changes throughout the industry. Beyond its $6B funding for medical research, the bill is set to speed up review for new medicines and equipment, bringing them ... read more

Proper nutrition. Regular exercise. Clean hygiene. April 25, 2017 We do so much to keep our residents strong, but is it ever enough? It’s so important to give people in our care—especially seniors—the necessary support to keep them healthy and reduce their risk of infection. We know that smart diet, nutritional supplementation and a hygienic environment do wonders. But now, when it comes to susceptibility ... read more

How long does a patient have to live? April 19, 2017 The answer means more than you know.   Today’s top nursing homes integrate forms of palliative care as standard practice. Sadly, all the support and comfort in the world can’t always bring peace to those families affected by cancer. Patients and their caregivers deserve assurance—true certainty—when facing the crippling reality of impending death. As of late 2016, the ... read more

2016 was the year of Big Appetites March 27, 2017   Throughout the 2015 and 2016 calendar years, controversial drug price increases dominated headlines. Big Pharma was slammed en masse for sickening rate hikes.   According to The Wall Street Journal, pharmacy costs at the nation’s hospitals, driven in part by surging drug prices, peaked at $33.6 billion in 2015 alone. This marked an 11% increase over 2014. ... read more

What should complete care for neurodegenerative patients look like? November 1, 2016 Let’s talk about the new geriatric generation of post-Lasik surgery. Lasik, a type of refractive surgery, resets baseline vision, but does not prevent natural vision change over a lifetime. How is this generation aging under their prior Lasik surgery, and what can nursing staff do to assist these patients through it all? read more

Cataracts on a Post-Lasik Generation November 1, 2016 Skilled care for neurodegenerative patients should move beyond basic care; food, shelter and medication- monitoring. After all, half of all Americans after age 80 will develop some degree of dementia. read more

Long Term Care. The Next Generation January 10, 2018 Long Term Care. The Next Generation @media (max-width: 900px) { .art__h__light, p > span { ... 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 →

Another growing threat to US pharmacies September 25, 2017 A string of recent robberies are making pharmacy ... read more →

Skyrocketing costs for life-saving insulin September 18, 2017 The type 2 diabetes crisis is an ongoing ... read more →

What does it mean for the future of senior care? May 15, 2017 What does it mean for the future of senior care?The swearing in of President Donald J. Trump ... read more →

New legislation will bring drugs to the market faster in 2017. May 1, 2017 What does it mean for our patients? Big Pharma ... read more →

Proper nutrition. Regular exercise. Clean hygiene. April 25, 2017 We do so much to keep our residents ... read more →

How long does a patient have to live? April 19, 2017 The answer means more than you know.   Today’s top ... read more →

2016 was the year of Big Appetites March 27, 2017   Throughout the 2015 and 2016 calendar years, controversial ... read more →

What should complete care for neurodegenerative patients look like? November 1, 2016 Let’s talk about the new geriatric generation of ... read more →

Cataracts on a Post-Lasik Generation November 1, 2016 Skilled care for neurodegenerative patients should move beyond ... read more →