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ComputerTalk's blog on what we're finding interesting at the intersection of pharmacy management and technology.

The Opportunity in Adherence

Dec, 2016

The cover story of ComputerTalk’s November/December issue looked at the trends in community pharmacy and the opportunities that exist for growth. If there is a trend from this year that I think will continue to offer opportunity in 2017, it is...

What’s the Big Deal: Why So Much Interest in Industry Trade Shows and Conferences?

Dec, 2016
Ask any successful pharmacy owner or manager about “the key to success,” and you’ll likely hear comments such as: developing personal relationship with patients; having the medications and other products people need on hand; or something about...

[Technology Corner] Little Data: Important to Your Future Practice?

Dec, 2016

by Brent I. Fox, Pharm.D., Ph.D. and Bill G. Felkey, M.S.

There is something enjoyable about stepping into a community pharmacy that has undergone little change in store layout and appearance over several decades. It is an almost tangible...

[George's Corner] Data, Facts, Opinions

Dec, 2016

The difficulty arises when we make measurable things important rather than make important things measurable.

What a pharmacy benefits manager’s (PBM’s) drug trend report reveals is interesting, but what it conceals...

[ViewPoints] Performance Networks

Nov, 2016

Humana’s recently released amendment for its Humana Pharmacy Solutions Rx Quality Network for 2017 for Medicare Part D has generated intense scrutiny in the industry. Humana plans on using...

[Catalyst Corner Corner] Addressing the Opioid Abuse Issue

Nov, 2016
by Marsha K. Millonig, R.Ph., M.B.A. It seems that you can’t go a day without seeing or hearing something about the opioid epidemic, whether in trade publications or mainstream media. Now that everyone is paying attention to it, what happens? The...

[ViewPoints] Final AMP Rule: Industry Implications

Oct, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published the Medicaid Program Covered Outpatient Drugs final rule in the Federal Register on February 1. This publication ended a 10-year regulatory odyssey that...

[Catalyst Corner Corner] Upping Your Game

Oct, 2016
by Marsha K. Millonig, R.Ph., M.B.A.

Pharmacies are now competing on so many fronts — to be in payer networks, to offer additional services, to achieve high-quality metrics to retain patients — it is a challenge to evaluate all of the options and...

The Network

Oct, 2016
Not a social network, but where pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) sign up pharmacies to participate in their network. This network, in my opinion, is the backbone of prescription drug plans. Being able to have access to a large number of...

[Technology Corner] What Technologies Are Employers Asking For?

Oct, 2016

by Bill G. Felkey, M.S. and Brent I. Fox, Pharm.D., Ph.D.

Specializing in information technology has opened the doors for both of us to attend meetings held by every discipline and specialty in healthcare. Bill just returned from a health benefit...

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