GrandView Pharmacy receives 2016 United States Excellence Award

SEPTEMBER 2016 - Grandview Pharmacy has been selected for the 2016 United States Excellence Award amongst all its peers and competitors by the American Economic Institute (AEI).

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Congressional Leaders Campaign for Tougher Nursing Home Regulations

JULY 2016 - More than 30 members of Congress aren't satisfied with proposed regulations for nursing homes and called on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for harsher final rules.

In a letter to CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt, 32 representatives acknowledged the “positive provisions” of the agency's proposed nursing home regulation overhaul, but said CMS failed to address staffing and quality issues.

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GrandView Pharmacy is featured in Pharmacy Edge Magazine, by APPA!

AUGUST 2016 - The American Pharmacy Purchasing Alliance, APPA, is a community of Pharmaceutical experts and professionals dedicated towards the recognition and advancement of the specialized industry of Pharmaceutical Purchasing. Pharmaceutical purchasing is a significant contributor in the industry of Pharmacy and patient care. At APPA, we strive to represent a collective and unmistakable voice. Our goal is to keep members abreast of the latest developments and news in the pharmaceutical industry as well as offering educational opportunities for professional growth and empowerment.

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CMS unveils bundled payment expansion for cardiac health, joint replacements

JULY 2016 – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services doubled down on its commitment to alternative payment models this week with the announcement of a new bundled payment program for cardiac care.

The mandatory program, announced Monday, would make hospitals responsible for the cost and quality of all care for patients with heart attacks or bypass surgery. Similar to the agency's Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model, each episode of care would include services required within 90 days of hospital discharge.

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New quality measures will hit the Five-Star on July 27

JULY 2016 - Five of the six new quality measures for skilled nursing facilities announced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will be phased into the Five-Star Quality Ratings system on July 27, CMS officials said on Thursday.

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Major policy revisions coming for Assisted Living Communities

July 2016 - The State Department of Health and the Division of Aging are currently working on changes on rules of how pharmacy will play a role in assisted living communities. GrandView CEO, Mark Prifogle, is on the board playing an integral role. Since there have been no changes since 2002, major changes are anticipated.

Why is this important for YOUR community? Best practice revisions will have a major effect on your policies and procedures. Having a pharmacy partner that is prepared with protocols to assist you will work to keep you compliant and up to date on any important changes. Thus saving you money and help you avoid a negative effect on your facility’s reputation.

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Mark S. Prifogle Installed as Director At-Large of ACHCA

Washington, DC – June 1, 2016 – Mark S. Prifogle, HFA, LNHA, CEAL, FACHCA of Indiana, was recently installed as Director At-Large of the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA), the nation’s leading professional society for post-acute and aging services administrators. He was inaugurated during the awards luncheon at ACHCA’s 50th Annual Convocation and Exposition on April 19 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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CMS wants 12% decrease in hospital readmissions by 2019

MAY 2016 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is seeking to cut the number of 30-day hospital readmissions by 12% over the next three years under a hospital improvement plan announced Wednesday.

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MedaCheck Announces Partnership with GrandView Health Services

MAY 2016 - “MedaCheck, a leading medication and disease management platform used to improve adherence, transition of care and quality outcomes, has announced its partnership with GrandView Health Services.

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Two Step Pneumonia Causes Immediate Jeopardy citations in Wisconsin

MARCH 2016 - “Immediate Jeopardy” (IJ) is the most serious type of nursing home deficiency citation a State Department of Health can give.

If you haven't changed your pneumonia vaccine policy to include the relatively new Prevnar 13, you should do so. In recent weeks the state of Wisconsin started handing out "Immediate Jeopardy" (IJs) to Skilled Nursing Facilities that have not offered Prevnar to new admissions and long-term residents who have not received this vaccine. This decision was upheld by CMS, which means other states will start tagging very soon.

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GrandView Pharmacy Wins the Excellence as an Associate Member Award

MARCH 2016 - It is our pleasure to inform you that your nominee, GrandView Pharmacy, has been chosen by the Awards Committee as the winner of the Excellence as an Associate Member Award. We had a great response this year, with over 30 nominations for the various categories, so you should be very proud of your recipient.

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GrandView Pharmacy for the Business Partner Award

MARCH 2016 - Senior care communities choose GrandView Pharmacy because they decrease pharmacy related errors, have unmatched customer service processes, and have multiple ways of reducing pharmacy related expenses. GrandView Pharmacy provides clients with comprehensive tools for superior execution and delivery of pharmacy services to each resident they serve.

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New Quality Measures for Skilled Nursing Facilities

MARCH 2016 - New quality measures for skilled nursing facilities will be introduced in the coming months, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services officials said during an Open Door Forum call for providers.

Data for six new quality measures — some based on Medicare claims, others on MDS data — will be added to Nursing Home Compare beginning in April.

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GrandView Pharmacy partners with AEON Clinical Laboratories to provide pharmacogenomic testing

MARCH 2016 - GrandView Pharmacy, long known as the leader in cutting-edge clinical pharmacy programming, has partnered with AEON Clinical Laboratories to provide pharmacogenomic testing and expert interpretation – leading to better therapeutic recommendations and customized resident medication profiles.

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Matrixcare Certified For Electronic Prescribing Of Controlled Substances

MARCH 2016 - MatrixCare®, the largest LTPAC technology provider in the United States, today announced that it has successfully completed Electronic Prescription of Controlled Substances product certification as required by the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). This certification will allow providers using MatrixCare to address the workflows required by the New York State Department of Health ePrescribing Mandate that goes into effect March 27, 2016.

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McKesson Launches PATH Pro™ Post-Acute Therapeutics Formulary Management Program for LTC Pharmacies

FEBRUARY 2016 - Helps LTC Pharmacies Enhance Geriatric Formularies to Ensure Patients Have Access to the Best Generic Medications Possible to Maximize Clinical Outcomes

McKesson Alternate Site Pharmacy℠ announced the launch of the PATH Pro™ Post-Acute Therapeutics Formulary Management Program for long-term care (LTC) pharmacies. PATH Pro™ offers easily accessible, third-party-reviewed clinical information that designates which of the most commonly dispensed generic drugs in the LTC setting are preferred and non-preferred for geriatric patients to help reduce drug-related hospital readmissions and minimize adverse events, reactions and complications.

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GrandView Pharmacy Chief Executive Earns Ohio, National Assisted Living Certification

FEBRUARY 2016 - Grandview Pharmacy CEO, Mark Prifogle, has successfully completed the training program and examination for assisted living executives in Ohio, and has been awarded an Ohio Certification.

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GrandView Health Services Consolidates Operations in a New State-of-the-Art Facility

OCTOBER 2015 - The new GrandView Health Services building, located in Brownsburg, consolidates various companies under one roof allowing for expanded operations, and improved overall efficiencies. This new location also provides the additional space needed to open a state-of-the-art compounding pharmacy, which will increase the capacity to serve the aging community population, and those searching for custom medication solutions.

“The new compounding pharmacy allows us to make medication that are personalized for an individual patient’s need. With the ability to produce compounded medications, our pharmacists are able to help a wide variety of patients whose needs are not currently being addressed by your traditional oral or topical medications,” said Glenn Eldridge, RPh, and Chief Operating Officer for GrandView Pharmacy.

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Hot Topics

Insulin's surging price turns diabetes staple into luxury good

APRIL 2016 - The three drugmakers that dominate the world diabetes market—Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co., Novo Nordisk A/S and Sanofi—are introducing improved forms of insulin, the sugar-regulating hormone some patients require, with a price tag to match. But with diabetes tearing across the developing world, health officials say the focus must return to meeting basic needs.

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Three Tips for Reducing Readmissions

NOVEMBER 2015 - Last year, Medicare fined a record number of hospitals for having too many potentially avoidable readmissions. Each year roughly 2 million patients return, costing Medicare $26 billion, though approximately $17 billion comes from potentially avoidable readmissions. Three-quarters of hospitals subject to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS's) Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program were penalized and stood to lose as much as 2 percent of their Medicare payments under this program, costing them thousands.

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