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News Brief | February 25, 2020

Practice Transformation BCBS Tennessee mail-order plan draws ire A proposed BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee policy change could hurt patient access to critical drugs, eight medical societies warn in a letter to the insurer. The change would require physicians to use…

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News Brief | February 18, 2020

Practice Transformation Commentary: Let pharmacists do what they are trained to do Pharmacists have the training and expertise to help solve the overmedication problem, but reimbursement models work against them, say Don Downing of the Institute for Innovative Pharmacy Practice and Judith…

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News Brief | February 11, 2020

Practice Transformation Lown releases Medication Overload action plan Over the next decade, expect more than 4.5 million hospitalizations of older adults due to serious medication side effects, warns The Lown Institute. In response, it released Eliminating Medication Overload: A National Action…

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News brief | February 4, 2020

Practice Transformation AI: The new stethoscope? Bertalan Meskó, MD, PhD, of the Medical Futurist Institute, sees no contradiction between artificial intelligence and the art of medicine. In the Journal of Medical Internet Research, he writes, “While digital health technologies might be…

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News brief | January 28, 2020

Practice Transformation CDC: Five 2019 studies with direct impact on clinical practice In a recent paper, The Genomic Medicine Working Group of the National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research of the National Human Genome Research Institute identified the most…

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News brief | January 21, 2020

Practice Transformation A CMM primer for docs Last month’s Minnesota Physician offered a primer on comprehensive medication management, summarizing some of the evidence and explaining how CMM expands the primary care interprofessional team. Pharmacists have long been core members of interprofessional teams…

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News brief | January 14, 2020

Practice Transformation VA: A model for drug policy? The VA pharmacy benefit provides a model for reform to address the crisis in prescription drug affordability, according to a paper published in Health Affairs. The VA model involves a combination of regulation, negotiation…

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News brief | January 7, 2020

Practice Transformation New BCBS policy could change how infusions are delivered Effective Jan. 1, BCBS of Tennessee will no longer reimburse providers for some specialty infusion drugs. Instead, it requires providers to get the drugs through a specialty pharmacy in…

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News brief | December 24, 2019

Practice Transformation Clinical pharmacists improve patient satisfaction Patients who received focused attention from pharmacists during hospital stays were more satisfied, according to research presented at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Clinical Meeting. “Our findings add to growing literature demonstrating…

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News brief | December 17, 2019

Practice Transformation Increased integration of medical and pharmacy benefits Historically, medical and pharmacy benefits have been siloed. When employers and other organizations design benefit plans, they typically use one company for medical benefits and a different one for pharmacy benefits.…

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