3 Things to Know About 503B Outsourcing Facilities In the spring of 2012, a compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts shipped a batch of steroid drugs to medical facilities around the country. Within a few months, 800 patients became ill and 76 died. Investigations revealed that the drug became tainted with mold due to unsanitary conditions at […]
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Influenza is one of the world’s most devastating vaccine-preventable diseases, which makes staying ahead of the disease with leading-edge immunology science even more crucial. “Though it’s hard to make projections on the upcoming flu season based on a prior season,” explains Dan DiVito, senior director influenza vaccines for Sanofi Pasteur U.S., “we look closely at […]
Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Ardent Health Services operates 31 hospitals in seven states. While the hospital group has long partnered with HealthTrust to assist with managing its supply chain and supply expenses, leaders recognized a few years ago that the pharmacy also offered significant cost-savings opportunities. In 2014, Ardent Health launched a number of new […]
NASHVILLE, Tennessee—July 24, 2018—HealthTrust today recognized five member organizations with its highest honor, a Member Recognition Award, during the annual HealthTrust University Conference (HTU). The performance improvement company for healthcare established the Member Recognition program to acknowledge outstanding contributions of members and individuals for achieving operational excellence and demonstrating best practices benefitting healthcare providers and their […]
The Benefits & Potential Drawbacks of Telepharmacy Services When telepharmacy programs began in the early 2000s, the idea was simple: enable pharmacists to review prescription orders remotely. A physician prescribed a medication based on a patient’s needs and sent off orders to be reviewed by a pharmacist before a nurse administered the medication. In rural […]
How to Meet Guidelines for Sterile Prep & Safe Handling of Hazardous Drugs The business of pharmaceutical compounding is becoming increasingly regulated. New standards from the United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP)’s Chapter 800 (“Hazardous Drugs–Handling in Healthcare Settings) take effect in 2019. First, the USP released Chapter 795, which provides guidelines for non-sterile compounding, followed by […]
Antimicrobial Stewardship Goes Mainstream In July 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety alert on the serious side effects associated with quinolones, a class of antibiotics that includes ciprofloxacin and levofloxacin. These drugs are convenient in many ways, notably because they treat a broad range of infections and are effective both intravenously […]
“The demand for trained pharmacy professionals has increased in past years,” according to the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), “due to the rapid growth of the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, and the growing elderly population. The number of pharmacists in healthcare services is also growing, as pharmacists become more actively involved in drug […]
LAS VEGAS, Nevada—July 18, 2017—HealthTrust has recognized 21 individuals with its highest honor during the 2017 HealthTrust University Conference in Las Vegas. The healthcare performance improvement company established its annual Member Recognition Award program to acknowledge outstanding contributions of member organizations for demonstrating best practices and achieving operational excellence benefitting providers and their patients. Awards […]
The 340B Drug Pricing Program requires drug manufacturers participating in Medicaid to provide outpatient drugs at significantly reduced prices to eligible healthcare organizations or covered entities, such as safety-net hospitals. This program was originally set up in 1992 to provide support to safety-net hospitals that take care of a large number of the poor and […]
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the latest high-profile disease for which the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) has constructed a “value framework” for assessing and comparing available drug treatments. In April, ICER issued a comprehensive, 529-page report on targeted immune modulators (TIMs) for RA that covers 14 medicines—all but two biologics, and none biosimilars. […]
In 2014, California became the first state to require acute care hospitals to implement antimicrobial stewardship programs in their facilities. Nearly three years later, it remains the only state in the nation with such a law—but that is set to change. In June 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced proposed changes […]
In 2014, HealthTrust established the nation’s first corporate-based training program for future pharmacy leaders that provides early career exposure to critical business functions, value-based purchasing and the economic realities of modern medicine, including better management of limited healthcare resources.