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Mitigating the impact of drug shortages (2)

At Symbria Rx Services, helping you deliver the right medications to the right residents at the right time is our top priority. Although our pharmacy team makes every effort to minimize the impact of drug shortages on your community, we believe that it is important for you to know about drug shortages – and why they have begun to occur more frequently in recent years.

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How to build a strong SeniorFITness program at your community

The United Methodist Homes of New Jersey recently began offering SeniorFITness at The Shores at Wesley Manor in Ocean City, New Jersey. This wellness program is designed to be both fun and functional for older adults – and our SeniorFITness staff has created some great recognition programs to help promote it to residents!

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Budgeting, auto-substitution formulary help manage impact of rapidly rising generic drug costs

A perfect storm of critical factors is squeezing skilled nursing providers into an increasingly tight space between rising drug costs and shrinking reimbursement. For years, insurers have encouraged patients to choose generic drugs because they were less expensive than brand-name equivalents. As a result, most prescription drugs currently in use are generics. However, during the past year, the cost of generic drugs has risen at record rates – including the cost of medications that have been on the market for many years.

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Symbria Rx Services helps clients manage impact of rapidly rising generic drug costs

A perfect storm of critical factors is squeezing skilled nursing providers into an increasingly tight space between rising drug costs and shrinking reimbursement. For years, insurers have encouraged patients to choose generic drugs because they were less expensive than brand-name equivalents. As a result, most prescription drugs currently in use are generics. However, during the past year, the cost of generic drugs has risen at record rates – including the cost of medications that have been on the market for many years.

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New MyTYM box design for medication reminder and supervision programs

At Symbria Rx Services, we’re always working on new programs, tools, and resources to help our client communities to manage medications better. That’s why we are introducing an enhanced MyTYM box design for assisted-living residents on medication reminder or supervision programs in May. The box is also part of our independent-living MyTYM program.

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Symbria Rx Services opening telepharmacy at Friendship Village

In May, Symbria Rx Services is opening a unique, on-campus pharmacy in partnership with Friendship Village in Schaumburg, Illinois. The new "Friendly Remedies" telepharmacy, which is the second of its kind in the state of Illinois, will make it possible for the hundreds of independent-living residents at Friendship Village to take care of their medication needs on-campus.

Friendly Remedies will be staffed by pharmacy professionals who are expert in medication management for seniors, including a certified pharmacy technician who will work on-site in the pharmacy. Experienced, highly credentialed Symbria Rx Services pharmacists will use telehealth technology to consult with residents when they pick up their medications.

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10 things extraordinary bosses give employees

Good bosses have strong organizational skills, make great decisions, and get important things done. Exceptional bosses do all of this – and more. Of course, exceptional bosses care about their company, clients, vendors, and suppliers. But even more importantly, they care to an exceptional degree about the people who work for them. That's why extraordinary bosses give these 10 things to every employee.

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Few drugs excluded from Part A Consolidated Billing

Some client communities have asked our pharmacy to look into whether some expensive medications might be candidates for exclusion from Medicare Part A Consolidated Billing and separately billable to Medicare Part B. In fact, very few drug preparations are excluded from the Consolidated Billing rules; they include certain medications related to the treatment of renal disease and some chemotherapy drugs. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) provides the following general guidance.

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