Offering value-based healthcare to your pharmacy’s patients begins with examining what value means. In healthcare, we define value as measured improvement in an individual’s health outcomes viewed against the cost of achieving that improvement.
Although this approach to healthcare is sometimes viewed through the lens of additional considerations — quality of improvement, patient satisfaction, cost reduction — these factors should not be conflated with value. Ultimately, value focuses on improving patient health outcomes.
Valued-based healthcare is best implemented at a facility using a strategic framework. Here’s what you need to know about the steps in this framework and how you can improve the care at your pharmacy or clinic.
We offer value-added clinical services, through proven neuropathy care programs, to convenient care centers, pharmacies, chiropractors, and physical therapists. As a result, we often get asked about the benefits of offering value-added services to your patients.
While we could make a lengthy list to answer this question, the bottom line is this: providing medications alone is no longer enough. And this proves especially true when it comes to treating peripheral neuropathy, a condition that pill-popping alone won’t solve. Customers want more, which means including value-added services as a vital component of your facility’s offerings.
Keep reading to learn more about this strategy and the big payoffs it could yield to your company.
At the beginning of September 2022, UnitedHealth Group and Walmart announced a new partnership within the convenient care clinic space. Many experts believe this represents a game-changer when it comes to the future of healthcare in America. Convenient care sites provide low-acuity care, including retail clinics and urgent care. Besides UnitedHealth Group and Walmart, other brands already invested in this new direction include CVS and Walgreens.
Although these companies have been making forays into the medical care industry for the past decade, the last two years have witnessed the biggest gains and disruptions. In the wake of these developments, primary care providers are facing increased pressures to provide patients with the right care in the proper setting.
Keep reading to learn more about the future of healthcare and where convenient care clinics fit into the mix.
In 1970, healthcare spending in the United States totaled $74.1 billion and ballooned to $1.4 trillion by 2000. Two decades later, these costs tripled, tallying in at $4.1 trillion. From 2019 to 2020, health care spending shot up by 9.7 percent, more than double the 2018 to 2019 figure. What these stats make clear is healthcare spending is on the rise, and Americans need more affordable healthcare options.
One way to provide these options involves shifting towards convenient care centers. A trend underscored by Walmart and UnitedHealth Group’s recent announcement that they have joined forces in a long-term, value-based healthcare partnership.
Here’s everything you need to know about this development and what it says about the future of healthcare in America.
One of the most important administrative aspects of successfully running a clinic involves accurate Medicare billing. It requires excellent attention to detail and a thorough, up-to-date understanding of the latest regulations and procedures. It’s not an area of your clinic where you want to make any mistakes. One clinic recently found this out the hard way and has reaped expensive consequences.
More specifically, two medical doctors are facing fines of $181,758 to resolve mislabeling associated with the billing of Sanexas devices. In mid-June, US Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams made this announcement, naming Thomas Rocchio, DPM, and Adam Teichman, DPM, of PA Foot & Ankle Associates, LLC. As co-owners of the practice, Roccio and Teichman are both podiatrists with office locations throughout Pennsylvania.
Here's what you need to know about this stunning development and what it means for your practice.
Studies have revealed just how dramatically diabetic peripheral neuropathy impacts quality of life. Consider this. When therapeutic interventions reverse the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy, this results in a 72 percent improvement in activities of daily life, a 78 percent decrease in falls, and a 79 percent reduction in balance-related falls (via Age and Ageing).
In other words, addressing peripheral neuropathy leads to longer, healthier, and more independent lives for patients and their caretakers. Factors like keeping a driver’s license longer lead to a higher quality of life for patients while reducing burdens on caretakers’ plates. Keep reading to learn more about mobility and restored quality of life for neuropathy patients.
As a pharmacist or convenient care clinician, you see patients suffering from diabetes and peripheral neuropathy every day. While many of these customers focus narrowly on blood sugar levels, they may neglect other vital areas, especially when it comes to secondary conditions like peripheral neuropathy. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
By helping customers understand the importance of nitric oxide’s role in supporting circulatory health, you can lead them towards improved well-being. This essential molecule contributes to better vasodilation and sensory perception, supporting the most effective neuropathy therapy on the market today, NeuropaCalm Care Plan.
It’s time to begin a vital conversation with your patients about neuropathy and nitric oxide. We have a proven track record of helping pharmacies and clinics integrate neuropathy treatment into their patient offerings. And we’ve got the tried-and-true resources to help you identify the best candidates for this treatment and start a life-changing conversation. Here’s what you need to know about nitric oxide’s vital role in circulatory and neurological health.
Peripheral neuropathy caregivers play a critical role in helping those suffering from this neurological disorder. Peripheral neuropathy’s most common symptoms include burning, pain, prickling, and tingling. Over time, the condition leads to loss of sensation in the feet and hands, which can prove debilitating. For example, many patients lose the ability to drive, impacting their capacity to live independently. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
As a pharmacist or clinician, you can support peripheral neuropathy caregivers by helping them identify the condition and find therapeutic solutions. Caregiving requires effort and time, especially with patients in the latter stages of neuropathy. But pharmacists and clinicians can help relieve this burden by assisting caregivers in identifying the condition and pursuing effective treatment solutions.
Here’s what you need to know about supporting those suffering with neuropathy and their caregivers.
Roughly 25 to 30 million people in America suffer from peripheral neuropathy. Many of these patients describe neuropathic pain as a shooting or burning feeling. Others talk about numbness, pins-and-needle sensations, or tingling. While a lucky few report the condition disappearing on its own, more experience intermittent pain, increasing in severity and persistence over time.
In the most extreme cases, patients report unrelenting and severe pain. Neuropathy is caused by cells misfiring, leading to abnormal sensations and changes in nerve function and nerve damage. One of the primary factors contributing to peripheral neuropathy is poorly managed diabetes.
Neuropathy pain management offers a light at the end of the tunnel for many patients dealing with fluctuating or chronic discomfort. Find out more about options to help your patients take back their lives.
In recent years, products containing L-Citrulline and L-Arginine have deluged the market. They entice individuals looking to ramp up their nitric oxide levels. But how effective are these supplements? Recent research shows they don’t do much and can even negatively impact patients with diabetes and peripheral neuropathy.
This knowledge leads to a conundrum for pharmacists and convenient care clinicians. How do you assist patients in boosting nitric oxide levels? Begin by helping patients say “no” to L-Arginine and L-Citrulline supplements.
But what should patients replace these supplements with? Keep reading for the inside scoop on high-quality nitric oxide supplementation.