In an effort to keep you up-to-date on the latest regulatory requirements, we've rounded up some important developments that are in the news this month. Read on to learn about a recent FDA ruling on the use of niacin and fenofibric acid with statins – and new quality measures for skilled-nursing providers.
By Symbria Rx Services Consultant Pharmacist Tom Crowley, PharmD, CGP
The FDA publishes Drug Safety Communications to share recently-observed risks of FDA-approved drugs. Two recent communications provided important new information about the potentially serious side effects that fluoroquinolones and olanzapine may cause.
Skilled nursing communities can save a significant amount of time when they choose to use strip packaging instead of bingo cards for the medications nurses administer to residents, according to a new study by a team of University of North Texas researchers. The study, which was commissioned by Symbria, showed that strip packaging was a more efficient, less time-intensive form of packaging than bingo cards.
It's often said that "the only constant is change." This is especially true when it comes to Medicare insurance plans and benefits.
Symbria Rehab recently launched a new program to give our skilled-nursing clients a significant competitive advantage: Tx5. Based on the innovative Day Rehab Program offered by many leading rehabilitation hospitals, Tx5 helps accelerate short-term patients' rehab and recovery by providing therapy followed by intermittent exercise sessions throughout each day of their stay to enhance functional recovery, strength, fitness performance, and safety.
Benefits buzz: Auto-rebalancing feature allows 401(k) participants to maintain their investment strategy
Different types of investments gain and lose value at different rates and at different times. This can cause your 401(k) investment allocation percentages to drift over time. The solution is to rebalance.
An essential skill that all managers must master is the ability to give tough feedback. This can be especially challenging when you have to communicate bad news to the employees who work for you.
For communities using Patient Centered Care (PCC) pass times, Symbria Rx Services can provide a hybrid, single strip of medications that combines both PCC administration times (such as morning, evening, and bedtime) and specific medication times (such as 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.).
In a continuing effort to keep you up-to-date on the current state of drug costs, we've rounded up a list of recent developments that are in the news this month, including a new study with good news about some generic drug costs during 2015, significant price increases for some commonly-prescribed medications, and the current backlog of generic drug applications at the FDA.