Determining a diagnosis and developing a treatment plan of care for your patients might sound like the final puzzle piece in treating your patients’ health problems. But, in some ways, deciding on a treatment plan can represent the beginning of a patient’s treatment journey. Several roadblocks can crop up for patients as they aim to start the therapy you prescribed; many of which are related to payer requirements and patient financial challenges.

Medical care requires a digital screen these days. The ongoing demands of EHR usage in medical offices brings both benefits and challenges – for example, see last month’s article How to Overcome ‘EHR Burnout’. It doesn’t have to be this way. EHR can fulfill its original promise of improving the experience of physicians, healthcare teams, and the patient.

When it comes to organ transplantation, it’s a good idea to have a specialty pharmacist on your team. This is particularly true as organ transplants from hepatitis C virus (HCV)-positive donors to HCV-negative recipients are becoming a more common occurrence.

Does all the time you spend documenting in EHR have you pulling your hair out? The HITECH Act led to widespread increases in electronic health record usage – which brings many positives to healthcare, of course – but there have also been some unintended side effects, so to speak.

Sunny days can be a mood lifter, but more than that, sun exposure allows the body to produce vitamin D in the skin. Multiple sclerosis is known to have an increased prevalence and incidence in populations living further from the equator. This sun-MS potential connection has led researchers to take a look at the possible role of vitamin D in multiple sclerosis.

Pharmacy shelves are full of simple generic versions of medications; and patients have grown comfortable using them as a way to save money. Similarly, complex generic drugs offer significant savings to patients. More patients may have the option of using these medications in the future. In fact, complex generics hold the potential to save the U.S. healthcare system $1.3 billion per year.

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