11 Years of Educating the Long-Term Care Community

By holladay | November 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

H.E.L.P. 2020
April 2nd – 3rd, 2020

Holladay Healthcare Pharmacy will be hosting our 11th Annual Holladay Educational Learning Program (H.E.L.P.) on April 2nd and 3rd, 2020. The conference will be held at the Proximity Hotel in Greensboro, NC. H.E.L.P. offers attendees the flexibility to attend either 1-day or both days of the program, with CE Hours being offered to both Administrators and Nurses. Register early as H.E.L.P. sells out every year! Please visit our website – www.holladaycare.com starting in January for more information about the conference, including the agenda and registration details. The program offers pertinent LTC topics, an outstanding venue and excellent networking opportunities. See you at H.E.L.P. 2020!

Please contact Holladay Pharmacy at 800-848-3446 if you have questions regarding our education programs.

YOU Can HELP STOP Antibiotic Resistance!

By holladay | October 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

Science has brought us many lifesaving antimicrobials since Alexander Fleming discovered the first antibiotic, Penicillin, in 1928. Before the discovery and development of antibiotics, a simple bacterial infection could be fatal. As the development of new, different, and more powerful antibiotics has continued, some bacteria have also developed resistance to the very drugs designed to kill them. This phenomenon, known as antibiotic resistance, is seen as an urgent threat to public health care and has been found in all regions of the world. According to the CDC website accessed on 10/3/19, each year in the US at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die each year as a result of these infections. There is growing concern that some bacteria – sometimes called “super bugs” – may become resistant to most or even all known antibiotics, and may return us to a time when a simple infection could be deadly. Overuse and misuse of antibiotics increases risk of antibiotic resistance and there have been national efforts in the US to combat this growing threat. CMS now has rules requiring “antibiotic stewardship” in hospitals and nursing facilities to promote judicious use of antibiotics, and the FDA is working to address resistance in humans which could arise from use of antibiotics in food production animals.

What role can YOU play in combating antibiotic resistance?
– Avoid the need for antibiotics by avoiding infections in the first place. Practice good hygiene with hand washing and cleaning of shared items and surfaces, and safe food preparation. Stay up to date on all recommended immunizations designed to prevent infections.
– Don’t expect or pressure your health care provider to prescribe antibiotics in situations where they are not indicated. Understand that antibiotics will NOT work on viruses such as those that cause colds, bronchitis or flu, and will not make you feel better faster if you have a virus.
– When antibiotics are necessary, take them exactly as prescribed. Do not skip doses, and do not stop taking the medication on your own until the course is completed unless you are otherwise directed by the prescriber or another health care professional who is providing care for you. Ask your pharmacist about how to safely dispose of any unused medications.
– Never share your antibiotics with others or take antibiotics that were prescribed for someone else.
– Learn more about antibiotic resistance by visiting https://www.cdc.gov/antibioticuse/?s_cid=NCEZID-AntibioticUse-023

Charlotte Matheny, PharmD, BCGP is a Consultant Pharmacist with Holladay Healthcare Pharmacy.

8 Reasons Why Your Community Should be Offering Medication Management Services

By holladay | September 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

As the senior population in America grows, the need for medication management services also
increases. Medication management is a service that increases the individual’s compliance with taking the right medication at the right time as prescribed by their doctor. Non-adherence to proper medication administration results in negative outcomes, including not achieving health care goals, an increase in medication side effects and an increase in emergency room visits and hospitalizations. It is estimated that 50% of patients in the U.S. do not take their medication correctly. 1 Older adults tend to take more medications because of an increase in the number of illnesses. As the number of medications a person takes increases, so does the risk factor for adverse drug reactions, non-adherence, financial
burden, drug-drug interactions and worse outcomes.

Holladay Healthcare, Inc. offers medication management services to our customers. The
benefits of our program include:

  1. Improved resident compliance with medication use
  2. Increase in the number of residents meeting or exceeding their health care goals
  3. Improved quality of life for our residents
  4. Decrease in stress level for family members of our residents
  5. Decrease in side effects or polypharmacy for our residents
  6. Decrease in overall medical cost for our residents
  7. Increase the safety of your community
  8. Increase the marketability of your community

Contact Holladay Healthcare, Inc. at 800-848-3446 to schedule an appointment to learn more
about our medication management services.

Sources:

  1. ) https://blog.walkermethodist.org/blog/the-importance-of-medication-management access 8/9/19
  2. ) https://www.mdedge.com/ccjm/article/157145/geriatrics/medication-management-older-adults access 8/9/19


Becky Cross, BSN RN
Director of Customer Relations
Holladay Healthcare Pharmacy

The Flu Vaccine: Frequently Asked Questions

By holladay | August 23, 2019 | 0 Comments
  1. What is the flu?
    The flu is an illness that can cause hospitalizations and potentially death. Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, muscle aches, and fatigue. It can also lead to other complications such as pneumonia, sinus infections, or, in severe cases, multi-organ failure. People over the age of 65 are at a higher risk of complications due to decreasing immune defenses as aging occurs.
  2. Are there any ways of preventing the flu?
    The main prevention against the flu would be receiving the flu vaccine. It works by causing the body to produce antibodies that provide protection against the specific flu viruses in the vaccine. Other prevention techniques include covering your nose/mouth when coughing or sneezing, washing your hands with soap and water avoiding touching your face, and frequently cleaning surfaces that could contain germs.
  3. Why is it important to receive a flu vaccine?
    Studies have shown that each year the vaccination helps prevent influenza-associated complications and doctor’s visits. In 2016-2017 it was estimated that the vaccine prevented 85,000 hospitalizations related to the virus and 2.6 million medical visits.
  4. Why do I have to receive a flu shot yearly?
    Every year the CDC conducts studies that predict the most common flu types they believe will be prevalent in the United States. These change from year to year and that is why you should get a flu shot each year.
  5. If I receive the flu vaccine can I still contract the flu?
    Yes, however, there are still multiple benefits even if you get sick. Studies have shown that people that received the vaccine and still contract the flu had a decreased risk of death, decreased intensive care unit admissions, and decreased duration of hospitalization vs people who contract the flu and did not receive a flu shot. Studies have also shown that vaccinated people who contract the flu had a less severe case than unvaccinated people.
  6. Does the flu vaccine work immediately?
    No, it takes about two weeks after receiving the vaccine for it to provide protection against the infection. This is why you should receive the vaccine around October of each year before the season starts.
  7. Should I be concerned about side effects?
    Typical side effects would be soreness or redness where the shot was given, a low grade fever, and potentially some aches. The flu vaccine cannot cause you to contract the flu.
  8. Where can I receive my flu shot?
    Please contact Holladay Healthcare Pharmacy at 1-800-848-3446/holladaycare.com or your local pharmacy as pharmacists can administer the flu vaccine. Flu vaccines can also be obtained through your primary care doctor’s office or the local health department.

Reference: Key Facts about Seasonal Flu Vaccine [Internet].Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; 2018 September 6th [cited 2019 July 25]. Available from: www.cdc.gov

Laura Loflin, PharmD
Staff Pharmacist
Holladay Healthcare Pharmacy

Why is my pharmacy bill higher than when I lived at home?

By holladay | July 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

This is a frequent question asked by long-term care (LTC) residents or their caregivers. To answer this, you must first understand the difference between LTC and retail pharmacies, such as CVS or Walgreens. LTC pharmacies are not open to the public. They contract with skilled and assisted living facilities to provide an all-encompassing pharmaceutical service. LTC pharmacies coordinate with the facility, provider, and payer to review and compare medications, meet rigorous packaging requirements, and provide delivery services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Federal regulations require skilled nursing facilities to have consultant pharmacists provide medication and medical record reviews, not to mention numerous other services on site to ensure the facility is in compliance with all pharmaceutical requirements. All of this translates to a better standard of care for the residents but also a higher operating cost for the pharmacy.

Copay amounts charged for prescriptions by insurance companies are determined by the insurance plan and whether the insured received any government assistance (Medicaid). Another factor determining copay amounts is whether the pharmacy filling the medications is a ‘preferred’ or ‘in-network’ pharmacy. In many cases, especially with Medicare Part D plans, LTC pharmacies are not preferred and therefore the insured is charged slightly higher copays than a retail pharmacy that is in-network.

The bottom line is that LTC pharmacies provide numerous services to their contracted facilities and their residents. It is important to remember that when you have others administering medications to yourself or your loved ones, you want it to be as safe and accurate as possible. This is why LTC pharmacies exist!

Hope J. Hardy
Billing Manager
Logistics
Holladay Healthcare Pharmacy