Issue 8: The Collaborative Practice®

Celebrating AmCare clinical pharmacy innovations and pharmacists across the country

According to a recent survey, some patients and providers see the “digital front door” –  that is, how they access telehealth services and virtual care – as a barrier to getting the care they need. 

Do any of your pharmacists or patients feel the same? If they do, that’s a problem.

Telepharmacy improves patients’ access to care and helps increase the likelihood they’ll adhere to their prescribed care plans, too. But engaging patients and clinicians alike to fully embrace the virtual model can be challenging.

That’s why we built RxLive.

From data-driven patient-centered outreach to provider communication to critical, impactability-driven patient interventions, this month’s Collaborative Practice explores how RxLive is working to elevate telepharmacy through the power of data-driven, value-based clinical pharmacy programs.

All the best –
The Team @ RxLive

How pharmacy delivers innovative virtual care

This month we spoke with Tricia Killingsworth, one of the first Chief Pharmacy Officers in the health care system in the US. Tricia was a pharmacy technician before she went to pharmacy school, and that experience helped set the tone for her career as a Pharmacy leader.

Our conversation dives deep into how leaders can replicate Tricia’s level of patient-centric service, and how team-based care powers an impactful value-based pharmacy practice.

The big takeaway? Pharmacists empowered with the right virtual care tools can often offer patients opportunities beyond what’s possible during in-person appointments.

RxLive’s webinar series

We’re building an evergreen catalog of webinars to showcase the expertise of pharmacy leaders and help refine how we think about value-based care in the United States. Tune in to the Value Expansion archives.

And if you’d like to join the conversation, please be in touch.

The case for pharmacist intervention

In each edition of The Collaborative Practice, we highlight one anonymized patient case from a pharmacist in our network. The goal? Illustrate the value of pharmacist intervention and its benefit to the healthcare ecosystem. Here’s our case for this month…

Patient Case: Quality of life in CKD patient

The patient: a 72-year-old male with an overall complaint of not feeling well and a reduced quality of life. His problem list included hypertension, CAD, reduced kidney function, and elevated blood sugars. The patient reported that his BP continues to be high despite adhering to his medication regimen.

Our pharmacists reviewed the patient’s medication list and recommended changing from hydrochlorothiazide to torsemide 5mg QD. Switching from HCTZ to a loop diuretic has been shown to support kidney function, reduce blood pressure and reduce edema. Kidney function may be impacting his overall energy level. And his edema might be impacting his QOL due to decreased mobility.

Stories we’re following

From the benefits of 340B to the power of patient data, here are five stories that have our attention:

AHA report demonstrates benefits of 340B program

A new report on the 340B Drug Pricing Program outlines its history and value to hospitals and patients. It concludes, “Without the program, many patients could have trouble accessing affordable medications.”

House panel advances transparency and PBM bills

The House Energy and Commerce Committee has offered a bipartisan driven series of health care measures to promote price transparency and overhaul regulation of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs).

How Does Digital Data Help Improve QOL in Patients With Long COVID and Autoimmune Diseases?

A new study shows evidenced-based digital care programs support high levels of program engagement and adherence and offer patients clinically meaningful and statistically significant improvements to health-related quality of life.

Navigating State Boards of Pharmacy: Insights and Strategies for Pharmacies and Pharmacists

A three-part webinar series offers tips and tricks for how licensees can work most efficiently and effectively with their board(s) of pharmacy.

Virtual-first health plans benefit consumers and employers

Virtual-first plans give consumers affordable access to virtual care options including routine wellness care, chronic condition management, behavioral health care, and more.

Take some time out for the songs of summer

Whether you’re refining your playlist for an upcoming road trip or want to have some seasonally festive party tunes on deck, Time Out’s list of the 60 greatest summer songs of all time offers something for everyone. 

Wondering where to start? With El Niño potentially sparking record-breaking temps in the coming months, we’ve got “Heat Wave” by Martha and the Vandellas on regular rotation.

Kristen Engelen, PharmD
Kristen Engelen, PharmD, is the chief pharmacy officer of RxLive and a certified consultant pharmacist; she has over a decade of experience in retail pharmacy settings. Kristen became an RxLive co-founder because of her passion for geriatric pharmacy, with a focus on the intersection of pharmacy and aging.