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Medication Coverage in 2018

The 2018 Wage Index and Payment Rate Update for Hospice includes significant wording differences compared to the current Conditions of Participation. These differences may cause hospice agencies to feel that they now must cover more medications. The Wage Index wording reads: "...hospice to cover all reasonable and necessary palliative care related to the terminal prognosis, [...]

By | 2018-01-04T21:59:07+00:00 December 2nd, 2017|Pharmacist Corner|0 Comments

Cold, Flu and Pneumonia Season

It is that time of year again. The time of year when the cold weather drives everyone inside, where they huddle together with their electronic device of choice. They hack, sneeze, and cough passing the micro-organisms back and forth to one another until things warm up in April or May. There are two big questions [...]

By | 2018-01-04T22:37:26+00:00 November 1st, 2017|Pharmacist Corner|0 Comments


Methadone has the ability to relieve a wide variety of pain types, is available in a “long acting” 10 mg/ml concentration, and it is low cost. All of these reasons make it an ideal analgesic for hospice. Many nurses and medical directors may be reluctant to use methadone because of its complex metabolism and their [...]

By | 2018-01-04T22:22:53+00:00 October 4th, 2017|Pharmacist Corner|0 Comments

New Governmental Alert and Regulation Warning!

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to inform employees how to identify the hazardous materials they may encounter in the workplace. However, many drugs are considered hazardous materials. If an employee is filling a pillbox, splitting/crushing tablets, or in any way coming in contact with medications, employers are required to make them [...]

By | 2018-01-04T22:16:26+00:00 September 1st, 2017|Pharmacist Corner|0 Comments

Antibiotics and Dementia

Pneumonia and other infections are a common complication of dementia. Often, pneumonia is listed as the cause of death rather than the dementia itself. The question comes with each infection - treat or not to treat? The answer to this question leads to another question. What is the ultimate care goal: quality of life or [...]

By | 2018-01-04T23:06:03+00:00 July 1st, 2017|Pharmacist Corner|0 Comments