January 2020
PACE Case: Optimizing Medications through Pharmacogenomic Testing

A 68-year-old female PACE participant presents with a past medical history of type 2 diabetes, diabetic neuropathy, anxiety, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and osteoporosis. She tells the PACE prescriber about her uncontrolled symptoms of depression and increased GERD symptoms during the evening. The participant's MedWise Risk ScoreTM is 30 out of 50 (high).

CareKinesis Webinar Series: The 2018 1/3 Financial Audit - A Look at the Healthcare Survey

Join us on  Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 3:00 PM EST or Monday, January 27, 2020 at 3:00 PM EST for a webinar exclusively for CareKinesis clients - PACE Administrators, Quality Managers, Compliance Directors, etc. Presented by Deborah Quillen, Client Development Liaison and Business Development Coordinator, CareKinesis; Thelma Pittman, MBA, Chief Financial Officer, Cherokee Elder Care, Tahlequah, OK; and Brian W. Adams, Chief Financial Officer, Tabula Rasa HealthCare, Moorestown, NJ.

The webinar will provide an overview of topics that will help the attendee:
  • Assess the new areas of focus that CMS has introduced for the 2018 audit.
  • Define the Part D-related activities that must be audited and monitored regularly, including TrOOP-in, TrOOP-out, Coordination of Benefits/Medicare as Secondary Payer, DIR, Plan-to-Plan payments, the Exclusion and Preclusion Lists, etc.
  • Understand pharmaceutical manufacturer's rebates and how to leverage these for your program while assuring Part D compliance. 
  • Assess your plan's areas of risk for non-compliance and potential observations and findings, and define a work plan to create missing policies and documentation.
  • Review any past audit Corrective Action Plans (CAPs), test the effectiveness of process changes, and verify that those changes are still in place and working as intended.
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CareKinesis Pharmacy Influenza Treatment Guide

With flu season in full swing, download the CareKinesis Pharmacy Influenza Treatment Guide as a quick reference guide for your flu prescribing. The chart lists products, formulations, indications, dosing guidelines, adverse effects, cost per course of treatment, and notes on each product.

CMS Releases Enhanced Drug Dashboard Update

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released 2018 data and enhanced its Drug Spending Dashboards in the most comprehensive update of the tools to date. The update advances the agency's efforts to increase price transparency, lower drug prices, and strengthen the Medicare program to make it sustainable for future generations.
Continuous Proton Pump Inhibitor Use Associated with Increased Risk of Enteric Viral Infections

A recent study investigated the association between continuous use of Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) and occurrence of acute viral gastroenteritis during the winter months. The study found that continuous PPI use among individuals aged 45 years and older may be associated with an increased risk of enteric viral infections.

Networking with CareKinesis

We always enjoy the opportunity to meet with our clients, and look forward to seeing you at the following events in 2020:

We will continue to add additional networking opportunities to our calendar; updates will be communicated in future editions of this newsletter.
Upcoming Webinars

  • 23 & 27- The 2018 1/3 Financial Audit - A Look at the Healthcare Survey