November 2020
PACE Case Study: Medication-Related Fall Risk, Smoking Cessation, and the Risk of Adverse Drug Events

A 59-year-old female PACE participant has a past medical history of major depressive disorder (MDD), gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), generalized chronic pain and fatigue, type 2 diabetes, diabetic polyneuropathy, vitamin D deficiency, insomnia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and restless leg syndrome. The participant is a former smoker who is prescribed varenicline for smoking cessation therapy, and has a MedWise Risk Scoreā„¢ of 29 out of 50 (high)
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Medication Packaging and Virus Transmission: Evidence Suggests No Danger

While we understand that there may be concerns about participant medication packaging being a possible transmission source, medication safety is of the utmost importance at CareKinesis; we take all precautions when packaging medications. 

Richard Schamp, MD, Chief Medical Officer, and Nishita Shah Amin, PharmD, BCGP, BCPS, CMWA, Director, Pharmacy Practice Residency Programs, Tabula Rasa HealthCare (TRHC) recently examined current research into surface transmission of the novel coronavirus. To date, there have been no published cases or evidence of medication packaging transmission occurring. In addition, most PACE participants serviced by CareKinesis receive their medications at home, several hours after the medications were packaged for shipment, further decreasing the risk of any outside contamination on the packaging.

As a reminder, CareKinesis' packaging options are customized based on each participant's individual needs. Most of our PACE participants use Medication Adherence Cards (MAC), which has been shown to increase adherence and support our science-based medication safety processes by avoiding competitive type multi-drug interactions. Additionally, MAC packaging is frequently easier to handle than other types of packaging, such as pouches, particularly for the elderly.

If you have any questions about the safety of our packaging, please contact your CareKinesis Client Liaison.
CareKinesis PACE Participant Satisfaction Survey Results

We are grateful to all the PACE participants who completed the 2020 CareKinesis Participant Satisfaction Survey postcard. We also thank the PACE staff for encouraging the participants to complete the surveys. Here are a few highlights:
  • 92% of respondents are very satisfied with home delivery of medications

  • 88% of respondents are very satisfied with medication packaging
  • 84% of respondents indicated that they feel healthier since using CareKinesis
  • 86% of respondents do not experience side effects due to their medications
  • 98% of respondents would recommend CareKinesis to a friend
For more information about the PACE Participant Satisfaction Survey and the PACE Client Satisfaction survey, read the press release on CareKinesis.comTo learn more about how CareKinesis can partner with your PACE program to reduce medication-related risk while enhancing economic, clinical, and humanistic outcomes, contact us at 888-9-PharmD (888-974-2763) or info@carekinesis.com.
2020 National PACE Association Annual Conference

The 2020 National PACE Association (NPA) Annual Conference is completely virtual this year, and conference components will be available for viewing until February 8, 2021. The following is a listing of sessions and networking events CareKinesis and CareVention HealthCare are involved in at the conference. 
  • Conference Sessions
    • Addressing Staff Turnover: Cost, Opportunities, and Impact on Growth 
      • Speakers - Samantha Black, TRU PACE, Lafayette, CO; Dorothy Ginsberg, CareVention Healthcare, Moorestown, NJ; Brian McKaig, Hope PACE, Fort Myers, FL; and David Wilner, MD, Capstone Performance Systems, Moorestown, NJ
    • Change Your Compliance Program from "React and Patch" to "Plan and Control"
      • Speakers - Thelma Pittman, Cherokee ElderCare, Tahlequah, OK; Deborah Quillen, CareKinesis, Moorestown, NJ; David Smith, Senior Total Life Care, Gastonia, NC; and Matt Zimmerman, Capstone Performance Systems, Moorestown, NJ
  • The PACE Marketplace Live Networking Opportunities - conference attendees will receive an email with a link to register. Learn more about CareVention HealthCare services and important issues affecting PACE. 
    • Thursday, November 19, 12:15 - 1:00 p.m. EST - Navigating the PACE Pharmacy Journey
      • Description: Interested in a new pharmacy model that is tailored to PACE, but unsure of where to start? CareKinesis clients will share their pharmacy selection journey experiences and the outcomes and efficiency improvements they have seen since implementation. Learn how CareKinesis pharmacy services can improve your PACE organization's clinical and financial outcomes, improve workflow, and keep your PACE participants safe and healthy especially during COVID-19. Attendees will have a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card. Drawing for the gift card will be at the conclusion of the session; attendees must be present for the entire session and the drawing to be eligible to win. 
We look forward to connecting with you at the virtual conference!
A New Season and New Look for CareVention HealthCare

CareVention HealthCare is excited to share a new logo, webpage, and telephony system.
  • Logo - The logo is more contemporary, reflecting the leading-edge nature of CareVention HealthCare's services. The cross is a symbol of health, as is the color green, and the tree within represents continued growth. 
  • CareVentionHC.com website - Contains information about all of CareVention HealthCare's services. Read the latest news and access helpful resources, such as published studies and informational videos.
    • Coming soon: a blog page featuring multimedia articles, case studies, and more.
  • CareVention HealthCare phone system - Simply dial one number (866-335-3413) and quickly connect to the specific department you want to reach, including support, administration, and account management/sales/partnering, for any CareVention HealthCare service line.
    • NOTE: You will still be able to dial any of the service lines directly, if you choose.
To learn more about CareVention HealthCare's portfolio of services and solutions, visit CareVentionHC.com or contact Michael J. Ristagno, PharmD, MBA, Chief Growth Officer for PACE, at mristagno@trhc.com or (480) 294-0189.
Tabula Rasa HealthCare Expands Offerings with the Addition of Pharmastar

Tabula Rasa HealthCare (TRHC) recently announced the acquisition of Personica, LLC, corporate parent of Pharmastar, a provider of 
pharmacy services, including 340B and Medicare Part D administration solutions, to PACE. This addition allows the organization to serve 340B entities, including PACE programs, in collaboration with CareVention HealthCare service lines.

Read the announcement on CareVentionHC.com and the FAQs document to answer any questions. If you have any additional questions, please contact your Client Liaison. 
The CareKinesis Clinical Advisory Panel for PACE Medical Directors

On September 17, CareKinesis hosted the 14th Clinical Advisory Panel (CAP), bringing together PACE Medical Directors from across the country. This year's meeting was virtual and hosted by Richard O. Schamp, MD, Chief Medical Officer, and Ankur Patel, MD, MBA, FAAFP, Chief Medical Director, of Tabula Rasa HealthCare. Attendees earned CME, ACPE, and CNE credits in educational sessions such as Opioids: Alternative Pharmacotherapy and Strategies to Reduce Utilization in Clinical Practice and Remote Patient Monitoring and Telehealth Best Practices. For questions about the CAP, please contact your Client Liaison.
Webinars and Educational Offerings

CareKinesis offers live CE accredited webinars through Tabula Rasa HealthCare University (TRHCU). Topics include Opioid Therapy: Using PGx to Improve Outcomes and Deprescribing for Safe Geriatric Pharmacy. For more information, contact your CareKinesis Client Liaison.

December
  • TBD - PACE Part D Compliance for 2021 - Hitting the Mark with Pharmastar and CareKinesis Services
  • 10 - EireneRx 101
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