September 2018
PACE Case: Risk Score Reduction Recommendations

A CareKinesis pharmacist provides recommendations to a 77-year-old female participant with a risk score classified as "very high" in hopes of reducing her medication-related risk. The participant has a history of psychosis with paranoia and anxiety, GERD, and irritable bowel syndrome, but has a normal renal function and no known drug allergies.

Read more about this case at CareKinesis.com.
Celebrate National PACE Month

September is National PACE Month, and the perfect opportunity to raise awareness about PACE and the benefits PACE organizations provide to their communities. It is also a chance to celebrate the work of PACE staff who work hard to improve the lives of participants and their families. 

This year's theme, "Supporting Caregivers, Supporting You," honors the role that all types of caregivers have in promoting independence for seniors. PACE is the only care model that provides services, training, and support to informal caregivers to benefit participants

Thank you, caregivers! We appreciate all that you do.

For more information and resources, visit NPA's National PACE Month Resources page .
Tabula Rasa HealthCare Acquires Mediture and eClusive

Tabula Rasa HealthCare, Inc. (TRHC), the parent company of CareKinesis, has acquired Mediture, a leading electronic health record solution, and its eClusive subsidiary, a provider of third party administrator services. Mediture and eClusive will become part of TRHC's new CareVention HealthCare ("CareVention") technology and service division, which was created in response to PACE 2.0, a National PACE Association initiative to accelerate PACE growth. CareVention also includes TRHC subsidiary Capstone Performance Systems and its Peak Health Plan Management Services division, and will offer CareKinesis' medication risk management and pharmacy services for PACE organizations across the country. 

Read the full press release on TRHC.com.
Knowing the Score: Managing Cumulative Medication Risk


In a recent ComputerTalk for the Pharmacist article, Orsula Knowlton, Pharm.D., M.B.A., President of CareKinesis, shares how Tabula Rasa HealthCare's Medication Risk Score a feature of EireneRx, addresses interactions in complex medication regimens, how pharmacogenomics can identify opportunities to improve outcomes, and why it's critical for pharmacists to use these tools in their everyday software workflows.

CareKinesis to Provide Medication Risk Management and Pharmacy Services for Rocky Mountain PACE

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CareKinesis has been selected to provide its comprehensive PACE medication risk management services to Rocky Mountain PACE, a program of Rocky Mountain Health Care Services (RMHCS). Service implementation is scheduled to begin in late October.

Read more about the partnership on CareKinesis.com.
CareKinesis and TRU PACE Educational Event - Unintentional Misuse of Opioids: Using Pharmacogenomics to Guide Therapy

Join us for a free evening of CE Credit and COPIC program points. After completion of this program, you will be able to:
  • Explain the role of applicable drug-metabolizing enzymes in the efficacy and safety of opioids
  • Review potentially relevant guidelines regarding pharmacogenomic testing for opioids
  • Describe the clinical impact of applicable pharmacogenomic testing results for opioids
  • Evaluate a clinically relevant case with opioids
When: Thursday, September 27, 2018
Where: Nissi's, 2675 Northpark Drive, Lafayette, CO 80026

Dinner and refreshments are included.  Register online or via email now!
2018 National PACE Association (NPA) Annual Conference

The NPA Annual Conference in Portland, OR on October 21-24 is rapidly approaching and we are looking forward to seeing you there.

CareKinesis and Capstone Performance Systems are pleased to co-host a PACE Education and Appreciation Dinner on Sunday, October 21. The event will begin with a networking reception, and dinner will include a wine and cider tasting event. Exact times will be announced shortly.

We hope to see you at the Portland Hilton Downtown!
CareKinesis Pharmacy Recalls

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In keeping with our commitment to patient safety, we would like to assure our PACE pharmacy clients that there is an internal policy and procedure in place when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issues a recall that directly affects PACE client participants.

CareKinesis will communicate recall information within 24 - 72 hours of receiving notification of a recall from the FDA, depending on the severity and recall issue. Keep in mind that you may not receive a communication about a particular recall if the recall does not affect our pharmacy stock or medications that we have supplied to our PACE clients.

For questions, contact your CareKinesis Client Liaison or Pharmacy Operations Partner pharmacist. For general information about drug recalls, visit the FDA's drug recalls page.
Decreasing Diagnostic and Medication Errors with CareKinesis' Seamless Integration

The National Partnership for Health Information Technology (IT) Patient Safety recently released a  report suggesting steps providers should take to decrease diagnostic and medication errors and improve patient safety using optimized health IT.

Adopting technology that allows sharing of data across the care continuum is one of the top steps listed. Health IT solutions that seamlessly share information across different systems are required to enable collaboration and communication between providers, pharmacies, care teams, and patients to ensure proper care and patient safety.

The CareKinesis model of prospective intervention helps prevent adverse drug events, increase medication adherence, and improve safety and quality of care. Our PACE-designed technologies can be integrated with client electronic medical record systems. To learn more, contact info@carekinesis.com.
Patient-Friendly Guide to Anticholinergic Medications

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When changes in medications occur, patients often have questions and concerns. The Iowa Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics (Iowa CERT) works to improve the safety and effectiveness of medications for older adults. Download their patient-friendly  guide on anticholinergic medications to share with patients and assist you in providing them with the answers they need.
Quote of the Month

" The CK team is amazing. I don't think we could have found a better partner."  

- Terry Combs, Finance Director, Total Life Healthcare/PACE
Upcoming Events & Reminders

September

13
EireneRx 101 Training, 11:00 a.m. EDT
20 - 21
Clinical Advisory Panel Meeting, Orlando, FL
25
Appropriate Use of PPIs for Treatment and Prophylaxis, 8:00 a.m. EDT
27
CareKinesis and TRU PACE Educational Event, 6:00 p.m. MDT
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