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CMS has mandated that all SNFs implement an antimicrobial stewardship program by November 28, 2017.

Improving the use of antimicrobials to prevent and reduce the threat of antimicrobial resistance is now a national priority. In October of 2016, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) adopted a final rule to require nursing facilities to adopt Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) program in conjunction with Infection Prevention and Control Program (IPCP), which includes antimicrobial uses protocols and a system for monitoring antimicrobial use by November 28, 2017.

 

Absolute Pharmacy's Roadmap to Antimicrobial Stewardship in LTC is an implementation tool - and is loaded with sample policies, tools, education material and pharmacy support for you to easily initiate, grow and sustain a successful AMS program. The Roadmap will lead each facility to establishing their own tailor-made AMS program that will improve patient care, decrease Antimicrobial use, decrease facility costs and satisfy CMS requirements. 

 

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Kevin Fearon Elected to 2017-2108 ASCP Board of Directors

We are happy to congratulate Absolute Pharmacy's Chief Operating Officer, Kevin Fearon, on being elected to The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) Board of Directors for 2017-2018. The ASCP is the only international professional society devoted to optimal medication management and improved health outcomes for all older persons. He has been an ASCP member since 1986 and is a Fellow of ASCP. Kevin would like to use this experience to help lead change, evolve and improve the practice of pharmacy, and use technology to ensure safeguards and the wellbeing of the  elderly in post-acute facilities.

 

Customer Appreciation Event on March 9th

Absolute Pharmacy and Absolute Rehabilitation will host a Customer Appreciation Event on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 11:30. The event is open to all current customers and will be held at the Hoover Campus, 339 E Maple St, St. 100, North Canton, Ohio.  The event includes a complimentary lunch and 4 hot topic industry presentations.  Questions about the event, please email Cindy Gensamer or Mary Jo McElyea.

 

SPEAKING about Diabetes AT OHCA

Absolute Pharmacy was selected to speak at the Ohio Health Care Association (OHCA) 2017 Annual Convention.  Kevin Fearon, COO and Becky Sommers, VP of Clinical Services of Absolute Pharmacy will participate on an expert panel with Jonathan Marquess, PharmD, CDE, CPT.  The session topic is “Gain Control of Diabetes Medication Costs While Providing Quality Care” and will be presented on Tuesday, May 2 at 9:45 a.m. The exact room details will be determined closer to the Annual Convention in Columbus.

 

2016 SCAAN Fall Conference Speakers

Absolute Rehabilitations’s Cindy Gensamer and Absolute Pharmacy’s Kevin Fearon will be speaking on Wed., October 26 from 8:00 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Stark County Area Administrators Network (SCAAN) Fall Conference taking place at Absolute Health Services’ office in North Canton. Their topics will be “Applying Lean Management Techniques in the Skilled Nursing Facility Setting” and “Managing Pharmacy Costs.” Space is limited, so register early by completing this form. Direct questions to Debbie Durbin at deb_durantispambin@hotmail.com or 330-418-7814.

 

Absolute Pharmacy Participates in BELTSS Core of Knowledge

Absolute Pharmacy’s Kevin Fearon and Mary Jo McElyea are excited to be working on a distance learning project with the Ohio Health Care Association (OHCA) for the Board of Executives of Long-Term Services and Supports (BELTSS) Core of Knowledge. The Core classes are for participants interested in becoming a nursing home administrator or those wanting professional training in nursing home administration. The educational topic is about understanding and managing pharmacy costs.

 

Join Us at LeadingAge Ohio Night Out

Absolute Rehabilitation and Absolute Pharmacy invite you and your colleagues to Ohio Night Out at the 2016 LeadingAge Annual Meeting and Expo. Join us at Chef JJ’s on Sunday, Oct. 30 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Located at 42 W. South Street Indianapolis, Indiana, this private event is conveniently located one block away from the Lucas Oil Stadium and the Convention Center. Chef JJ’s offers the most innovative culinary experience in Indianapolis. Don’t miss this opportunity in the heart of Indy with your Ohio colleagues. Register by Oct. 21 at www.leadingageohio.org. We hope to see you there!

 

Jerry Liliestedt re-elected to the Ohio Pharmacist’s Association Board of Trustees

Jerry Liliestedt, Vice President of Operations at Absolute Pharmacy, was re-elected to the Ohio Pharmacist’s Association (OPA) Board of Trustees. The Mission of the OPA is to unite the profession of pharmacy, and encourage inter-professional relations while promoting public health through education, discussion, and legislation. Jerry’s participation helps Absolute Pharmacy stay abreast of industry issues and topics. He has served on the board since 2010.

 

Absolute Pharmacy Streamlines Communications

Absolute Pharmacy has made recent technology changes to help streamline communication for its customers. Absolute offers integration with most popular Electronic Medication Administration Record (eMAR) and Electronic Health Record (eHR) systems including SureScripts, Point Click Care, QuickMar, and MatrixCare. Integration is possible with vendors using SCRIPT or HL7. To transform your workflow with new levels of efficiency, tracking and usability, contact Mary Jo McElyea at 330-498-5220.

 

Point Click Care (PCC) Integration

Absolute Pharmacy is now fully integrated with Point Click Care (PCC). This system allows us to receive automatic admission, discharge and transfer census changes and automatic ePrescriptions (excluding IV and controlled medication orders). For more information about how to implement PCC at your facility, please contact Brandi Clouston at 330-498-3715 or email bnclouston@abshealth.com.

 

Kevin Fearon to speak at OHCA

Kevin Fearon, COO of Absolute Pharmacy, was selected out of more than 200 applicants to speak at the Ohio Health Care Association (OHCA) 2016 Annual Convention. The session topic is “Understanding Pharmacy Costs and Managing in the Post-Acute Environment” and will be presented on Thursday, May 5 at 8:45 a.m. The exact room details will be determined closer to the Annual Convention in Columbus. Visit www.ohca.org/2015_convention for more information.

 

Customer Appreciation Event

Absolute Pharmacy and Absolute Rehabilitation will host a Customer Appreciation Event on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016 at 11:30. The event is open to all current customers and will be held at the Hoover Campus (Suite 100) in North Canton, Ohio.

 

The event includes a complimentary buffet lunch and three industry topic presentations. In addition, the program has been approved for 3 course hours by The State of Ohio Board of Executives of Long-Term Services & Supports (BELTSS) #032-L-16.

 

To RSVP for this event, please email Cindy Gensamer or Mary Jo McElyea no later than Feb. 11, 2016.

 

Absolute’s parent company, TSG Resources, a 2016 Northcoast 99 winner

TSG Resources was recognized for the 12th year in a row as a Northcoast 99 winner. NorthCoast 99 is an annual recognition program that honors 99 great workplaces for top talent in Northeast Ohio. For the complete list of 2015 winners, visit http://www.northcoast99.org/winners.aspx.

 

New Customer Service Manager

Welcome Absolute Pharmacy’s New Customer Service Manager, Theresa Cunningham. Theresa has 18 years of long-term care pharmacy experience in multiple areas of the industry. Ohio LPN with IV certification and Associates of Liberal Arts Degree.

 

New process results in better service for Absolute Pharmacy clients

In less than 6 months, a client was able to reduce the number of prior authorizations processed by the facility nursing staff by 50 percent. The results occured because the pharmacy handles more of the prior authorization process than ever before. Absolute implemented a new process that minimizes the time facility staff is involved in obtaining prior authorization approvals. An example of the time saved includes Absolute Pharmacy directly contacting the payers as an agent of the physicians.

 

Absolute Pharmacy's new MTS® OnDemand® AccuFlex® packaging machine

Absolute Pharmacy recently implemented the MTS® OnDemand® AccuFlex® packaging machine. The machine’s direct-fill design optimizes the output and accuracy of single-dose medication packaging systems. Benefits include improved operational efficiency and inventory management.  Read more and watch a video here.

 

Kevin Fearon appointed to Omnicell’s Medication Management Council

Kevin Fearon, COO of Absolute Pharmacy, was appointed to Omnicell’s Medication Management Council. The National Council’s mission is for industry leaders to identify medication management best practices that involve the use of technology to help move the industry forward.

 

Absolute Pharmacy Promotions

Absolute Pharmacy is pleased to announce that Megan Graebert was promoted from Customer Service to Data Entry Manager and Brandi Clouston was promoted from Data Entry Manager to Systems Administration Manager.

 

New Business Development Manager

Absolute Pharmacy, Inc. announces the hiring of Mary Jo McElyea as Business Development Manager. Mary Jo's responsibilities include sales, marketing and retention activities targeted at long-term care facilities to generate new leads and further grow Absolute's regional client list.

 

Absolute Rehabilitation Helps Track ADLs

Absolute Rehabilitation has upgraded its exclusive software package to include ADL tracking for MDS completion. Absolute Rehabilitation already provides excellent clinical and fiscal outcomes, and this new capability will prompt Absolute therapists to input data on bed mobility, transfers, eating, and toilet use. This important information will be an adjunct to the current ADL documentation program and will provide a more accurate reflection of all the services provided at your facility. Achieve the appropriate reimbursement by capturing these additional services with this new software upgrade!

 
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