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Changes to The FSA Eligible Products List and What They Mean to Your Pharmacy

Posted by Karen Deckard on Thu, Apr 02, 2020 @ 06:02 PM

Earlier this week, SIGIS members received a letter detailing changes to FSA, HSA and HRA product eligibility, resulting from the recently signed CARES act. In recent years, OTC medications have required a prescription to be eligible for purchase with a benefit card. The CARES act reverts product eligibility criteria  to an earlier model.

This means that the number of products in your pharmacy that a patient can use a health benefit card to purchase has vastly increased. And as the bill was signed into law with a retroactive effective date of 1/1/20, you may already have patients looking to have more of their purchases deducted from their FSA, HSA or HRA card. 

So how do you get those products flagged to be eligible for benefit card purchase? How long will it take, and what do you need to do? 

To answer those questions, here's a bit of back ground on how this all works.

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Tags: pharmacy, pharmacy point-of-sale, FSA

What Really Did Happen with USP <800> Hazardous Drugs? Join us for a Free Webinar.

Posted by Karen Deckard on Thu, Feb 13, 2020 @ 06:00 AM

 

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Join RMS, in partnership with R.J. Hedges & Associates on March 17th at 3pm Eastern to learn more about USP <800> Hazardous Drugs and how it impacts your pharmacy.

USP <800> Hazardous Drugs was implemented on December 1, 2019. But what exactly does that mean for you?

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Tags: pharmacy, pharmacy technology, prescriptions

Are You Consuming Your Pharmacy POS or just Using it?

Posted by Karen Deckard on Thu, Jan 23, 2020 @ 05:39 PM

In recent years, online streaming services like Netflix and Hulu have redefined the way many people consume entertainment. We’ve said goodbye to commercials every 8 minutes and no longer have to wait until next week to find out how the most recent cliffhanger resolves itself.

But what does it really mean to consume the products they offer? Or any product for that matter? For example, news surfaced that Netflix considers a viewer to have watched an episode after just two minutes of engagement. Even though you turned that movie off before the opening scene was over, you’re still counted in a record breaking release statistic.

To me it seems like the definition of consumption here is a little off. If you watched just 2 minutes of a 90 minute movie, you’d only be consuming just over 2% of the full product. Put that in terms of any purchase you make and think about what it would be like to consume that little of it.

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Tags: pharmacy, pharmacy point-of-sale, pharmacy technology, pharmacypos, pharmacy pos

Happy Holidays from RMS!

Posted by Karen Deckard on Thu, Dec 19, 2019 @ 02:23 PM

 

T'was the week before Christmas, and all through the halls

Everything was stirring, and RMS staff were bouncing off the walls.

The break room was stocked with cookies and sweets,

Including macarons with jalapeno jam that really brought the heat.

The phones were still ringing, just not quite as much,

Bringing end of year orders, reporting questions, and such.

Then glancing at the calendar and noting the date,

I realized that my weekly blog was going to be late!

And so in a sugar fueled clatter of keys,

I thought, "I'll write a quick poem, that should be a breeze!"

With a simple message, sent just to say

From all of us at RMS, Happy Holidays!

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Tags: pharmacy, pharmacy point-of-sale, pharmacy pos

Here's What to Do with Extra Funds in 2019

Posted by Karen Deckard on Thu, Dec 05, 2019 @ 12:22 PM

 

I've got a full calendar for the last few weeks of December. Dinners with friends, a trip to the zoo for the annual light festival, picking up traveling family members from the airport, and of course some extra time to bake some holiday sweets. All the usual things that make this time of year go by so fast. And that's not even including the day to day that's always busier at the end of the year.

For many of us, work days are filled with making sure that loose ends are tied up, goals are met, and plans made for the new year. Businesses will also be taking a final look at the budget and finding out if there's room left for a few last minute investments before 2019 ends.

If you do happen to have some room in your 2019 pharmacy budget, there are a few point-of-sale related investments you may want to consider.

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Tags: pharmacy, pharmacy point-of-sale, pharmacy technology, pharmacypos, pharmacy pos, P2PE

Happy Thanksgiving From the RMS Family

Posted by Karen Deckard on Thu, Nov 28, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

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Tags: pharmacy, pharmacy pos

Questions for Seeing the Bigger Picture in Your Pharmacy

Posted by Karen Deckard on Thu, Nov 14, 2019 @ 04:33 PM

If you were given a 1000 piece puzzle, how long would it take you to put it together? What about if you were given no idea what image you are supposed to have at the end? How much longer would the task take? Would you even be able to finish?

It's much easier to achieve the right end result when you know what problem you're trying to solve for. While It's a simple concept, it often gets overlooked when we're making purchases. A good price, or a flashy new feature often overwhelm the bigger picture. And when that happens, it's easy to get lost.

So if you're making a big purchase, pharmacy point-of-sale or otherwise, here are a few good questions to keep in mind to help you stay on track.

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Tags: pharmacy, pharmacy point-of-sale, pharmacy technology, pharmacy pos

4 Questions to Ask About Pharmacy POS Partners

Posted by Karen Deckard on Thu, Nov 07, 2019 @ 04:18 PM

 

Last month, my kids joined a wrestling team. After breaking up skirmishes in the living room on a daily basis, we decided that if they were going to wrestle with each other anyway, they might as well learn how to do it properly.

After the first few weeks of uncertainty, they're getting into the rhythm of practices and tournaments, and are constantly asking me when they get to go to wrestling again. Their twice a week practices end with two excited little ones who can't wait to get home and practice their new skills.

This last practice however, my kiddos came home with heads low and the usual fountain of energy gone. Thinking that they'd met some wall in skill, or had been chastised by a coach, I prepared my best "hard work pays off" speech. Much to my surprise, the issue wasn't about ability or behavior, but rather about not having the right partner to practice with. One kids partner had been unfocused and off task, and the other had been resistant to lend a helping hand when it was needed.

Now of course, these are 5 and 6 year old kids, wrestling for a basic foundation, and most importantly for fun. So no harm done. But it's a good reminder of the importance of having the right person in your corner.

Let's face it, if you have the wrong partners in your pharmacy business, the results can be disastrous. So here are a few questions to ask, to help you find the right team of system and service providers for your pharmacy.

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Tags: pharmacy, pharmacy point-of-sale, pharmacy technology, customer service, pharmacypos, pharmacy pos

Tips and Tricks for the Holiday Season

Posted by Karen Deckard on Thu, Oct 31, 2019 @ 01:18 PM

 

Halloween may be filled with spooky costumes, scary movies and haunted houses, but to me, Halloween doesn't have anything on the Holiday Season.

Maybe that's partly because Halloween is immediately followed by weeks of my children having way too much fun enjoying the spoils of trick-or-treating. But mostly, it's probably because the end of the year, and the Holiday Season, can be stressful. No matter how much I plan or how early I start, there never seems to be enough time to be comfortable.

For retailers, the holiday shopping season is likely to be in full swing in no time at all. With Thanksgiving falling later in the month this year, everyone is thinking about getting a jump start.

So, in what's become a bit of a holiday season tradition here at RMS, here are our top tips for keeping your retail pharmacy running smoothly during the holidays. And they're a couple weeks early, so you can get ahead of the rush. (Or at least give it your best try)

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Tags: pharmacy, pharmacy point-of-sale, pharmacy technology, customer service, pharmacypos, employees

Getting Ahead of the Rush with Pharmacy Point-of-Sale

Posted by Karen Deckard on Thu, Oct 10, 2019 @ 07:00 AM

Do you ever feel like retailers expect us to celebrate all the fall and winter holidays all at once? I've barely got a grasp on Halloween and haven't even thought about Thanksgiving. That doesn't stop the world of retail from counting down the days until Black Friday. Tempting us to browse, impulse buy and get into the holiday spirit, well all of the holiday spirits, nice and early. 

While it's extreme to put December swag on display in the beginning of October, box stores and retailers have one thing right. Preparing early saves time and stress. Here are 4 tips to start getting your pharmacy ready for the holiday season.

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Tags: pharmacy, pharmacy point-of-sale, customer loyalty, pharmacypos, pharmacy pos

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