Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Avera Health serves patients across South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, and North Dakota through its 37 hospitals, 215 clinics, 40 senior living facilities and more. The integrated health system cares for nearly one million patients across 72,000 square miles. As the health ministry of the Benedictine Sisters of Yankton, S.D., and the Presentation Sisters of Aberdeen, S.D., Avera encourages its 20,000 employees to live by the Gospel values of compassion, hospitality, and stewardship. Although Avera’s tagline is “moving health forward,” Avera Pharmacies, part of Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center, found moving forward with license renewals arduous. Struggling to track licensing, accreditations, and incidents With spreadsheets, paper checklists and manual tabulations, the pharmacy tracked critical license renewals largely by hand. The pharmacy’s compliance coordinator felt the system would eventually fail in… Read More »Avera taps Sectyr LicenseTrak for compliance trifecta
Indianapolis-based Damien Center “is Indiana’s oldest and largest AIDS service organization (ASO).” The center, founded in 1987, provides healthcare and education to more than 8,000 individuals living with and at risk for HIV. Damien Center is also a Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program grantee, so the clinic receives federal funding to treat and care for those living with HIV who have little or no insurance. The HIV/AIDS Bureau, part of the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, administers the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program.
“We wanted one solution to track not only our pharmacy’s regulatory documents, like our DEA license, but also insurance policies and licenses for providers,” says Brad Plunkett, director of Pharmacy Services for Damien Center. “We were using multiple systems to do it.
“We worked with a consultancy, and they had software that automated some of our needs,” Plunkett adds. “I’d heard of LicenseTrak, explored it, and thought, ‘Ok, we can use this across our platforms.’”
By Craig Frost When people raise the topic of accreditation, the word often causes anxiety. But why? Accreditation is a way to prove a pharmacy meets a baseline of competencies. To become accredited, a pharmacy will have policies and procedures in place, certain equipment, and capabilities in its facility to meet the standards of the accrediting body. Accreditation can also be a prerequisite for payment. For instance, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services turn to the Joint Commission, a deemed status provider for accreditation, to accredit healthcare provider organizations. If a pharmacy fails accreditation by the Joint Commission or other deemed status provider, then CMS must consider whether to exclude the pharmacy. CMS may send a Medicare surveyor to take a closer look. So, in this case, accreditation, or the lack thereof, can get… Read More »Four tools for taking the anxiety out of accreditation
In 2019, NuCara switched from using mostly paper-based methods for assigning and tracking its training to an automated process via SectyrHub LicenseTrak compliance software. According to Barker, while NuCara could produce its records, with a largely manual process, his team always found it difficult to gather documentation to show accreditors and other interested parties the company’s completed education.
When Erik Ingersoll joined MobilityWorks as director of risk and compliance, he asked what system its compliance professionals were using to maintain regulatory requirements and stay open for business. The answer led to Sectyr LicenseTrak.
Last spring, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists released findings from a survey that noted a severe shortage of pharmacy technicians. While healthcare shortages are well publicized, the extent to which administrators are tapping pharmacists to help is noteworthy. Ninety percent of hospital and health-system pharmacy administrators said they had asked pharmacists to perform tasks usually handled by technicians. With a lack of technicians, pharmacists and other team members must juggle additional roles and/or work longer hours. Technology can play a role in helping time-strapped pharmacies automate the management of accreditations and document compliance activities like adhering to USP 797 and USP 800. Pharmacy administrators owe it to themselves to consider which technologies could shoulder some of the work to help pharmacists, staff, and patients. Younger generations rethinking primary care Hospitals and health-system pharmacies aren’t… Read More »Tapping the right technology frees time-strapped pharmacists to focus on healthcare