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Burmans independent pharmacy receives award from Philadelphia Business Journal, UnitedHealthcare

BY Michael Johnsen

BROOKHAVEN, Pa. — Burmans, an independent community pharmacy, was announced as a winner of the Patient Safety Award at the annual Innovation Awards presented by Philadelphia Business Journal and UnitedHealthcare.
 
The Patient Safety Award recognized Burmans for its approach to patient safety. Burmans employs a coordinated care approach that ensures optimal access, management, safety and outcomes. Sustained close relationships with patients, providers, payers, drug manufacturers and advocacy organizations enable Burmans’ efforts to prevent gaps in care, the retailer stated. 
 
“We are honored to be recognized for our efforts to provide exceptional healthcare services to the Greater Philadelphia community,” said Steve Burman, president and CEO, Burmans. “For 50 years, Burmans has been committed to the wellbeing of each and every one of our patients.”
 
Burmans Pharmacy is an independent community pharmacy whose pharmacists have nearly 300 years of collective experience addressing patients’ needs and offer additional services and resources such as compounding, face-to-face consultations, insurance experts and specialty pharmacy programs. Burmans Medical Supplies is a provider of home medical equipment that specializes in wound care and urological supplies. 
 
Earlier this month, Burmans Pharmacy was voted as one of the “Best Pharmacies” in Delaware County, Pa., by readers of The Delaware County Daily Times. In addition, Burmans Specialty Pharmacy received the “Shaping Healthcare Delivery” award at AmerisourceBergen’s ThinkLive Conference for enhancing access to treatment for Hepatitis C patients.
 
“We are thrilled to be recognized by so many organizations in our area,” Burman said. “These three awards are proof that our mission to improve the life of each patient we touch continues to be realized.”
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Emdeon completes transition from CaparioOne to the Emdeon One brand

BY Michael Johnsen

 
 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Emdeon, a provider of healthcare revenue and payment cycle management and clinical information exchange solutions, on Monday announced the completion of the transition from CaparioOne to the Emdeon One brand, and the addition of a new Advanced Denials Management service to be integrated within the Emdeon One portal.
 
Emdeon One is a cloud-based platform that enables healthcare providers to use a real-time solution to check eligibility, submit and track claims, manage rejections and denials and accept patient payments at the point of care, online or over the phone, all from one integrated platform. Emdeon One also provides a thorough reporting suite that helps providers monitor performance and identify trends and issues that impact their bottom line.
 
“We designed the new Advanced Denials Management service based on feedback from our customers who were looking for a way to simplify the often tedious and lengthy denials management process,” said Jim Riley, general manager of revenue cycle technologies for Emdeon. “This new service will enhance the value of Emdeon One to our customers by helping providers keep more of the money they’re owed and ultimately reducing the cost of care overall.”
 
According to industry estimates, the average cost to rework a denied claim is $25, and more than 65% of all denied claims are never appealed. With the new Advanced Denials Management service, available through Emdeon One, providers can simplify the process of searching for and identifying denied claims, and can quickly create and send appeal letters. The new service also offers detailed reports showing important information for identifying, classifying and determining root causes for denials, helping providers pinpoint opportunities for improvement within their billing processes.
 
“As providers are being challenged with new reimbursement models, such as patient-pay and pay-for-performance, it’s more important than ever to have the tools to make getting paid easier,” Riley said. “In addition, ICD-10 is upon us once again and industry experts are strongly recommending that providers have a solid denials management solution in place long before the deadline to combat what will likely be a spike in denials after the October 2015 deadline. Emdeon One with its new Advanced Denials Management service gives providers those tools in a single place with a single solution.”
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Rx Response moves to alert status in response to Ebola, provides resources to retail pharmacy

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — Rx Response on Friday moved to alert status in response to the concern about Ebola in the United States, the organization announced. 
 
Rx Response has urged members of the pharmacy community to provide a calming and educated voice in the community by reminding patients that that risk of Ebola infection here in the United States is very low. Rx Response also is urging pharmacists to remind people that there are many other endemic diseases and conditions that are far more likely to have similar symptoms to acute Ebola infection, such as influenza. On this front, Rx Response has urged pharmacists to reinforce in this Ebola environment the importance of people protecting themselves for the upcoming flu season by getting a flu shot.
 
In response to the need for information, Rx Response has developed a number of resources for community pharmacists, owners and retail pharmacy staff. Specifically, Rx Response has developed:
 
Rx Response also has responded to a number of public and private sector requests for information, including questions from pharmacists on what to do with a sick patient in the pharmacy.
 
Rx Response is a charitable non-profit with members comprising the bio-pharmaceutical supply chain whose mission is to help ensure the continued flow of medicine during times of emergency.
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