Penn Foster partners with Walgreens on pharmacy technician externship program
SCRANTON, Pa. — Penn Foster on Tuesday announced a new partnership with Walgreens to improve its U.S. Pharmacy Technician Program. Graduates of the U.S. Penn Foster Pharmacy Technician Program will now be required to complete an externship through partners, including Walgreens, to be better prepared for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam and employment in the field.
Through this new requirement, Penn Foster students receive in-person instruction in pharmacy technician training at their pharmacy placement.
This announcement is in line with National Pharmacy Technician Day, a day dedicated to celebrating pharmacy technician professionals in this fast-growing, in-demand field. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the pharmacy technician field is expected to grow 32% faster than average from 2012 to 2022, and offers many different job opportunities and work schedules that fit various lifestyles. It is ranked 36th on the U.S. News and World Report's list of Best Healthcare Jobs and 83rd on U.S. News and World Report's list of 100 Best Jobs.
"We are proud to partner with Walgreens and other national retail pharmacy brands in our mission to align education and hands-on training with the needs of employers," stated Frank Britt, CEO of Penn Foster. "The improvements to our Pharmacy Technician Program are the latest in a series of changes Penn Foster has made to help our students become more competitive and successful in their chosen career fields."
In addition to a mandatory externship with its partners, Penn Foster has revised its U.S. Pharmacy Technician program to better prepare graduates for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam and will now cover the cost of the exam for its graduates.
Burmans independent pharmacy receives award from Philadelphia Business Journal, UnitedHealthcare
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.”
Emdeon completes transition from CaparioOne to the Emdeon One brand
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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