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Why pharmacy data is key to your SNF’s future

Pharmacy services are mainly about getting the prescribed medications to residents and keeping them on their medication treatment plans, right? Not anymore—not by a long shot.

New standards are in the making to involve pharmacists in much greater roles in senior care delivery and to integrate pharmacy data into other senior health information efforts, noted presenters at the recent Long Term and Post Acute Care Health IT Summit in Baltimore.

Wherever seniors may visit within their care continuum, including primary care physician offices, hospitals and skilled nursing or rehabilitation sites, the one person who interacts with residents the most is the pharmacist, says Frank Grosso, RPh, executive director and COO of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP).  That should logically make the pharmacist one of the most important players in resident medication management and data capture, yet it is a role that many senior care communities have not yet fully embraced, he says.

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