Hospice Pharmacy Solutions Expands Educational Offerings for Hospices Across the Nation

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Increased Efficiency with a Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) to CMS Regulations for Pharmacy Medication Requirements

These are valuable opportunities for us to help hospices with all aspects of their pharmacy services and more people with symptom and pain control at the end of life.

Hospice Pharmacy Solutions (HPS) today announced that Ly Dang, PharmD and Director of Pharmacy Operations will present across the nations on topics ranging from Increased Efficiency with a Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) to CMS Regulations for Pharmacy Medication Requirements.

Last week Dang was a presenter at the Homecare Homebase User’s Conference, Empowering Exceptional Care 2014. Dang’s presentation was full of attendees wanting to know how Increased Efficiency with a Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM), the title of Dang’s presentation, would benefit their hospice. The appointment of Dang, a leading health care clinician and executive for a leading PBM company for both hospices and pharmacies, as a presenter signifies her expertise and knowledge in the industry. Dang spoke passionately on how partnering with an experienced hospice PBM will increase the time caregivers spend with their patients, reduce time administrators spend on pharmacy claims and It will also ensure the necessary information for reporting and compliance for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Homecare Homebase user conference welcomes leaders from across the spectrum of care of hospice and homecare patients.

Dang will also be speaking at The Art and Science of What We Do, Louisiana and Mississippi Hospice and Palliative Care Organization 2014 Leadership Conference this month where she will be discussing the CMS Change Request (CR) 8358 specifically in regards to pharmacy reports, CMS requirements and how it affects the hospice billing and reimbursement process. Her session is titled CMS Regulation for Pharmacy Medication Requirements and is expected to be a popular session in light of the CR8358 which requires additional claim data reporting for hospices to support hospice payment reform as authorized by Section 3132(a) of the Affordable Care Act. CR8358 instructs that Medicare hospices will report detailed information on a variety components of care including very specific data about pharmacy claims. The new reporting requirements mandate the hospice provide much more information about their pharmacy claims than previously necessary. “Hospice is under a lot of stress due to additional regulations. Our resources are stretched to meet these new mandates when we need to focus on patient and family care. We rely on our partnerships to ensure our patients get the best of care and that our hospice is compliant with the new regulations,” Jeanice King, CEO of Envoy Hospice.

Dang is scheduled to join Mike Nault RPh, CEO of Hospice Pharmacy Solutions in the fall for additional educational offerings in regards to CR8358, Pain Management, and Pharmacy Claims Management for Hospice. Dang joined HPS in 2007 and is responsible for expanding HPS' presence nationally and reports directly to Nault. Dang came to HPS after serving various roles from pharmacist to manager with both independent and chain pharmacies. She graduated from the University of Houston in 2000 with a Bachelor’s of Science then continued on to finish her Doctorate of Pharmacy in 2004. Dang found a passion in helping hospice nurses with their complex pain management and a knack for understanding the complex world of hospice regulations. She soon became a valuable leader at HPS and the industry as a whole. She is invited to speak on a variety of topics annually focusing on pain management, palliative care, compliance, pharmacy benefit management and HPS. http://www.HospicePharmacySolutions.com

“Ly is an accomplished clinician, informed presenter and an asset to us all,” said Nault. “She continues to collaborate on ways to enhance patient experience and the success of our hospice partners.”

“I am thrilled for this opportunity and have gained so much from my speaking engagements,” said Dang. “It is my pleasure and honor to talk with hospice providers using Homecare Homebase technologies and those attending LMHPCO’s annual conference. These are valuable opportunities for us to help hospices with all aspects of their pharmacy services and more people with symptom and pain control at the end of life.”

Dang is joined by Howard (Howk) Bethel and Autumn Spence on the executive team at HPS. “We want to help you provide the best palliative care, social, emotional, and spiritual support and we have the team in place to do that,” Nault.

For more information on when and where to see Dang or Nault present or to schedule a presentation for your organization contact Spence at 214-506-3390 or aspence(at)hospicepharmacysolutions(dot)com.

About Hospice Pharmacy Solutions (HPS)
Hospice Pharmacy Solutions (HPS), Ltd. is a privately owned Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) for the hospice provider. HPS provide high quality services, including cost based pricing for your medications, free automated CMS required reports package and software interfaces. We partner with hospices nationally to achieve the best possible outcome for your patients through formulary management, education and innovative reporting tools. "Since 2005, with HPS' guidance, we have been able to better control our pharmacy cost. With HPS' 24 hour clinical availability, our nurses have more time to devote to patients and families, and our quality scores have increased as a result." – client of HPS

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