Hospice Regulations and Medication Management

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Hospice Pharmacy Solutions (HPS) announced that Ly Dang, Pharm D and Director of Pharmacy Operations will be presenting across the nation in 2015 on very important topics for hospices.

It is my pleasure and honor to be invited to speak. 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) announced that Ly Dang, Pharm D and Director of Pharmacy Operations will be presenting across the nation in 2015 on very important topics for hospices. Dr. Dang is currently scheduled to speak in Georgia, Texas and Minnesota. Her first presentation of the year will be February 19th at the Georgia Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, 2015 Annual Leadership and Clinical Conference, Back to the Future – Back to the Basics with an Eye to the Future. The title of her presentation is “Medication Management of Pain, Constipation, Nausea and Anxiety.” She will discuss in detail how to manage these symptoms while staying compliant with Medicare Part D.

The commitment of HPS and Dr. Dang to hospice and palliative care education is apparent in the number of engagements she has confirmed for 2015. “It is my pleasure and honor to be invited to speak. 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” comments Dr. Dang. She continues, “Mike Nault our CEO and our other Pharmacists also present on a variety of topics to both our hospice partners and the larger provider community.” The invitations Dang gets to speak a year, signifies her expertise and knowledge in the industry. Dang is passionate about partnering with an experienced hospice PBM and how it will increase the time caregivers spend with their patients as well as reduce time administrators spend on pharmacy claims. It will also ensure the necessary information for reporting and compliance for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Dang will also be speaking at The 33rd Annual Texas and New Mexico Hospice Organization Annual Conference, March 28th-30th. Her presentation on “Keeping Up with the Changes in Pharmacy” identifies new regulations related to pharmacy and explores how it affects hospices. Specifically, pharmacy reports, requirements and how it affects the hospice billing and reimbursement process. Her session 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 variety components of care including very specific data about pharmacy claims. The reporting requirements mandate the hospice provide much more information about their pharmacy claims than previously necessary.

Dang is also confirmed to present a Lunch and Learn on April 20th for the Minnesota Network of Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s Annual Conference, Joining Knowledge, Passions and People. The title of her presentation is “Lowering Your Pharmacy Cost While Maintaining Compliance is Possible”. At lunch, Dang will explore the truth in drug pricing and learn more about the tools that can help your hospice lower pharmacy cost while maintaining compliance. The session will be informative and interactive, providing solutions to the latest information about improving patient care, reducing administrative burdens and remaining compliant.

Dang, is a leading health care clinician and executive for the growing hospice PBM. 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

About Hospice Pharmacy Solutions (HPS)
Hospice Pharmacy Solutions (HPS), Ltd. is a privately owned Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) for the hospice provider. HPS provides 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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