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New Guide Provides Hospices Extensive Clinical Insights on Commonly Experienced Symptoms, Related Drug Information, and Interpretations of Relevant CMS Guidance
CHICAGO, IL --(Marketwired - March 16, 2016) - OnePoint Patient Care, a national hospice pharmacy services provider, announced today the publication of its new Clinical Symptom Guide, a resource designed to help OnePoint's hospice partners navigate the clinical, regulatory and financial challenges of treating end-of-life patients so they can provide the best care possible.
The new guide, which consolidates and builds on OnePoint's existing clinical tools for its hospice partners, provides in-depth, evidence-based information on symptoms commonly experienced by hospice patients, drug therapy option information, and tools to help interpret Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) guidance on hospice drug coverage.
"We are very pleased to provide this upgraded clinical tool to our hospice partners," said Jeffrey Hohl, chief executive officer of OnePoint Patient Care. "We always strive to understand the challenges our hospice partners face in the constantly evolving regulatory landscape for hospice care, and our Clinical Symptom Guide gives them yet another tool to make the best decisions about how to care for their patients."
The guide is available to OnePoint's hospice partners via OnePointRx, OnePoint's comprehensive and customizable suite of online reporting and administrative tools. The interactive guide can also be loaded on mobile devices for use when internet access is not available.
The guide also features information on drug relatedness and deprescribing, as well as easy-to-use tools for medication conversions, therapeutic interchange, and medication dose adjustments.
"Hospice clinical care continues to evolve towards evidence-based practices, and prescribing is often equal parts art and science, which can be challenging." said Gregory Dyke, BS RPh, OnePoint's president of clinical consulting and one of the co-authors of the guide. "We have created this guide as an easy-to-use reference that, in addition to providing clinical insights on symptom management and related drug therapies, provides an evolutionary look at the components of drug therapy management in today's changing healthcare environment."
About OnePoint Patient Care
OnePoint Patient Care is the nation's leading provider of community based hospice pharmacy and pharmacy benefit management (PBM) services. Through its national network of pharmacies, OnePoint serves more than 165 hospice programs in 26 states filling prescriptions, creating custom compounds and formularies and providing mail-order and home deliveries for more than 26,000 patients per day. OnePoint was one of the first pharmacies to begin serving the hospice industry when the Medicare hospice benefit began in the 1980s, and today it has grown to be one of the leading national hospice pharmacies in the United States. For additional information, visit www.oppc.com or call (866) 771-OPPC.
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