Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage

Betty Chaffee/ November 6, 2019/ Health insurance, Medication Management, Medication Therapy Management, prescription drug costs/ 0 comments

  Medicare began offering prescription drug coverage (known as Medicare Part D) in 2006. Until then, people on Medicare had to pay out-of-pocket for all their prescription drugs. Since its beginning Medicare Part D has had favorable ratings, with beneficiaries finding it easy to use and understand, and generally affordable. Of course, the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs is adding a new twist to affordability, and that’s true for both

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Communities are losing Independent Pharmacies

Betty Chaffee/ August 30, 2019/ Medication Management, Medication Therapy Management, prescription drug costs/ 7 comments

All around the nation, local, independent pharmacies are closing their doors. This has been happening for some years now, and many of you may have experienced it personally. Independent pharmacies are being squeezed out of business by big chain pharmacies and pharmacy benefit managers, some of which don’t put patient care at the top of their priority list. What’s going on? How does it affect you? Family-owned Dexter Pharmacy closes

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Health Information for Emergency Responders

Betty Chaffee/ May 22, 2019/ Medication safety, Medication Therapy Management, Self management/ 3 comments

Emergency responders  — No one wants to need them, but we’re all glad they’re there for us when we do. In an emergency, first responders work fast to pinpoint the problem and begin treatment. Availability of accurate health information helps them to make good decisions, and make them quickly. But what do they do if the victim isn’t conscious, or isn’t able to give information? What if there’s no friend

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Medication Management – A Guide for Patients

Betty Chaffee/ May 9, 2019/ Medication Management, Medication Therapy Management/ 7 comments

Medicine…… So many of us take it. 70% of Americans take at least one medication, and 20% of us take five or more. The older we get, the more likely we are to have health problems and need medicine to treat them. Medications are the mainstay of treatment for chronic health problems like heart disease and diabetes. That’s because so much research shows they work well to keep people with

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