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OnePoint Patient Care Expands Its Local Hospice Pharmacy Model throughout Texas

Tempe, AZ – NOVEMBER 29, 2021 – OnePoint Patient Care (OnePoint) is continuing to expand its high-touch local hospice pharmacy services throughout Texas. With the opening of its newest hospice-dedicated pharmacy in Austin, OnePoint now has eight pharmacies serving more than 1,000 patients across the state. With the ability to serve multiple markets with same […]

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Considerations for Daliresp (roflumilast) Use in Hospice

Managing drug therapy in terminally ill COPD patients can certainly be challenging. Patients may be resistant to changing long-term medication regimens.1 Patients and caregivers may even interpret medication adjustments as giving up, patient abandonment, or as a suggestion that death is imminent.1 In this patient population, especially, some medications that were once effective may no […]

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Adlarity: A New Way to Deliver Donepezil

About 6.5 million Americans over 65 have Alzheimer disease and that number’s expected to balloon to 14 million by 2060.1 Many transition to hospice services, so hospice clinicians are sure to encounter patients taking the latest branded medications. One is a drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in March 2022 called […]

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In the News: Deprescribing Antihypertensives in Hospice, Using Results from the OPTIMISE Trial

When patients transition to hospice, deprescribing can be used as a tool to align treatment plans with changing goals of care. Deprescribing is the process of discontinuing inappropriate, ineffective, or unnecessary medications and is often used in an attempt to manage polypharmacy and improve patient outcomes.1 Medications used to treat hypertension (collectively referred to as […]

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Treating impending status epilepticus with intranasal midazolam

As a pediatric neurology pharmacist, my role is to ensure safe and accurate use of medications. For patients with seizures, this includes addition of a rescue medication for prevention of status epilepticus (SE). Despite the fact that intranasal midazolam is evidence-based, inexpensive, accessible, and well-tolerated, it’s an underutilized option in all clinical settings, including hospice […]

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What are the differences between diltiazem dosage forms?

With seemingly innumerable generic variants among dosage forms, diltiazem undoubtedly causes more confusion than any other drug when it comes to generic substitutions. As of August 2022, the FDA Orange Book lists a whopping 117 active diltiazem formulation/strength/manufacturer combinations. So, how do prescribers and pharmacists sort this mess out? Among those 117 products are “injectable”, […]

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Factors that influence NSAID selection

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are commonly used to treat pain and inflammation.1,2­With more than 20 different (but similarly effective) NSAIDs on the market, why would a provider prescribe or recommend one NSAID over another?3-5 Cox-Selectivity NSAIDs inhibit cyclooxygenase (COX) enzymes to prevent the production of prostaglandins, which are chemical mediators of pain and inflammation.1-6 There […]

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Inhaled Isopropyl Alcohol for Nausea

Antiemetics like prochlorperazine, haloperidol, or ondansetron are often prescribed to alleviate nausea in hospice patients, but there are always situations where symptoms don’t respond, contraindications exist, or medications aren’t readily available. One outside-the-box remedy that hospice clinicians might consider adding to their nausea management toolbox is inhaled isopropyl alcohol vapor. Some compelling evidence for using […]

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Deprescribing Proton Pump Inhibitors

An Update from the American Gastroenterological Association Deprescribing (the planned process of reducing a medication’s dose or stopping it completely) is now a relatively well-known term among hospice clinicians.1 Clear deprescribing guidance is lacking for many drugs, but this isn’t the case for proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). In addition to robust resources from Deprescribing.org and […]

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Together as One | Iris Jiao

Our “Together as One” series spotlights nurses, physicians, pharmacists and others who positively impact the lives of hospice patients and their families every day. Through the dedicated and compassionate work of these inspiring professionals, patients receive the high-quality care and attentive consideration they deserve. Together with innovative and responsive hospice partners, they create the network […]

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Together as One | Lisa Sandoval

Our “Together as One” series spotlights nurses, physicians, pharmacists and others who positively impact the lives of hospice patients and their families every day. Through the dedicated and compassionate work of these inspiring professionals, patients receive the high-quality care and attentive consideration they deserve. Together with innovative and responsive hospice partners, they create the network […]

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In the News: New Oral Antiviral Drugs Added to the Armamentarium Against COVID-19

Lately, it seems like new developments concerning the COVID-19 pandemic have been flying around at a head-spinning pace. You’ve probably been bombarded with news of a highly contagious variant, sky-rocketing case numbers, or constantly evolving clinical guidance. One of the more encouraging developments is that oral antiviral drugs for COVID-19 have finally arrived. In late […]

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Oscar the Cat, Meet Dr. Peyo the Horse

Just like Oscar the cat can identify and comfort patients who are near death, it seems that another unusual suspect has a keen sense for helping humans who are approaching the end of life. Peyo (affectionately nicknamed “Dr. Peyo”) is a 15-year-old former show stallion that literally roams the halls of the palliative care center […]

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In the News: Aduhelm – A Breakthrough Drug or Break the Bank?

Earlier this year in June, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new Alzheimer disease (AD) drug for the first time since 2003.1 Biogen’s Aduhelm (aducanumab) is a monoclonal antibody infusion that’s administered every 4 weeks and targets amyloid beta plaque aggregates in the brain – an underlying cause of AD.2,3 Aduhelm is […]

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NOACs, Insulins, and COPD Drugs in Hospice: Where Are We Now?

We hope you were able to join the March and April presentations from our 2021 clinical webinar series, Budget Busters – Best Practices with NOACs, Insulins, and COPD Drugs in Hospice. Throughout the webinar, our Senior Clinical Pharmacist, Melissa Corak presented pearls and practical strategies to promote cost avoidance in circumstances where hospices would otherwise […]

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Together as One | Nickyia Harper

Our “Together as One” series spotlights nurses, physicians, pharmacists and others who positively impact the lives of hospice patients and their families every day. Through the dedicated and compassionate work of these inspiring professionals, patients receive the high-quality care and attentive consideration they deserve. Together with innovative and responsive hospice partners, they create the network […]

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New Expanded, Updated Edition of OnePoint Patient Care Clinical Symptom Guide Now Available

Tempe, AZ – SEPTEMBER 23, 2021 – OnePoint Patient Care has published a newly updated and vastly expanded 3rd edition of its Clinical Symptom Guide. In addition to updates to existing monographs, 28 new monographs have been added to this valuable resource for hospice clinicians and nurses. Among the additions are monographs detailing the palliative […]

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Battle of the Gabapentinoids: Gabapentin Vs. Pregabalin

Neuropathic pain is pain caused by a lesion or disease of the somatosensory system1 and is often described as sensations of burning, tingling, shooting, sharpness, stabbing, or like electrical shocks. It is associated with conditions seen in many hospice patients including cancer, diabetes, and stroke. Neuropathic pain may also be a complication of neuromuscular diseases […]

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In the News: Beers Criteria

In early 2019, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) released an update to the Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults, otherwise referred to as the Beers Criteria. The Beers Criteria provides a framework for safe medication prescribing in older adults, based on an expert panel’s systematic review of available evidence surrounding drug-related […]

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Oscar the Cat - Feline Prognosticator

  Being a prognosticator, or a predictor, is one of many hats that hospice clinicians wear. The ability to provide an accurate prognosis plays a crucial role in many clinical decisions. In addition to clinical experience, hospice clinicians use tools like the Palliative Performance Scale (PPS) to help predict survival. Believe it or not, there’s one very […]

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Together as One | Pharmacist Profile: Kim Johnson, RPh

Our “Together as One” series spotlights nurses, physicians, pharmacists and others who positively impact the lives of hospice patients and their families every day. Through the dedicated and compassionate work of these inspiring professionals, patients receive the high-quality care and attentive consideration they deserve. Together with innovative and responsive hospice partners, they create the network […]

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Apple iPhone 12 and Implanted Cardiac Devices: Social Distancing or Magnetic Attraction?

Most of us don’t think twice about where we keep our cell phones as we go about our daily business. However, for people with implanted cardiac devices, storing the phone in a shirt or jacket pocket near the chest could have serious unintended consequences. Pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) are both small battery-powered devices […]

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A creative solution (or suspension) for overcoming barriers to Nuedexta® use in hospice

Pseudobulbar affect (PBA), also called emotional lability, is a condition of uncontrollable laughing or crying without provocation that isn’t consistent with a patient’s emotional state. PBA is most often observed in patients with neurological disorders such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, brain tumors, or as a sequela of stroke. […]

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Wait... Shouldn't that be Yellow?

A Quick Overview of the Causes of Urinary Discoloration Terminally ill patients may experience a variety of changes and new symptoms as the end of life approaches. Urinary symptoms may be especially troublesome for patients, family members, caregivers, and clinicians. Hospice patients commonly experience incontinence, retention, and decreased output. Another distressing change that patients may […]

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Together as One | Service Delivery Director Profile: Ryan Volkman

Our “Together as One” series spotlights nurses, physicians, pharmacists and others who positively impact the lives of hospice patients and their families every day. Through the dedicated and compassionate work of these inspiring professionals, patients receive the high-quality care and attentive consideration they deserve. Together with innovative and responsive hospice partners, they create the network […]

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Together as One | Pharmacist Profile: Achille Tiam

Our “Together as One” series spotlights nurses, physicians, pharmacists and others who positively impact the lives of hospice patients and their families every day. Through the dedicated and compassionate work of these inspiring professionals, patients receive the high-quality care and attentive consideration they deserve. Together with innovative and responsive hospice partners, they create the network […]

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Together as One | Pharmacist Profile: Gary Henglefelt, BSPS

Our “Together as One” series spotlights nurses, physicians, pharmacists and others who positively impact the lives of hospice patients and their families every day. Through the dedicated and compassionate work of these inspiring professionals, patients receive the high-quality care and attentive consideration they deserve. Together with innovative and responsive hospice partners, they create the network […]

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Together as One | Pharmacist Profile: Shekar Ganesh, PharmD

Our “Together as One” series spotlights nurses, physicians, pharmacists and others who positively impact the lives of hospice patients and their families every day. Through the dedicated and compassionate work of these inspiring professionals, patients receive the high-quality care and attentive consideration they deserve. Together with innovative and responsive hospice partners, they create the network […]

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Together as One | Pharmacist Profile: Kirk Davis, PharmD

Our “Together as One” series spotlights nurses, physicians, pharmacists and others who positively impact the lives of hospice patients and their families every day. Through the dedicated and compassionate work of these inspiring professionals, patients receive the high-quality care and attentive consideration they deserve. Together with innovative and responsive hospice partners, they create the network […]

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Our partners can rest assured: you’re in full compliance with Medicare Part D

Have you read the report from the Department of Health and Human Services? Medicare Part D reimbursements for hospices are likely to be scrutinized more carefully in the near future. The report, which was released in August, determined that Medicare Part D paid for $160.8 million of drugs that should have been paid for by […]

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Our Experience is Always Working For You

During these unprecedented times, our partners and patients collectively depend on our continued service more than ever. All of us in the healthcare community are figuring out safe, effective ways to operate, support our patients and provide seamless care to those who rely on us most. At OnePoint Patient Care, our non-essential employees have been […]

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We're Here When You Need Us. Now More Than Ever.

As a pharmacy provider committed to serving the hospice industry, OnePoint Patient Care has a responsibility and commitment to safeguard our hospice partners, your personnel, your patients and their families from Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Across the country, our local pharmacies are there for your community – and this includes our San Leandro, California pharmacy. […]

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1 Minute Consultation: "Which Potassium Supplement Should I Order for a Patient With Dysphagia?"

Diuretics can be especially useful to the hospice clinician for managing fluid retention or edema that commonly occurs in patients with heart failure, cirrhosis, and cancer. Unfortunately, long-term use of loop and thiazide diuretics can lead to hypokalemia, which can be particularly challenging to treat in patients with dysphagia given the fact that many potassium […]

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In the News: How to Dispose of Unused Medications

The Substance Use Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act was signed into law by President Trump in October 2018. This legislation is aimed at addressing the opioid epidemic sweeping through the nation, with thousands of lives lost or ruined due to rampant abuse of prescription pain medications. […]

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In the News: Hospice and Palliative Care Consensus Group Issues Methadone Safety Guidelines

In 2014, the American Pain Society (APS), College on Problems of Drug Dependence, and the Heart Rhythm Society released clinical practice guidelines that focused primarily on safe methadone prescribing practices. The APS guidelines included information regarding patient education, dosing and titration methods, recommendations for electrocardiograph (ECG) and adverse event monitoring. Unfortunately, these guidelines didn’t account […]

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Together as One | Nurse Profile: Brandi

Our “Together as One” series spotlights nurses, physicians, pharmacists and others who positively impact the lives of hospice patients and their families every day. Through the dedicated and compassionate work of these inspiring professionals, patients receive the high-quality care and attentive consideration they deserve. Together with innovative and responsive hospice partners, they create the network […]

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News+Views: Rectal Administration of Anticonvulsants

There is a need for alternative routes of administration in hospice and palliative care patients who often suffer from nausea and vomiting, dysphagia, gastrointestinal obstruction, and mental status changes, all of which may limit intake of oral medications.  Compared to common alternative routes such as the intravenous and intramuscular routes, the rectal route of administration […]

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OnePoint Patient Care Launches OneConnectPoint

Advanced hospice medication management app delivers unprecedented ease of use MORTON GROVE, IL — January 29, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — OnePoint Patient Care has introduced OneConnectPoint, the hospice industry’s most advanced medication management application. Specifically designed to meet the unique needs of the hospice industry, OneConnectPoint greatly simplifies the patient admission and medication ordering process, […]

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Questions from readers: Is one probiotic better than another?

With so many different probiotics on the market, it’s hard to know which ones to use and when to use them. They’re commonly promoted as agents to help strengthen the immune system or recolonize the GI tract with “good bacteria.” Probiotics are found in foods, dietary supplements, infant formulas, and medical foods with strain compositions, […]

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Together As One | Nurse Profile: Pam

Our “Together as One” series spotlights nurses, physicians, pharmacists and others who positively impact the lives of hospice patients and their families every day. Through the dedicated and compassionate work of these inspiring professionals, patients receive the high-quality care and attentive consideration they deserve. Together with innovative and responsive hospice partners, they create the network […]

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Together as One | Nurse Profile: KCinnamon

Our “Together as One” series spotlights nurses, physicians, pharmacists and others who positively impact the lives of hospice patients and their families every day. Through the dedicated and compassionate work of these inspiring professionals, patients receive the high-quality care and attentive consideration they deserve. Together with innovative and responsive hospice partners, they create the network […]

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Together as One | Nurse Profile: Amanda

Our “Together as One” series spotlights nurses, physicians, pharmacists and others who positively impact the lives of hospice patients and their families every day. Through the dedicated and compassionate work of these inspiring professionals, patients receive the high-quality care and attentive consideration they deserve. Together with innovative and responsive hospice partners, they create the network […]

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Create a Culture of Adaptability in Your Hospice

Have you seen the NewsBriefs report on the U.S Department of Health & Human Services Office of Inspector General’s review of Medicare Part D claims? Are you curious what it means? Come talk to the OnePoint Patient Care hospice pharmacy experts during the NHPCO Management and Leadership Conference. Find us at booth #423. When Compliance […]

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When to Seek New Referrals to Balance Patient Representation

Are Patient Principal Diagnosis Ratios Impacting Your Hospice’s Bottom Line? No two hospice patients are the same. And yet, part of the challenge that hospice leaders face is knowing how to plan effectively for the year ahead when so much depends on those patients and the time they spend in hospice care. Over time, a […]

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Controlled Substances in Hospice

   Best Practices for Ordering Controlled Substance Prescriptions Handling Errors What happens if pharmacists discover an error in a controlled substance prescription? Nobody’s perfect. Mistakes happen, including when writing prescriptions. While some errors can be corrected easily, others require a do-over, particularly in the case of controlled substances. OnePoint Patient Care’s highly trained pharmacists are […]

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A Commitment to Patient Care, Down to the Details

OnePoint knows that patient care is your top priority. During busy days spent juggling responsibilities, you need medication ordering to be easy, fast and—just as importantly—accurate. With OPPC as your pharmacy partner, you will enjoy peace of mind that your medication orders will be timely and correct. With a 99.997% medication dispensing accuracy rate and […]

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5 Ways to Prevent Drug Diversion

OPPC’s mission to provide our patients, their caregivers and their family members with the highest quality of care, reliability and support means that we take the issue of drug diversion extremely seriously. In hospice, drug diversion is the transfer of a legally prescribed controlled substance from the intended patient to another individual for any illicit […]

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Realm of Relatedness: A disease state assignment to the use of memantine

Medications are prescribed for many reasons, usually for labeled indications but other times off-label. Knowing why medications are prescribed is essential to help understand the continued need for therapy as well as to determine payment responsibility in this time of Medicare Part D risk. Namenda (memantine) is well known for its labeled use in treating […]

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K. or Nay?

Ketamine is currently enjoying a surge in popularity. Though the year 2017 is still young, a PubMed search of articles with “ketamine” in the title limited to 2017 showed that there’ve already been 106 such publications released this year. Practical Pain Management named oral ketamine for pain management as their Practical Clinical Advance of 2016. […]

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Diving into Diversion

Diving into Diversion (Photo by Derek Gavey, CC BY 2.0) There is a lot of buzz about the “opioid epidemic” our nation is currently facing, but haven’t opioids always been popular? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of deaths due to opioid overdoses has more than doubled since the […]

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