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University of Louisville Hospital and Comprehensive Pharmacy Services Partner to Deliver Game-Changing Specialty Pharmacy Services
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
FOR RELEASE: 05/07/2018CONTACT: Rod RecorRod.Recor@cpspharm.com901-748-0470 University of Louisvill...
340B: When a Drug is not "A Drug"
Monday, March 26, 2018
  As a teaser: This blog will explain when and where you can use GPO in place of WAC for out...
Use it (right) or Lose It!: Documenting Use of 340B Savings
Friday, March 23, 2018
A Little History Lesson. . . The House Committee on Energy and Commerce created the intent of the...
The Time to Prepare for Specialty Pharmacy is Now
Monday, February 26, 2018
Health systems and hospitals are under increasing pressure to provide specialty medications to treat...
340B Staffing and Windsurfing
Friday, February 16, 2018
340B, Drug Shortages, and Private Label Drugs
Friday, January 26, 2018
  Today’s blog is about the potential use of Private Label Drugs.  Before we get in...
340B Oversight Committees: Formation and Maintenance
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
To honor the Curmudgeon Coalition, here is a quote from Fred Allen: A committee is a group of peopl...
Managing 340B Without Split Billing Software: A Risky Venture
Thursday, January 11, 2018
    Today’s Blog is about managing 340B in Mixed-use areas without using a Spli...
Comprehensive Pharmacy Services Distributes $83,000 to Support Hurricane Recovery Efforts
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Comprehensive Pharmacy Services Sends Aid for Puerto Rico and Houston Disaster Relief Memphis, TN ...
340B Internal Audits: Best Practices
Thursday, December 28, 2017
Today’s 340B Blog is brief: a graphic representation of the four elements of 340B Internal Aud...
340B and Managing Waste
Friday, December 15, 2017
Waste-Not, Want Not: How 340B Relates to “Topper Takes a Trip” (1938)   Welcome t...
Comprehensive Pharmacy Services and AssistRx Partner to Bring Caret™ Platform to Hospital Specialty Pharmacy Marketplace
Monday, December 4, 2017
Industry Leading Comprehensive Pharmacy Services Selects AssistRx to Provide Caret Software Platform...
340B CMS Payment Reductions and Aesop’s Fable 613
Monday, November 6, 2017
      Preamble We polled the formal members of the Curmudgeon Coalition early t...
Elevating the Pharmacist as a Strategic Asset
Friday, October 20, 2017
The shift to value-based care models continues to impact healthcare as hospitals and health systems ...
340B Congressional Hearings and Underdog the Cartoon
Friday, October 13, 2017
  As always, first a tribute to those curmudgeons out there, and they not only know who they...
340B, Manufacturer Audits, and The Fourth Tower of Inverness
Monday, October 2, 2017
I know, the Curmudgeon Caucus (and the members know who they are) is already asking, what in the wor...
Comprehensive Pharmacy Services Announces Strategic Acquisition of Pharmacy Systems, Inc.
Monday, September 18, 2017
Combined Company Will Control Nearly $2B in US Hospital Drug Spend and Serve Over 700 Hospitals with...
340B and Infusion Centers, Gossip and Aesop’s Fable #488
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
OK, no more talk about Curmudgeon’s, because the Curmudgeon’s out there (and they know w...
Innovative Ambulatory and Specialty Pharmacy Solutions Launched to Meet Growing Specialty Drug Opportunity for Hospitals
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Comprehensive Pharmacy Services and 4Front Consulting combine capabilities to Deliver Turnkey Specia...
340B Patient Eligibility and Aesop's Fable 35
Thursday, August 24, 2017
Just the rumor we planned a 340B blog that would relate to another Aesop fable has the Curmudgeons a...
340B and The Solar Eclipse
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Back in 1991 this writer spent four months in Maui working on a project for a local facility.  ...
Leveraging Pharmacy Services to Drive Value: Identifying Opportunities for Pharmacy to Support Value-Based Care & Better Patient Outcomes.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
The pharmacy can play a pivotal role in lowering risk, improving outcomes and reducing costs across ...
340B Contract Pharmacies and 'Wall Street'
Monday, July 24, 2017
340B Contract Pharmacies and the Movie ‘Wall Street’   Trivia As always, a few c...
340B: Recertification and Dog Days of Summer
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
The Dog Days of Summer and Changes to 340B Recertification in 2017 Trivia Time Before I start,...
340B: To be or not to be. . . A Child Site
Friday, June 30, 2017
340B: To be or not to be. . .   A Child Site Possibly the best known soliloquy ever quote...
Capturing New Sources of Revenue with a Hospital-Owned Outpatient Pharmacy: A White Paper Providing Five Best Practices
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Is your hospital missing out on revenue and savings by not having an outpatient pharmacy? Or is your...
Hospitals Rein in Drug Costs for Inpatients
Thursday, June 8, 2017
When Cleveland Clinic launched an initiative to control drug costs, Jeff Rosner, senior director of ...
Hypertension in the Elderly: How low should we go?
Friday, June 2, 2017
The American College of Physicians (ACP) and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) releas...
340B Potential Changes and Mark Twain
Friday, May 26, 2017
Quotes from intelligent people make less stellar authors sound better (by association) Mark T...
Antimicrobial/Antibiotic Drug Case Study
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
CPS study of 180 U.S. hospitals on antibiotic over-prescribing impact reveals steps hospitals can ta...
Survey Preparedness: Compliance Enhances Safety
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
A major focus of all CPS pharmacy professionals is compliance with regulatory standards. Whether we&...
Telepharmacy Boosts Round-the-Clock Coverage
Friday, May 12, 2017
New data from both industry and private practice suggests that telepharmacy can be a powerful tool f...
340B, Internal Audits and Fable Number 373
Thursday, May 11, 2017
340B, Internal Audits and Fable #373 Fable Number Three Hundred Seventy-Three I’m willing to...
340B and Orphan Drugs
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
340B and Orphan Drugs Why? We continue to get questions about Orphan drugs. How to buy them, how t...
Prohibition and 340B
Friday, April 21, 2017
No: this is not about the Volstead Act, which, for those historically challenged, was enacted to enf...
Calvin Johnson (CJ) Named CPS CEO
Monday, April 17, 2017
Comprehensive Pharmacy Services, the largest hospital pharmacy services provider in the nation, anno...
340B Reimbursement Changes Require Pharmacy Action
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Badges? We ain’t got no Badges! We don’t need no stinking Badges! Apologies in advance ...
Comprehensive Pharmacy Services buys PharmaSource, will expand services
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Hospital pharmacy supplier Comprehensive Pharmacy Services has acquired PharmaSource, the pharmacy m...
Bad Mouthing 340B by PhRMA, Proving Them Wrong
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Quasi-intellectual quote of the week: Good Intentions never change anything. They only become a dee...
Comprehensive Pharmacy Services Announces Strategic Acquisition of PharmaSource
Monday, April 3, 2017
PharmaSource Acquisition Expands Comprehensive Pharmacy Solutions’ Capabilities Memphis, TN &...
Contract Pharmacy Management and 340B
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Why this is a Current Topic In the past month we’ve spoken with several people regarding thei...
March-340B-Blog
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
340B BLOG   Current Hot Topics The next 340B Drug Pricing Program registration period is...
What’s In A Name? ADEs, ADRs, and Medication Errors
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Pharmacists, risk and quality managers, and other healthcare professionals involved in medication sa...
Medication Error Rates
Friday, February 24, 2017
As hospital pharmacy professionals, we have all likely been asked about our medication error rates a...
Don Nickleson Appointed Executive Chairman; Calvin Johnson named CEO of Comprehensive Pharmacy Services
Monday, February 20, 2017
CPS expands senior executive team to support growth plan Memphis, TN – February 20, 2017 &nda...
21st Century Cures Act Advisory
Friday, January 27, 2017
The 21st Century Cures Act, signed into law on December 13, 2016, includes resources to fight the op...
Comprehensive Pharmacy Services Announces Launch of Full Suite of Telepharmacy Services
Monday, January 9, 2017
Proven results that catch and correct medication errors to improve care and lower costs Memphis, TN...
Oral Anticoagulation After Pulmonary Vein Isolation
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Do patients with atrial fibrillation and risk factors for stroke benefit from oral anticoagulation t...
ASHP Standardize 4 Safety: Opportunities for Error Reduction
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
ASHP has released the first set of concentration standards related to their Standardize 4 Safety ini...
CPS Publishes Guidance for Evaluating Outsourced Compounding Facilities
Monday, December 5, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 5, 2016 CONTACT: Rod Recor Rod.Recor@cpspharm.com; 901-462-9082 &n...
PPIs and Stroke Risk
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Are proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) associated with an increased risk of stroke? This is one of the t...
Expanding Patient Care from 340B Savings
Thursday, November 17, 2016
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) wants to know that 340B-covered entities are...
5 Steps to Managing Rising Drug Costs
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
With prescription drug price hyperinflation on the rise, health systems need a comprehensive pharmac...
Surveys and Medication Management Challenges
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Hospital pharmacists and others involved in compliance with medication management standards are well...
FDA Syringe Pump Safety Communication
Friday, October 21, 2016
On August 25, the FDA issued a safety communication addressing problems with syringe pumps (link bel...
Drug Price Hikes May Be Hitting Hospitals Harder Than Consumers
Monday, October 17, 2016
Skyrocketing drug prices are hitting hospitals even harder than consumers, as reported in a new Amer...
The Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic: Risks and Responsibilities for U.S. Hospitals
Monday, October 17, 2016
The prescription drug addiction crisis is impacting virtually every community and hospital in the Un...
Comprehensive Pharmacy Services Publishes Thought Leadership Guidance on Opioid Epidemic Impacting U.S. Healthcare
Monday, October 17, 2016
Risks and Responsibilities of the Prescription Drug Epidemic for U.S. Hospitals Memphis, TN –...
FluMist Not Recommended for 2016-2017 Influenza Season
Friday, September 30, 2016
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) provides advice and guidance to the Director...
The Future of Pharmacy - CPS Digital Book
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Comprehensive Pharmacy Services is dedicated to supporting hospital pharmacy leadership across the e...
ISMP Targeted Best Practices: Frequently Asked Questions
Monday, September 26, 2016
The ISMP Targeted Best Practices, updated this year, are an essential set of guidelines for medicati...
5 Steps for Achieving 340B 'Continuous Readiness'
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
For more than 20 years, the federal 340B Drug Pricing Program has helped health care providers who s...
Can Clinical Pharmacists Help Cut Readmissions in Half?
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
With Medicare set to doc the pay of nearly 2,600 hospitals by $528 million in 2017 due to excessive ...
Two-Year Antimicrobial / Antibiotic Drug Study in 180 U.S. Hospitals Reveals 11% Reduction in Antibiotic Use through Antimicrobial Stewardship Program
Monday, September 12, 2016
CMS Requiring Hospitals to Reduce Antibiotic Use, Leading Comprehensive Pharmacy Services to Launch ...
Medication Event Reporting: An Important Tool in the Medication Safety Toolbox
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
A recent ASHP NewsLink included a reminder (below) that medication errors may be reported to ISMP an...
Do the use of PPIs lead to C diff?
Friday, August 12, 2016
Whether or not the use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) leads to the development of Clostridium diff...
Improving Medication Safety with Accurate Preadmission Medication Lists and Postdischarge Education
Thursday, August 4, 2016
Gathering a complete preadmission medication list (PAML) at admission remains an essential component...
A (Mostly) DIY Approach to Outpatient Pharmacy
Thursday, August 4, 2016
The decision whether to build or buy an outpatient pharmacy network versus partnering with existing ...
Unbundling the Secrets of Managing Drug Costs in the Era of Value-Based Care
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Hospitals and Health Networks (H&HN): Persistent and pernicious prescription drug cost hyperinfl...
Hot Topics at 340B Coalition Conference
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Pharmacy Practice News: Implementing the 340B Drug Pricing Program can be daunting, with many covere...
IS I.V. ACETAMINOPHEN REALLY SUPERIOR TO OTHER MODES OF ANALGESIA?
Monday, August 1, 2016
By Marvin Finnefrock Multimodal analgesia comprises several options, including acetaminophen, nonst...
Pharmacogenomics - the new reality?
Monday, August 1, 2016
What is pharmacogenomics?  Based on recent survey results published by St Sauver JL et al in Am...
6 Steps for Hospitals to Take to Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse, Diversion
Monday, August 1, 2016
Hospitals are under increased scrutiny from regulatory agencies over prescription drug abuse and the...
5 Steps 340B Hospitals Should Take Now
Sunday, July 31, 2016
For 340B hospitals, the risk of an audit has never been greater. The Health Resources and Services A...
MEDICATION RECONCILIATION DURING TRANSITIONS OF CARE: How to Catch Errors, Improve Patient Safety and Reduce Readmissions
Sunday, July 31, 2016
Comprehensive Pharmacy Services customizes and implements hospital medication reconciliation program...
Be Ever Vigilant to Survive a HRSA 340B Audit
Sunday, July 31, 2016
The complexities of the 340B Drug Pricing Program require continual oversight and review. In this th...
Cultivating a 340B Institutional Knowledge Base
Sunday, July 31, 2016
The 340B Drug Pricing Program affects every 340B-eligible hospital in an interdisciplinary fashion, ...
5 Actions for Reaching a 340B Safe Harbor
Sunday, July 31, 2016
To preserve, protect and strengthen an effective federal 340B Drug Pricing Program, hospitals must e...
20Ways: Summer Hospital 2016
Sunday, July 31, 2016
Medication Reconciliation During Transitions of Care: How to Catch Errors, Improve Patient Safety an...
Comprehensive Pharmacy Services launches Medication Reconciliation solution.
Friday, June 17, 2016
For Immediate Release: June 15, 2016CONTACT: Rod Recor Rod.Recor@cpspharm.com; 901-462-9082 Compreh...
Breaking the Mold: A Review of Mucormycosis and Current Pharmacological Treatment Options
Friday, June 17, 2016
Annals of Pharmacotherapy: Invasive fungal infections are relatively rare because the human immune s...
Integrating The Pharmacy to Reduce Readmissions
Friday, June 17, 2016
Hospitals and Health Networks (H&HN): Abington Jefferson Health in Pennsylvania recently partner...
The Top 10 C-suite Pain Points Bringing Pharmacy Out of the Basement
Friday, June 17, 2016
Hospitals and Health Networks (H&HN): While some forward-looking hospitals and health systems lo...
MILLIONS SAVED. QUALITY IMPROVED. STAFF STABILIZED:
Friday, June 17, 2016
How a Leading Hospital Used its Own Pharmacy as a Change Agent THE CHALLENGE: A community hospi...
CPS Solution Team Helps Hospital Save More Than $6 Million
Friday, June 17, 2016
Improved quality, safety and discovered additional cost reductions CHALLENGE: To maintain its f...
Hospital Solves 24/7 RX Dilemma with CPS Telepharmacy Solution
Friday, June 17, 2016
Lowers costs, enhances performance and satisfaction. THE CHALLENGE: A mid-west hospital needed to ...
Hospital Builds A 21st Century Pharmacy With CPS Pharmacy Management Solution
Friday, June 17, 2016
Increases visibility, accountability of pharmacy operations while lowering costs, improving saf...
Pharmacy Management
Friday, June 17, 2016
"Eight year old CPS account in Puerto Rico decided to switch to Cardinal after being presented with ...
Outpatient Mgmt
Friday, June 17, 2016
"Team CPS was able to develop and execute a complete Information Technology replacement at 3 Outpati...
Specialty (Psychiatric)
Friday, June 17, 2016
"CPS is an outstanding organization whose management team provides our LTAC’s with outcomes-fo...
Specialty (Psychiatric)
Friday, June 17, 2016
"As the CMO of Riveredge Hospital for the last several years, I have had the opportunity to work wit...
Specialty (Psychiatric)
Friday, June 17, 2016
"It is my pleasure to submit a testimonial on behalf of the performance of CPS at Riveredge Hospital...
IP Mgmt
Friday, June 17, 2016
"CPS Pharmacy has helped to improve nursing satisfaction at the hospital. CPS demonstrates excellent...
IP Mgmt
Friday, June 17, 2016
"CPS has helped Huntsville Memorial contain Pharmacy expenses and discover new revenue sources for t...
IP Mgmt
Friday, June 17, 2016
"This Hospital System went through a major CPOE IT conversion (EPIC). Our local and corporate staff ...
Saving money through teamwork
Friday, June 17, 2016
"Working with CPS has been an excellent experience. The staff that they provide are very competent a...
Sparrow Health System Partners with Comprehensive Pharmacy Services
Friday, June 17, 2016
Sets trend for hospital pharmacy management in post-health care reform era Lansing, MI – Janu...
Comprehensive Pharmacy Services Advises Hospitals To Plan for a Protracted Intravenous Saline Shortage
Friday, June 17, 2016
Largest Hospital Pharmacy Services Provider Issues Advisory to Over 400 Facilities Nationwide Memph...
Comprehensive Pharmacy Services Issues Advisory on Recent OIG Report Critical of 340B Providers with Contract Pharmacy Arrangements
Friday, June 17, 2016
340B Providers Bracing for Increased HRSA Audits, New Regulation ("Mega-Reg"), and Congressional Pre...
Capturing New Sources of Revenue with a Hospital-Owned Outpatient Pharmacy
Friday, June 17, 2016
A White Paper Providing Three Best PracticesBy Tracy W. Becker, PharmD, and Robert Ketchum, RPh, MS...
Mobile Dashboard App Delivers Timely Management Rx Metrics
Friday, June 17, 2016
Chief Pharmacy Officer Magazine: The new Rx-MobileDashboard app is proving itself in the field, offe...
Saline shortages: A 3-step action plan
Friday, June 17, 2016
Formulary Journal (a Modern Medicine publication): Hospital pharmacists are on the frontline of...
CDC REPORT ON HOSPITAL MISUSE OF ANTIBIOTICS PROMPTS COMPREHENSIVE PHARMACY SERVICES TO ISSUE ADVISORY
Friday, June 17, 2016
Nation’s Largest Hospital Pharmacy Services Provider Offers Hospitals Roadmap to Combat Antibi...
Comprehensive Pharmacy Services Takes Immediate Action to Mitigate National Nitroglycerin Shortage
Friday, June 17, 2016
Second significant drug shortage in under six months as IV saline shortage continues Memphis, TN &n...
Comprehensive Pharmacy Services Launches Medication Management Transitions of Care Program
Friday, June 17, 2016
Memphis, TN -- Comprehensive Pharmacy Services (CPS), the nation's largest pharmacy servicesprovider...
IV nitroglycerin shortage concerning, but manageable
Friday, June 17, 2016
Formulary Journal (a Modern Medicine publication): Although every drug shortage is a concern to heal...
3 Steps for Reducing Costs and Improving Quality for the Hospital Inpatient Pharmacy
Friday, June 17, 2016
Becker's Hospital Review: With reimbursements declining and regulatory and financial pressures risin...
OMNISYS AND COMPREHENSIVE PHARMACY SERVICES PARTNER TO OFFER FIRST FULL-SERVICE 340B TECHNOLOGY SOLUTION TO RETAIL PHARMACIES
Friday, June 17, 2016
Dallas, TX / Memphis, TN – August 18, 2014: OmniSYS, a nationally recognized leader in Medicar...
U.S. prescription drug spending to hit $400 billion a year by 2020: IMS 
Friday, June 17, 2016
Reuters: In spite of efforts to contain drug costs, spending on pharmaceutical drugs in the U.S. wil...
340B or Not to Be: How Chain Pharmacies Can Thrive in the Complicated Federal Prescription Program
Friday, June 17, 2016
NACDS Newswire (National Association of Chain Drug Stores): There is no doubt that the prescription ...
Comprehensive Pharmacy Services Appoints Gentry Hughes Executive Vice President, Development
Friday, June 17, 2016
Memphis, TN – September 3, 2014: Comprehensive Pharmacy Services (CPS), thenation's largest ph...
Telepharmacy: How technology is innovating the hospital pharmacy
Friday, June 17, 2016
Becker’s Hospital Review: The hospital pharmacy typically accounts for up to 15% of a hospital...
Fierce Innovation Awards Recognizes Comprehensive Pharmacy Services as Finalists in National Healthcare Competition
Friday, June 17, 2016
Memphis, TN – November 2014: Comprehensive Pharmacy Services (CPS), the leading pharmacy ...
VHA Southeast Announces Agreement with Comprehensive Pharmacy Services
Friday, June 17, 2016
Memphis, TN – November 30, 2014: VHA Southeast Inc., a Tampa, Florida based regional healthcar...
Fighting back against 340B criticisms
Friday, June 17, 2016
Managed Healthcare Executive: Like many federally funded programs, the 340B Discount Drug program ha...
Comprehensive Pharmacy Services Sees A Growing Trend in Hospitals Towards Technology and Clinically - driven Telepharmacy Expertise in Pharmacy Services
Friday, June 17, 2016
For Immediate Release MEMPHIS, Tenn. - November 3, 2015: Comprehensive Pharmacy Services (CPS), the...
Exceptional service
Friday, June 17, 2016
"CPS has partnered with Central Maine Medical Center to create a pharmaceutical service that is exce...
Professional and approachable
Friday, June 17, 2016
We partnered with CPS 2 years ago and have been pleased with the quality and exceptional service the...
Best Contracted Pharmacy Service
Friday, June 17, 2016
"CPS has been a proactive partner with DeSoto Regional Health System. From streamlining the formular...

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