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The Pulse - VMG and VUH Staff News
October 2012

Life in the Fast Lane for Pharmacy

Things are always busy at Vanderbilt, but lately, this has been especially true for Vanderbilt Pharmacy Services.

Responding to a call from David Posch, CEO of Vanderbilt University Hospital and Clinics, for economic repositioning initiatives, Pharmacy submitted three programs:

340B Multiple Contract Pharmacy — This initiative captures additional value for prescriptions written by VUMC providers that are subsequently filled in community pharmacies such as Kroger, Walgreens, CVS, etc.

Patient Assistance Program & Technical Denials — This initiative involves expanding a program that provides medications to those patients who do not have insurance coverage or other financial means to pay for their mediations. In addition, Pharmacy has developed targeted programs to reduce reimbursement denials relating to expensive medication therapy.

Specialty Pharmacy — This initiative involves the provision of specialty drug products to VUMC patients and employees that are not readily available in most retail pharmacies.

In addition to the three economic repositioning initiatives, Pharmacy has a number of new programs or initiatives in the implementation or planning stages:

Implementation stage:

• Installing a new computer system for the retail Pharmacies at TVC, MCE, Vanderbilt Health one Hundred Oaks and the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.
• Opening a new Pharmacy satellite on the sixth floor of VUH.
• Implementing DoseEdge workload software for IV admixtures that documents product preparation and allows video verification by pharmacists.
• Rollout of a new practice model for pharmacy personnel at Children’s Hospital.

Planning stage:

• Renovation of the central pharmacy at VUH.
• Renovation of the MCE, TVC and VMG pharmacies.
• Acquiring robotic technology for the preparation of sterile products.
• Upgrading robotic technology for Vanderbilt retail pharmacies.
• Expansion of clinical pharmacy services.
• Establishment of an Offsite Pharmacy Support Center
• Expansion of retail pharmacy services for patients and employees.
• Expansion of mail-order pharmacy services.
• Implementation of a “central fill concept” for retail and discharge pharmacy services.
• Designing a new practice model for pharmacy personnel at VUH.
• Designing the pharmacy in the McEwen facility being planned for Williamson County.

The goal of many of these initiatives is to improve the quality and service components of Pharmacy for our patients.

According to Jim Hayman, administrative director of Pharmacy Services for adult hospital and clinics, and Elizabeth Humphreys, director of Pharmacy Services at Children’s Hospital, the ability to handle so many projects is a testament to the quality and dedication of pharmacy managers and staff.

“Although this is a very busy time, the pace of activity and the ability to innovate is what makes Vanderbilt an exciting place to work,” Hayman said.

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