Practice Resource Center

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  • Antipsychotic/Psychotropic Medication Use

    This section of the website examines the controversial use of antipsychotic medications in nursing facilities and discusses the multi-stakeholder efforts to reduce use of these medications for the treatment of dementia.

  • Assisted Living

    This page provides a broad overview of assisted living facilities and how these community-based facilities differ from skilled nursing facilities.

  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is the regulatory agency in the Department of Health and Human Services that develops program and reimbursement rules for Medicare and the federal side of Medicaid. ASCP often comments on proposed rules and regulatory guidance.

  • Compounding

    Resources on compounding products including information on requirements for the compounding of sterile, non-sterile, and hazardous products from USP and FDA. Information on 503A and 503B facilities, USP Chapters <797>, <795> and <800>.

  • Consultant Pharmacist Software

    This page includes some software companies that may have programs for consultants.

  • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

    The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is the office in the Department of Justice that oversees enforcement of drug policy, including the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). The focus of ASCP interactions involve controlled drugs in long-term care facilities, drug reclassification, and prescription requirements for controlled drugs in long-term care settings.

  • Drug Shortages

    This page includes information about prescription drug shortages and provides links to FDA's shortage database.

  • FDA

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is an enforcement and regulatory agency charged with protecting and regulating food and brand-name and generic drugs. ASCP interacts with FDA regarding drug access in long-term care facilities, drug safety, and compounding.

  • Geriatric Pharmacotherapy

    This section of the website examines the challenges and concerns regarding prescribing practices to the senior patient.

  • Geriatric Pharmacy Curriculum Guide

    The guide is a resource designed to prepare pharmacy students and pharmacists with the education needed to care for older adults. This 3rd edition of the Guide links foundational geriatric principles of care necessary for pharmacy students with the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy CAPE (Center for the Advancement of Pharmacy Education) Outcomes and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education’s Accreditation Standards and Guidelines.

  • Health Information Technology (HIT)

    Electronic health information technology (HIT) is the foundation for ensuring the integration of pharmacist practitioners in the healthcare system. This includes functions such as e-prescribing, the provision of cognitive clinical services (including medication management), immunizations and the ability of pharmacists to document relevant patient-specific information into electronic health records (EHRs).

  • Home Health Care

    Home health care is a wide range of health care services that can be provided in the home, as opposed to a medical facility, for the treatment of an illness or injury.

  • Hospice

    Consultant and senior care pharmacists and pharmacies provide invaluable, cost-effective medication-related services to the Hospice practice setting.

  • Infection Control in Long Term Care

    This Practice Resource Center is designed to assist consultant pharmacists in locating resources to enable them to fulfill their important responsibilities related to infection control and antibiotic stewardship in long-term care facilities.

  • Medicaid Tamper- Resistant Prescription Requirement

    Beginning October 1, 2008, all written prescriptions for outpatient drugs prescribed to a Medicaid beneficiary must be on paper that meets all three baseline characteristics of tamper-resistant pads as outlined by CMS. The impact of this requirement on nursing facilities is minimal, but assisted living can be impacted more heavily, depending upon the staffing and operations practices of the ALF and the pharmacy serving the ALF.

  • Medication Therapy Management Services

    This page discusses the changes in MTM provision with the inclusion of skilled nursing facility resident as of January 1, 2013.

  • Nursing Facility

    Skilled Nursing Facilities, commonly known as nursing facilities or nursing homes, are a health care option for seniors that are in need of routine medical attention. Nursing homes provide the skilled nursing care, appropriate medical monitoring and assistance with activities of daily living that many elderly persons require as they age and suffer multiple health issues and Consultant Pharmacists play a critical role in this care.

  • Packaging Medications for Long-Term Care Facilities

    Federal and State Regulations provide guidance on the packaging medications dispensed to residents of long-term care facilities, such as Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) and Assisted Living Facilities (ALF).

  • Pharmaceutical Waste

    Unused medications may need to be wasted by patients or facilities. There are multiple agencies that have taken steps to address this issue, including the DEA, FDA, CMS, EPA and ONDCP. Proposed rules and issued final rules include those related to controlled substances and hazardous medications.

  • Patient Care Process

    Recognizing the need for a consistent process in the delivery of patient care across the profession, the Joint Commission of Pharmacy Practitioners (JCPP) released the Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process. The process is applicable to any practice setting where pharmacists provide patient care and for any patient care service provided by pharmacists.

  • Potentially Inappropiate Medications for Older Adults

    This page provides an overview of resources that can assist clinicians in determining if a medication is inappropriate for a senior.

  • Precepting

    Precepting is a practice that provides students the opportunity to apply concepts and techniques, and to develop attitudes, values, and an individual approach to patient care. Preceptors provide students with responsibilities that correspond to their capabilities and their school’s experiential learning program’s objectives.

  • Repackaging of Medications from Other Pharmacies

    Nursing facilities have sometimes requested their LTC pharmacy to repackage medications obtained from a community or mail-order pharmacy in conventional bottle and vial packaging.

  • Repackaging Medications: General Guidelines

    Repackaging is a process that occurs when a drug product is removed from its original manufactured packaging and placed into compliance packaging such as unit-dose or punch cards for easier administration to the end user. Guidelines from USP & FDA.

  • Reporting of Medication Errors and Adverse Drug Reactions

    This page provides information on how to report medication and medical device error reports to the appropriate agencies.

  • RX Insider Platinum Resources

    The ASCP Buyers Guide, in partnership with RXinsider, is available at ASCP.com. The links below contain products and services that may assist you in your practice.

  • Short Cycle Dispensing

    A regulation authorized by Section 3310 of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 requires certain drugs dispensed to Medicare Part D beneficiaries residing in skilled nursing facilities to be dispensed in quantities of 14 days or less.

  • STAMP Out Presciption Drug Misuse & Abuse! Tool Kit

    This page provides information and links to the ASCP STAMP OUT toolkit, which is a complete kit for clinicians to use in the community to improve and educate on safe medication use in older adults.

  • Tablet Splitting

    Where patients are unable to afford their medication, physicians and pharmacists have sometimes worked together to enable the patient to obtain a higher dosage than is needed with a plan to cut the dosage forms in half. The considerations for this practice are described.

  • When Medicine Hurts Instead of Helps

    A special report by the Alliance for Aging Research made possible by a grant from the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists Foundation.

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