Changing Pharmacy Delivery Methods

Curbside pick-up and shipping to meet patient demand

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way businesses operate. Daily practices must comply with local ordinances and protect customers from COVID-19. As businesses closed their doors to customers, there is a growing need to adapt through additional services. Pharmacies utilizing curbside pick-up and delivery services during this time can continue serving their patients while protecting their employees and business.

5 Ways COVID-19 Is Impacting Independent Pharmacy

COVID-19 has brought about many changes, most of them negative. However, for independent pharmacists, there is a real opportunity to serve patients during this time. The changes brought about by COVID-19 are shining a light on the importance of pharmacists as part of the healthcare continuum and opening doors for independent pharmacists to expand their care activities. The long-term impacts of the coronavirus pandemic are yet unknown, but here are five ways COVID-19 is already impacting independent pharmacy.

Expanding Role of Today’s Pharmacist in the Rapidly Evolving Healthcare Continuum

Pharmacists today do much more than dispense drugs. As the pharmacist’s role expands, independent pharmacists have become a key part of a patient’s care team. Regular touchpoints and personalized service enable community pharmacists to make a considerable impact in patient outcomes as an integral part of a patient’s healthcare network. This evolution has never been clearer than it is during the COVID-19 pandemic, as community pharmacists stand on the frontlines of the healthcare continuum.

New Guidelines for Pharmacy COVID-19 Testing and Billing from CMS

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that Medicare pharmacies can temporarily enroll as independent clinical diagnostic laboratories. The announcement, released on May 7, 2020, enables pharmacies that are enrolled in Medicare to test for COVID-19 and bill through Medicare. For independent pharmacies interested in conducting COVID-19 testing, this announcement comes as a welcome update.