Utilizing Lean Six Sigma to Improve Quality, Reduce Cost & Transform your Culture
Today’s challenging economic times are forcing healthcare organizations to reconsider every aspect of their operations. Offering an alternative to staff layoffs and other expense-cutting measures, Lean Six Sigma has been shown to reduce costs, increase the quality of care, and improve customer satisfaction. Join pharmacy leaders to learn about the key Lean Six Sigma tools that operators and staff can initiate to create quick wins while engaging staff and transforming their workplace culture.
View your organization from a comprehensive business lens incorporating general cost accounting business principals into day-to-day operations. This session will help identify which rental units and services generate a profit or loss and the measures to adjust pricing, improve delivery of services, and ultimately strengthen net operating income.
Modern medicines have contributed to longer life spans and improved quality of life. However, when not used appropriately, effectively, and safely, medications can have devastating consequences. There are several risk factors that can lead to polypharmacy, including having multiple medical conditions managed by multiple prescribers. Monitoring patients’ active medication lists and deprescribing any unnecessary medications are recommended to reduce pill burden, risks of adverse drug events, and financial hardship. This session will review medications with increased risk of complications in the elderly and presents a process for patient active medication list monitoring and deprescribing as a therapeutic intervention.
An estimated 50% of older adults living at home and up to 80% of those living in nursing homes have significant pain that is often persistent. There are many challenges that can make it difficult to treat pain in this age group, most notably the presence of other significant health problems and the difficulty of assessing pain in those with cognitive impairment. This session will review different pain types and discuss the misconceptions and consequences of untreated pain in the elderly. Analgesic therapies are examined and the current Illinois laws and regulations, and considerations for use of Cannabis are presented.
Plants or Pills? The Truth About Dietary Supplements
The use of dietary supplements, such as vitamins, minerals, plant products, and herbal therapies has become a routine part of the American lifestyle. But often, these items are marketed as having benefits that are unsubstantiated; do not carry adequate warnings about when they interfere with lab tests; interfere with prescribed drugs; and may be completely misused by the patient because they are “all-natural” and “must be safe, right?” Health and senior care professionals are relied upon by patients/residents and their families to have accurate information about the uses and effects of these products. Using evidence-based research, we will review the current clinical findings and safety profiles of numerous over-the-counter products used by seniors for various medical and psychological conditions. Armed with these facts, health/senior care providers will be able to advise their residents and families with more confidence.
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