At Parkview Health Services we are dedicated to sharing the latest pharmacy and healthcare industry news, insights, and trends. We hope these quarterly updates on technology, medication, compliance, and regulatory issues will keep our health care community better connected and well informed. 


What to Know About Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C (Hep C) is a serious, blood-borne disease that has been under the radar. It’s not talked about much, so even though it affects millions, many people don’t know about it. It’s almost been forgotten.

“Hepatitis” means inflammation of the liver. The liver is a vital organ that processes nutrients, filters the blood, and fights infections. When the liver is inflamed or damaged, its function can be affected.

Hep C is a silent disease—many people feel few or no symptoms for years, but the virus never stands still. By the time symptoms do show up, liver damage is often advanced. Do not wait for symptoms to appear before seeking treatment.

Approximately 70%–80% of people with acute hepatitis C do not have any symptoms. Some people, however, can have mild to severe symptoms soon after being infected.

As many people have no symptoms, they may not know that they have hepatitis C, and therefore don’t seek treatment. During this time, the infected person can spread the virus to others.

Symptoms of hepatitis C may include:
  • Fever
  • Fatigue (feeling tired even if you’ve had a normal amount of rest and activity)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea (upset stomach)
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain (pain in the gut)
  • Dark urine
  • Clay-colored stools
  • Joint pain
  • Jaundice (yellow color in the eyes or skin)

It’s important to keep in mind that the sooner Hep C is treated, the better the chances are for being cured.

The Hep C test is a simple, one-time blood test, but it’s not part of routine blood work.  Ask your doctor if  Hep C testing is right for you at your next visit.

Hepatitis C Facts:

  • People can live with it for years—even decades—with no symptoms.
  • Meanwhile, Hep C slowly damages their liver. By the time symptoms do appear, liver damage is often advanced.
  • Left untreated, Hep C can cause liver damage, liver cancer, and even death.
  • Each year, more people die from Hep C than from HIV.
  • About 3.9 million people in the U.S. have the disease.
  • 1 in 30 Baby Boomers has Hep C
  • The Hep C virus wasn’t discovered until 1989.
  • Donated blood was not screened for Hep C until 1992.
  • the CDC recommends that all people born 1945–1965 get tested

Hep C is a virus that is spread by blood-to-blood contact. Even a very small amount of infected blood can transmit the virus.

There are many ways Hep C can be spread, including:

  • Recreational drugs that involve needles or straws
  • Sharing personal care items like razors or toothbrushes
  • Needlestick injuries in healthcare settings
  • Sexual contact with a person infected with the hepatitis C virus
  • Getting a tattoo with unsterilized equipment
  • Received a blood transfusion or organ transplant before 1992, or had long-term kidney dialysis

Both the blood tests and medication, if needed, are covered by most private health insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare plans.

 

 

Parkview Health Services supplies Hep C medications through our in house Specialty Drug division.  We have the knowledge and expertise to meet the needs of those diagnosed with Hep C.  From the Prior Authorization process, to patient counseling, right through to delivery… Parkview is here for you!

For more information on these services contact us today at [email protected]

References: www.hepchope.com, www.mavyret.com, www.cdc.gov, www.webmd.com


 

QuickMar Quick Tips

1) Locating Your Resident Faster:

By clicking on the Name, Room, or Cart, the information will be sorted in order from A to Z of the column that is clicked on.  Click it again and it will organize the lists from Z to A.

2) Can’t Find an Order in the Resident’s Order List?  An Order Went Missing or Disappeared?

Orders do not disappear, but may have expired or been discontinued. Check the “Show Discontinued Orders” box at the top of the screen in the Resident’s Orders profile.  This will list all discontinued orders at the end of the current orders in alphabetical order.  You will likely find your missing order here.

3) Save Time for Order Changes:

Some treatments/orders are just too long to retype for a minor change.  You can highlight, copy, paste and cut instructions just as in any word processing program.

4) Quickest Way to Discontinue an Order or Re-instate an Order Discontinued in Error:

Just click on the blue pencil once to discontinue the End date will default to current date and time, then just save.  By clicking on the blue pencil next to End date on a discontinued order, the order will be reinstated. 

5) Need a Medication Information Sheet? 

Just click on the info tab in the med pass.  You can print for your records as needed.

6) Completed an order with the wrong order type?

To change the order type, click on the orange button (see arrow) in  the diagram below.  Choose Change To, then the order type you want the order to become.  For example, a treament to a vital or medication or vice versa.

7) Save time, ensure you are using the correct Resident Status:

Planned: The Resident’s orders have been added but the individual has NOT yet been admitted.  The Resident will not show up in the med pass or the MAR.
In Facility: Resident has been admitted and is present.  The MAR will expect all orders in med pass to be charted on.
Out Of Facility: Resident is out with family, at program, in hospital, etc.  The Resident will NOT appear in the med pass and the MAR will automatically be marked as OOF (Out Of Facility).
Discharged or Deceased: The Resident is no longer residing at the facility and you must choose Discharged Residents or All Residents when trying to view their information in the MAR or in other Reports.

8) Has there been a change, not sure what happened?

 Learn what happened during the life of the order, every change made, who made the change and when the change was made with the Change Log button.  

9) How to chart on or change an administration after the fact:

First click on Admin History at the bottom of the Orders page.  Next click on  the View/Edit or the Insert buttons to make the necessary changes or additions.

 

10) Reordering via QuickMAR:

a. Remember to keep the order from Pharmacy with the prescription number so that you can reorder via QuickMAR
b. Leave supplies such as pen needles, catheters, test strips, etc. in the Order list in QuickMAR as PRNs so that you can reorder via QuickMAR.


Make Easier Connections with Parkview's Web Portal

Parkview offers a web portal that our clients can access from anywhere for their convenience.

On our web portal you can find copies of patient prescriptions for quick printing on the fly.  Copies of resident’s profile and orders to print for doctor visits. You’re able to see a delivery log to check on when your medication was delivered to your site. You also can use the re-order function and order all of your medications through the Parkview Portal.

Your agency can create user names and passwords for each staff member with different access rights. Your staff members can see every site or just one based on how you choose to set it up.

If you would like your agency to be set up on our web portal or more information on the benefits of this access, please contact [email protected] for further assistance.


 

Meet Our Team: Diana - Customer Service

Diana Slade

Diana Slade has been with Parkview for two years working in our Customer Service Department. Her job title is Clozaril Compliance. Clozaril, an antipsychotic medication, requires a blood test before dispensing. Diana monitors our Clozaril patients to be sure they are compliant before Parkview can dispense.

Diana has been married to one of Parkview’s Pharmacists, Chris Slade, for 17 years. Chris has been with us for 26 years and when he heard about this opening he thought it was the perfect fit for his wife! Diana says her favorite thing about working at Parkview is definitely her co-workers. Diana and Chris have three teenagers which keeps them busy when they aren’t at the pharmacy. Their kids are active in sports keeping them on the go when they leave work. When they aren’t at Parkview they enjoy showing their family everything Buffalo has to offer and enjoy just relaxing on the patio, taking in the fresh air of summer.