Frequently Asked Questions about Consultant Pharmacists and OctariusRx
We are consultant pharmacists providing guidance on safe medication management, survey readiness and cost savings to ambulatory healthcare facilities/surgery centers, senior care facilities and pharmacies. We also help individual patients optimize their medications to improve their quality of life and save money.
Our consultant pharmacists provide comprehensive oversight of all pharmaceutical services. This includes safe medication management for ambulatory healthcare facilities/surgery centers, clinical consultant services for senior care facilities and pharmacies, as well as streamline medication therapy for individual patients. For a complete list of services, please visit Our Services.
Yes! Our new and improved benchmarking service is more robust, and we routinely add new facilities which provides more data points for comparison. In addition to a new look, our presentation now includes expanded data points like specialty specific averages, industry trends, and additional drug cost comparisons. With our benchmarking services you will not only meet the requirements of the licensing and accrediting organizations, you will be a step ahead of your competitors.
Yes! One of the many services we routinely provide for our customers are policies and procedures to meet the changing clinical and regulatory requirements. If you need a specific policy or an entire pharmacy or medication management section, reach out to us and we will take care of it for you.
Of course! We are experts at navigating the ever-changing landscape of drug shortages. Our clients rely on us to help them find solutions to minimize the impact on patient care while at the same time maintaining regulatory compliance and keeping costs under control. If you have a specific need or concern, let us know and we will help you resolve it.
We’d love to have you join the OctariusRx family. Join today and start your journey to safe medication management and survey success. You can schedule your free initial consultation directly through our contact us page. Just provide us with your name, email address and a brief message. We return all messages in the same day. You can also call us at 508-284-9974 or email us at info@OctariusRx.com. We look forward to hearing from you.
Your initial consultation is always free. Reach out to us and we will take it from there. Same day consultations are available for emergent needs.
We are headquartered in the beautiful town of Pembroke Massachusetts. From this location we service our clients, both local and national.
We provide services nationally and would welcome the opportunity to service your facility. Reach out to us to check availability and schedule your first consultation. You can schedule your free initial consultation directly through our contact us page. Just provide your name, email address and a brief message. We return all messages in the same day. You can also call us at 508-284-9974 or email us at info@OctariusRx.com. We look forward to hearing from you.
No, your consultant does not need to be local. In fact, we provide services both locally and nationally. Not every consultant pharmacist has the capability to provide national coverage, and not every local pharmacist has enough bandwidth to provide your ASC with updates on meaningful industry trends or benchmarking services. The most important thing is to do your due diligence and work with an expert.
There is no one size fits all accreditation organization. Just like selecting a consultant pharmacist, it requires due diligence to ensure you are working with the right partner. We work with various organizations including the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), The Joint Commission (JC) and American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF). If you’d like help doing your homework, contact us and we will guide you in the right direction.
Consultant pharmacists are medication management specialists who work in a variety of settings like ambulatory surgery centers (ASC), senior care facilities (e.g., nursing homes, assisted living facilities) and also by helping individual patients. These pharmacists provide expert advice on pharmaceutical services, patient safety, and drug therapy management. Their primary focus is to ensure clients are using medications safely and effectively to optimize therapy and prevent or correct medication related problems.
According to both state and federal agencies, the need for highly qualified and specialized consultant pharmacists has increased in recent years. Healthcare facilities are encouraged to use independently licensed consultant pharmacists by both licensing and accrediting agencies, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), The Joint Commission (JC) and individual states licensing bodies.
The best consultant pharmacists are great communicators and provide comprehensive value-added services such as regulatory and clinical updates between visits, opportunities for cost savings, help dealing with drug shortages and benchmarking reports. We recommend doing due diligence and reviewing the costs compared to the value received. Someone will always be willing to provide a service at bargain prices, but is that service an asset or a liability to your organization? A great consultant pharmacist will be your partner and save you much more than the cost of their services.
Although it is generally acceptable to use each of these terms interchangeably, the term pharmacy consultant can be used specifically to describe someone who provides consulting services to pharmacies. These individuals aren’t necessarily pharmacists and often consult on the financial aspects or business transactions related to pharmacies. Calling a consultant/consulting pharmacist a pharmacy consultant is not necessarily incorrect, but be aware of the possibility that a pharmacy consultant may in fact provide different services, and ultimately might not be a pharmacist at all.
Now that you know the difference between a consultant/consulting pharmacist and a pharmacy consultant, we encourage you to do your due diligence and hire someone who will be a partner and asset to your organization. We pride ourselves on providing exceptional services that enhance patient safety, reduce risks, and help our partners achieve survey success. If you’d like more information about how we can help you, contact us for a free consultation.
There is no difference between a consultant pharmacist and a consulting pharmacist. These terms are often used interchangeably and although consultant pharmacist is most commonly used, either term is acceptable.
Anyone can call themselves an ASC consultant pharmacist, but not everyone is expert in their field or the services they provide. Your consultant pharmacist should be one of your company’s greatest assets, not a potential liability.
It’s important to conduct due diligence before hiring a consultant pharmacist. If you’re unsure what questions to ask, see our post “Are you working with an expert consultant pharmacist?”. In this post I discussed seven questions you should ask before making a decision. Our answers to the seven questions are also provided so you can compare to prospective ASC consultant pharmacists.
Consultant pharmacists generally specialize in one of the following four categories: Regulatory, Quality, Technical, or Clinical. At OctariusRx our expertise spans all four, which benefits our diverse business partners, which includes ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), long-term care facilities (LTCFs) and individual patients.
A qualified consultant pharmacist can provide comprehensive oversight of your pharmaceutical services, help enhance patient safety and reduce costs. Would you like easier licensing and accreditation surveys? Working with an expert consultant pharmacist will help ensure regulatory compliance through comprehensive audits and constant clinical and regulatory updates.
Some states require that an ASC work with a consultant pharmacist. Even in states where it is not a requirement, healthcare facilities are encouraged to use independently licensed consultant pharmacists by both licensing and accrediting agencies, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), The Joint Commission (JC) and individual states licensing bodies. Regardless of the requirements, facilities who are proactive and patient safety oriented, seek out the services of expert consultant pharmacists to comprehensively audit their facilities and keep them on track for licensing and accreditation surveys.
Now that you understand how an ASC consultant pharmacist can help you, we encourage you to do your due diligence and hire someone who will be a partner and asset to your organization. We pride ourselves on providing exceptional services that enhance patient safety, reduce risks, and help our partners achieve survey success. If you’d like more information about how we can help you, contact us for a free consultation.
Below are seven questions to ask a consultant pharmacist.
- How long has the consultant been working in a specialized area?
- What is the consultant’s current level of knowledge and what professional degrees and continuing education credits have they earned in their specialized field of consulting?
- Which professional organizations is the consultant a current member of?
- What applicable licenses does the consultant have?
- Has the consultant published any articles in professional or clinical practice journals?
- Will the consultant provide a list of previous or current clients one can reference?
- Has the consultant ever given any professional presentations specific to the area of interest?
To see how we answered those questions view our post about “Are you working with an expert consultant pharmacist?”.
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