The Challenge of Diabetes for Doctor and Patient

From The New York Times

My patient was miserable — parched with thirst, exhausted and jumping up to go to the bathroom every few minutes. His vision was blurry and he’d been losing weight the last few weeks, despite eating voraciously. I’d only just met him, but I was able to diagnose diabetes in about a minute. What was unusual was that this was a scheduled office visit; usually, patients with such overwhelming symptoms are the provenance of emergency departments and urgent care centers…[more]

Synchronized Prescription Fills Improve Patients’ Medication Adherence

From American Society of Health-System Pharmacists

A community pharmacy chain’s model of patient care received a boost from the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) in late May when the nonprofit organization announced it would support the expansion of the model into hundreds of sites nationally.

Minnesota-based Thrifty White Pharmacy, an employee-owned business whose approximately 160 stores and affiliate pharmacies serve patients in North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Iowa, launched the appointment-based model (ABM) of care in 2011… [more]