jASCorp Offers Three Levels of Pharmaceutical Care Training

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The jASCorp Encounter program provides pharmaceutical care training and software support with a unique twist. As explained by Jeanne Ann Stasny, president of Dallas-base jASCorp, "the program uses multiple levels of standards for pharmaceutical care."

The program was recently reacquired from FoxMeyer Drug Co. "We finalized the purchase this summer," said Stasny. Before the acquisition, the product was called CareStream Encounter.

The Windows 95-based software guides the pharmacist through the process of reviewing treatment protocols, establishing a standard of care, and creating a care plan.

"The system generates reports for each patient visit and intervention," Stasny said. The system also compiles patient charts, care plans for disease states and specific types of drugs and patients, a drug database, patient scheduling, and claims processing.

There are three basic levels of care used by the jASCorp Encounter program, and the level of care provided to a specific patient is based on that patient's treatment plan. The first standard of care conforms to requirements of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990 (OBRA '90); the second includes fitting the drug to the patient, monitoring compliance, and patient education; the third allows R.Ph.s to manage patients who have specific conditions or who take high-risk drugs. Disease state management modules include anticoagulation therapy, hypertension, Parkinson's disease, asthma, and self-care.

The full program provides extensive training on work flow and facility modifications, clinical and technical support, marketing services, and risk outcome analysis reporting. They enable R.Ph.s to begin the practice of more patientfocused pharmacy. (jASCorp Encounter will soon offer a low-cost software program for beginning practitioners of pharmaceutical care. It will sell for $500 and carry a $10/month maintenance fee.)

"I was ready to close my doors two years ago," reflected June M. Adams, owner of Adams Pharmacy and Home Care in Opelika, Ala. "There was no money in pharmacy, and the emphasis was entirely on high volume and insurance cards. …

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