DME for quality of life: When patients need more than a hand
Pharmacy technicians in community-based practice.
Universal program number: 0401-0000-15-310-H04-T
Activity type: Knowledge-based
To provide the community pharmacy technician with a foundation of knowledge needed to be a resource for patients with durable medical equipment needs.
As healthcare needs grow and fewer physicians are available, other healthcare resources will need to be leveraged to fill in the needs and collaborate with the patient and the physician to ensure efficient and effective care delivery. As a community pharmacy technician often working closest to the patient, you are uniquely positioned to be an advocate for patients in raising awareness of healthcare services and products that are available to assist patients in meeting their healthcare goals. This is especially important when patients need solutions for acute or chronic illnesses and injuries that can limit physical and/or mental function. Assisting patients in finding the best equipment to manage their condition can be a very rewarding experience.
Upon completion of this program, the technician should be able to:
- List examples of durable medical equipment.
- Review conditions and procedures that may require devices to allow patients to return home.
- Define DMEPOS requirements for community pharmacies.
To obtain credit:
Complete the learning assessment and evaluation questions online at DrugStoreNewsCE.com. A minimum test score of 70% is needed to obtain a statement of credit. Your statement of credit will be available at CPE Monitor (NABP.net). Your correct e-PID number must be included in your DSN CE profile to ensure transmission of credit to CPE Monitor.
All customer service questions should be directed to DRSNCE@lf1925.com.
Drug Store News is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This CPE activity is approved for pharmacy technicians and is worth 1.0 contact hour (0.1 CEUs). The activity is available for CE credit through July 22, 2018.
This CPE activity has been developed to meet the requirements for PTCB recertification.
By Nancy Lyons, BS Pharm MBA CDE, director continuing education and clinical content, Drug Store News; and principle clinical and management consultant, NLCM Consulting
Nancy Lyons and the DSN editorial and continuing education staff do not have any actual or potential conflicts of interest in relation to this lesson.
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