Mitigating the Rising Cost of Meds

The last several years have seen a dramatic increase in prescription drug costs. According to an LA Times article in 2016, the United States Department of Health and Human Services reports prescription drugs account for 10% of all personal healthcare expenditures. And a 2017 National Health Interview Survey reported on strategies being used by adults […]

The Gender Pain Gap

Pain management is an important part of patient care for LTC facilities. As with most areas of healthcare, providers can’t afford to take a one-size-fits-all approach to prescribing or administering pain relief drugs. Specifically, pain medications must be tailored to the individual: and gender in particular is an important factor to be taken into account. […]

One Measly Outbreak

In the year 2000, the United States officially declared measles to have been eradicated. Today, 19 years later, the country is seeing the biggest increase in new cases in more than 25 years. The current spike in measles cases has been largely attributed to international travel, but the influence of the anti-vaccine movement has also […]

Jane Baker Honored at NCBENHA

Two members of the Blue Ridge Pharmacy team, Holly Bower and Ben Wax, had the opportunity to attend this year’s North Carolina Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators (NCBENHA) annual meeting in Myrtle Beach, SC.  This association supports and certifies new Skilled Nursing Home Administrators, and prepares them for the vital role they play […]


What is PDPM? Significant reimbursement changes loom on the horizon for skilled nursing facilities (SNF) as the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) plans to implement its new Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) as of October 1, 2019. PDPM will replace the current Resource Utilization Groups Version IV (RUG-IV) model, under which reimbursement is […]

Pharmacogenomics: The DNA of Medicine

Pharmacogenomics is where genetics and medicine intersect, and the leadership team at Blue Ridge Pharmacy believes this sort of precision medicine is the future of healthcare. Tailor-made therapy will offer the promise of more effective treatments. Read on to see what it might mean for you.

Partners for the Long Haul

Long-term care facilities are facing a barrage of challenges that impact the marketplace and the quality of care they are able to  provide. Among these challenges are the growing national opioid crisis and new pharmacy requirements from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This is why it’s more important than ever to partner […]

Switching Long-Term Care Pharmacies can be Easy

Have you wondered if your facility should partner with a new long-term care pharmacy? If you’ve encountered these concerns, the answer should be “Yes.” Lack of Communication Can your nursing staff get the pharmacist on the phone when they have questions about a patient’s medications? Or, does their schedule cause missed evening medication deliveries, creating […]

After-Hours Support: Emergent Meds and the Benefits of a Partner Who Understands

Blue Ridge Pharmacy is readily available to dispense emergency medications to patients in long-term care facilities. It’s safe to assume that long-term care residents and their caregivers are familiar with the frequent changes that can occur in patient prescription regiments over time. However, it is impossible to predict when situations that cause an abrupt need […]

Lifting the Medication Burden: Long-Term Care Pharmacies Optimize Dose Packaging

Imagine: a resident of assisted living sees her oncologist, an ophthalmologist and her GP within a week, arriving home with a handful of new prescriptions. Her favorite nurse starts in on them, but the new treatments add a few more bottles to open and a few new pills and capsules to keep track of—a discouraging […]

Long Term Care Pharmacies, Where Relationships Matter

Before urgent-care centers, emergency rooms and specialty medicine became the standard of care, many people sought the advice of their local pharmacist for medical conditions—often in addition to seeing their doctor. Today, as the U.S. population ages and people need treatments that last longer and are more complicated, the pharmacy again plays a critical role […]