Framework Focus

You’re listening to ”Framework Focus,” the podcast that explores trends, innovations, and insights in the long-term care pharmacy industry. Join us as we connect the entire LTC ecosystem.

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Episodes

Wednesday Jul 10, 2024

In this episode, Dr. Mark Fulton converses with Dr. Steven Albert and Dr. Aimee Pickering from the Claude Pepper Center in Pittsburgh. The University of Pittsburgh Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center is one of fourteen Centers throughout the United States funded by the National Institute on Aging. This episode delves into the center's history, mission, and impactful research focused on senior care. Learn practical steps for long-term care providers to develop and implement de-prescribing programs and explore opportunities for collaboration with the Pepper Center. This episode offers valuable insights and practical advice for enhancing patient care in long-term care settings.

Wednesday Jun 12, 2024

This episode of FrameworkFocus™ comes live from SoftWriters' inaugural AI Mastermind Cohort in Pittsburgh. Hear interviews with industry leaders on the transformative power of AI in pharmacy operations. Discover current applications, future innovations, and the overall impact of AI on the pharmacy industry. We invite you to dive into these thought-provoking discussions on all things AI in long-term care pharmacy.

Wednesday May 08, 2024


In this episode of FrameworkFocus, we delve into the world of organizational involvement and leadership in pharmacy with Tim Fensky, Associate Director of Advanced Wellness Pharmacy. Tim shares insights from his career journey, emphasizing the importance of pharmacist engagement with professional and regulatory bodies such as State Boards, NABP, and NCPDP. Through compelling stories and lessons learned, Tim highlights the impact of organizational involvement on personal and professional growth. He offers practical advice on how listeners can get involved and make a difference in the field of pharmacy. Join us for an enlightening conversation on why organizational engagement matters and how it shapes the future of pharmacy practice.

Wednesday Apr 10, 2024


In Episode 11 of FrameworkFocus, host Dr. Mark Fulton explores high-tech pharmacy in America's heartland with Dr. Dakin Updegraff from LifeSpan Pharmacy. Dr. Updegraff discusses his journey starting in pharmacy during the COVID-19 era, his role as an informatics pharmacist, and LifeSpan's innovative approach, including their Robotic Processing Automation team. He shares insights into emerging technologies shaping the profession and addresses key issues impacting long-term care pharmacy's future. Join us for a deep dive into the intersection of pharmacy, informatics, and cutting-edge technology.
 

Wednesday Mar 13, 2024


In this episode, Shelly Spiro, Executive Director of the Pharmacy Health Information Technology Collaborative, joins us to explore EAI and Machine Learning in LTC Pharmacy. We explore challenges facing LTC pharmacies and how AI offers solutions. We discuss how to ensure data security and privacy with AI integration. We examine barriers to adoption and ways to streamline implementation. Finally, we delve into AI's role in facilitating collaboration in healthcare and ethical considerations in AI-driven decision-making. 
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Wednesday Feb 14, 2024

In episode 9 of Framework Focus, host Dr. Mark Fulton engages in a compelling conversation with P3 (5th year) students from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy: Kolbe Bien, Michelle Gonsalves, and Braidon Lape. This episode delves into the background of the guests, exploring their motivations for pursuing a career in pharmacy. The discussion covers the evolution of their perspectives on pharmacy throughout their five years of education, the challenges of balancing coursework, experiential learning, and personal life, and their insights into intriguing and challenging aspects of pharmacy practice.Host: Mark Fulton Guests: Kolbe Bien Michelle Gonsalves Braidon Lape

Wednesday Jan 10, 2024


In Episode 8 of FrameworkFocus, Dr. Mark Fulton interviews TJ Griffin, Chief Clinical Officer at PharMerica, in a fast-paced exploration of the LTC pharmacy landscape in 2024. PharMerica is a national leader in pharmacy services, serving our partners in over 3,100 long-term care, senior living, IDD/behavioral health, home infusion, specialty pharmacy, and hospital management programs. In this conversation, the pair dive into the workforce challenges faced by LTC pharmacies. Griffin explores the advancements in pharmacy practice, including an expanded scope and additional opportunities for pharmacies. Host: Dr. Mark Fulton & Guest: TJ Griffin, Chief Clinical Officer, Pharmerica
 

Wednesday Dec 13, 2023


In this episode of Framework Focus, host Dr. Mark Fulton engages with Jean Hall and Brandi Van Patton from LogiCoy to unravel the significance of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs) in Long-Term Care Pharmacy. Explore how PDMPs contribute to preventing diversion, ensuring patient safety, and addressing the opioid crisis. The episode delves into the specific impact of PDMPs on LTC, covering transitions of care, collaboration among providers, and the evolving role of LTC in this space.  The episode concludes with practical advice for pharmacies on navigating PDMPs. Host: Dr. Mark Fulton & Guests: Jean Hall, Program Director, PDMP Solutions, Logicoy & Brandi Van Patton, Pharmacy Informatics, Logicoy
 

Wednesday Nov 15, 2023

This is part one of the three-part FrameworkLTC User Conference Post-Show series. This series is hosted by the Pharmacy Podcast Network’s own Todd Eury. In this series, Todd chats with SoftWriters’ team members, exhibitors, partners, and conference attendees live from the show floor. This episode features Aaron Nalick, Matt Lewis, Paula Carlock, Simon Beeny, and Scott Beatty. 

Wednesday Nov 08, 2023

In this episode, Mark Fulton is joined by Paul Shelton, President of PharmaComplete Consulting Services and CEO of LTC@Home Pharmacy Network. Paul shares his career journey, leading us to an exploration of LTC pharmacy. We delve into the motivations driving independent pharmacies to enter the LTC space, discussing how to get started, market identification, staffing and equipment requirements, and service delivery to LTC facilities. Paul also highlights the unique challenges faced in LTC pharmacy and opportunities it offers, along with advice for both newcomers and those already involved in LTC. 

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