Tria Health Partners with the Mid-American Coalition on Health Care

Tria Health has MACHC Logopartnered with The Mid-America Coalition on Health Care (MACHC) to offer chronic condition and specialty management solutions proven to control rising health care costs and improve health outcomes for employees, which aligns with the mission of the MACHC coalition.

“20% of members drive 80% of health care costs. These members typically have chronic conditions that require medication for effective management. However, research has shown that 50% of people don’t take their medication as prescribed which elevates total health care costs. Our proven solution controls costs and improves health for an employer’s member base, like those in the coalition, so we are excited about this partnership,” said Jessica Lea, CEO, Tria Health.

“Partnering with Tria Health aligns with our commitment to identify and deliver solutions that control health care costs and improve health outcomes of our members,” said Troy Ross, president of MACHC.

With specially trained pharmacists, Tria engages with high-risk, high cost members to discuss medications and lifestyle unique to each individual. They provide necessary education and coordination of care to improve condition management, resulting in lower costs and improved health outcomes for an employer’s members.

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About Mid-America Coalition on Health Care

TheMid-America Coalition on Health Care is one of the oldest and largest health care business coalitions in the country, representing over 500,000 covered lives. MACHC is an employer-driven, non-profit collaboration of all health care stakeholders in the bi-state Kansas City region, seeking to improve the health and wellness of employees, their families and their community, and to develop strategies to reduce health care costs. Members include major employers, health plans, physicians, hospitals, brokers and consultants, academic institutions, public health, government, and pharmaceutical companies. www.MACHC.org.

Tips for Safely Storing & Disposing Your Medications

Capsules in Pill BottleTaking your medications as prescribed is very important in making sure your medications work effectively. At Tria Health, our goal is to make sure you receive the best results from your medications, and sometimes, this means knowing more than just what’s on the label of your prescription bottle. Here are some guidelines for properly storing and disposing your medications.

Storing Your Medications:

  • Keep medications in their original container.
  • Keep away from light and heat.
  • Do not store medications in the bathroom cabinet; can keep it in the bedroom or kitchen cabinets. If keeping it in the kitchen, make sure it is away from the stove, oven and sink to prevent any humidity or water exposure.
  • Make sure to check the label of your prescription bottle or any other medication bottle to see if there’s any specific storage instructions such as refrigeration.
  • Regularly check medications to see if the color has changed or there’s an odor coming from the bottle that is not normal
  • Check expirations of prescription and over-the-counter medications
  • Do not use medications that are expired. These might not be safe and actually be more harmful to your health than helpful.
  • Keep all medications away from children, locked away or in a cabinet where they cannot reach it. Also, do not share any medications meant for you, with anyone else.  Studies have shown that accidental consumption of drugs not meant for that person can lead to toxicity and even death.

Disposing Your Medications:

  • National Prescription Drug Take Back Day: This event happens twice a year and it is a place for the public to dispose of their medicines as well as learn more about medications and their potential for abuse. The next National Prescription Drug Take Back Day will occur on October 28, 2017. Check back on DEA website (DEA National Take-Back Initiative) closer to the event date, for a location near you.
  • There is also a drug disposal box/area at some local police stations. Not every police station has one so call the office to confirm before you go.
  • If the above two options do not work for you, you can also dispose of your medications by mixing them with kitty litter or ground coffee. Place this mixture in a sealed plastic bag. Then throw the plastic bag in your normal trash can.
  • If disposing of prescription bottles with your personal information on it, make sure to cross out all your personal information as well as the drug name, before disposing of it in the trash.

If you have questions about your medications, call the Tria Help Desk at 1.888.799.8742.

Protect Your Skin this Summer!

Summer is here! Not only does this mean more outdoor activities but also more exposure to the sun. The sun produces ultraviolet (UV) radiation which can lead to sunburn, skin aging, and skin cancer, the most common type of cancer. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, 90% of non-melanoma skin cancers and 86% of melanomas are associated with exposure to UV radiation from the sun.

HeSun lotion, hat  with bag at the tropical beachre are some helpful tips to keep you and your family protected in the summer sun.

Which sunscreen do I choose?

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends choosing a sunscreen with:

  • Sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher
  • Broad-spectrum protection against UV rays
  • Water resistance

How do I apply sunscreen?

  • Apply sunscreen first if going to wear insect repellent or make-up.
  • Apply sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes to sun-exposed skin before sun exposure and reapply sunscreen at least every 2 hours.
  • Reapply sunscreen more often when swimming or sweating even with sunscreens labeled as “water resistant” or “very water resistant.”
  • The “teaspoonful rule” is the application of 1 teaspoon of sunscreen to the face and neck, 2 teaspoons to the front and back torso, 1 teaspoon to each upper extremity, and 2 teaspoons to each lower extremity.

What else can I do to protect my skin?

  • Wear sun-protective clothing, such as dark colors, long-sleeve shirts, long pants, hats and sunglasses.
  • Avoid sun exposure or seek shade between 10 AM and 4 PM when the UV light is the strongest.
  • Check the expiration date of the sunscreen.
  • Avoid tanning beds.

 

Have a safe and fun summer!

Ever wondered what to do with the information on your prescription bottle?

Prescription Bottle
From Flickr user Charles Williams

Look no further.

A lot of information about your medication comes on every prescription bottle label — information that will ensure your medications are safe and effective. Every time you pick up a prescription at the pharmacy, you should read over the label to make sure you have the correct medication and understand all the directions.

Every pharmacy does their labels a little differently, but the information is all the same. Here’s what you need to know about your prescription label.

Name
The label should show your name prominently. Pharmacy errors can occur, so be sure you received your medication, and not someone else’s.

Instructions  
Pay close attention to the instructions on the label, and only take the medication as directed by the label. If you’re concerned about the instructions, ask the pharmacist to clarify or call the Tria Help Desk to speak with a pharmacist.

Refills  
You’ll continue to take some medications even after the medicine in the bottle runs out. When this occurs you will need refills to continue the medication.

Pharmacy name and phone number  
If you need to speak with your retail pharmacist, this is the number to call. They can answer questions, make recommendations and help with getting your medication refilled. They can also help with contacting your doctor’s office when your prescription runs out.

Prescription number  
Every prescription has a number that identifies the patient and the medication within the pharmacy’s system. When requesting refills, or speaking to the pharmacy staff about your medication, be sure and have this number available to expedite the process.

Description
Verify that the bottle contains the drug your doctor said you would be taking.  Prescription labels always include a description of the shape and color of the medicine.

Expiration date  
Prescriptions written by the doctor are only valid for a certain length of time before they expire. Expiration dates are set by each state’s Board of Pharmacy, and they vary for different medications. Be sure and look at the label for this date, once the prescription is expired, the medication is no longer guaranteed to be safe, and all refills will be void.

Discard date  
On the label will be a discard date for your medication. After the date listed on the label the medication should be discarded in an appropriate manner, and not taken by any person. Some medication will cause harm if they are taken past their expiration date, so always be sure your medication is not expired prior to taking.

(Written by Tria Health Pharmacy Student Intern Seth Alley, Pharm.D. Candidate at the UMKC School of Pharmacy)

Spring Allergy Season is Here

Make sure you are prepped and ready as the pollen count rises this season! We want to help by breaking down some important items to consider when picking an over the counter nasal spray.86807649

Nasal sprays are very popular due to their convenience and effectiveness. There are several types of nasal sprays, including:

  1. Decongestants (Afrin, etc)
  2. Antihistamines (Patanase, by prescription only)
  3. Nasal Steroid sprays (Flonase, etc).

The first choice for treatment of seasonal allergies are nasal steroid sprays which contain a safe, topical steroid as the active ingredient.  They work to decrease swelling which causes congestion, watery drippy nose and sneezing. The nasal steroid sprays are most effective when used daily for the season.  It may take a few weeks for the spray to begin working fully, but patience pays off.

This allergy season there are two new nasal steroid sprays that are new to the shelves, Flonase Sensimist and ClariSpray.  Both products contain fluticasone.  Despite looking like Claritin in terms of the colors, packaging and graphics, the ClariSpray does contain a steroid (similar to Flonase) not an antihistamine.  It is important to review the active ingredient labels when purchasing over the counter products.  This will prevent you from getting twice the amount of medication by taking similar ingredients.

Other available products over the counter include Rhinocort Allergy, Flonase Allergy Relief and Nasacort Allergy, along with the various generic store versions for many of these branded products above.  As always, you should reach out to your pharmacist to discuss what options are best depending on your symptoms.