Tria Health Partners with the VNA of Kansas City to Improve Patient Outcomes

The Visiting Nurses Association of Kansas City (VNAKC) was recognized by the VNAA as this year’s winner of the “Innovative Partnership Award” for its partnership with Tria Health.

About Tria Health & the VNAKC:

In 2014, an in-home pharmacist grant was submitted with the objective to improve health outcomes by increasing medication education, lowering medication discrepancies and lowering re-hospitalization for Medicare patients with CHF, COPD, Diabetes and those patients taking 8 or more medications. A partnership was developed with UMKC School of Pharmacy to include the in-home pharmacist program as an option in the community rotation for senior level students. Tria Health was contracted by the VNAKC to provide preceptor and pharmacist supervision to the students.

Driving Patients to Take an Active Role in Their Health Care

Katherine Meiners
Katherine Meiners, Director of Marketing & Communications

Central Exchange kicked off its 6 part Health Care Catalyst Series last week featuring consumer strategies related to having a healthy business. The presentation was led by Brent Walker, Chief Marketing Officer of C2B Solutions. Walker spent 20 years working for Proctor & Gamble prior to starting C2B Solutions.

The presentation focused on the importance of understanding psychographic segmentation in the health care consumer. C2B Solutions conducted a study that included a sample of 4,878 patients who completed a survey with 384 questions/attributes.

The study identified 5 different patient profiles:

  1. Balance Seekers (18%) – This group is proactive and wellness-oriented. They are open to many ideas, sources of information and treatment options when it comes to their healthcare.
  2. Willful Endurers (27%) – The highest population, this group takes a “don’t fix it if it’s not broken” approach to their health.
  3. Priority Jugglers (18%) – These individuals are busy taking care of others and are motivated by family verses by self.
  4. Self-Achievers (24%) – Highly motivated, this group focuses on future plans and is the most proactive when it comes to their wellness. They are task oriented and prefer to be given measurable goals.
  5. Direction Takers (13%) – The smallest population, these individuals like direction from providers and take it.

The varying differences in the patient profiles emphasize the need to communicate important health care messages differently. Traditionally, clinicians have been taught to speak to every patient as “direction takers.” With an increased focus on patient outcomes, clinicians need to learn how to better communicate with patients so they take an active role in their health care based on the different profiles. The benefit of the one-on-one counseling provided by Tria Health is our clinicians get an understanding of who the patient is and what motivates their medication behavior.

Find out what kind of patient you are by visiting C2Bsolutions.com.

Written by Katherine Meiners, Director of Marketing & Communications at Tria Health

National Women’s Health Week

Jessica Lea
Jessica Lea, Pharm.D., President of Tria Health

A note from Jessica Lea, President of Tria Health, on National Women’s Health Week.

As I was sitting in my final class retreat this weekend to graduate with my MBA, I was moved by a very important story that was told by Father Thomas Curran, President of Rockhurst University.  He stressed the importance of taking care of oneself physically and mentally and likened the importance of this to hearing the flight attendants discuss what to do in an emergency.  Flight attendants always instruct passengers to first fasten their own oxygen mask before helping those around them. Why? Because if you don’t take care yourself first and foremost, you won’t be in any condition to help others.

National Women’s Health Week aims to increase awareness and encourage women to take care of their health, wellness and safety. Women are often so busy taking care of loved ones that we lose sight of our own needs.

If we can all spend time each day focusing on what our body needs, we will be better equipped to take care of those around us.  Thanks to Father Curran for the great and timely advice!  It relates so well to all of the important items we should consider this week as we remind those who we love to take a moment fulfill our own needs so we can be better to those around us!

Visit womenshealth.org for more information about National Woman’s Health Week.

Written by Jessica Lea, Pharm.D. | @JessLeaPharmD

Do You Take an Aspirin a Day?

On May 2nd, The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a report regarding the use of daily aspirin to prevent a heart attack and stroke. The FDA’s findings may drastically alter how the health care industry utilizes daily aspirin therapy.

Background:
A number of patients take a daily aspirin due to the belief that it reduces their risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

“Primary Prevention” – Refers to patients with diabetes, family history of heart disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol who have an increased risk of heart attacks and stroke and use aspirin as prevention (before either of these events occur).

“Secondary Prevention” – Refers to the use of daily aspirin therapy for patients who have had a heart attack, stroke, or having known coronary artery disease. Secondary prevention use of aspirin has well established benefits and significantly reduces the chance of a second heart attack or stroke.

The Update:
The FDA has reviewed new data regarding aspirin use for primary prevention and concluded that there is insufficient evidence at this time to support routine use of daily aspirin therapy in these patients.

What does this mean for you? 
If you have not had a heart attack, stroke, or have known coronary heart disease and you take a daily aspirin, talk to your physician about the need for continued use of aspirin and weigh the risk versus benefit of prolonged aspirin therapy.

Preventing Antibiotic Resistance

Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria are capable of resisting the effects of
antibiotics. This can occur for many reasons for example, taking antibiotics when you do not have an infection caused by bacteria or not taking antibiotics as prescribed by your doctor.

Many common infections like the common cold, most sore throats and the flu are actually caused by viruses. Antibiotics are only effective against infections caused by bacteria and cannot kill viruses. Overuse and overprescribing of antibiotics has markedly increased bacterial resistance in recent years. We all normally have bacteria that live on and in our bodies. The more antibiotics we take the more likely these bacteria are to become resistant to antibiotics and potentially cause infection.

Some common signs that you may have an infection caused by bacteria and you should contact your physician include:

  • Fever higher than 100 °F
  • Symptoms that last more than 7-10 days
  • Symptoms that are not relived by over the counter medications

What can you do to prevent antibiotic resistance?

  • If prescribed antibiotics make sure to take the full course of antibiotics and follow the prescription directions
  • Don’t always assume that an antibiotic will be the answer to your cold and flu symptoms

(Written by Tria Health Pharmacy Student Intern Jessica McClain, UMKC School of Pharmacy)