Are you or your loved ones at risk of harmful drug interactions?

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An average Tria Health patient takes 8 prescription medications. Most older Americans take multiple medications each day for a variety of conditions. Typically, when people have multiple chronic conditions, they see multiple prescribing physicians.

Do you think those prescribing physicians talk to one another?

In many cases, the answer is, unfortunately, no.

A new study, called “Improving Health and the Bottom Line: The Case for Health Literacy,” showed how greater health literacy can improve community health, reduce health costs, enhance the quality of care and improve patient and provider experiences.  The lead author of the report, Stan Hudson, said “the relationship between health literacy and health outcomes is very important. We found that low health literacy is a contributing factor for readmission for chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Hudson also made a point that “health literacy helps ensure the best quality of care for everyone.”

The CDC reports that about half of the adults in the United States have inadequate skills when it comes to understanding their health care options.

In another study, National Poll on Healthy Aging found that 1 in 3 who take at least one prescription drug had talked to a health care professional about possible drug interactions. Among those taking six or more medications, less than half had discussed possible drug interactions.

Drug interactions could, best case scenario, prevent medicine from absorbing properly. medications-cure-tablets-pharmacy-51004Worst case scenarios put people at risk of blood sugar issues, kidney damage or even death. Due to the variety of prescription and over-the-counter drugs available, even medical professionals are challenged with identifying potential drug interactions.

Additionally, 1 in 5 respondents said they had used more than one pharmacy in the past two years (including mail order pharmacies), and 3 in 5 see more than one doctor for their care. While 63% of the respondents said their doctor and pharmacists are responsible for identifying potential drug interactions, only 36% said their pharmacist definitely knew about all their medications when they fill a prescription.

Knowledge is Power

This is our focus and expertise at Tria Health. Our team works diligently to improve health literacy among our patients. We have found that identifying drug therapy Pills white background_croppedproblems, drug interactions and discovering non-adherence issues are only possible by physically speaking with patients. We empower our patients by educating them on all their chronic conditions, their medications and we make recommendations to prescribing physicians to avoid harmful drug interactions and drug therapy problems. This educational approach has proven to reduce hospital readmissions and improve clinical outcomes for chronic conditions. This helps our patients live healthier lives and helps their employers save on their healthcare costs.

Tria Health encourages you to be an advocate for your own healthcare and take the time to learn more about all your prescriptions and over-the-counter medications. Knowledge is power.

 

 

FDA Warns Consumers About Kratom, Citing 36 Deaths

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The FDA has issued a public health advisory warning “consumers to stay away from the herbal supplement kratom, saying regulators are aware of 36 deaths linked to products containing the substance.” The use of the supplement has increased in recent years as a treatment for anxiety, depression, pain, and opioid withdrawal. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said that kratom is not approved by the FDA for any use, and that there is no “reliable evidence” to support the claim that kratom is a safe treatment for opioid abuse or addiction. Gottlieb also said that the substance can have similar effects as opioids, “and carries similar risks of abuse, addiction and, in some cases, death.”

 At Tria Health, our pharmacists counsel patients on all their prescription medications AND over-the-counter vitamins and herbal supplements. It’s imperative to understand exactly what kratomeach item is supposed to accomplish for your health, AND whether there are any potential drug interactions.

 If you are taking kratom, please talk to your doctor or pharmacist about this potentially dangerous herbal supplement.

 For more information, visit the FDA website here.  

November 14th is World Diabetes Day

world diabetes logoWorld Diabetes Day (WDD) was initiated by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), in 1991 along with the World Health Organization (WHO) due to growing concerns about the increasing health threat posed by diabetes. With the passing of the United Nation Resolution, World Diabetes Day became an official UN day in 2006.

World Diabetes Day is November 14th, and this day was chosen to honor Sir Frederick Banting, the gentleman who co-discovered insulin. In 1922, Banting and Charles Best discovered insulin and revolutionized the treatment of diabetes.

World Diabetes Day aims to:

  • Be the platform to promote IDF advocacy efforts throughout the year.
  • Be the global driver to promote the importance of taking coordinated and concerted actions to confront diabetes as a critical global health issue.

Each year the IDF chooses a new focus area to celebrate World Diabetes Day. The 2017 World Diabetes Day chosen theme is “Women and diabetes—our right to a healthy future.

Why a focus on women in 2017?

  • 1 in 7 births is affected by gestational diabetes.
  • 1 in 10 women are living with diabetes. Many do not have access to proper screenings, education, treatment or care.
  • There are 199 Million women in the world with diabetes. That is expected to increase to 313 Million women by the year 2040.
  • Diabetes is a leading cause of death in women, and the IDF is working to help all women with diabetes get affordable access to care and education to better manage this chronic condition.

Tria Health is Making a Difference in Diabetes Care

Tria Health has an innovative telehealth solution that improves overall care for patients  by educating patients about their disease state(s) and medication regimen to improve clinical outcomes. Each patient has unique needs. Accu-Chek_Aviva_2At Tria Health, we counsel the whole patient, not just one condition. Our wireless meter and strip program allows the patient to share real time glucose readings with our pharmacists and other providers, as well as calculating the precise insulin needs for users. Our program improves care for patients and reduces costs and waste for employers.

At Tria Health our pharmacists are CDE’s, Certified Diabetes Educators. The National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators defines a CDE is a health professional who possess comprehensive knowledge of and experience in prediabetes, diabetes prevention and management. A CDE educates and supports people affected by diabetes to understand and manage the condition. We strive to do more than our part to manage the risks of diabetes to our patients and employer clients.

 

“Act Today to Change Tomorrow”

For more information, go to: www.worlddiabetesday.org

Tria Health and MedTrakRx Golf ProAm raised $100,000 for Folds of Honor

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On Monday, September 25, Tria Health, a chronic condition and medication management company, and MedTrakRx, a pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) and division of EnvisionRxOptions, hosted the sixth annual Folds of Honor ProAm Golf Tournament at Milburn Country Club in Overland Park, Kan. The event raised a record $100,000 to fund educational scholarships for spouses and children of fallen heroes.

“For the past six years we have been actively involved in providing support for Folds of foh-kc_golf315Honor through the ProAm Golf Tournament. We are proud to provide hope and healing to the families that have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. We continue to appreciate the support we get from our partners and vendors in Kansas City and across the country”, said Larkin O’Keefe, President of Tria Health. He added, “This year we were able to exceed our goals thanks to everyone who participated, especially our Title Sponsors, Rite Aid and Mediware.” Since the beginning of this event,  we have been able to raise over $400,000 for Folds of Honor.

Folds of Honor, established in 2007, is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational scholarships to families of America’s fallen and wounded soldiers in an effort to provide hope and healing. Of the 1-million-plus dependents adversely affected by deployments, nearly nine out of 10 do not qualify for federal scholarship assistance.

foh-kc_golf112During the event, 155 golfers, including 31 PGA professionals from country clubs across the country, took to the course to raise scholarship funds for Folds of Honor. Previous scholarship recipients, Ginger Ravella and Kelli Campbell, also attended the event sharing their stories and gratitude.

“When I was left as a widow at the age of 36 with five very young children, I felt our familyentire future slipping down the drain,” said Ravella. “Major Troy ‘Trojan’ Gilbert was not just a heroic F-16 pilot in the Air Force, he was the love of my life and an amazing father, leader and friend. His loss left a deep cavern in our souls. Yet, by God’s grace, Troy’s legacy of service over self, and the great, generous support of Americans, we found the strength to go on.

fallenFolds of Honor stepped into our lives at such an impactful moment. My kids began attending a Christian college prep school because of their Folds scholarships. My oldest son is now a sophomore in college and playing D1 sports with the help of Folds of Honor. We are grateful for the very tangible way Folds of Honor has honored Troy’s sacrifice by educating his legacy.”

Tria Health is honored to continually support Folds of Honor. If you want more information on how you can get involved in this event, please contact January Pointer at 913-601-5046 or info@triahealth.com.

 

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.