Caution for COVID-19

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5 Rules of the Pandemic

As restrictions ease up across the country it’s important to still take precautions and safety measures to stay healthy while trying to live a full life. Below are five suggestions to reduce the risk of spreading and infection.

  1. Track your area’s health status. You want to know the percentage of positive tests in your community or state. When the rate stays at 5 percent or lower for two weeks, there’s most likely enough testing taking place to control the spread of the virus.
  2. Limit close contacts. The safest interactions are with members of your household, but if you want to widen your circle, the key is consistency. Consider forming a “quarantine pod,” in which two or three households agree on safety precautions and socialize only with one another.
  3. Manage your exposure. Think of your activities like items on a budget: You’ll have to make trade-offs, balancing higher-risk events and interactions, like a dinner party or a haircut, with lower-risk ones, like grocery shopping.
  4. Keep riskier activities short. When making plans, think about how much open space there will be, the number of other people and the amount of time you’re likely to spend. Try to keep indoor events to under an hour, and always wear a mask during close conversations.
  5. Don’t let your guard down. The advice we’ve heard time and again still applies: Practice social distancing, wash your hands often, and be extra cautious if you or someone in your circle is at higher risk.1

World Health Organization: How to protect yourself

Below is a short video clip that explains how COVID-19 is spread and how to protect yourself.

How can Tria help?

Tria Health provides chronic condition management, many of our patients are at a higher risk for serious illness with COVID-19, our pharmacists have been actively educating engaged patients on risk factors and the importance of prevention techniques. For members that have not engaged with Tria Health, but are at high risk, Tria Health is providing additional communication and outreach to stress the importance of good health management and how our pharmacists can be a valuable resource. And, as always, our help desk is available to all members. We are committed to assisting members with any questions they may have about their medications, risk factors or ways they can mitigate their risk. 888.799.8742

Sources:

  1. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/09/well/live/coronavirus-rules-pandemic-infection-prevention.html?campaign_id=154&emc=edit_cb_20200609&instance_id=19244&nl=coronavirus-briefing&regi_id=129219462&segment_id=30492&te=1&user_id=d5a32b1824a16f209129a13d97e6f353
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1APwq1df6Mw&feature=emb_logo

5 Reasons MTM Matters

Tria Health’s medication therapy management (MTM) services save you (and your company) money on health care expenses. Here are a few reasons why MTM matters.

1. Most common chronic conditions are managed through medication.

About 80 percent of chronic conditions require the use of medication. Medication helps to control everything from high blood pressure to depression and heart disease to diabetes, but the sheer number of medications prescribed to these patients makes managing their conditions difficult. As more and more people are diagnosed with these conditions, managing the medications used to treat them becomes even more important.

2. People don’t always take medications the way they should be taken.

In fact, almost half of people taking medications don’t take them as prescribed. That can be for a lot of different reasons, including everything from unpleasant side effects to high costs to simply forgetting to take a medication. Tria Pharmacists educate patients so they understand why and how they should be taking their medications.

3. Lack of communication between patients and prescribers can result in poorly coordinated care.

Patients with multiple conditions often have multiple physicians, all of whom prescribe medications, but often without consulting each other. Tria Health fills this gap in care. Whenever our pharmacists make recommendations to patients, they also communicate that information to physicians.

4. Pharmacists know medication best.

Our pharmacists are clinically trained and board certified with specialties such as ambulatory care, pharmacotherapy psychiatry and infectious diseases. They take the time to analyze each patient’s conditions, medication and lifestyle, and give them personalized advice.

5. MTM delivers results.

Tria Health uses real-time pharmacy data to correct medication-related problems and identify cost saving opportunities for immediate returns.