CVS Pharmacy – Day-to-Day Operations

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We would like to implement a system that focuses on the days procedures and alters the drop-off, data entry, and production steps, therefore ideally reducing the number of problems that occur and must be resolved during the pick-up stage. With some additional changes made to the pick-up procedure, e feel C.V. will be able to better their customer service and increase customer satisfaction while keeping the safety of its shoppers the company’s number one priority. The following page presents a data flow diagram of the day-to-day operations of the plans we would like to implement for C.V. Pharmacy. Day-to-Day Operations Drop-Off Data Entry Constantly monitor drop-off station Gather/check customer information Update customer information in the system Refill online and over telephone Drug Utilization Review Insurance Check & Revisions Continuous Data Entry Make necessary phone calls Technician counts and verifies prescription Record status of script Production Pharmacist review Quality Assurance Pick-Up File finished prescriptions in alphabetical order Verify name and birthrate ‘Quick Pay” Option At-Home Delivery 4 Constantly Monitoring the Drop-Off Station In the past, C.V. has noted that there has been a problem keeping an available employee at the drop-off window of its pharmacies.

Our new operation plans include a strong focus on the dropped stage of filling prescriptions, and the first step to making this happen is to ensure that a technician is available to help customers when they first approach the pharmacy. In order to do this, we plan on creating a work station for the technician by the drop-off window so there will not be a need to leave the area. This will result in keeping our drop-off window constantly monitored, while also giving the technician the available resources to get their work done in between customer drop-offs. Gather/Check Customer Information In order to keep our system as organized as possible we want to make sure our customer information database is continually updated. This ensures accuracy and also allows our daily operations to run smoothly.

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By quickly looking up and collecting some customer information upon the drop-off of a prescription, a tech may be able to find and solve problems while the customer is in the store. This will reduce the problems that must be dealt with during busy pickup times and may even keep some customers from having to make unnecessary trips to the pharmacy. Instead of simply dropping off prescriptions, a C.V. technician will ask the customer to verify contact information by entering the customer’s birth date into the computer system. Customers will be asked some quick questions, such as whether or not their insurance carriers have changed. If so, this new information will be automatically inputted into the computer system. The technician will then scan the prescription into that person’s file as well as any refills they want filled.

The prescription then appears on the computer screen and shows up on a separate window. The data entry check on the computer screen checks the patient’s name, date of birth, date the prescription was written, name of the drug, strength of drug, quantity of drug, directions, doctor’s name, and number of refills. 1 At this point, we can tell the customer if they do not have refills available because the prescription is too old or has merely run out of refills. If this is the case, we will have to contact their doctor, which may take some time, so our technicians will then let customers know that we will call them when their medication is available for pickup.

This makes our last addition to the drop- off procedure one of the most important. The staff member will ask for the telephone number at which the customer can most likely be reached during the time his or her prescriptions are being filled. For example, the pharmacy will often have a customer’s home phone number, yet he or she may be at work while the prescription is 1 Interview – Capri Anderson 5 filled. By requesting the telephone number needed to reach the customer at work, the tech or pharmacist will be able to call him or her and solve any issues if and when they arise instead of waiting for the customer to return to the store. This will also reduce the number of angry customers present during pick-up times.

With these small but effective changes made to the procedure at the drop-off station, we feel some issues COUld be resolved up front and the rest of the day’s processes will be more efficient and will in turn eliminate mistakes later on. Refill Options?Over the Phone and Online While the current system described in the case does offer customers the ability to call an automated number to request prescriptions over the phone, we would like to make some small changes to this that will enable C.V. to better utilize this technique. First, the current telephone system asks the customer to input their prescription number, confirm the first three letters of his or her last name, and select a pick-up time. This is quick for the customer, and still collects enough information for the pharmacy to fill the prescription.

We would like to add nee step to this process, asking for the phone number at which the customer can best be reached during the filling process. As stated above, by asking the customer how C.V. can most likely get in contact with him or her, the technicians and pharmacists may be able to call and resolve any issues that arise during the filling stage, therefore reducing wait time during pick-up, or even saving the customer a trip to the store if the prescription will not be ready in time. Additionally, we would like to implement an online refill request system. This will give customers another convenient option to replenish their prescriptions.

Customers would be able to request their refill from their homes and would only need to make a trip to the store to pick up the finished request. Finally, we would like to encourage customers to use these forms of drop-off. By showing customers where the phone number and website to the pharmacy are located on their prescriptions and explaining the ease and convenience of these refill techniques, more customers will be likely to call the automated phone number or fill their prescriptions online. This will eliminate the drop-off trip the customer has to make to the pharmacy, as well as reduce the number of people the techs help face-to-face throughout the day and especially during busy dropped times.

C.V. Franklin, Indiana Phone Line (317)-738-9713 6 Drug Utilization Review Our computer system automatically checks to make SUre the prescriptions being filled do not have a harmful interaction with other medications the customer might be taking. At this point the drug is also checked to make sure it is safe for the customer based on his or her age, gender, and other demographic data stored in the systems. If a conflict does arise, the system comes to an immediate stop and cannot proceed without the authorization of the pharmacists. The drug interaction check dates back one year, which we feel is an appropriate period of time to examine in order to ensure customer safety.

Insurance Check & Revisions When the prescription is scanned into our system, the prescription is sent electronically to the specific customer’s insurance company. The insurance company then responds back to our technician with either an authorization to fill the prescription or a rejection due to refilling too soon, needing prior authorization, or that the drug might not be covered under their plan. Depending on what the situation is, we will try to fix the problem while the customer is waiting. For example, if the ID number is incorrect, this can be fixed quickly, but some problems can take up to a week to fix. In other situations, we notify the doctor’s office who then calls the insurance company to justify why the medication was prescribed (called a prior authorization)8.

We will have an option for the customer to pay cash at this point for the medication if it is needed immediately and wait for a reimbursement from the insurance company. Our technicians are aware that this situation can often be tense for the customer, but in our best effort to provide customer service, we let the customer know an approximate time as to when the problem will be resolved. Case Study – Pharmacy Service Improvement at C.V. – Capri Anderson Interview 7 8 – Benjamin Mudguard Continuous Data Entry In-Store The current system involves putting each prescription in a certain slot labeled by time, and each script is placed in the slot labeled one hour before the desired time of pick-up.

At each hour, a tech takes out the scripts in that hour’s slot and begins the filling process. However, we would like to slightly modify this. Instead of waiting until the hour before the script is to be finished to begin the filling recess, the techs will move to the next timeliest when each one is completed. For example, if the tech has completed the data entry for the prescriptions in the slot labeled ?3 p. M. L before 4 p. M. , then he or she will begin data entry for the 4 p. M. Slot. This way, if problems arise and the drug utilization review and/ or insurance checks create problems and lengthen the data entry process, the pharmacist has more time before the desired pick-up time to review and correct the issues.

Because this gives the tech and pharmacist more time for data entry and reviewing the DOUR, they will be less rushed which could lead to more accuracy in entering the data and a more thorough review of any DOUR ?hard stops. ” Therefore, this may actually increase the safety of the customer as well. Furthermore, we will add two more slots to the filing system that will be labeled “Immediate” and ?Tomorrow. ‘ The prescriptions placed in the ?Immediately slot will have top-priority when techs begin the data entry process. For example, when doctors call in prescriptions for their patients, the pharmacy is required to have it completed within two hours of when it was first dropped off 10. Prescriptions that do not need to be completed until the following day will be laced in the ?Tomorrow] box and will be filled when all of the other slots are empty.

Over the Phone Furthermore, the current system that allows customers to telephone in their refill requests sends the request to the pharmacy 1. 5 hours before the requested pick-up timely 1 . We would like to extend this time, sending the request to the pharmacy 3 hours before the desired pick-up time. If a customer wants his or her prescription sooner than three hours after phoned in, then the system will send the request to the pharmacy immediately. 9 Case Study ? Pharmacy Service Improvement at C.V. 11 10 Updating Customers on Script Status With the current system in place, many customers do not find out there are problems with their scripts until they come into the pharmacy and pick them up.

This, therefore, causes much of our customers’ frustrations, especially if they have to pick up their prescriptions after a long day of work and they have to wait in line to get their prescriptions only to find they are not ready. We want to help alleviate this problem. If there is a problem while filling the prescription that will cause a delay in completing it, we want to inform our customers of this before hey return to the pharmacy. Automated Phone Line One solution to this problem is to implement an automated telephone system that can be used throughout the filling process in order to update our customers on the status of their prescriptions.

When a pharmacist or technician realizes a customer’s prescription(s) will not be available at the desired time, the customer will receive a phone call from the pharmacy suggesting that the customer call before returning to the pharmacy to check on the status of the prescription(s). This would be similar to the calls made from doctors’ offices to confirm their patients’ appointments. An automated message would be cheap and time- effective for the pharmacy staff and would eliminate unnecessary customer trips to the pharmacy. Make Necessary Phone Calls – Hire New Personnel We understand our technicians and pharmacists are extremely busy with filling prescriptions and helping customers during their shifts and do not have the time to make phone calls when problems arise that require direct contact with the customer.

In order to make this a possibility we want to hire an individual for the pharmacy that strictly deals with communication between insurance companies, doctor’s offices, and our customers. As soon as there is a delay or problem, this individual will take over and contact the necessary parties. For example, if we find the prescription cannot be filled due to insurance discrepancies, this individual’s duties would include contacting the insurance company to determine and solve the problem. If there is a dilemma that cannot be resolved and the customer needs to be notified, the employee will notify the customer before the desired pick-up time so her or she knows the prescription will not be ready on time and why. This will allow the customer to make any necessary phone calls as well as eliminate a trip to the pharmacy.

This is also why it is so important that we get each customer’s contact information and where we can get a hold of them when they drop off their prescriptions. We understand this new employee position will be more cost for the company but it will ultimately help increase customer satisfaction and retention and will be a vital role in the longhorn for C.V. Pharmacy. Costs of Hiring a New Employee We feel by creating a new position to take care of phone calls, data entry, and problems that arise during the course of fulfillment, the pharmacy efficiency loud customer satisfaction would greatly increase. The new position would be paid similar to a pharmacy technician, $10. 70 an hour.

Assuming this new position has an employee working an 8 hour shift 365 days a year, the additional costs of creating a new position at C.V. would be $124,976,000 per year. (8 hours per day * 365 days per year * $10. 70 hourly wage * 4,000 stores) We feel that creating this new position will would increase quality assurance and will reduce customer complaints. Technician Counts and Verifies Prescription After the prescription has been filled the technician counts and verifies that he prescription information is complete and accurate. Once the prescription is verified, the technician prices and files the prescription and insures that it is checked by a Pharmacist before it is given to the customer. Http://www. Flame. Org/helicopters/PHARMACY.

HTML Implement Partial Refill System One problem we encounter during our production stage in operations is discovering we are out of stock or low on inventory of a particular script. This is obviously not only frustrating for pharmacy staff but for the customer as well. One way to aid this problem is to implement a system that allows us to fill part of he prescription for the patient so they can start taking the prescribed medicine. When new inventory arrives at the store and the rest of their prescription can be filled, the customer can return to the pharmacy and pick up the remainder of the script. By implementing this system we need to ensure we always order more immediately when we have to use the partial refill system.

The following outlines the process and benefits of this system: Give the patient enough medication for at least five (Initial Partial Fill) days just in case we encounter a problem when ordering inventory Try to have the rest of the prescription filled in 1-2 days Once the rest of the prescription arrives, notify customer (Final Partial Fill) Helps eliminate unhappy customers Allows them to have at least part of their prescription rather than nothing C] Reduces inconveniences for customers Record Status of Script With the implementation of this new system, it is imperative that we are organized when we enter data into our computer. If we have to fill only part of the prescription we will indicate this as ?Initial Partial Fill. ‘ This notifies techs and pharmacists that the prescription is not complete.

As soon as more inventory arrives and the customer has returned to pick up the remainder f their prescription, it will be indicated as ?Final Partial Fill. ] Now when the customer’s information is pulled up, our employees know the prescription has been filled completely. This is a vital step when entering the customer’s data and must be done immediately so a correct amount of the prescription is filled and the customer’s information is organized and accurate. 13 Quality Assurance Pharmacist Review Once the technician counts and verifies each prescription, it is given to the pharmacist to review to ensure it contains the correct medication in the right quantity and all other details are correct.

No prescription can leave without the pharmacist’s verification. This is an important step that demands great diligence by the pharmacist. Many customers are on many medications by different doctors and are often not easy to verify. This process can be time-consuming, but if done too fast and incorrectly, a customer could be seriously injured or even killed. 14 As this process reaches its final step, finished prescriptions will be kept in alphabetical order by the customers’ last names, making it easy to find when each customer arrives to pick up his or her prescription(s). Staff will verify each customer’s name and birth date as a final check that the requested medicine is going to the correct person.

Finally, any fees due will be collected from the customer at this time. If a customer’s prescription is not available when they come to pick it up, we are encouraging our technicians to explain to the customer why it is not ready. We feel that if customers are given explanations, customers will be less likely to get angry, especially if the reason why their prescription is not ready is due to a matter handled outside of the pharmacy, such as issues involving doctors’ offices and insurance companies. This will help customers realize our staff is working as efficiently as possible while not jeopardizing the customer’s safety, and will indeed notify them when their medication is ready. 4 ?Quick Play Option This is another option our customers will have to pay for their prescriptions. On our website our customers can click on the ?Quick Pay” tab. In order to do this, the customer must develop a surname and password. After they have completed this, they will provide necessary information for billing (credit card number, billing name and address, etc). Their information will be secure and torte in our system. When their prescriptions are ready, they will automatically be billed and the only step they need to complete is to pick their prescriptions up from our pharmacy. We hope this option will make it easier and more convenient for our customers to fill prescriptions at C.V..

At-Home-Delivery In order to offer another option for customer convenience, we want to implement an at-home delivery service. The process would be simple and hassle- free and would eliminate the customer ever needing to set foot in our store. By visiting our website, our customers can enter the appropriate prescription information. We can fill new scripts, re-fills, and even prescriptions that have been transferred to our store. If the prescription is a refill, the customer will need to enter the prescription number as well as the store number. After the information is entered online, the prescription will be added to their shopping cart online (?Added to Cart will appear so the customer knows the prescription was processed).

Once the customer is ready to pay for their prescription, they find their shopping cart and enter billing and payment information, as well as the phone number they can be cached at, should any problems arise. If the prescription is new or a transfer, our online database will be available for our customers to use to find what prescription they want to fill. A drop down menu will appear on the screen and the customer will find their prescribed medication. After they have found their prescription, they choose the specified dosage. When they have completed this step, they will select ?Add to Cartel and the rest of the details (billing information, payment, and phone number) will be taken care of when the customer is ready to checkout.

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