Wednesday, July 26, 2017

NCPDP’s RxReconn Keeps Subscribers Up-To-Date on New Legislation

A dedicated pharmacist with more than a decade of experience, Ashok Pinnamaraju is the owner and pharmacist at Williamson Road Pharmacy in Virginia. In this capacity, he oversees all operations at his pharmacy and ensures customer care remains a top priority. Active within his professional community, Ashok Pinnamaraju belongs to such organizations as the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP).

As part of its efforts to promote health care standards and improve outcomes, NCPDP offers several products and services designed to improve pharmacy operations. One such product is RxReconn.

Powered by the leading Government Relationship Management System, FiscalNote, RxReconn provides subscribers with real-time updates of issues relating to the industry. The tracking tool compiles all federal and state regulatory and legislative activity relating to such topics as biosimilars, ePrescribing, mail-order pharmacy, and off-label drug use.

To ensure subscribers receive information pertinent to their business, RxReconn allows individuals to customize the reporting tool. Custom summaries and legislative reports can be created and exported through the tool, and subscribers can keep track of upcoming results and hearings related to the topics they select. Meanwhile, FiscalNote maintains a legislative outlook tool that subscribers can access, and RxReconn maintains an interactive advocacy map.

Subscribers to RxReconn are also given access to the tool’s legislative database. Bill number or keyword can be used to search for bills, and professionals have the ability to search legislative trends on social media. Further, NCPDP provides subscribers with weekly updates on the specific topics selected by each individual.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Increasing the Speed of a Tennis Serve

A pharmacist with over a decade of experience, Ashok Pinnamaraju leads Williamson Road Pharmacy as its owner and pharmacist. When he’s not busy overseeing the concern and serving his customers, Ashok Pinnamaraju enjoys playing tennis.

Regardless of a tennis player’s accuracy or skill, his or her overall game can be hugely impacted by the speed of his or her serve. The following are a few ways that players can increase the speed of their service:

- Change grip. By far the best grip for increasing serving speed, the continental grip can accommodate several types of serves and is frequently used by players who are known to have a powerful serve. Further, players should try loosening their grip to allow their racket to move more freely as they swing it forward.

- Experiment with wind-ups. Depending on the wind-up players choose, the tennis ball may move in different ways. Classic wind-ups, which involve bringing the racket down and back, are more standard and allow players to move more smoothly. However, shorter wind-ups, which bring the racket up and back, result in a more powerful serve.

- Check point of contact. This is the most basic component of the tennis serve. While players can alter their grip and wind-up, having a poor point of contact dramatically decreases a serve’s speed. Ideally, players are fully extended when the ball touches the racket face to ensure their body generates as much power as possible.