Missouri Pharmacists Have New Patient Care Opportunities



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Alexandria, Va. (Oct. 1, 2013) - Pharmacists in the Show-Me State have a new opportunity to demonstrate—and be paid for – their ability to help patients achieve measurable progress in fighting several chronic conditions, the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), the Missouri Pharmacy Association (MPA) and the Missouri Pharmacist Care Network (MO-PCN) announced today.

With the help of pharmacy organizations like NCPA, MPA and MO-PCN, American Health Care (AHC) is establishing a pharmacist care network across Missouri. NCPA is now accepting applications from community pharmacists who want to be part of the network and provide disease state management services to qualified patients. The program is intended to enhance patient well-being and to build to the body of evidence that pharmacist-provided disease management services can improve patient outcomes and lower costs for employers, health plans and accountable care organizations (ACOs).

Pharmacists participating in the network as care managers or "coaches" meet every one to three months with patients, help them work toward concrete health goals and record the pharmacist's efforts through an easy-to-use, Web-based platform. Pharmacists would be compensated for documented cases. Chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and lipid management are expected to be among the focal points, although the exact range of conditions treated will be determined by the employers and/or health plans with which AHC contracts.

"Community pharmacists are highly trained and are overwhelmingly trusted by patients, putting these providers in an ideal position to play a larger role in the U.S. health care system," NCPA CEO B. Douglas Hoey, RPh, MBA. "The opportunity for pharmacists should only grow more substantial as more Americans are expected to gain health care coverage and the primary care shortage becomes more acute. This program offers Missouri pharmacists a prime opportunity to improve patient lives, grow their business and further prove the value that all community pharmacists present to health plans and their sponsors."

"The support and success of this Missouri disease and wellness management study opportunity is a priority for both MPA and MO-PCN and we are pleased to be a participant in this effort," said MPA Chief Executive Officer Ron Fitzwater, CAE. "Our state's community pharmacists are well-positioned to deliver the program's patient care services, demonstrating to employers and plan sponsors the value that these programs provide to optimize outcomes and manage health care costs."

"We are very excited about our groundbreaking partnership with NCPA," said Lance Aizen, CEO of AHC. "Our visions for how pharmacy should be practiced and the role of the community pharmacist in caring for patients with diabetes and other chronic conditions are very much aligned. American Health Care is highly confident that employers and their employees in Missouri will be the beneficiaries of significant health improvement, increased productivity and unprecedented medical cost reductions just as we have seen in other American Health Care published, peer-reviewed outcomes throughout the country."

AHC has a proven track record in this field. For example, since 2006 care managers participating in its Hickory Project have counseled patients with diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol to facilitate proper health screenings and promote patient adherence to prescribed medication. The program has achieved an $8.48 return on investment for every $1 spent.

Missouri pharmacists can find more information and apply at https://www.ncpanet.org/index.php/phm.



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The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA®) represents the interests of America's community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 23,000 independent community pharmacies. Together they represent an $88.5 billion health care marketplace, dispense nearly 40% of all retail prescriptions, and employ more than 300,000 individuals, including over 62,000 pharmacists. To learn more go to www.ncpanet.org or read NCPA's blog, The Dose, at http://ncpanet.wordpress.com/.

The Missouri Pharmacy Association (http://ww.MORx.com) founded in 1879, promotes leadership, sharing, learning, and policy exchange among pharmacy leaders in the State of Missouri and provides education and advocacy to support pharmacists, patients, and communities working together to improve public health.

The Missouri Pharmacist Care Network (http://www.MO-PCN.com) is a Missouri pharmacist provider network designed to support, or administer, Missouri's pharmacist patient care delivery.

American Health Care is a Rocklin, CA based health care company that has been providing Population Health Management (PHM) and Pharmacy Benefit Management (PBM) services for over 30 years. American Health Care presently operates improved-Asheville Model PHM sites in 36 states. AHC is an innovator of products, processes, and tools that result in better care for patients through advanced data integration technologies, clinical pharmacy, and disease/health management.

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