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Dakotacare implements RxEOB’s pharmacy prior authorization solution

BY Alaric DeArment

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota’s largest physician-owned health plan has adopted prior authorization automation technology from RxEOB for use across its membership, RxEOB said.

Dakotacare will use the company’s AutoAuthRx to allow clinical pharmacists to collaborate with providers and ensure each prescription is aligned with the member’s specific benefit design and the associated evidence-based guidelines.

“We are pleased RxEOB can help us bring tools to our community, which allow providers to make the most informed pharmacy decisions for our members, promote lower-cost options when clinically appropriate and free clinician and staff time to focus on patient care,” Dakotacare VP medical management Rich Jones said in a statement. “AutoAuthRx is fully aligned with our mission to make health care more efficient for all to ensure we can offer a rich set of benefit options, to drive effective medical management programs and to preserve the financial stability of our healthcare system.”

AutoAuthRx is part of RxEOB’s workflow technology suite, which also includes the software program RxEFormulary, for consolidating into one source the many formularies that health plans and pharmacy benefit managers maintain, as well as RxMonitor, an analytics and reporting engine that delivers detailed pharmacy utilization and drug switching and compliance metrics to employers, health plans and PBMs.

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Association of Northwest Pharmacies members join NCPA

BY Michael Johnsen

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Association of Northwest Pharmacies, an independent pharmacy organization, joined the National Community Pharmacists Association on Tuesday in an effort to bolster their lobbying efforts, the groups announced.

“The board of the Association of Northwest Pharmacies chose to have all our stores become members of NCPA,” stated Joel Hadfield, Association of Northwest Pharmacies CEO. “This action was prompted by the legislative and educational efforts of NCPA.”

In addition to benefiting from and supporting NCPA’s advocacy efforts, Association of Northwest Pharmacies members now will have access to additional perquisites of NCPA membership, including financial benchmarking, via the NCPA Digest sponsored by Cardinal Health; exclusive peer-to-peer Members Forum discussions of hot topics; updates on healthcare reform implementation; such programs as Dispose My Meds prescription drug disposal; and discounts on industry meetings.

ANP is a regionalized not-for-profit cooperative designed by pharmacists to provide a highly diversified healthcare goods and services portfolio for the benefit of independent retail, long-term care, home infusion and specialty pharmacies and their patients.

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McKesson announces 2011 Pharmacy of the Year awards

BY Michael Johnsen

SAN FRANCISCO — McKesson earlier this month named its 2011 Pharmacy of the Year awards at the wholesaler’s annual McKesson ideaShare Conference.

This year’s winners, recognized during a special awards ceremony, included a national grand prize winner and four category winners. McKesson’s Pharmacy of the Year awards recognize independent pharmacies that demonstrate a strong commitment to advancing clinical excellence, personalized care and retail best practices.

The 2011 grand prize for overall excellence was awarded to Birch Health Mart Pharmacy in Tooele, Utah. Birch Health Mart Pharmacy has been a McKesson customer since 2007, and is owned and operated by Sheldon Birch. In addition to running a successful business, Birch actively is collaborating with other healthcare providers in his community to address the increasing occurrence of diabetes.

"While McKesson and Health Mart provide pharmacists with the tools to help them succeed, at the end of the day, it’s all about the relationships that independent-pharmacy owners and pharmacists have with their patients and communities that make them successful," stated Rex Catton, SVP for McKesson U.S. Pharmaceutical.

"Birch Health Mart Pharmacy showcases the important role that community pharmacists can play across the country," Catton added. "By delivering exceptional, personalized care to its patients, Birch Health Mart Pharmacy is demonstrating that the independent pharmacy can compete and grow in today’s market, and achieve new levels of clinical and business success."

"It’s important to me that my pharmacies are viewed as trustworthy and reliable healthcare resources for the community, and that my staff listens and engages with each patient as an individual," commented Sheldon Birch. "Partnering with McKesson and embracing the solutions and services offered by Health Mart enables me to focus my time and efforts on customer service and clinical care for my patients. I am honored to receive this award from McKesson as it validates our commitment to the community."

Four additional pharmacies received awards in individual categories: Exceptional Growth to Foster’s Health Mart Pharmacy in Mount Vernon, Ohio; Innovation in Customer Service to Tyson Medical Center in Holly Springs, Miss.; Outstanding Effectiveness to Apple Discount Drugs Health Mart Pharmacy in Salisbury, Md.; and Superior Efficiency to Moody Health Mart Pharmacy in Sparta, Ill.

 

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