PHARMACY

Cardinal Health acquires Mirixa

BY Sandra Levy

Cardinal Health has acquired Mirixa, a leading provider of technology-enabled solutions for the provision of medication therapy management, from the National Community Pharmacists Association.

The business will integrate into OutcomesMTM at Cardinal Health.

This expanded portfolio from Cardinal Health will bring payers an enhanced pharmacy services network and will standardize care delivery, documentation and billing for MTM services, according to Cardinal Health.

“For many years, OutcomesMTM and Mirixa have shared a common vision to increase healthcare quality and decrease cost through the appropriate use of medication,” Tom Halterman, Cardinal Health’s vice president of medication therapy management solutions and founder of OutcomesMTM, said. “We are excited about this opportunity to unite these two companies and continue to advance this shared vision under the Cardinal Health umbrella.”

Merging the technology platforms deployed by Mirixa and OutcomesMTM is an important priority of the transaction, the companies said. In addition, this combination simplifies the workflow for pharmacy staffs in retail, clinic and long-term care settings, allowing them to more effectively deliver services to patients.

“When the integration is complete, pharmacists will no longer need to sign in to multiple portals to navigate their MTM opportunities,” Halterman said. “A single, standardized platform will enable any health plan to connect their members with over 100,000 U.S. pharmacists.”

Through the platform, such clinical services as comprehensive medication reviews, medication adherence consultations and other important interventions can be deployed.

“The original objective of Mirixa was to empower and enable independent community pharmacists, which is a vision this integration with OutcomesMTM and Cardinal Health seeks to continue,” NCPA CEO Doug Hoey said.

“In addition to benefiting pharmacists, who can work more closely with patients and be reimbursed for high-touch care, MTM services also result in increased adherence to medications. That increased adherence saves money for health plans, employers and taxpayers in the form of reduced healthcare costs overall,” Hoey said.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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