Med Sync 101
by Whitney Hanson, PharmD – Pharmacy Operations Consultant
Medication Synchronization, conceptualized in 2006, works around a concept known as the Appointment-Based Model (ABM). As opposed to filling prescriptions when a patient requests them, a pharmacy is able to utilize the ABM by aligning all fills of maintenance medications to an “anchor date” and scheduling an appointment with the patient to pick up their medications. During this appointment, the patient can be offered additional clinical services, such as vaccination opportunities, medication therapy management, or targeted medication review.
Medication synchronization improves the convenience of dispensing medications for patients, resulting in fewer trips to the pharmacy every month. With slight workflow adjustments, the pharmacy will no longer need to field as many phone calls for refills or provide as much clerk coverage at the register due to consolidated prescription pick-up. Medication synchronization programs benefit the pharmacy by improving patient adherence to maintenance medications, thus increasing revenue, improving patient satisfaction and positively influencing disease state management, and increasing CMS 5-Star Scores. Recent studies have been completed showing that patients enrolled in a medication synchronization program average 100 extra days of coverage per maintenance medication per year.
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AmerisourceBergen Unveils Suite of Enhanced Capabilities for Independent Pharmacies at ThoughtSpot 2015
New Services Designed to Improve Patient Care and Support Fair and Transparent Reimbursement for Pharmacists
LAS VEGAS, July 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — In today’s fast changing healthcare environment, independent pharmacists seek resources that help them drive positive health outcomes, improve profitability and enhance their role as a vital source of patient care in their communities. At ThoughtSpot 2015, Good Neighbor Pharmacy’s annual tradeshow and conference, AmerisourceBergen announced a new set of innovative capabilities that will strengthen its Pharmacy Services Administration Organization and help independent pharmacies endure the industry’s most pressing challenges, including pressure on profit margins, narrowing networks and reimbursement challenges.
“AmerisourceBergen and Good Neighbor Pharmacy are committed to providing community pharmacists with the resources they need to transform their businesses, adapt to industry changes and to leverage their collective voice to shape the delivery of pharmacy services,” said David Neu, executive vice president of retail strategy at AmerisourceBergen and president of Good Neighbor Pharmacy. “Over the past year we’ve made a series of targeted investments that will support independent pharmacies in their efforts to improve patient care and receive fair and accurate reimbursement for their services.”
During today’s general session, AmerisourceBergen leaders unveiled the organization’s revamped Pharmacy Services Administration Organization. Bolstered by a core of enhanced capabilities, the newly-named Elevate Provider Network will support independent pharmacies in their efforts to improve profitability through enhanced patient care, better business practices and by leveraging centralized data to support reimbursement discussions with payers. Highlights of the new service, which will enable Good Neighbor Pharmacy to provide its network members access to its Premier-level services, include:
A new patient engagement center and capability set, powered by PrescribeWellness, that independent pharmacies can leverage to drive adherence and enhance patient care, ultimately creating the potential to improve CMS Star ratings and increase reimbursements
Access to pre- and post-claims editing services through Emdeon, a leading provider of revenue and payment cycle management, which will help reduce claim errors, improve pharmacy profits and provide greater transparency into payer reimbursement
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