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United Drugs to implement PQS’ ‘EQuIPP’ platform

BY Antoinette Alexander

PHOENIX — United Drugs, a member-owned pharmacy services administration organization, has announced that it is implementing Pharmacy Quality Solutions’ EQuIPP information-management platform to help its network of 1,300 independent pharmacies better understand performance metrics and to improve patient care and clinical outcomes.

“With the shift to value-based purchasing, the U.S. healthcare system faces significant transformation. Payers are navigating the complexities of a new reimbursement environment, and independent pharmacists must be able to show value by driving quality metrics and positive outcomes,” stated Robert McMahan, president of United Drugs.

In the traditional fee-for-service reimbursement environment, transaction volume was critical. But, today, payments also hinge upon quality, added Jon Copeland, CEO of United Drugs’ parent organization American Associated Pharmacies. “Our network pharmacies face exacting metrics in the dynamic and competitive world of accountable care, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service Star ratings, medication adherence and bundled payments. Therefore, innovation and the delivery of measurable patient-care improvements are among our top priorities.”

The ability to dashboard and track quality performance is a key component of United Drugs’ 2014 quality-network strategy.

“Our goal is to leverage the EQuIPP platform — and a variety of other tools to be announced soon — to increase Star ratings measurements for our pharmacies in a way that will provide greater network access going forward,” McMahan added.

Pharmacy Quality Solutions’ president David Nau stated, “Measuring performance is powerful in transforming the quality of the medication-use system, but only if pharmacies have access to standard dashboards that objectively reflect how they compare against meaningful quality measures. Our goal is to accelerate this transformation by making EQuIPP services broadly available so we can rapidly move from measurement to improvement. EQuIPP use by the United Drugs’ nationwide membership is a major win for quality expansion.”

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Diplomat partners on concert series to benefit employees, community

BY Michael Johnsen

FLINT, Mich. — Diplomat Pharmacy on Thursday announced that it will be partnering with The Whiting, Flint’s premier performing arts venue on bringing new entertainment opportunities to the area through the Gen X Concert Series. Performers featured will be targeted to “Generation X," or those born in the early 1960s through the early 1980s.

In addition to the concert series, the partnership also will bring entertainment to Diplomat’s corporate headquarters. The Whiting will present local performers during select lunch periods for employees to enjoy.

“I believe this series will help us diversify the entertainment offerings for our community, as well as draw individuals from the surrounding communities,” stated Phil Hagerman, Diplomat CEO. “I also am pleased to provide the opportunity to expand the cultural offerings for our employees. The arts play an undeniable role in our health and wellness.”

The partnership is another way for Diplomat to continue its commitment to the Flint area and to its employees. Two concerts are planned for 2014, with an additional two concerts slated for 2015, depending on artist availability. Schedule and ticket information will be made available through The Whiting.

 

 

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Diplomat launches online specialty pharmacy resource targeting both patients and clinicians

BY Michael Johnsen

FLINT, Mich. — A new web platform has gone live from Diplomat, the nation’s largest independent specialty pharmacy reported Thursday. On Jan. 29 the company revealed a completely redesigned site that is "mobile-friendly, easy to use and primed for upcoming changes."

The venture, titled ‘Diplomat.is,’ is the latest tech project to emerge from Diplomat, a firm that posted more than $1.5 billion in revenue for 2013. According to Jennifer Cretu, VP information technology and marketing, the unveiling is part of a new move.

“We deployed this site to become a better resource for people with questions about specialty pharmacy care,” Cretu said. “More and more people are bringing those questions to the web, and this new site is an answer for them — a simpler way for patients and providers to find the tools and insights they’re looking for.”

Meanwhile, the site’s URL lends itself to memorable connections, ranging from diplomat.is/oncology to diplomat.is/copayhelp. The site’s content will be updated frequently and offer resources for anyone interested in the field, including patients, families, physicians and professionals across health care, Diplomat stated. 

“At Diplomat, we’ve always positioned our expertise so we can use it to help others,” Cretu said. “With this new project, we can meet those people no matter where they are. And this launch is just the beginning.”

For regular visitors to Diplomat’s previous site, diplomatpharmacy.com will automatically redirect to the new site at diplomat.is.

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