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Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health to Merge
After a year of negotiations, Dignity Health and Catholic Health Initiatives have signed a definitive agreement to merge operations. The new, as-yet unnamed health system will include more than 700 care sites and 139 hospitals, approximately 159,000 employees and more than 25,000 physicians and other advanced practice clinicians.
Integrated specialty pharmacy improves access to IBD drugs
ORLANDO, Fla. — Patients with inflammatory bowel disease and their providers face significant barriers to therapy access due to insurance coverage decisions and costs, but integrating a specialty pharmacy at University of Chicago’s IBD clinic helped overcome these obstacles, according to presenters at AIBD 2017.
Specialty Pharmacies Earn High Marks in First NASP Patient Satisfaction Survey
Specialty pharmacies earned kudos from their patients in the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy’s first comprehensive patient satisfaction survey, conducted between September 2016 and August 2017 by the Sullivan Luallin Group and released at the NASP Annual Meeting on September 19.
Breaking Out of Isolation: The Value of Clinical Integration in Health System Specialty Pharmacy
The benefits of integrated clinical care are undeniable. In a specialty context, pharmacy integration acquires additional meaning and urgency for its impact on individual patient health, population health, and organizational efficiency.
The Excelera Specialty Pharmacy Network: The Right Partner for Value-based Care [Video]
Melissa Duke spoke on behalf of Excelera at the 9th Annual Fairview Pharma Symposium. Her presentation focused on finding the right partner for value-based care, and why the Excelera specialty pharmacy network is the right partner for manufacturers.
Fairview Pharmacy welcomed hundreds of pharmaceutical and biotech representatives from around the country to their 9th Annual Pharma Symposium. This industry-leading event provides a unique opportunity for drug manufacturers to collaborate with a health care system and find ways to reduce costs and optimize patient care.
Specialty Pharmacies Must be Value-Driven, Patient-Centric to Remain Competitive
The high number of specialty drugs emerging into the marketplace has increased competition among independent pharmacies and chain pharmacies. As the health care industry moves towards value-based reimbursement, health plans, pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), physicians, and hospitals are looking to partner with pharmacies that have proven the ability to deliver high-value care at a low cost, according a new white paper from URAC.
Provider-owned specialty pharmacies are fastest-growing segment
The majority of specialty pharmacies are independently owned, but those owned by health care providers such as hospitals and health plans constitute the fastest-growing segment, according to the Drug Channels Institute. In 2016, about 2,500 specialty pharmacy locations dispensed approximately $115 billion in medications.
Patient Satisfaction – The True Differentiator for Specialty Pharmacies
The rapid proliferation of specialty pharmacies has led to a growing need to create models that truly differentiate the various offerings in the marketplace. Specialty medications now account for more than one-third of all spending on drugs in the United States.
Health Systems Disrupt the Specialty Pharmacy Market to Improve Patient Care
The authors argue that specialty pharmacy programs at health systems provide significant advantages to hospitals, health systems, and patients. They highlight the specific benefits for organ transplant and hepatitis C patients.