HARRISBURG, PA – August 21, 2017 – PPCN and Creative Pharmacist are proud to announce their partnership with Gateway Health. PPCN pharmacies will be using Creative Pharmacists’ STRAND platform when documenting comprehensive medication management in the communities they serve. PPCN is a Pennsylvania based, recently formed network of high-quality community pharmacies with specially trained pharmacists. Through the Network, the participating pharmacies have joined together to show their value to the healthcare system by providing clinical services to patients in their communities. Gateway Health is the first Managed Care organization in Pennsylvania to partner with PPCN to offer their members a way to consult with the community pharmacist they already know and trust on their medication needs.
This partnership is a very exciting step for community pharmacy. By working with Creative Pharmacist, these pharmacists will have the ability to develop the Pharmacist eCare Plan, a shared document detailing a patient’s current medication regimen and health concerns, including drug therapy problems and medication support needs, in addition to the pharmacy's interventions and the patient's health outcomes over time. The goal is that the community pharmacist is able to communicate with the rest of the healthcare team in the way they are used to working with other providers.
“PPCN is thrilled to be working with Creative Pharmacist and Gateway Health as we launch this first contract,” said Mindy Kozminski, executive manager of PPCN. “Our pharmacists are excited to begin caring for Gateway members and engaging with them in better management of their health by partnering with their other health care providers to better manage their medications, control their chronic disease states, and live healthier lives!”
“Gateway Health is very grateful for the opportunity to partner with PPCN to bring comprehensive medication therapy management services to our Pennsylvania Medicaid population,” stated Sarah Wegner, Pharmacy Quality Manager at Gateway. “This partnership offers a tremendous enhancement in providing quality care to our membership. We are looking forward to being able to measure the program’s success, not only on medication-related outcomes, but its overall impact on disease outcomes, improved health care utilization, and coordination of care.”
Through this partnership, PPCN and Creative Pharmacist will be able to provide pharmacists with cutting edge technology to document the care provided to Gateway members and capture outcomes that demonstrate the value community pharmacists bring to patients and the healthcare community.;
About Gateway Health
Gateway Health is a nationally ranked managed care organization that focuses on providing the best possible healthcare to a growing number of Medicaid and Medicare Advantage consumers. A not-for-profit organization, Gateway Health serves the needs of at risk and vulnerable citizens with not only healthcare coverage, but services such as disease management, health and wellness programs and preventive care. The organization provides Medicaid services in Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia and Medicare cover in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Ohio and North Carolina. Our commitment to helping our members and their communities get and stay healthy is what keeps members, providers, communities and partners “Good with Gateway.” To learn more about Gateway Health, visit them online at www.gatewayhealthplan.com.
PPCN’s mission is to be a premier professional network of pharmacists collaborating to optimize medication use and promote positive patient outcomes. PPCN is a service of and wholly owned subsidiary of the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association (PPA). PPCN’s vision is to improve patient outcomes by connecting pharmacists to the patients that need their help and partnering with payers so that this service is fairly reimbursed and sustainable. Ultimately, by providing medication management services to those that need them, PPCN pharmacists will be able to improve patient outcomes, increase quality measure ratings and lower overall health care costs. For more information, please visit: www.papharmacistsnetwork.com.
About Creative Pharmacist
Co-founded by a community pharmacist and a technology expert in 2008, Creative Pharmacist, developer of the STRAND® clinical platform, is the U.S. market leader in helping pharmacists launch clinical services within their community. They support community pharmacists across the country in engaging patients with chronic disease, such as diabetes, through STRAND®, a wide-reaching intervention, documentation, and edu¬cation platform capable of developing the new Pharmacist eCare plan. Their mission is to transform the community pharmacy marketplace by inspiring and empowering pharmacists to engage clinical pharmacy practice to improve both the health of their business and the health of their patients. For more information, please visit: www.creativepharmacist.com .