CINCINNATI, Jan. 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- AssureCare and Kroger today announced that they achieved Level III capability from Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC) for the Pharmacist eCare Plan initiative. Using AssureCare's solution, MedCompass, Kroger pharmacies in North Carolina can share care plans electronically, support care coordination, and actively participate with CCNC and its patient-centered medical home and care-management activities. By virtue of being able to submit the ecare plan, they are able to engage the patient and his/her care team, improving health outcomes, and reduce costs. For more information on the Pharmacist eCare Plan initiative, click here.
"This level 3 capability allows Kroger pharmacies to transmit patient active medication lists, drug therapy problems, gaps in care, interventions and patient-centered goals," said Colleen Lindholz, President of Kroger Pharmacy and The Little Clinic. "By using AssureCare, our pharmacists have a much broader, real-time view of the patient's care plan, and consequently, they have the tools to go 'beyond the fill,' improving patient health outcomes, enhancing patient engagement, and reducing costs," she added.
"The Pharmacist eCare Plan is a dynamic plan that contains information on the patient, pharmacist and care team's concerns and goals related to medication optimization. The care plan may also contain information related to individual health and social risks that may impact care, planned interventions, expected outcomes, and referrals to other providers or for additional services e.g., nutrition consultation or diagnostic laboratory studies," said Jim Kirby, Senior Director of Pharmacy Services.
Kroger's community pharmacists can also use AssureCare's technology platform to identify what interventions or services a patient needs and drive patient services like medication reconciliation, adherence monitoring and medication synchronization, immunizations, Medicare plan reviews, patient engagement, communication to the electronic health record to other healthcare providers, and billing for enhanced services.
"Reaching Level 3 is an important milestone. AssureCare is an innovator and their technology allows Kroger pharmacies to now communicate with commercial health plans, government sponsored health programs, hospitals, physician practices, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) quality assurance organizations, Risk Bearing Entities (RBEs) and other care team members in a way that gives depth and context to their pharmacy's activities," said Troy Trygstad, vice president, Pharmacy Programs at Community Care of North Carolina. "This is an important step towards pharmacies' meaningful integration with the rest of the health care team. Without the Pharmacist eCare Plan, it is difficult for pharmacies to participate in widespread healthcare system payment reform efforts and they risk getting left behind."
"I commend CCNC and Kroger's innovative pharmacy leadership for taking a pioneering role in creating this eCare Plan standard which not only exchanges real-time pharmacy related clinical information, but also leverages the depth and breadth of AssureCare's member-centric technology that helps coordinate the entire ecosystem of a human life," said Yousuf J. Ahmad, DrPH, MBA, MHSA, FACHE, a healthcare industry veteran and President & CEO of AssureCare. "It allows pharmacists to exchange real-time information with the entire care team of the patient with a keen focus on the triple aim – improving health outcomes, engaging patients, and reducing costs," Dr. Ahmad added.
AssureCare is a privately held healthcare technology company that transforms the health management process for providers and payers by enabling the delivery of higher quality, cost effective, collaborative care across the complete continuum of care. AssureCare's flagship software platform, MedCompass, is used by many of the nation's leading commercial and government organizations (Medicare and Medicaid) to deliver end-to-end care management for millions of members daily. MedCompass transforms healthcare management by automating processes and streamlining workflows, thus allowing care professionals to make better decisions that dramatically improve the quality of care. AssureCare is considered an industry leader in developing modular, seamless solutions designed to improve patient outcomes and reduce avoidable costs associated with population health management.
AssureCare is a Vora Ventures portfolio company with headquarters in Cincinnati, OH. For more information, please visit https://www.assurecare.com or call 513-618-2150.
The Kroger Co. is 453,000 associates who serve nearly nine million customers every day in 2,793 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia.