Universal American Names 2010 Community CCRx(SM) PDP Pharmacy of the Year

Peterson Drug and Gifts in Mountain Lake, Minn., Recognized for Its Commitment to Patients and the Community

Dec 09, 2010, 10:15 ET from Universal American

RYE BROOK, N.Y., Dec. 9, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Universal American (NYSE: UAM), the nation's second largest Medicare Part D plan sponsor(1) with its Community CCRx Prescription Drug plans, recently named Peterson Drug and Gifts in Mountain Lake, Minn., the 2010 Community CCRx Pharmacy of the Year. Owner Vernon Peterson and pharmacy staff were recognized for their commitment to medication therapy management, Community CCRx and Universal American's Healthy Collaboration.

You can find out more about this year's winner at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QL9civma2rg

"The foundation of Community CCRx is to provide members with a supportive relationship we call A Healthy Collaboration(SM). Pharmacists help our members understand their drug regimens, counsel patients to prevent dangerous drug interactions and work to save members money by helping them switch to lower-cost, equally effective medications when appropriate," said John Wardle, President of Universal American's Medicare Prescription Drug Plan business. "Community CCRx recognizes how important pharmacists are. We support the care they provide while they work with doctors and hospitals to help manage medications properly and safely."

Peterson Drug and Gifts was selected for its work inside and outside the pharmacy. It participates in both of the Community CCRx Pharmacy Medication Management Incentive Programs and reached the highest possible tiers for Generic Dispensing rate and Maintenance Supply rate. In addition, it completed 90 percent of its available Medication Therapy Management (MTM) cases and is active in the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) and the Chamber of Commerce.

"Peterson Drug and Gifts does more than just fill prescriptions. They embody the ideals of A Healthy Collaboration and have embraced a model of care that leverages the strength of the patient-pharmacist relationship to improve members' health and help reduce their healthcare costs," said Wardle.

Peterson will be recognized at NCPA's Multiple Locations Pharmacy Conference in Palm Springs, Calif., Feb. 16 -20, 2011.

"We can call Vern in the middle of the night. He hops out of bed, comes to the store, opens it up and gets us the pills and brings them to us," said Deb Kremmin, Director of Nursing at Good Samaritan Society-Mountain Lake.

"Peterson Drug and Gifts is honored to be named this year's Community CCRx Pharmacy of the Year," said Peterson. "We understand the important role we play in our patient's healthcare-making decisions, and we want them to know they don't have to make those choices alone. We're committed to providing our patients with information and resources to help them make the best healthcare decisions possible."

Community CCRx is a federally qualified Medicare contracting Prescription Drug Plan and part of the Universal American family of healthcare products. Community CCRx plans are backed by Universal American's Healthy Collaboration, which works closely with members, their community pharmacists and other healthcare providers in order to ensure that members have a support system of healthcare advocates.

About Universal American

Universal American (NYSE: UAM), through our family of healthcare companies, provides health benefits to nearly two million people with Medicare every day.* We are dedicated to working collaboratively with healthcare professionals in order to improve the health and well-being of our members.  *Annual Report; available at www.UniversalAmerican.com

Community CCRx(SM) PDP is a federally qualified Medicare contracting Prescription Drug Plan and is offered by the following organizations that contract with the Federal government: American Progressive Life & Health Insurance Company of New York and Pennsylvania Life Insurance Company, members of the Universal American family of companies.

(1)Source: CMS.gov; April 2010.

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