CAMP HILL, Pa. (July 29, 2015) - Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD) has announced Reliance ACO, based in southeast Michigan, as the latest healthcare provider to join its Rite Aid Health Alliance initiative. Through Rite Aid Health Alliance, physicians, Rite Aid pharmacists and special care coaches provide comprehensive care and support to individuals with chronic and poly-chronic health conditions, helping them achieve health improvement goals established by their physicians. Reliance ACO is the eighth partner to join Rite Aid Health Alliance.
"Adding healthcare providers, such as Reliance ACO, to our Rite Aid Health Alliance portfolio further enables us to provide our communities with unique healthcare resources," said Robert Thompson, Rite Aid executive vice president of pharmacy. "We look forward to collaborating with our latest partner, Reliance ACO, as we work to bring a broad range of services to patients with chronic and poly-chronic conditions in southeast Michigan."
Rite Aid's Health Alliance integrated care model is a first for the drugstore industry, because it uniquely leverages the combined expertise of community pharmacists, who are one of the most accessible and trusted resources among healthcare providers, along with specially trained in-store care coaches. Physicians can refer patients who they feel would benefit from additional coaching in areas such as medication management and meal and exercise planning. All members of the care team will communicate regularly with physicians in a true partnership to improve patients' overall health.
"Reliance ACO is excited to announce its partnership with Rite Aid Health Alliance. This collaboration represents our commitment to improving patient outcomes and delivering cost effective healthcare," said Gene Farber, Reliance ACO CEO. "By partnering with Rite Aid pharmacists and care coaches in our community, our patients will have expanded access to tools and resources to manage their chronic and poly-chronic conditions successfully."
Through Rite Aid Health Alliance, patients with chronic conditions, such as congestive heart failure, COPD, high cholesterol and diabetes, are recommended to the program by their primary care physician. Rite Aid pharmacists and specially trained care coaches, located in Rite Aid pharmacies, work with the physician and patient on an on-going basis to improve the patient's overall health and self-management abilities. The care team members collaborate with the patient to establish health goals, eliminate barriers and create a personalized health care action plan in coordination with the patient's physician.
Rite Aid is currently piloting Rite Aid Health Alliance partnerships with High Point, N.C.-based Cornerstone Health Care; Glendale, Calif.-based Apollo Medical Holdings, Inc. ("ApolloMed"); Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network of Buffalo, N.Y.; Penn State Hershey Health System of Hershey, Pa.; Heritage Provider Network based in Marina Del Rey, Calif; Physician Direct ACO of Sylvan Lake, Mich.; Louisville, Ky. based Quality Independent Physicians.
In these markets at select Rite Aid pharmacies, Rite Aid provides the care coaches on the team through its wholly owned subsidiary Health Dialog, a leading provider of healthcare patient support, analytics and decision support. Rite Aid care coaches will be available in Rite Aid pharmacies, and specialize in behavior change to help patients address lifestyle health issues.
The full range of services available to patients participating in Rite Aid Health Alliance includes medication compliance support; comprehensive medication reviews and reconciliation; nutrition and weight management information; disease education; exercise coaching and tobacco cessation support. Records of all interactions, which occur in Rite Aid pharmacies, as well as updates from the physician, are stored electronically, along with patient profiles including medications and lab results. This supports continuity of care and provides convenient access of information to other members of the patient's healthcare team.
Rite Aid Corporation is one of the nation's leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2015 annual revenues of $26.5 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company's website at www.riteaid.com.