Health Mart Kicks-Off Third Town Hall Event Series to Help Pharmacies Implement Medication Synchronization

With the industry's greater focus for pharmacies on clinical performance and patient outcomes, Health Mart is hosting its third series of Town Hall events.

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SAN FRANCISCO--(

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)--With the industry’s greater focus for pharmacies on clinical performance and patient outcomes, Health Mart is hosting its third series of Town Hall events. The “Get in Sync: Medication Synchronization” Town Hall events encourage pharmacists to consider an appointment-based model with medication synchronization, shifting them from reactive prescription filling to proactive and patient-centric. Health Mart

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, the largest independent pharmacy network with more than 4,200 locally owned community pharmacies across all 50 states, will host more than 100 complimentary Town Hall CE events across the country through early 2016.

“Med sync is a critically important opportunity for independent pharmacists to improve patient care and clinical quality measures, as well as streamline pharmacy operations and improve their bottom line,” said Steve Courtman, president, Health Mart. “However, med sync is not the end goal; it is the vehicle that will enable our pharmacies to make the transition from just filling prescriptions to taking a more proactive, patient-centric approach.”

Focused on helping pharmacies learn how to implement a med sync program, the interactive peer-to-peer workshops provide a comprehensive review of the benefits of medication synchronization. This includes increased operational efficiencies to free up time, reduction of expenses and increased revenues, and improved clinical performance to help gain payer recognition for quality outcomes. During the Town Hall event, attendees learn the seven steps to creating amed sync process that will help them transition to an appointment-based model. In addition to providing stores time-saving tips through an implementation Playbook, attendees receive practical examples of how other owners and their pharmacy teams overcame barriers of implementing med sync. For example:

  • At Shriver’s Health Mart Pharmacy and Coler Long Term Care, VP/COO Greg Paisley reports lower dispensing costs, improved pharmacy operations and a better work environment after implementing med sync at five locations.
  • At Tyson’s Drugs, Health Mart owner Bob Lomenick attributes 60% incremental Rx growth over the past five years to syncing more than 900 patients’ prescriptions at three locations.
  • Derek Tengan of 5 Minute Health Mart Pharmacy exceeded CMS Five-Star Quality goals at his two retail locations for two adherence measures and high-risk medication use in the elderly since implementing med sync last year. He also showed a local health plan how managing just 10 high-risk patients with sync and medication therapy management (MTM) could save them an estimated $180,000 in reduced ER visits and hospital admissions and readmissions.

In addition to this third series of Town Hall Meetings, Health Mart has invested heavily to help pharmacies “Get In Sync” at every step of their med sync journey with the development of the online Health Mart University Learning Experience” and Med Sync Playbook. The Med Sync Learning Experience provides an online roadmap to connect pharmacies to resources and trainings from Health Mart to help them successfully implement and maximize med sync in their pharmacy. Health Mart has also created physician-facing fax templates, and patient-facing marketing materials and brand, SimpleSync

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to help pharmacies advertise their new med sync service.

“We recognize one key factor that makes our customers different as independent pharmacies: they already have the relationships with their patients. Their business model, and how they operate, just needs to follow. Health Mart is confident that this shift of their focus from reactive prescription filling to proactive and patient focused will improve both the health of their businesses and their patients,” added Courtman.

Health Mart also announced that the 2016 Health Mart Healthy Living Tour will include stops at a number of “Get in Sync: Medication Synchronization” Town Hall events. Another way that Health Mart invests in helping independent pharmacists to provide their patients with positive health outcomes, the Healthy Living Tour aims to help identify people at risk for a variety of health conditions that can be better managed with the help of a pharmacist. The 2015 Tour screened thousands of people in more than 130 communities with first-time stops in Montana, North and South Dakota, Virginia and Maine.