Association between health system specialty pharmacy use and health care costs among national sample of Medicare Advantage beneficiaries
Health care expenditures are growing rapidly. There is a growing body of literature showing that health system specialty pharmacy is associated with improvement in clinical outcomes; however, there is a lack of data on its effect on health care costs and utilization.
Disparities in Chronic Disease Outcomes Require Solutions
Pharmacy Times, Health-System Edition, January 2022 , Volume 11, Issue 01. Finding ways to eliminate barriers to care helps narrow the gap, by Neil A. Gilchrist, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, DPLA.
Supreme Court to hear case challenging Medicare cuts to 340B
Medicare reimburses hospitals that buy drugs at discounts less than hospitals paying full price. Tomorrow the Supreme Court will hear arguments about whether that’s legal. In this episode, hospitals say profits from this 340B program used to fund charity care and specialty pharmacy programs are now at risk.
Little Things Can Cause Big Issues in Patient Care
The November issue of Pharmacy Practice News includes an interview with HOSP Board Members Gary Kerr, PharmD, MBA, Chief Pharmacy Officer, Baystate Health, and Tim Affeldt Vice President of Specialty/Infusion Pharmacy Operations, Fairview Health Services, speaking about little things that can improve patient outcomes.
How a health system alliance is advocating for hospital-owned specialty pharmacies
Gary Kerr, PharmD, MBA, chief pharmacy officer at Baystate Health an president of the HOSP Board of Directors was recently interviewed by Becker’s Hospital Review for an update on what has been happening with HOSP this past year.
A challenge for health-system specialty pharmacies Little Things Can Cause Big Issues in Patient Care
Gary Kerr, PharmD, MBA, chief pharmacy officer, Baystate Health, and president of HOSP, and Tim Affeldt Vice President, Specialty/Infusion Pharmacy Operations, Fairview Health Services and HOSP board member were interviewed in this Specialty Pharmacy Continuum article about Baystate Health and HOSP.
Health System Owned Specialty Pharmacy Alliance: A Voice for Integrated Specialty Pharmacies
Health System Owned Specialty Pharmacy Alliance issues open letter outlining three needed industry actions to improve patient care and outcomes.
Alliance of Hospital-Owned Specialty Pharmacies Issues Industry Call to Action
The Health System Owned Specialty Pharmacy Alliance, or HOSP — an organization formed in October by seven health systems to advocate for health system-owned specialty pharmacies — recently sent an open letter to health systems outlining three actions items it wants the specialty pharmacy industry to take to improve patient care and outcomes.
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Health System-Owned Specialty Pharmacies Gain New Voice
Specialty pharmacies, which focus on delivering medications for more complex and chronic illnesses, are no longer the rarity they once were. In 2016, the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists reports, about 9% of health systems owned an integrated specialty pharmacy;