UnitedHealthcare partners with McKesson to deliver medication therapy management services

May 3, 2010

Madison, WI — April 26, 2010 — Today, at a statewide meeting of the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin (PSW), UnitedHealthcare announced that it has signed a contract with McKesson, a healthcare and information technology company, to sponsor Medication Therapy Management (MTM) services administered by McKesson in Wisconsin. As the largest private insurer in Wisconsin, UnitedHealthcare’s goal is to improve the quality and value of pharmacy services offered to more than 500,000 plan members in the state, increasing the number of persons receiving MTM services tenfold.

McKesson’s MTM service was launched in 2008 with the Wisconsin Pharmacy Quality Collaborative (WPQC), a multi-organizational initiative led by the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin. UnitedHealthcare joins Unity Health Insurance of Sauk City, WI, and Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin as a WPQC participant. Since the launch, participating pharmacies have performed a variety of patient intervention services, resulting in an annual average cost savings of $700 per patient for participating payors.

The partnership will allow UnitedHealthcare plan members to better interact with their pharmacists to review the use of prescribed medication, thus helping to lower the frequency of adverse drug events and increasing medication adherence. Pharmacies participating in the WPQC program utilize an online system, provided by McKesson, to facilitate the delivery of the MTM services.

For its partnership with McKesson in facilitating MTM services, the Pharmacy Benefit Management Institute, LP recognized Unity Health Plans and the Wisconsin Pharmacy Quality Collaborative as a recipient of the 2010 RxBenefit Innovation Award. The organizations were recognized for creating a provider/payor partnership that compensates community pharmacists for quality-based, value-added services.

For more information about McKesson’s MTM services, call 800.571.2889, or e-mail [email protected].

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