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Surescripts rolls out medication history service


ARLINGTON, Va. — Health information network Surescripts on Wednesday announced that it was unveiling its Medication History for Panel Management service for health systems, accountable care organizations and analytics vendors. The new service provides access to 14 nationwide pharmacies and two pharmacy benefits managers. 


The Medication History for Panel Management uses Surescripts connectivity and relationships with PBM and pharmacies to help track and manage population health, the company said. Among the partnerships are Albertson’s Co. with its 13 banners, BestRx, KeyCentrix, Lagniappe, PioneerRX, QS/1, Rite Aid, Rx30, Thrifty White Pharmacy, US Script and Walgreens. 


“As a participant in Surescripts’ Panel Management solution, we can enable provider access to high-quality and secure medication data to drive population health,” said Catherine Macpherson, Vice President of Adherence Innovation at Walgreens. “Being able to capture an accurate, complete and timely view of patients’ medication history is essential to driving positive health outcomes.”


The Medication History for Panel Management provides access to updated medication from multiple sources that’s monitored and reviewed for quality.  The service is designed to meet the demands of the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), including the Advancing Care Initiative that aims to incentivize improvements in information to guide better decision-making by providers. The company said missing or low-quality data can have a negative impact on patient care and safety, as well as quality ratings as more emphasis is placed on outcomes. 


 “With the shift to value-based reimbursement models, every provider across the healthcare system needs better information to effectively manage the health of patient populations,” Surescripts CEO Tom Skelton said. “Our panel management service provides the market’s most complete view of patients’ medication information, allowing greater visibility into their overall health, and ultimately improving the quality of care for patients nationwide.”          


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