McKesson unveils Health Mart Atlas, a 6,600-strong PSAO

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McKesson unveils Health Mart Atlas, a 6,600-strong PSAO

By Michael Johnsen - 04/05/2018
McKesson on Thursday unveiled the largest network of community pharmacies to be called Health Mart Atlas. The San Francisco-based wholesaler has created the network out of McKesson AccessHealth and American Pharmacy Cooperative's American Pharmacy Network Solutions. The new joint venture will manage core PSAO services, including third-party PBM and payor contracting, credentialing, central pay and MAC pricing appeals for community pharmacy, including all current AccessHealth and APNS members.

With the new joint venture, more than 6,600 pharmacies will take advantage of being a member of the nation’s largest PSAO.

“Health Mart Atlas is one more way McKesson is delivering on our commitment to community pharmacies,” Chris Dimos, president, Retail Solutions, McKesson Corporation, said. “These pharmacies are an important part of the communities they serve and they put the patient at the center of everything they do. Our model supports what community pharmacists do best, which is delivering better patient care.”

“Health Mart Atlas was created to support the success of community pharmacies given the challenges they face today – lower reimbursements, narrow networks, industry consolidation and a general sense of uncertainty. The strength of Health Mart Atlas ensures that community pharmacies are included in the right networks to continue to provide quality care to patients and perform to their highest potential as the industry evolves to value-based care models,” Eyad Farah, vice president and general manager, Health Mart Atlas, said. “We’re committed to maintaining the largest network of high performing pharmacies because we believe that when patients are given a choice, they will choose the superior care and personal touch they receive from community pharmacists.”

Health Mart Atlas is focused on making managed care easier for community pharmacy by helping to identify opportunities that are right for their needs, and giving pharmacies the time to focus on those opportunities. Health Mart Atlas also provides key partnerships with vendors such as EQuIPP, Mirixa, PrescribeWellness and RelayHealth Pharmacy to provide access to tools and solutions designed to help improve pharmacy performance.

“We are excited to join with McKesson in this joint venture to continue to level the playing field for community pharmacies,” Tim Hamrick, chief executive officer, APCI, said. “With Health Mart Atlas, our combined expertise and the strength of the Health Mart brand will help independent pharmacies across the nation face the challenges of the managed care marketplace.”

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