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Ceremony Marks $10 Million in Unused Medications Donated to Kansans in Need

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

OptumRx, a leading pharmacy care services company that is part of UnitedHealth Group (UNH), has donated more than $10 million in unused medications to help Kansans in need under Kansas’s Unused Medication Donation Program.

The company’s prescription medication donations that benefit thousands of Kansans are a result of an OptumRx pharmacist noticing scores of unused and returned medications going to waste. Subsequently, Optum worked with the Kansas Legislature and the Kansas Board of Pharmacy to develop the “Utilization of Unused Medications Act,” which passed in 2008 and went into effect in 2009. The first such legislation in the nation, it enables adult-care homes, mail-service pharmacies and medical care facilities in Kansas to donate unused medications in their original or pharmacist-sealed packaging to safety-net clinics and Federally Qualified Health Centers in the Sunflower State.

“The Kansas Unused Medication Donation program is a great example of the private sector and government working together to help those in need. I applaud OptumRx for its commitment to serving Kansans in need, and I look forward to its continued role as a major employer and engaged corporate citizen in our state,” said Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback at an event celebrating the donation milestone at OptumRx’s Overland Park facility.

OptumRx began making donations to the program upon its inception and recently reached the $10 million mark. Most of OptumRx’s donated medications are sent to the Kansas State Board of Pharmacy’s official repository administered by Community Health Centers of Southeast Kansas. The medications are distributed from there to 38 clinics throughout the state.

”Our participation in the Unused Medication Donation Program is making a difference in the lives of thousands of Kansans who often lack access to the affordable medications they need every day,” said Tim Wicks, CEO of OptumRx. “We’re pleased to have donated $10 million in unused medications since 2009, and we expect to donate millions of dollars more in the coming years.”

“Donations from companies like OptumRx make it possible for our patients to live longer, healthier lives by giving them access to potentially life-saving medications. I join the dozens of benefiting clinics across Kansas in applauding OptumRx for recognizing the positive impact that unused medications donations have on the health of Kansans,” said Jason Wesco, CEO of Health Partnership Clinic in Olathe and Paola.

OptumRx is one of the Optum companies of UnitedHealth Group. Optum employs more than 2,000 people in Overland Park and across the greater Kansas City area.

About OptumRx
OptumRx is an innovative pharmacy care services company managing the prescription drug benefits of commercial, Medicare, Medicaid and other governmental health plans, as well as those of employers and unions through a national network of 67,000 community pharmacies and state-of-the-art home delivery pharmacies in California and Kansas, both of which have earned the prestigious Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites™ (VIPPS) accreditation by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy and full accreditation for Mail Service Pharmacy from URAC, an independent, national nonprofit organization, well-known as a leader in promoting health care quality through its accreditation and education programs. OptumRx is part of Optum, a leading information and technology-enabled health services business dedicated to making the health system work better for everyone. Visit www.optum.com for more information.

About Optum
Optum is a leading information and technology-enabled health services business dedicated to helping make the health system work better for everyone. With more than 80,000 people worldwide, Optum delivers intelligent, integrated solutions that help to modernize the health system and improve overall population health. Optum is part of the UnitedHealth Group (UNH).

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Pharmacists’ Roles on the Healthcare Team Are Expanding, Study Shows

ALEXANDRIA, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Results released today from the Pharmacy Workforce Center’s 2014 National Pharmacist Workforce Survey indicate that pharmacists are performing more patient care activities in a variety of healthcare settings, and spending less time in the traditional dispensing role. The 2014 report also reveals that pharmacy has shifted toward a female-dominated profession, with more women than men serving as actively practicing pharmacists and in management positions. This study is the fourth in a series of surveys conducted by the Midwest Pharmacy Workforce Research Consortium, which has been commissioned by the Pharmacy Workforce Center, Inc. (PWC) since 2000 and has been highly anticipated throughout the industry.

“The National Pharmacist Workforce Survey has once again pinpointed important shifts in the pharmacist workforce and reveals valuable insight about how pharmacists spend their time,” said Douglas J. Scheckelhoff, M.S., FASHP, vice president of the Office of Practice Advancement at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and president of PWC. “A notable shift identified in the 2014 survey is that more pharmacists are working in patient care roles and providing more patient care services than in any previous survey. Demographic changes are also notable, with a majority of the active pharmacy workforce (57 percent) now being women, up from 46 percent just five years ago.”

Over the past decade there has been a dramatic increase in the percentage of pharmacists who are performing healthcare-related services. Sixty percent of pharmacists provided medication therapy management and 53 percent performed immunizations in 2014, compared to only 13 and 15 percent, respectively, in 2004. The percentage of time that full-time pharmacists spent on services associated with medication dispensing decreased from 55 percent in 2009 to 49 percent in 2014.

Patients have greater access to pharmacists’ services in a variety of settings than in past years. In 2014, 48 percent of chain pharmacies and 57 percent of supermarkets offered health screenings. This is a stark contrast to the percentage of pharmacists who reported offering those services in 2004: only 7 percent of chain pharmacies and 27 percent of supermarkets, respectively. In 2014, more than 25 percent of hospitals and other patient care settings have collaborative practice agreements in place, thus allowing pharmacists to expand their role as an integral member of the patient’s healthcare team.

The pharmacy profession continues to provide growing opportunities for women. In addition to women now comprising the majority of the active workforce, the proportion of women who served in pharmacy management positions was greater than men for the first time since the workforce surveys began in 2000. In 2014, 55 percent of managers were female and 45 percent were male. This compares to 41 percent female managers in 2009, 41 percent in 2004 and 37 percent in 2000.

Women are also taking advantage of career opportunities outside of retail, supermarket and hospital pharmacy. The highest representation of females was in industry and other non-patient care settings, at 66 percent and 61 percent, respectively.

When it comes to pharmacists’ careers, two trends emerged from the 2014 survey data. The first is that more than 50 percent of pharmacists stated that they have a high level of career commitment. In 2014, 66 percent of pharmacists reported feeling this way, which is a slight increase from 65 percent in 2004 and significantly greater than 50 percent reported in 2000. Pharmacists are also spending an average of 7.9 years with their employer according to the 2014 survey, which is only slightly less than the average tenure of a pharmacist in 2009 at 8.2 years.

The second trend supports the idea that pharmacy graduates can expect more career opportunities in the future as the older male pharmacist workforce continues to enter retirement age. Nearly 50 percent of actively practicing male pharmacists are over 55 years old, thus approaching retirement age and eventually leaving the profession.

The survey provides a snapshot of contemporary demographics practice characteristics and quality of work life in the U.S. during 2014. Data were collected from a random sample of 5,200 individuals selected from a list of 7,000 licensed pharmacists in the U.S. Response rate to the survey was 48 percent.

To view the complete survey results, executive summary and PWC fact sheet, visit the AACP Web site.

The Pharmacy Workforce Center (PWC), formerly known as the Pharmacy Manpower Project, Inc., is a nonprofit corporation comprised of major national pharmacy professional and trade organizations. Its mission is to serve the public and the pharmacy profession by developing data regarding the size and demography of the pharmacy workforce and conducting and supporting research in related areas.

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PrescribeWellness Announces its Membership in Pharmacy Quality Alliance

IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

PrescribeWellness, the cloud-based services company whose mission is to empower the pharmacist’s ability to provide preventive healthcare services in their community, announces their membership to Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA), a non-profit organization that develops and implements medication-use and safety performance measures.

PQA is the recognized leader in the development of quality metrics related to safe and appropriate medication use, with many of their measures used by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for the Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug Program.

“PQA is continuing to facilitate the transition to value-based models by establishing performance measurements to ensure the appropriate and safe medication use that stakeholders can be accountable for,” said Al Babbington, President and Chief Executive Officer of PrescribeWellness. “We are proud to be a member and excited to have the ability to collaborate with them.”

Through a licensing agreement with PQA, PrescribeWellness now has access to the technical specifications to ensure that PQA metrics used within its products and services are the most up-to-date and mirror those used in government programs.

“We work closely with our pharmacies to improve patient engagement and increase their Star Ratings,” continued Babbington. “Our clients will benefit from our alignment and engagement with PQA.”

Through its membership in PQA, PrescribeWellness now has the opportunity to actively participate in PQA’s Stakeholder Advisory Panels. “PrescribeWellness is looking forward to contributing its voice to developing new methods and refining existing ways that performance is measured,” shared Tony Thuyen, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of PrescribeWellness. “Being able to contribute into the strategy of how potential future Star measures are determined is an honor we’ll take seriously.”

About Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA)

Established in 2006, Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) represents pharmacy providers, pharmacy benefit managers, health plans, academia, consumer advocates, community pharmacies, health technology vendors, pharmaceutical research and manufacturing companies, and other stakeholders interested in improving the quality of the medication-use system. PQA’s mission is to: Improve the quality of medication management and use across healthcare settings with the goal of improving patients’ health through a collaborative process to develop and implement performance measures and recognize examples of exceptional pharmacy quality. For more information about the Pharmacy Quality Alliance, please visit www.PQAalliance.org or contact us at 703-690-1987.

About PrescribeWellness

PrescribeWellness proprietary cloud-based platform is designed to educate and inspire better health. The platform empowers pharmacies and other healthcare professionals to provide more effective, preventive healthcare services, which improve medication adherence, chronic disease management, transitional care and population health. With data integration and behavioral science at the foundation, PrescribeWellness software solutions position the pharmacist at the center of community healthcare prevention. For more information please visit our website or email info@prescribewellness.com.

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