McKesson Creates Pharmacy Network
Large pharmacy chains aren’t the only ones becoming larger. The trend of the big getting bigger even applies to independents and other non-pharmacy organizations.
McKesson, the largest pharmaceutical distributor in the country, announced that it is forming a network of community pharmacies. Partnering with American Pharmacy Cooperative, Inc.’s (APCI’s) American Pharmacy Network Solutions (APNS), McKesson will manage pharmacy administrative organization services, such as PBM and payer contracting, credentialing, central pay, and maximum allowable cost pricing appeals.
The network will include all current APNS members as well as all AccessHealth members. AccessHealth is McKesson’s managed care solution, which already included several thousand small- to medium-size pharmacies.
Altogether, the new network, Health Mart Atlas, will serve over 6,600 pharmacies.
“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,” says Eyad Farah, vice president and general manager, Health Mart Atlas. “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.”
McKesson stresses that this new network will allow pharmacies to focus on providing services to their patients, proving the value of community pharmacies.