Stoughton, Mass. and Phoenix–(business telegram)–Shields Health Solutions (Shields), the nation’s leading specialty pharmacy accelerator, today announced that it has partnered with Phoenix Children’s to develop a new specialty pharmacy program, the fastest growing pediatric health care provider in the country. One of the systems of care. The collaboration will provide patients who have complex, chronic conditions easier access to specialty pharmacy services designed to lower costs, expand treatment options, enhance medication management and improve overall health.
The partnership between Phoenix Children’s and Shields will initially serve cystic fibrosis patients, with plans to expand to additional patient populations. Now, specific pharmacy contacts will guide patients and caregivers who fill prescriptions with Phoenix Children’s and will work with patients on site. Among other things, these contacts can help patients and families navigate barriers to care, such as health insurance pre-authorization or securing financial assistance.
Expanded patient support services, along with access to recently approved and newly available specialty drugs, will provide Phoenix Children’s patients with greater availability for onsite treatment options. Shields currently partners with more than 75 health systems nationwide and has helped their patients reduce co-pays, receive prompt drug delivery — often within two days — and save an average of more than 90 percent of their medication. Adherence has improved.
“Specialty pharmacy services present challenges for all patient populations, but pediatric patients have unique needs that require tremendous support,” said John Luce, CEO of Shields. “We are proud to provide support for patients at Phoenix Children’s and help them achieve the best possible health outcomes.”
Ranked by Phoenix Children’s, one of the nation’s largest pediatric health systems U.S. News and World Report As one of the “Best Children’s Hospitals” in the nation for twelve consecutive years. The health system has also earned recognition as the top children’s hospital in Arizona for two years in a row. As Arizona’s only pediatric health system and a leader in the Southwest, Phoenix Children’s provides hope, healing and the best healthcare for every child and family.
“Through our partnership with Shields, we are establishing leading specialty pharmacy services that will allow us to enhance the world-class care we provide to our communities,” said Mike Meekins, Phoenix Children’s Vice President and Chief Pharmacy Officer. ” “These new services allow for additional opportunities to improve care continuity for our patients, as well as reduce the administrative and financial burden that can sometimes occur with these important drugs.”
About Shields Health Solutions
Shields Health Solutions (Shields) is the leading specialty pharmacy accelerator in the country. Shields Performance Platform is an integrated set of solutions, services and technology intentionally designed to increase payer and drug access for specialty pharmacies, enhance health outcomes for complex patients, and drive growth across the entire health system . As leading experts in the health system specialty pharmacy industry, Shields has a proven track record of success, including access to over 80 percent of all limited distribution drug (LDD) prescriptions and the majority of (health insurance) payers in the country; And one clinical model has proven to reduce the total cost of care by up to 13%. In partnership with more than 70 health systems across the country through national-level collaborations, Shields has a vested interest in delivering measurable clinical and financial outcomes for health systems. For more, visit our blog and follow us on social media, @shieldsrxLinkedIn, Facebook and YouTube.
About Phoenix Children
Phoenix Children’s is one of the nation’s largest pediatric health systems. This includes Phoenix Children’s Hospital – Thomas Campus, Phoenix Children’s Hospital – East Valley at Dignity Health Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, five pediatric specialty and urgent care centers, 11 community pediatric practices, 20 outpatient clinics, two ambulatory surgery centers and seven community- Services included. Affiliated outpatient clinics throughout the state of Arizona. The system provides world-class inpatient, outpatient, trauma, emergency and urgent care and has been serving children and families for over 40 years. The Phoenix Children’s Care network is comprised of more than 1,175 pediatric primary care providers and specialists who provide care in more than 75 subspecialties. For more information, visit phoenixchildrens.org.