Cerner and CoverMyMeds Collaborate to Improve Prescription Price Transparency Within The EHR
January 03, 2019 | Angela Masciarelli
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – January 3, 2019 – Cerner, a global leader in health care technology, has collaborated with CoverMyMeds to integrate patient-specific information into the electronic health record (EHR) for providers to review prescription pricing information with their patients at the point of care. Prescription price transparency can help simplify conversations between individuals and their providers to create personalized care plans that meet a person’s medical and financial needs.
“As health care spending increases, the need for prescription price transparency is becoming as important as ever. Access to valuable pricing information gives health care providers the opportunity to provide their patients with up-to-date information on the most appropriate and cost-effective medications before they reach the pharmacy,” said John Peterzalek, chief client officer, Cerner. “This collaboration with CoverMyMeds further solidifies our commitment to working to empower the consumer in making the most informed health care decisions possible and improve the consumer experience.”
When implemented, providers will be able to view prescription benefit information in the EHR before medication is prescribed. Integrating CoverMyMeds’ RxBenefit Clarity™ solution into the Cerner ePrescribe™ workflow will leverage additional information from industry stakeholders that was not previously available, including the nation’s leading pharmacy network and payers, to deliver patient pay and benefit information at the point of prescribing.
“We are collaborating with Cerner to help providers make personalized decisions for each of their patients when writing a prescription or creating a treatment plan,” said Miranda Gill, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, director of clinical innovation, CoverMyMeds. “It is difficult for providers to have informed discussions with their patients that would help drive adherence when they don’t have accurate visibility into prescription price information and available assistance programs. We provide patient-specific benefit information to help inform providers’ clinical decisions and communication with patients that help solve for costly nonadherence, and ultimately help patients receive the medications they need to be healthy.”
The Cerner functionality is currently live across 261 hospitals and health systems and nearly 1,600 clinics and is available for Cerner clients to integrate into the Cerner Millennium® health IT platform through Cerner ePrescribe, enabled within the clinical workflow at no charge. Providers across the country are using the information to help people save money on their prescriptions and have meaningful conversations about their health.
CoverMyMeds, part of McKesson Prescription Technology Solutions, is a leader in electronic prior authorization (ePA) and real-time benefit check solutions, and one of the fastest growing health care technology companies in the U.S. CoverMyMeds’ network includes more than 500 electronic health record systems (EHRs), 62,000 pharmacies, 700,000 providers and most health plans and PBMs. By facilitating appropriate access to medications, the company can help its customers avoid billions of dollars each year in administrative waste and avoidable medical spending caused by prescription abandonment. Visit www.covermymeds.com for more information.
Cerner’s health technologies connect people and information systems at more than 27,500 contracted provider facilities worldwide dedicated to creating smarter and better care for individuals and communities. Recognized globally for innovation, Cerner assists clinicians in making care decisions and assists organizations in managing the health of their populations. The company also offers an integrated clinical and financial system to help manage day-to-day revenue functions, as well as a wide range of services to support clinical, financial and operational needs, focused on people. For more information, visit Cerner.com, The Cerner Blog or connect on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter or The Cerner Podcast. Nasdaq: CERN. Smarter Care. Better Outcomes. Healthier You.