Las Vegas, Nev. (July 21, 2017) – AmerisourceBergen today showcased innovative solutions to empower, support and differentiate independent pharmacies. A newly enhanced suite of solutions was presented as a part of ThoughtSpot 2017, Good Neighbor Pharmacy’s annual tradeshow. In addition to highlighting technological and customer support solutions, AmerisourceBergen focused on advocacy in today’s changing healthcare landscape at an event meant to raise awareness around the challenges community pharmacists face.
“Independent pharmacists are a vital source of care – a reliable, critical provider in communities across the country,” said president of Good Neighbor Pharmacy, Brian Nightengale, RPh, Ph.D. “But we recognize that independent pharmacists aren’t immune to today’s mounting industry pressures. That’s why, at AmerisourceBergen, we leverage our scale to advocate on behalf of independent pharmacists and provide them with necessary resources to ensure they can continue to deliver their hallmark, high-quality and cost-effective patient care.”
During ThoughtSpot’s opening session, AmerisourceBergen leaders highlighted solutions designed to help independent pharmacists not only navigate industry challenges, but also optimize front-end sales and create efficiencies in store operations. Resources include:
- Direct and Indirect Remuneration (DIR) Fee Estimator tool: Provides pharmacists with insight into DIR fees by using real-time, claim-level data to estimate the fees and ensure the most accurate information, so pharmacists can anticipate their monthly rates.
- Enhanced ABC Order platform: Designed for pharmacists, by pharmacists, the revamped platform features a new user interface that enables pharmacists to order more efficiently, control inventory and access data and information quickly, freeing up time for more clinical interactions with patients.
Following the general session, AmerisourceBergen hosted “Advocacy in Action,” an event that included a five-member panel discussion featuring U.S. Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) and National Community Pharmacists Association CEO Doug Hoey, RPh, MBA. The panelists discussed the current state of affairs across the industry and advised community pharmacists on how they can amplify their own voices and advocate on policy change for issues such as provider status and DIR fees.
As part of AmerisourceBergen and Good Neighbor Pharmacy’s ongoing support of independent pharmacy, the company also offers an online resource, OurIndependentVoice.com. The website provides pharmacists a centralized place to join advocacy movements that affect care in the community setting, research policies impacting independent pharmacy, access letter templates and write to legislators, and connect with other pharmacists and pharmacy organi