DEERFIELD, Ill. – Walgreens, Centene Corp. and RxAdvance announced on Thursday a strategic partnership to introduce an innovative model for pharmacy management that aims to increase transparency, enhance customer experience and ultimately result in better health outcomes at lower costs.
The partnership builds upon an existing Walgreens and Centene relationship, leveraging Walgreens trusted retail pharmacy expertise and Centene’s national leadership in providing comprehensive health care services to the underserved, while also utilizing RxAdvance’s innovative pharmacy benefit management model powered by its Collaborative PBM Cloud platform.
There is a growing need for new approaches to pharmacy benefit management, particularly to serve the Medicaid population. This partnership addresses the need for leading companies to collaborate on a better model, and one which provides higher quality care and lower pricing for drugs.
“Centene is committed to supporting a transparent pharmacy benefit management model that is sustainable with higher quality care for members at a lower cost to our customers,” said Michael Neidorff, chairman, president and chief executive officer Centene. “This new approach to pharmacy management will improve the transparency and quality of care, while reducing unnecessary medical costs for millions of people.”
Using RxAdvance’s Collaborative PBM Cloud transactional platform and clinical intelligence, the companies will work together to improve overall patient care across the continuum of health care and to offer such a model to other large payers.
“Collaboration between retail pharmacies and payers like Centene can further transform the way we provide care,” said Stefano Pessina, executive vice chairman and CEO, Walgreens Boots Alliance. “Using RxAdvance’s Collaborative PBM Cloud, our partnership can empower our pharmacists to make critical decisions at the point of sale to help improve adherence and also to reduce avoidable medical costs.”
The parties have identified initial markets to deploy the partnership model and are working with community leaders on new pharmacy models.
Further exemplifying this commitment, Walgreens has made a small investment in RxAdvance, and Centene has increased its stake in RxAdvance, following its initial investment announced in March 2018.
“I am excited that today we have partners across the care continuum – Centene and Walgreens – who are committed to the power of RxAdvance’s collaborative PBM model, and to completely reimagine what is possible in this industry,” said Ravi Ika, founder and CEO, RxAdvance. “By pushing the limits of innovative technology and existing transaction standards, there is a clear path forward to reduce administrative costs, avoidable medical costs, and to improve overall quality of care.”