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Hospice Pharmacia and AccentCare, Inc. Announce Pharmacy Services Partnership

Tue, 01/08/2013 - 8:06am
The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA and DALLAS, January 8, 2013 - Hospice Pharmacia (HP), a service of excelleRx, Inc., an Omnicare Specialty Care Group company and provider of medication management and pharmacy services, today announced a new partnership with AccentCare, Inc., a leading multi-state provider of hospice services.  As AccentCare's pharmacy services provider, HP's hospice-trained pharmacy staff will provide 24/7 clinical consulting to support AccentCare hospices in managing their patients' medication therapy, improving quality of medication care, and identifying cost reduction opportunities.  Additionally, HP will support AccentCare with medication access through a balance of its robust local pharmacy network and mail order pharmacy service.

"We are proud to be AccentCare's partner and provider of pharmacy services," said Tom Stieritz, General Manager and Senior Vice President of excelleRx, Inc.  "AccentCare and HP share common values focused on delivering superior patient care and ensuring the hospice care team has the resources to do their job effectively and compassionately.  Our team is energized to support AccentCare's mission and to help them grow their organization."

"Our hospice leadership team evaluated a number of vendors for pharmacy services, however it was HP's ability to form a true partnership with AccentCare that really differentiated them from other providers," said Jewelene Griffin, RN, CHPN, Vice President of Hospice for AccentCare, Inc.  "HP's  24/7 availability of trained pharmacists to confer with our clinical staff together with both centralized prescription processing and local pharmacy access helps us continue to provide individualized patient centered care.  Since AccentCare serves patients in both urban and rural settings, the flexibility of local and mail order access offered by HP helps our patients get their medications quickly.  Coupled with their HomeCare Homebase software interface, HP enhances our staff's efficiency and relieves administrative burden, allowing our team to focus on the most important part of their job - caring for the patient."

As the hospice market evolves, HP continues to develop advanced support services to meet the individual needs of hospice partners.  HP offers customized hospice pharmacy services which range from full comprehensive solutions to streamlined pharmacy benefits management (PBM) support.  In addition, HP's robust account management structure provides personalized administrative, operational and consultative clinical support for hospice leadership teams.   HP collaboratively develops solution-focused programs to achieve the hospice's patient care and strategic growth goals.  HP's long experience in the hospice market and robust infrastructure uniquely position the organization to be able to tailor services to enhance the workflow of any hospice provider.

About AccentCare, Inc.

AccentCare, Inc., headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is one of the nation's leaders in home healthcare and hospice. Highly trained, dedicated, professional caregivers provide comprehensive services that range from personal, non-medical care to skilled nursing, rehabilitation and hospice services. Recognized as one of the fastest growing home healthcare and hospice companies in the country, AccentCare has numerous locations in Texas, Tennessee, Georgia, California, Arizona, New York, Ohio, Colorado, Oregon and Washington. For more information please visit www.accentcare.com.

About Hospice Pharmacia and excelleRx®

Hospice Pharmacia, a service of excelleRx and a division of Omnicare's Specialty Care Group, exists on the belief that all people, especially those dealing with end-of-life symptoms, have the right to appropriate medication. With Hospice Pharmacia as its largest service offering, excelleRx was the first pharmacy to focus on expert management of medication for end-of-life patients. Today, the company remains committed to palliative care pharmacy services for patients enrolled in hospice programs. As the industry-leading national hospice pharmacy accredited by the Joint Commission (TJC), excelleRx continues to set the standard for hospice and palliative care medication management and pharmacy distribution services. For more information, visit www.hospicepharmacia.com.

About Omnicare

Omnicare, Inc., a Fortune 400 company based in Cincinnati, Ohio, provides comprehensive pharmaceutical services to patients and providers across North America. As the market-leader in professional pharmacy, related consulting and data management services for skilled nursing, assisted living and other chronic care institutions, Omnicare leverages its unparalleled clinical insight into the geriatric market along with some of the industry's most innovative technological capabilities to the benefit of its long-term care customers. Omnicare also provides key commercialization services for the bio-pharmaceutical industry and end-of-life disease management through its Specialty Care Group.  For more information, visit www.omnicare.com.

Contact:

Media: Ed Loyd (513) 719-0808ed.loyd@omnicare.com

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