Berwyn, PA – May 23, 2019 – In recognition of May as National Arthritis Awareness Month, AscellaHealth (Ascella), a national Pharmacy Benefit Management (PBM) serving commercial, Medicare and Medicaid segments, shines light on a disease that impacts more than 50 million Americans, making it the number one cause of disability in the nation. To help health plans, employer groups and unions overcome the complexity and collaboration needed for effective management of arthritis, Ascella’s Clinical and Educational Programs educate members on their prescribed therapy at the outset, assisting with high deductible/co-insurance costs by utilizing financial assistance programs and partnering with physicians and pharmacists throughout the member’s course of treatment.
“Our high-touch model includes clinical interventions, adherence counseling, psychosocial assessment, integrated nursing staff, refill reminders and delivery coordination as part of Ascella’s innovative specialty pharmacy strategy,” says Dea Belazi, president and CEO, AscellaHealth. “We focus on improving outcomes and care coordination for members with arthritis and offer discounted pricing as part of the considerable value we create, especially in the high cost of the specialty drugs used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.”
The pain, stiffness and joint damage of arthritis leads to disability and costs of more than $156 billion annually in lost wages and medical expenses. Ascella’s program is available on a standalone basis, or as part of a full-service pharmacy benefit management option that includes specialty drug management, formulary management services/rebates, competitive pricing and innovative discounting, drug utilization review, case management services/therapy management, clinical review/prior authorization, pharmacy and therapeutic management committee, flexible claims adjudication system, drug information and news reporting.
Belazi adds, “This May we plan to spread the word about the impact of arthritis as we continue to create custom benefit designs that help stakeholders maximize their benefit plans and reduce the high costs of managing arthritis among members.”
AscellaHealth, a national PBM serving commercial, Medicare and Medicaid segments offers high quality prescription drug management services along with other customizable services, such as carved-out specialty pharmacy services and cost-savings discount programs through its unique and proprietary service that extends discounts on prescription medications to customers more than any other PBM in the industry. Visit www.ascellahealth.com .