Cerner, CoverMyMeds offer service to aid docs in picking meds

Cerner is collaborating with CoverMyMeds, a service that offers prior authorization and real-time access to drug benefit plans, to enable doctors to see how much prescriptions could cost patients.

Through the vendors’ initiative, physicians who are concerned about the affordability of medications for their patients can review prescription pricing at the point of care while also creating personalized plans that match patients’ needs.

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“Access to valuable pricing information gives healthcare providers the opportunity to provide their patients with updated information on the most appropriate and cost-effective medications before they reach the pharmacy,” says John Peterzalek, chief client officer at Cerner.

The collaboration enables providers to view prescription benefit information inside the Cerner EHR, before medication is prescribed to the patient.

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“It is difficult for providers to have informed discussions with their patients that would help drive medication adherence when they don’t have accurate visibility into prescription price information and available assistance programs,” says Miranda Gill, RN, director of clinical innovation at CoverMyMeds.

The new service includes integrating the information into the clinical workflow at no charge.

CoverMyMeds supports more than 500 electronic health record systems and works with 62,000 pharmacies, 700,000 providers and many insurers and pharmacy benefit management firms.

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