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Transaction Data Systems Acquires KloudScript, a Cloud-Based Specialty Pharmacy Solution

OAKBROOK TERRACE, IL

Transaction Data Systems (TDS), the leader in pharmacy software solutions for the community pharmacy market, today announced the acquisition of KloudScript, a specialty pharmacy care solution.

Currently, 39% of community pharmacies dispense some sort of specialty medications, according to the National Community Pharmacy Association. Demand for specialty medications has been steadily rising to treat specific disease states and the chronically ill. With the aging population and the increase in chronic care, specialty pharmacy is expected to grow to $500 billion as specialty medications reach 50% of outpatient drug spend by end of 2020.

“Combining KloudScript’s capabilities with our market-leading solutions will empower our pharmacists to expand into specialty medication offerings,” said Jude Dieterman, CEO of TDS. “This acquisition further cements TDS’s leadership position in the independent pharmacy market and demonstrates our commitment to delivering the most clinically focused solution suite for community pharmacy.”

The increase in specialty medications has caused a shift in distribution and dosage form from traditional injectable and infusible formulations to oral dosage. At the end of 2019, 60% of the new drugs awaiting FDA approval were specialty medications with a noteworthy number in oral dosage form. The growth of specialty drugs and the shift to oral medications has opened a path for patient-focused pharmacists to further distinguish themselves through coordinated care of chronic disease states.

“We are excited to bring Kloudscript into the TDS suite of solutions and services,” stated Rinku Patel, Pharm D, KloudScript CEO and Founder. “Together we look forward to bringing innovative service solutions to our pharmacy, pharma, payor, and prescriber partners that solve the accessibility, affordability, and adherence challenges of patient care.”

KloudScript’s cloud-based solution and specialty services provide community pharmacists advanced tools to coordinate benefits, provide patient education, and promote adherence. TDS clients looking to grow and diversify their service offerings will be able to leverage the integrated solution and experienced services from KloudScript.

Rinku Patel, PharmD, RPh will step into the SVP of Specialty Business role with TDS where she will foster collaboration, innovation, and the further integration of the needs of specialty pharmacy into the TDS product portfolio.

 

ABOUT TRANSACTION DATA SYSTEMS

For over 40 years, TDS has been dedicated to the success of independent pharmacy. TDS, with its portfolio of products and services including Rx30, Computer-Rx, Enhanced Medication Services, and Pharm Assess, provides pharmacy management systems and innovative technology solutions to the pharmacy industry. Proudly supporting the largest installed base of independent pharmacies in the industry with systems in all 50 states and the Virgin Islands, TDS is the leading provider of independent Pharmacy Management Software. For more information about TDS, please visit transactiondatasystems.com.

 

ABOUT KLOUDSCRIPT

KloudScript™, Inc is a digital health network focused on providing technology and support services for specialty medications. KloudScript partners with community pharmacies, prescribers, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and payors to make specialty medications available locally for patients through a simplified care experience from their pharmacist. KloudScript’s innovative technology platforms KETU™ and ProntoRx™ offer pharmacies and prescribers an efficient patient care management workflow solution and simplify patient care. Learn more about KloudScript’s growing network at http://www.kloudscript.com

KloudScript, Inc. Earns NABP Specialty Pharmacy Accreditation

OAKBROOK TERRACE, IL

KloudScript, Inc. has been accredited by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®) for specialty pharmacy practice.

KloudScript initially underwent Specialty Accreditation in 2016 with its joint accreditation model. The company this past year chose to seek Specialty Pharmacy Accreditation with NABP because of their longstanding history and impeccable reputation. KloudScript Founder & CEO, Rinku Patel, PharmD, RPh, expressed, “We are honored to achieve NABP Specialty Pharmacy Accreditation. This designation provides our customers and their patient’s validation that our processes, policies, and patient care management system meet patient care standards to attain a high level of care.” KloudScript and our partners diligently work each day to ensure that specialty patients can access their medications from local community pharmacists they know and trust. KloudScript also offers pharmacy accreditation program management solutions to help pharmacies navigate the process of specialty accreditation.
NABP’s Specialty Pharmacy Accreditation signifies to patients, payers, and providers that the pharmacy organization is recognized for providing an advanced level of pharmacy services and disease management for patients taking medications that require special handling, storage, and distribution requirements. Specialty pharmacies coordinate patient education, promote adherence, and ensure appropriate medication use. This voluntary accreditation process required KloudScript to demonstrate compliance with a comprehensive set of practice standards and evaluated the pharmacy on practice management, patient care services, and quality improvement.
“NABP congratulates KloudScript, Inc. on achieving this important recognition,” says NABP Executive Director/Secretary Lemrey “Al” Carter, PharmD, MS, RPh. “By earning Specialty Pharmacy Accreditation, they demonstrate their commitment to quality health care and patient safety, that improve overall health outcomes.”

About KloudScript, Inc.
Headquartered in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, KloudScript™, Inc is a digital health network focused on providing technology and support services for specialty medications. KloudScript partners with community pharmacies, prescribers, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and payors to make specialty medications available locally for patients through a simplified care experience from their pharmacist. KloudScript’s innovative technology platforms KETU™ and ProntoRx™ offer pharmacies and prescribers an efficient patient care management workflow solution and simplify patient care. Learn more about KloudScript’s growing network at http://www.kloudscript.com or call (855) 202-7036.

About the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy
The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP®) is the impartial professional organization that supports its member regulatory state boards of pharmacy in creating uniform regulations to protect public health. Founded in 1904, NABP aims to ensure the public’s health and safety through its pharmacist competence assessment programs, license transfer and verification services, as well as through pharmacy inspection and accreditation programs. For more information, please visit www.nabp.pharmacy.

KloudScript Announces a Specialty Services Solutions Portal for Community

OAKBROOK TERRACE, IL

KloudScript, in partnership with community pharmacies, provides a specialty care solution that improves the patient experience by providing the necessary technology, program strategy, and support services that allow pharmacies to do what they do best, provide comprehensive care and personal attention to patients!

KloudScript’s Solutions Portal has been introduced to enable pharmacies that need support with specialty medications to lean on KloudScript’s expertise. This portal is the first of its kind and leading in the industry to offer an online subscription of specialty services that are comprised of three offerings that can be chosen. The KloudScript Specialty Pharmacy Support Center is available as a subscription service to facilitate resolution of financial case management services such as coordination of complex Prior Authorizations, Appeals, and a myriad of Patient Assistance Programs offered to expedite the patient onboarding. Through the support center, pharmacies can also request assistance on resolution of needs related to drug access, payor coverage, benefits investigation, or medication-related questions that a pharmacist may need support with in order to help their patients access and receive specialty medications in their pharmacies.

Other services available for subscriptions include Prescriber Engagement & Accreditation Program Management Services. It is imperative that pharmacies focus on engaging with local prescribers to effectively manage their patients. Our Prescriber Engagement Services offer a sales strategy and market intelligence that allows pharmacies to develop relationships with prescribers and grow their patient base. KloudScript also offers partnerships with accreditation organizations to help pharmacies navigate the process of specialty and community accreditation. Through our experienced team and streamlined process, we help pharmacies validate the quality of excellent care they provide, opening doors for participation in payor networks that require accreditation or credentialing.

KloudScript’s pharmacy partners provide care to patients locally, while KloudScript provides the necessary strategy, technology, training, tools, and services to successfully operate today’s complex pharmacy businesses. Our highly trained team, with over 20 years of experience, makes the accreditation preparation smooth by providing a four-phased approach to accreditation readiness for any pharmacy organization. Having access to KloudScript’s Hub Support Services allows the pharmacy to go beyond the first rejection message they receive when adjudicating a claim for a specialty medication at retail. Enrolling in our Prescriber Engagement Services will help increase your bottom line by generating interest in targeted prescribers.

ACHC and KloudScript Form Partnership

Cary, NC- Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) is pleased to announce its partnership with KloudScript, Inc. This collaboration combines a comprehensive solution to accessing specialty pharmacy care at the retail level with the industry’s top-notch accreditation services. Additionally, this agreement allows KloudScript members to receive preferred pricing on ACHC Pharmacy Accreditation services and discounts on ACHCU educational resources that help prepare pharmacies for accreditation.

“ACHC is excited to form this new partnership with KloudScript,” said Matt Hughes, Director of Business Development for ACHC. “They are a great example of what the future holds, both for advancements in patient care, as well as the technology that drives high-quality specialty pharmacy services. We are thrilled to forge a path with them as members of an exciting and growing segment of the pharmaceutical industry.”

With a broad array of pharmacy compliance solutions – including accreditation programs for Specialty, Infusion, Long-Term Care and Sterile/Non-Sterile Compounding services – ACHC is positioned to be the solution of choice for all clinical settings, payors, manufacturers, and regulatory bodies. ACHC also has taken additional steps to meet market needs by offering specialty distinctions in Oncology, Infectious Disease Specific to HIV, and Hazardous Drug Handling.

“The partnership with ACHC delivers the KloudScript Specialty Retail Network access to cost-effective Specialty Pharmacy Accreditation and clinical education services,” said Dr. Rinku Patel, Founder & CEO of KloudScript, Inc. “Specialty Pharmacy Accreditation is an important designation that aligns with quality standards and the provision of high-quality care to specialty patients that our pharma and payor partners value. KloudScript will continue to collaborate with accrediting bodies to bring forth solutions for our high-performance community specialty pharmacy partners to demonstrate the value they provide to improving access to care for patients using specialty medications.”

KloudScript provides technology and technology-enabled services to pharmacies, prescribers, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and payors to solve access, affordability, and adherence challenges faced by patients. Headquartered in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, KloudScript partners with community pharmacies, prescribers, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and payors to make specialty medications available locally. Through its technology platform, KETU™, ProntoRx™, and various technology-enabled support services, KloudScript has pioneered the ultimate solution to patients’ demands for local care of complex diseases. Learn more about KloudScript’s growing network at www.kloudscript.com, or call (855) 202-7036.

ACHC is a nonprofit accreditation organization that has stood as a symbol of quality and excellence since 1986. The organization has CMS deeming authority for Home Health, Hospice, Renal Dialysis, and DMEPOS, in addition to a Quality Management System that is certified to ISO 9001:2015. ACHC is the provider’s choice for accreditation because of its personal Account Advisors, relevant and realistic standards, competitive pricing, and a friendly, educational approach to accreditation. Accreditation by ACHC reflects an organization’s dedication and commitment to meeting standards that facilitate a higher level of performance and patient care. For more information on ACHC Accreditation programs, or to download ACHC Accreditation Standards, please visit www.achc.org or contact [email protected] or (855) 937-2242.

KloudScript, Inc., in partnership with Dierbergs Pharmacy of Missouri, Announces CPPA Specialty Accreditation

OAKBROOK TERRACE, IL – KloudScript, Inc., a digital health network focused on providing technology and support services for specialty medications, announces specialty pharmacy accreditation through the Center for Pharmacy Practice Accreditation (CPPA®), with its pharmacy partner, Dierbergs® Pharmacy of St. Louis, Missouri.

In 1980, Dierbergs, a St. Louis-based grocer with roots dating to 1854, opened its first in-store pharmacy at its West Oak supermarket in Creve Coeur, Missouri. Dierbergs Pharmacy’s mission has always been to maintain a positive and patient-orientated environment to ensure the highest quality customer service and patient care. Dierbergs now operates full-service pharmacies within 22 of its 25 supermarkets across the St. Louis and Southern Illinois metropolitan areas.

Dierbergs partnered with KloudScript in December 2015 to help each of its 22 pharmacies provide high-touch patient-care services for individuals with complex disease states. “KloudScript provides the tools and technology infrastructure to provide Dierbergs pharmacists with the latest specialty medications and clinical guidelines, which make personalized patient consultation and education possible for every patient,” said Greg Guenther, RPh, Dierbergs Director of Pharmacy Services.

Guenther anticipates a positive impact on Dierbergs specialty business since becoming CPPA accredited, in partnership with KloudScript. “This was not a simple check the box on the list accreditation, but an in-depth, grueling review of our programs, procedures, philosophy and perseverance towards patient care. This recognition was not just for our specialty program, but for our whole pharmacy practice. It is the tenacity of the visits that bring the honor of accreditation. KloudScript helped us not only attain specialty accreditation, but also a higher plateau of patient care overall,” said Guenther.

KloudScript’s pharmacy partners provide care to patients locally; while KloudScript provides the necessary strategy, infrastructure, and support services, including financial case management through its hub, to operate a specialty program that improves overall clinical outcomes. KloudScript’s patient care management platform, KETU™, drives compliance and quality of care through consistency in hub services, pharmacy operations and clinical care to patients, while capturing the data necessary to track trends and business intelligence critical to various industry stakeholders. KloudScript is committed to improving operational efficiencies and interoperability amongst healthcare service providers, and the ability of improving patient care through longitudinal data analytics. “Accreditation with Dierbergs Pharmacy proudly displays our commitment to improving overall patient clinical outcomes and lowering patient out of pocket costs. By building our network of accredited pharmacy partners, we continuously demonstrate to prescribers, payors and pharmaceutical manufacturers that our specialty-at-retail care model continuously meets the meticulous standards of quality and care, but also provides for an engaged patient who is happy to receive their medication and care from the community pharmacy they trust,” said Dr. Rinku A. Patel, Founder & CEO of KloudScript, Inc.

About KloudScript™, Inc.
Headquartered in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, KloudScript™, Inc a digital health network focused on providing technology and support services for specialty medications.  KloudScript partners with community pharmacies, prescribers, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and payors to make specialty medications available locally for patients through a simplified care experience from their pharmacist. Through its technology platform, KETU™, and support services, KloudScript has pioneered the ultimate solution for patients’ desire for local care and community pharmacies’ strategic need to participate in the fastest growing segment of pharmacy. Learn more about KloudScript’s growing network at www.kloudscript.com or call (855) 202-7036.

About Dierbergs®
In 1980, Dierbergs, a St. Louis-based grocer with roots dating to 1854, opened its first in-store pharmacy at its West Oak supermarket in Creve Coeur, Mo. Dierbergs Pharmacy’s mission has always been to maintain a positive and patient-orientated environment to ensure the highest quality customer service and patient care. Today, Dierbergs operates full service pharmacies in 22 of its 25 supermarkets, across the St. Louis and Southern Illinois metropolitan areas. Dierbergs Pharmacy built its reputation on quality, personalized care with a list of services including specialty pharmacy, mobile prescription fills with texting notification, synchronized monthly medication fills, over-the-counter drug consultations, immunizations, delivery, and health education. Learn More about Dierbergs at: www.dierbergs.com.

About CPPA®
The Center for Pharmacy Practice Accreditation (CPPA®) is a nonprofit organization established in 2012 through a partnership of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) to recognize pharmacy practices for providing patient care services that improve health outcomes and contribute to lower healthcare costs. The CPPA mission, unique among accreditors, is to raise the level of pharmacy-delivered patient care services through accreditation and, thus, serve the public health. These three organizations saw a need to establish standards to meet the public’s need for specific, predictable, and measurable pharmacist clinical services across the medication use continuum.

KloudScript™, Inc Announces a Partnership to Provide a Specialty at Retail Solution for Western States Pharmacy Coalition Members


Innovative Partnership Provides Solutions that Enable Superior, Local Patient Care Experiences and Secures the Future for Independent Community Pharmacies


OAKBROOK TERRACE, IL – KloudScript Inc., a digital health network focused on providing technology and support services for specialty medications, announces a preferred partnership agreement with Western States Pharmacy Coalition to provide solutions that enable superior, local patient care experiences and secures the future for independent community pharmacies.


A typical patient taking a specialty medication is taking an average of eight other non-specialty prescription medications according to KloudScript’s network analytics research. “When community pharmacies fail to provide services for specialty medications, they lose not only the specialty prescription but the patient’s non-specialty, over-the-counter, and sometimes all family members business to a retail chain competitor that has a mail order supported specialty program,” said Dr. Rinku A. Patel, Founder & CEO of KloudScript, Inc. “Community pharmacies need a comprehensive solution where they can increase their pharmacy’s longevity by retaining all of their patients and prescriptions, including specialty.” This preferred partnership agreement between KloudScript and WSPC removes the barriers to entry and provides a cost-effective solution for independent community pharmacies to service their patient’s specialty prescription and grow their patient census.


Western States Pharmacy Coalition (WSPC), is a cooperative of outstanding independent pharmacies. The leaders of WSPC are seasoned independent pharmacy veterans focused on patient care and community involvement. WSPC’s vision is to provide outstanding independents with a competitive edge, by being the premier coalition that provides innovative resources and programs to support successful and profitable independent pharmacies. “Independents can no longer stand by and ignore the specialty challenge. KloudScript has provided a best in class specialty at retail program to pharmacies without competing with, like a typical specialty pharmacy hub service provider does. KloudScript’s mission and program aligns with the growth and success of the independent pharmacy. We are excited to offer a comprehensive solution for the owner’s consideration that addresses cost and specialty service needs of our members in partnership with KloudScript,” said John Bruce PharmD, President & CEO of WSPC.


KloudScript’s pharmacy partners provide care to patients locally; while KloudScript provides the necessary strategy, infrastructure, and support services, including financial case management through its hub, to operate a specialty program that improves overall clinical outcomes. KloudScript’s patient care management platform, KETU™, drives compliance and quality of care through consistency in hub services, pharmacy operations and clinical care to patients, while capturing the data necessary to track trends and business intelligence critical to various industry stakeholders. KloudScript is committed to improving operational efficiencies and interoperability amongst healthcare service providers, and the ability of improving patient care through longitudinal data analytics. “KloudScript will continue to work with aggregators such as WSPC, to bring forth solutions that secure the future for independent community pharmacies by simplifying and streamlining specialty solutions,” said Dr. Rinku A. Patel, Founder & CEO of KloudScript, Inc.


About Western States Pharmacy Coalition

Founded in 2009, Western States Pharmacy Coalition (WSPC), is a cooperative of outstanding independent pharmacies. The leaders of WSPC are seasoned independent pharmacy veterans focused on patient care and community involvement. WSPC’s vision is to provide outstanding independents with a competitive edge, by being the premier coalition that provides innovative resources and programs to support successful and profitable independent pharmacies. Learn more about WSPC at: www.westernstatesrx.com/.


About KloudScript™, Inc

Headquartered in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, KloudScript™, Inc a digital health network focused on providing technology and support services for specialty medications. KloudScript partners with community pharmacies, prescribers, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and payors to make specialty medications available locally for patients through a simplified care experience from their pharmacist. Through its technology platform, KETU™, and support services, KloudScript has pioneered the ultimate solution for patients’ desire for local care and community pharmacies’ strategic need to participate in the fastest growing segment of pharmacy. Learn more about KloudScript’s growing network at www.kloudscript.com / or call (855) 202-7036.

HealthGrowth Capital and KloudScript Align to Help Community Pharmacies Enter Profitable Specialty Space


Austin, Texas, October 23, 2018 – HealthGrowth Capital and KloudScript have entered into a partnership to provide growth capital for community pharmacies seeking to enter the lucrative specialty pharmaceutical space.


“The operating landscape for community pharmacies continues to experience profound shifts. Once profitable business segments can become financially challenging very quickly,” said Karl Kipke, Chief Executive Officer of HealthGrowth Capital. “Successful pharmacy owners must proactively pivot to higher-margin opportunities to increase profits.”


“The $150 billion specialty market focuses on high cost, high touch medication therapy for patients with complex disease states,” Kipke continued. “This agreement enables our customers to have the necessary capital to expand opportunities for pivoting their community-based retail pharmacy business and integrate specialty pharmacy care by joining KloudScript’s specialty pharmacy network.”


“In today’s market, it is almost impossible for community pharmacies to build a specialty pharmacy from the ground-up or even buy one without taking on insurmountable capital risk. KloudScript offers an opportunity for pharmacies to participate in an alliance across targeted markets to lower the risk and barriers to entry for offering a specialty program,” said Rinku Patel, PharmD, Chief Executive Officer of KloudScript. “HealthGrowth Capital recognizes the enormous opportunity that the specialty market offers retail pharmacies. We are delighted to be partnering with HealthGrowth Capital in accessing programs that will help pharmacy entrepreneurs properly finance their businesses and help them maximize the operating performance of their pharmacies.”


About HealthGrowth Capital, LLC

HealthGrowth Capital, LLC, based in Austin, Texas is a leading alternative specialty lender to healthcare companies and medical practices. HealthGrowth Advisors, LLC offers management consulting services to help community pharmacies improve profitability, optimize operations, reduce DIR fees and identify and access new growth opportunities. For more information, please visit www.healthgrowthcapital.com or call (512) 575-4500.


About KloudScript, Inc

Headquartered in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, KloudScript is a community-led specialty pharmacy network that partners with independent community pharmacies nationwide and collaborates with pharmaceutical manufacturers, payors, and prescribers to make specialty medications available locally for patients. Through its technology platform, KETU™, and support services, KloudScript has pioneered the ultimate solution for patients’ desire for local care and community pharmacies’ strategic need to participate in the fastest growing segment of pharmacy. Learn more about KloudScript’s growing community-led specialty pharmacy network at www.kloudscript.com or call (855) 202-7036.

KloudScript™, Inc Specialty Network Now Supporting Women’s Health with Endometriosis Program


KloudScript’s Innovative Specialty-at-Retail Model Announces Therapeutic Category Expansion


OAKBROOK TERRACE, IL – KloudScript™, Inc., a community-led specialty pharmacy care network, announces the expansion of their accredited portfolio of therapeutic categories to include Women’s Health with Endometriosis, which is inclusive of the latest FDA approved medication. Endometriosis is a condition that affects at least 11% of women of reproductive age, in the United States, who suffer from moderate to severe pain, infertility, digestive complications, and bleeding.


An estimated 6.5 million women in the United States have Endometriosis, making it the third leading cause of gynecologic hospitalizations1. KloudScript’s specialty-at-retail network can provide care to these patients locally and reduce the economic burden associated with Endometriosis.


KloudScript pharmacy partners provide care to patients locally; while KloudScript provides the necessary strategy, infrastructure and support services, including financial case management through its hub to operate a specialty program that provides a better patient care experience than mail order specialty pharmacies. KloudScript’s patient care management platform, KETU™, drives compliance and quality of care through consistency in hub services and pharmacy operations, while capturing the data necessary to track trends and business intelligence, critical to various industry stakeholders. Through KETU™, all pharmacists are provided with comprehensive clinical training and patient consultative tools, which not only meet the rigorous standards of quality and specialty care, but also provide for an engaged patient with every fill of a prescription. “Our team at KloudScript works to provide our pharmacy partners the clinical and care management programs and tools to be clinically competent to support quality patient interactions,” said Anthony Sartoris, Chief Strategy Officer of KloudScript.


About KloudScript™, Inc.

KloudScript is a community-led specialty pharmacy network. We partner with community retail pharmacies nationwide and collaborate with pharmaceutical manufacturers, payors, and prescribers to make specialty medications available locally for patients. Headquartered in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, KloudScript’s health technology platform, hub support services, and national network of community retail pharmacy partners enable patients to have a single, local pharmacy home for medications and personalized care. Learn more about KloudScript’s growing community-led specialty pharmacy network at www.kloudscript.com.

KloudScript™, Inc in partnership with Neighbors Pharmacy of Louisiana, Announces CPPA Specialty Accreditation

KloudScript’s Innovative Specialty-at-Retail Model Earns CPPA Specialty Accreditation

 

OAKBROOK TERRACE, IL —KloudScriptTM, Inc., a community-led specialty pharmacy care network announces specialty pharmacy accreditation through the Center for Pharmacy Practice Accreditation (CPPA®), with its pharmacy partner, Neighbors Pharmacy of Louisiana.

 

In 2015, after substantial planning, Neighbors Pharmacy was established in Lafayette, Louisiana by Chad and Gretchen Bodin. Both knew it was time to expand their pharmacy business and move towards a more specialized platform; one that differentiated their pharmacy from “big box” stores. Neighbors Pharmacy’s mission is not just to fill prescriptions, but to help their trusted Neighbors make informed healthcare decisions. Centralized in Lafayette, Neighbors Pharmacy makes it easier to service a wide variety of rural areas, as well as, larger cities along Louisiana’s I-10. Neighbors Pharmacy offers a wide variety of patient care services including: specialty care, retail pharmacy, delivery service, customized patient education and consultation, compounding, monthly pill packs, adult immunizations, and medication therapy management services.

 

Neighbors Pharmacy partnered with KloudScript in July of 2015 and has seen tremendous growth in their specialty program. “We quickly discovered that there was an urgent need in our area for specialty care and knew that partnering with KloudScript would be the solution to providing our patients with personalized, local specialty care. Our partnership ensures that our patients, in all communities, achieve desired, cost-effective outcomes,” said Chad Bodin, RPh, Owner of Neighbors Pharmacy.

 

Bodin anticipates a positive impact on Neighbors specialty business since becoming CPPA accredited in partnership with KloudScript. “Becoming specialty accredited has been the ultimate goal for our business. Accreditation validates that the quality of care that we provide to our patients stands above other pharmacies in our area. We are committed to ensuring that our patients are treated like family, because that’s what good Neighbors do,” said Bodin.

 

KloudScript pharmacy partners provide care to patients locally; while KloudScript provides the necessary strategy, infrastructure and support services, including financial case management through its hub to operate a specialty program that provides a better care experience than mail order specialty pharmacies. KloudScript’s patient care management platform, KETUTM, drives compliance and quality of care through consistency in hub services, pharmacy operations and clinical care to patients, while capturing the data necessary to track trends and business intelligence, critical to various industry stakeholders. Dr. Rinku A. Patel, Founder and CEO of KloudScript, Inc., anticipates more network pharmacy partners to achieve CPPA accreditation in 2018. “Accreditation with Neighbors Pharmacy proudly displays our commitment to improving overall patient outcomes and lowering out-of-pocket costs. By building our network of accredited pharmacy partners, we continuously demonstrate to prescribers, payors and pharmaceutical manufacturers that our specialty-at-retail care model not only meets the rigorous standards of quality and care, but also provides for an engaged patient that is happy to receive their medications and care from a community pharmacy they trust,” said Dr. Rinku A. Patel, Founder & CEO of KloudScript, Inc.

 

About KloudScriptTM, Inc.

KloudScript is a community-led specialty pharmacy network. We partner with community retail pharmacies nationwide and collaborate with pharmaceutical manufacturers, payors, and prescribers to make specialty medications available locally for patients. Headquartered in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, KloudScript’s health technology platform, hub support services, and national network of community retail pharmacy partners enable patients to have a single, local pharmacy home for medications and personalized care. Learn more about KloudScript’s growing community-led specialty pharmacy network at www.kloudscript.com.

 

About Neighbors Pharmacy

Neighbors Pharmacy was established in Lafayette, Louisiana by Chad and Gretchen Bodin in 2015. Centralized in Lafayette, Neighbors Pharmacy makes it easier to service a wide variety of rural areas, as well as, larger cities along Louisiana’s I-10. Neighbors Pharmacy offers a wide variety of patient care services including: specialty care, retail pharmacy, delivery service, customized patient education and consultation, compounding, monthly pill packs adult immunizations, and medication therapy management services. Learn more about Neighbors Pharmacy and their local services at: www.neighborspharmacy.com.

 

About CPPA®

The Center for Pharmacy Practice Accreditation (CPPA®) is a nonprofit organization established in 2012 through a partnership of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) to recognize pharmacy practices for providing patient care services that improve health outcomes and contribute to lower healthcare costs. The CPPA mission, unique among accreditors, is to raise the level of pharmacy-delivered patient care services through accreditation and, thus, serve the public health. These three organizations saw a need to establish standards to meet the public’s need for specific, predictable, and measurable pharmacist clinical services across the medication use continuum.

KloudScript Appoints Anthony Sartoris, Former President of Doc’s Drugs, as the Chief Strategy Officer

 

OAKBROOK TERRACE, IL—KloudScript™, Inc., a community-led specialty pharmacy care network, announced the addition of Anthony Sartoris to KloudScript as the Chief Strategy Officer. On behalf of KloudScript’s network of independent pharmacy partners, Anthony will serve as the executive responsible for developing and integrating growth initiatives internally and externally by managing KloudScript’s partner relationships and strategic direction of the company’s products and services.

As Chief Strategy Officer, Tony will be responsible for overseeing and integrating all business development, account management functions, products and cross-functional service offerings to drive network growth. Additionally, he will be responsible for developing relationships with industry stakeholdersto drive growth and service opportunities for KloudScript’s network of community pharmacy partners.

Tony was formerly the President of Doc’s Drugs Ltd., a family-owned chain of 17 pharmacies serving communities in North Central Illinois. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Business from Eureka College and a Master of Business Administration from Lewis University. In 2013 under Tony’s leadership, Doc’s Drugs, became KloudScript’s founding pharmacy partner which demonstrated the first of its kind specialty-at-retail program. “Partnering with KloudScript enabled Doc’s the ability to provide superior patient care services which led to desired, cost-effective outcomes for our patients with complex disease states,” said Mr. Sartoris.

As the former owner of Doc’s, Tony has seen the challenges and opportunities the specialty industry represents. He has committed himself to the efforts of making the specialty-at-retail program a reality for community pharmacies across the country. “Tony’s unwavering support and commitment to the success of independents is vital in this fast-growing segment of pharmacy. His industry knowledge and expertise allow him to perfectly collaborate with our network of pharmacy partners to achieve mutual growth and success,” said Dr. Rinku A. Patel, Founder and CEO of KloudScript, Inc.

About KloudScript™, Inc.
KloudScript, Inc. is a community-led specialty pharmacy network that partners with community retail pharmacies nationwide and collaborates with pharmaceutical manufacturers, payors, and prescribers to make specialty medications available locally for patients. Headquartered in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, KloudScript’s health technology platform, hub support services and national network of community retail pharmacy partners enable patients to have a single, local pharmacy home for medications and personalized care. Learn more about KloudScript’s growing, community-led specialty pharmacy network at www.kloudscript.com.

 

KloudScript™, Inc Announces CPPA Partnership Accreditation with HomeTown Pharmacy® of Michigan

Innovative Specialty-at-Retail Model Earns CPPA Specialty Accreditation with Current Largest Pharmacy Partner

KloudScript™, Inc., a community-led specialty pharmacy care network, announces its third specialty pharmacy accreditation through the Center for Pharmacy Practice Accreditation (CPPA), with their pharmacy partner, HomeTown Pharmacy® of Michigan. HomeTown Pharmacy® is the third and current largest pharmacy partner of KloudScript™ to jointly receive CPPA Specialty Accreditation.

 

In 1996, after substantial planning, Tim and Fred Grice purchased Gobles Pharmacy in Gobles, Michigan and thus HomeTown Pharmacy® was born. More than 20 years later, HomeTown Pharmacy® has grown to 39 community locations serving Michigan’s lower Peninsula and Northern Indiana.  HomeTown Pharmacy® provides a wide variety of services to their customers including: specialty care, long term care, retail pharmacy, delivery service, customized patient education and consultation, compounding, adult immunizations, and durable medical equipment.

 

HomeTown Pharmacy® partnered with KloudScript™ in Septemberof 2014 and has seen tremendous growth in their specialty program. “With KloudScript™, we have increased the level of care to our patients with complex disease states. Our pharmacists are enabled to provide superior clinical knowledge and disease-state specific consultation and education to all of our patients,” said Jonathan Grice, PharmD, VP of Pharmacy for HomeTown Pharmacy®.

 

 “Ensuring that specialty pharmacies provide services that help patients achieve desired, cost-effective outcomes is a key component of CPPA’s specialty pharmacy accreditation,” said CPPA Chairman and APhA Executive Vice President and CEO Thomas E. Menighan. “CPPA’s specialty accreditation held jointly between HomeTown Pharmacy® and KloudScript™ provides an important recognition that this specialty-at-retail model provides services that support these goals.”

 

Grice anticipates a positive impact on HomeTown’s specialty business with all 39 locations becoming CPPA accredited in partnership with KloudScript™. “CPPA accreditation is a validation of our daily practices and provides recognition for the high-level, quality of care that we provide to all of our patients. We are committed to ensuring our patients are able to receive their prescriptions locally, in a community that they trust,” said Grice.

 

Dr. Rinku Patel, Founder and CEO of KloudScript™, Inc., anticipates more network pharmacy partners to achieve CPPA accreditation in 2017. KloudScript™ pharmacy partners provide care to patients locally; while KloudScript™ provides the necessary hub support services. KloudScript’s technology solution, KETU™, also enables the consistency in operations and clinical care protocols, while capturing the data necessary to track trends and reporting; which is critical to payors. “Accreditation with our pharmacy partners is a validation that our specialty-at-retail care model meets the rigorous standards of quality and care required by the industry. Becoming jointly-accredited with our current largest partner, HomeTown Pharmacy® of Michigan, demonstrates the quality of our specialty-at-retail care model to patients, prescribers, payors and pharmaceutical manufacturers,” said Dr. Rinku. Patel.

 

About CPPA

The Center for Pharmacy Practice Accreditation (CPPA) is a nonprofit organization established in 2012 through a partnership of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) to recognize pharmacy practices for providing patient care services that improve health outcomes and contribute to lower healthcare costs. The CPPA mission, unique among accreditors, is to raise the level of pharmacy-delivered patient care services through accreditation and, thus, serve the public health. These three organizations saw a need to establish standards to meet the public’s need for specific, predictable, and measurable pharmacist clinical services across the medication use continuum.

 

About KloudScript™

KloudScript™ is a community-led specialty pharmacy network. We partner with community retail pharmacies nationwide and collaborate with pharmaceutical manufacturers, payors, and prescribers to make specialty medications available locally for patients. Headquartered in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, KloudScript’s health technology platform, hub support services, and national network of community retail pharmacy partners enable patients to have a single, local pharmacy home for medications and personalized care. Learn more about our growing community-led specialty pharmacy network at www.kloudscript.com.

 

About HomeTown® Pharmacy

In 1996, Tim and Fred Grice purchased Gobles Pharmacy in Gobles, Michigan and thus HomeTown Pharmacy® was born. More than 20 years later, HomeTown Pharmacy® has grown to 39 community locations serving Michigan’s lower Peninsula and Northern Indiana. Headquartered in Newaygo, Michigan, HomeTown Pharmacy® provides a wide variety of services to its customers including: specialty care, long term care, retail pharmacy, delivery service, customized patient education and consultation, compounding, adult immunizations and durable medical equipment. Learn more about HomeTown Pharmacy at www.hometownpharmacy.com.

KloudScript Announces Second CPPA Partnership Accreditation with Gateway Pharmacy

Innovative Specialty-at-retail model earns second CPPA Accreditation.

KloudScript, Inc., a community led specialty pharmacy care network, announced today that it received specialty pharmacy accreditation through the Center for Pharmacy Practice Accreditation (CPPA) with its pharmacy partner, Gateway Pharmacy of North Dakota. Gateway is the second pharmacy partner of KloudScript to jointly receive the CPPA accreditation in 2016.
Gateway Pharmacy has been a cornerstone in Bismarck, Mandan and surrounding communities since 1989, when Mr. Mark Aurit, a pharmacist, opened his first of four locations. “Since Gateway Pharmacy has been around for a quarter century, our name is well known throughout the community,” said Aurit’s daughter, Briana Fluhrer, PharmD. “My father has always strived to offer value-adding services for all our pharmacies. Having a specialty care program with KloudScript seemed like the very logical next step.”

Gateway Pharmacy partnered with KloudScript in October of 2015 and has seen significant growth in their specialty business. Fluhrer explains that: “With KloudScript, we have the guidance and knowledge from people with a lot of experience in the specialty industry. All of this enables us to provide excellent customer service and care to patients in our community.”

In October of this year, KloudScript announced their first joint CPPA accreditation with its founding pharmacy partner, Doc’s Pharmacy of Illinois. This milestone marked the first time a specialty-at-retail service provider and pharmacy provider have jointly received this industry-leading accreditation. “CPPA’s accreditation of the partnership between KloudScript and its partners is a recognition of their commitment to quality and that KloudScript’s specialty pharmacy service model is aligned with the goals of improving outcomes and lowering health care costs,” said CPPA Chairman, Paul Abramowitz, Pharm.D., FASHP.

Fluhrer hopes that becoming CPPA accredited in partnership with KloudScript will have a positive impact on Gateway’s specialty business. “CPPA accreditation is confirmation we are doing things right for our patients as pharmacists and as a business. And it enables Gateway to remain a preferred pharmacy for a major payor in North Dakota. We are committed to ensuring that our patients are able to be served locally for all their prescriptions and not by mail order specialty pharmacies,” said Fluhrer.

Dr. Rinku Patel, Founder and CEO of KloudScript Inc, anticipates more network pharmacy partners to achieve the CPPA accreditation in 2017.  “Having many accredited pharmacy partners in our network raises the bar for quality and performance of our specialty at retail care model.”   KloudScript pharmacy partners provide care to patients locally; while KloudScript provides the necessary hub support services.  KloudScript’s technology solution also enables the consistency in operations and clinical care protocols, while capturing the data necessary to track trends and reporting which is important to payors.  “As more KloudScript pharmacy partners achieve joint accreditation with us to demonstrate the quality of our specialty at retail service model, we hope to partner with specialty pharmaceutical manufacturers to expand access to the limited distribution medications for our network pharmacies and the patients they service.”

About KloudScript

KloudScript is a community-led specialty pharmacy network. KloudScript partners with community retail pharmacies nationwide and collaborate with pharmaceutical manufacturers, payors and prescribers to make specialty medications available locally for patients. Headquartered in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, KloudScript’s health technology platform, hub support services, and national network of community retail pharmacy partners enable patients to have a single, local pharmacy home for medications and personalized care. Learn more about our growing community-led specialty pharmacy network at www.kloudscript.com.

About Gateway Pharmacy

Gateway Health Mart Pharmacy is owned and operated by Mark and Susan Aurit. Mark felt that his customers could be better served, Mark decided to open a pharmacy of his own. In 1989, Gateway Pharmacy was born. More than 20 years later Gateway Health Mart Pharmacy has grown to 4 locations, all conveniently located just inside Dan’s Supermarket. Gateway Health Mart Pharmacy provides a wide variety of services to its customers, including free mail out and delivery service, competitively priced prescriptions with individualized counseling, an in-house compounding lab, adult immunizations, an array of health screenings and more. To learn more about Gateway Pharmacy go to www.gatewaypharmacy.com.

About CPPA

The Center for Pharmacy Practice Accreditation (CPPA) is a nonprofit organization established in 2012 through a partnership of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) to recognize pharmacy practices for providing patient care services that improve health outcomes and contribute to lower healthcare costs. The CPPA mission, unique among accreditors, is to raise the level of pharmacy-delivered patient care services through accreditation and, thus, serve the public health. These three organizations saw a need to establish standards to meet the public’s need for specific, predictable, and measurable pharmacist clinical services across the medication use continuum.

Bringing Local Pharmacies to the Specialty Table

Rinku Patel, PharmD, spent most of her career working in large pharmacy organizations. But in 2011, after more than 10 years in leadership roles with Walgreens, CVS Caremark, Option Care and Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy, Dr. Patel decided it was time for a change—not just for herself, but for specialty pharmacy itself.

“When specialty was first coming into existence, it was more of a high-touch, face-to-face model where a pharmacist provided more direct support to the patient. But as the industry grew and more and more specialty drugs were approved in the market, more control was imposed by payors and the pharmaceutical industry to manage the growing trend. The net result was that the service model for the patient changed,” Dr. Patel said.

“From high touch, we went to more of a high-tech model, with mail-order specialty pharmacies shipping drugs across the country and caring for patients over the phone and via the internet through patient portals.”

In addition, those same patients are typically going to a local retail pharmacy for acute medications, like antibiotics or over-the-counter drugs, and dealing with yet another mail-order pharmacy for ongoing chronic disease nonspecialty medications, such as those for hypertension or diabetes.

“They’re usually incentivized by the payor or the PBM [pharmacy benefits manager] to use the 90-day mail-order model for these drugs, but it’s not feasible for specialty pharmacies to ship acute medications or nonspecialty maintenance medications, due to low profitability and payor network arrangements,” Dr. Patel noted. “Even if the same pharmacy organization offered all three points of care, they are not connected. We’re left with a fragmented patient experience and the problem of polypharmacy.”

A Better Way

Dr. Patel decided that there had to be a better way. After considerable market research, she found that independently owned and operated community pharmacies have better relationships with their patients than larger chain counterparts, but because of a lack of infrastructure, expertise and economies of scale, they can’t provide a one-pharmacy “home” for those patients.

But what if someone else could? That was the germ of an idea that led her to create KloudScript (KS), a specialty-at-retail company that provides a turnkey solution for the infrastructure and capabilities typically found in large specialty operations to independent, locally owned pharmacies.

Founded in 2013, KS now has more than 500 pharmacy partners in 45 states, and Dr. Patel projects that the company will be in all 50 states in the next few months.

The company currently services multiple specialty therapy areas: behavioral health, Crohn’s disease, hepatitis C virus (HCV), HIV, multiple sclerosis, oncology, osteoporosis, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Patel said the roster of diseases is also likely to grow.

Through a cloud-based patient care management technology platform called KETU, KloudScript provides the lion’s share of the back-office processes for its independent retail pharmacy partners: training and education in specialty, sales and marketing strategy, full-service hub support, strategic business development with payors and pharma, and prescription and patient care management.

The independent pharmacy, for its part, focuses on what it does best: dispensing medications and providing hands-on, individualized patient care.

In mid-October, KS hit a milestone: In partnership with Illinois-based Doc’s Pharmacy, it was accredited by the Center for Pharmacy Practice Accreditation (CPPA).

“This is a unique model of specialty pharmacy care,” said Lynnae Mahaney, BSPharm, MBA, FASHP, CPPA’s executive director. “There are hub services out there, and KloudScript does serve as a hub provider, doing prior authorization and benefits investigations, and aggregating data from the pharmacy practices. But what’s unique is that KloudScript oversees the quality of care delivered by their partner pharmacies. Their pharmacies utilize the KS software platform, and the pharmacist must be trained on and follow the KS patient care protocols. This ensures consistency of patient care while enabling specialty pharmacy to have a very local flavor.”

The “partnership” accreditation is new for CPPA, Ms. Mahaney said, but it illustrates CPPA’s philosophy. “We knew our accreditation program needed to be adaptable to these evolving models of specialty pharmacy care. So we’ve consciously made sure our standards and our accreditation program could be flexible to fit these models.”

Accreditation a Team Effort

KloudScript also facilitates and manages the accreditation process for each of its partners that want to attain CPPA accreditation. Neither KS nor Doc’s—or any other pharmacy partner—could achieve accreditation independently, Ms. Mahaney said. “We reviewed all our standards to determine which organization, KS or the partner pharmacy, is responsible for what standards—the elements that KloudScript is doing and those that the pharmacy is performing. In some cases, there is overlap, standards for which they are both responsible.”

Gateway to Accreditation

The family-owned Gateway Health Mart Pharmacy, which has four locations in Bismarck and Mandan, N.D., is now in the process of becoming CPPA-accredited as a specialty pharmacy through its KS partnership. Since Gateway rolled out its specialty program with KS in October 2015, Vice President Briana Fluhrer, PharmD, estimated that the pharmacy’s specialty book of business has grown by nearly 75%.

“Previous to that, the only specialty we were doing was filling some walk-in prescriptions and our regular patients’ specialty prescriptions. Now, we are seeing a whole host of new [specialty] patients that we never were previously filling for,” she said.

Gateway’s leading specialty areas are autoimmune, with a large share of psoriasis, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis; they also serve a number of patients with HCV and HIV.

“We do some oncology but not a lot, because much of oncology in this area is IV, and the oral drugs are often limited distribution,” Dr. Fluhrer said. “Once we are accredited by CPPA, we hope that it will lead some of the manufacturers to see us as a true specialty pharmacy and allow us access to limited distribution drugs.”

Gateway could not have broken into the specialty market in a real way on its own, according to Dr. Fluhrer. “We really benefit from their overall knowledge of the industry: benefits investigations, the ins and outs of foundation support for patients who might not meet the criteria for copay assistance and a wealth of knowledge about the clinical aspects of all the drugs as well. And as payors continue to require us to have more and more documentation, they’re always updating their software platform to reflect that.”

—Gina Shaw

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