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SHARE HIE and Arkansas CPESN: A Prescription for Success in Healthcare

Little Rock, Arkansas November 2023    

In the heart of Arkansas, a transformative partnership has taken root, bearing fruits of improved patient care and a brighter future for community-based pharmacies. SHARE HIE (State Health Alliance for Records Exchange) and CPESN Arkansas (Community Pharmacy Enhanced Services Network) have joined forces, creating a powerful synergy that is reshaping the healthcare landscape in the state.

SHARE HIE, a leading health information exchange platform, has long been committed to facilitating seamless information sharing among healthcare providers to enhance patient care. CPESN Arkansas, on the other hand, has been on a mission to optimize medication therapy and improve therapeutic outcomes through collaboration with various healthcare providers, particularly community-based pharmacies. Together, they have embarked on a journey that is now bearing the fruits of success.

One of the primary benefits of this partnership has been the coordination of care in community-based pharmacies. By bridging the gap between pharmacies and other healthcare providers, patients are now receiving comprehensive care that extends beyond the prescription pad. This approach has led to an array of positive therapeutic outcomes, where patients are experiencing improved health, fewer medication-related issues, and better overall well-being.

Moreover, the impact on healthcare costs cannot be overstated. As patients achieve better therapeutic outcomes and pharmacist care plan that includes prescribed medications, immunizations, updated demographics and progress note, the burden on the healthcare system is lightened.  In a state where community pharmacists are now maintaining momentum and increasing publicity for better care, the partnership between SHARE HIE and CPESN Arkansas stands as a beacon of hope. It serves as a testament to the transformative power of collaboration, information exchange, and a shared vision for a healthier, more cost-effective healthcare system.

In this success story, SHARE HIE and CPESN Arkansas have demonstrated that by working together, we can achieve remarkable outcomes in healthcare. Patients are healthier, healthcare costs can be reduced, and the future looks brighter for community-based pharmacies and the entire healthcare ecosystem in Arkansas.

The Arkansas Community Pharmacy Enhanced Services Network (CPESN) is a high-performance network that has adopted the tenets of value-based health care—increase the quality of patient care and reduce overall health care costs. AR CPESN is focused on improving the health of our patients by working collaboratively with other health care providers and ensuring that patients are achieving their therapeutic outcomes with safe and effective therapy.

Purpose : The purpose of the Arkansas Community Pharmacy Enhanced Services Network is to develop, implement, and maintain a network of community pharmacies that provide high quality enhanced services to patients to improve patient clinical outcomes and utilization of healthcare resources by working collaboratively with other healthcare providers, health systems, accountable care organizations, and other key stakeholders. The AR CPESN will work with payers to ensure that overall health care spend is optimized and reduced by appropriately managing patients’ medication therapy. The network is focused on high quality performance in all aspects of the practice including implementation of enhanced services, provision of patient care services, collaboration with other health care providers and key stakeholders, and working closely with payers to improve overall health care resources utilization and overall health care spend. The participating AR CPESN℠ pharmacies agree to be active participants in the network, collaborating and sharing ideas, and willing to share practice data as determined, requested, and needed by the network.

Goal : The goal of AR CPESN is to improve quality of care and patient outcomes related to medication use, enhance patients’ overall health trajectory, and reduce total cost of care. Key to the AR CPESN approach is active integration of community pharmacist activity with the larger care team, including the primary care physicians, specialty providers such as behavioral health professionals, and the extended care team of the Patient Centered Medical Home.

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