In recognition of Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month, AscellaHealth, a national pharmacy benefit management company, is calling attention to its clinical and educational program designed to assist individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS).
The program plan is intended to offer specialty pharmacy strategies to help manage costly and complex treatments through a high-touch model based on frequent interaction and collaboration.
Ascella’s goal is to lower healthcare costs and improve patient outcomes by educating members about their prescribed treatments, providing financial assistance, and collaborating with physicians and pharmacists throughout the treatment course.
“Ascella understands the challenges involved in the treatment of MS, and has implemented unique programs for specialty drug and formulary management, competitive pricing and innovative discounts to help improve outcomes and care coordination for plan members living with this complex disease,” Dea Belazi, president and CEO of Ascella, said in a press release.
“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,” Belazi added.
Ascella’s pharmacy benefit management support includes clinical and drug-use review, treatment management, pharmacy or therapeutic management, treatment information, and reporting and analytics, among other options. These services are available as individual options or in packages.
MS Awareness Month is a campaign that takes place each year in March across the U.S. The main goals of the nationwide initiative — first launched in 2003 by the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation and other affiliated groups — is to raise public awareness on MS, engage people in the MS community, and help patients with healthcare decisions and support.
“This March is an excellent time to raise awareness about MS and get out the message that Ascella offers custom benefit designs, maximizes benefit plans, and reduces costs for plan members and payers alike,” Belazi said.
As part of MS Awareness Month, the company urges patients, families, and communities to show support for people living with the disease.
A pharmacy benefit management organization administers and processes insurance claims for prescription drug programs. As a third-party administrator, Ascella serves commercial, Medicare, and Medicaid health plans by offering specialty pharmacy services and discount programs.