October 28, 2020 Shields Health Solutions

Shields Health Solutions, UCHealth Partner to Give Patients With Complex Chronic Illnesses Access to More Affordable Medications and New Pharmacy Services With No Added Costs

Partnership brings patients more support services, increased number of specialty drugs to treat more conditions and expanded insurance coverage

AURORA, Colo. & STOUGHTON, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–UCHealth patients with complex, chronic conditions now have access to specialized pharmacy services to help lower costs, expand treatment options, enhance medication management and improve their overall health.

UCHealth, a nationally recognized nonprofit network of 12 hospitals and more than 150 clinics throughout Colorado, southern Wyoming, and western Nebraska, and Shields Health Solutions, the nation’s leading specialty pharmacy integrator, announced today a partnership to expand the specialty pharmacy services offered at UCHealth clinics.

The specialty pharmacy at UCHealth treats patients with complex chronic illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, infectious diseases including HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C, and rheumatology conditions. Treating such illnesses requires a combination of complex drug therapies and extensive patient support services that may not be needed for more common medical conditions.

To meet the unique needs of patients with chronic conditions, the partnership between UCHealth and Shields will offer additional support services for these patients. For example, patients who fill their prescriptions with the UCHealth Specialty Pharmacy will now be guided by specialty pharmacy liaisons who work with each patient on-site at hospital clinics. These liaisons work with teams of experts to assist patients with health insurance prior authorizations, financial assistance and overcoming other barriers to care.

The expanded patient support services combined with newly available drugs will give patients more treatment options at UCHealth. Shields currently partners with more than 40 health systems around the country and has helped their patients achieve an average co-payment of less than $20, medication delivery of less than two days, and improve medication adherence to more than 90% on average.

“The price of prescription drugs can be a serious concern for our patients with complex, chronic diseases,” said Dr. Steven Edmundowicz, medical director for the Digestive Health Center at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital and interim division director of gastroenterology and hepatology for the University of Colorado School of Medicine. “The combination of lower prices, additional treatment options and the support of an integrated care team will help improve outcomes and the overall health of our patients.”

As the largest provider of Medicaid services in the region, UCHealth will be able to provide these services to many underserved patients who may benefit from the enhanced support.

“Often the patients who benefit most from specialty pharmacy services are the most vulnerable, requiring and deserving additional support to help them reach the best possible outcomes,” said Lee Cooper, CEO of Shields Health Solutions. “We are honored to help the extremely talented team of administrators and care providers at UCHealth to bring this new level of service to the patients and communities they serve.”

The services will initially launch in 16 clinics at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital, with plans to expand to other specialty clinics across UCHealth.

About UCHealth

UCHealth is an innovative, nonprofit health system that delivers the highest quality medical care with an excellent patient experience. UCHealth includes 25,000 employees, 12 acute-care full-service hospitals and hundreds of physicians across Colorado, southern Wyoming and western Nebraska. With University of Colorado Hospital on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus as its academic anchor and the only adult academic medical center in the region, UCHealth is dedicated to providing unmatched patient care in the Rocky Mountain West. Offering more than 150 clinic locations, UCHealth pushes the boundaries of medicine, providing advanced treatments and clinical trials and improving health through innovation.

About Shields Health Solutions

Shields Health Solutions is a specialty pharmacy integrator and care provider, partnering with hospital leaders on every aspect of specialty pharmacy creation, growth and management. The company provides the fastest, lowest risk model for health systems to create a hospital-owned specialty pharmacy program. In doing so, Shields provides health systems with on-site pharmacy and care professionals, a purpose-built specialty pharmacy technology platform, and access to 80+ percent of all limited distribution drugs (LDDs) and most (health insurance) payors in the nation. Shields provides ownership of all specialty pharmacy assets in a health system’s name.