Health Mart Kicks Off New Town Hall Meeting Series to Help Pharmacies Enhance Clinical Performance

November 10, 2014

Exclusive coaching program with pharmacy development services rolled out across the country

SAN FRANCISCO, November 10, 2014 – Dedicated to providing solutions and support to help independent pharmacies improve medication adherence and patient outcomes to help gain access to preferred pharmacy networks, Health Mart® today announced that it is hosting its second series of Town Hall meetings, “Pharmacy Quality Measures: Action Steps for Improvement.” The Health Mart Town Hall meetings will be held in 108 cities across the country through early 2015.

Designed to help pharmacies recognize the importance of CMS’s Five-Star Quality Ratings and improve their store’s performance, the second series of Town Hall meetings provides a comprehensive review of the key medication-related quality measures that pharmacies have the most ability to impact. The meetings will also show pharmacy owners how to benchmark their pharmacy’s performance and evaluate their progress. Emphasizing action steps to improve quality performance, the meeting allows attendees to leave with a plan based on their EQuIPP™ data to improve quality measures specific to their pharmacy. Pharmacy owners, pharmacists and technicians can register for the Town Hall meetings at

“By attending the Health Mart Town Hall meetings, independent pharmacies can learn how to measure and improve their performance in support of Medicare Part D Star Ratings and gain credit for the quality care they provide,” said Steve Courtman, president, Health Mart. “Research has shown that improving patients’ medication adherence has a sizable impact on decreasing total healthcare costs. There is tremendous opportunity for pharmacists to be recognized for the outcomes they drive beyond dispensing.”

Measuring and Understanding Clinical Performance: Health Mart has partnered with Pharmacy Quality Solutions (PQS) to provide franchisees access to the EQuIPP pharmacy-performance data so they can understand their current performance on medication-related Part D Star Ratings measures. The medication-related metrics are triple-weighted and can significantly influence a drug plan’s total Star Rating score. To help members interpret and improve their quality-measure performance, Health Mart’s pharmacist-led training team has developed Health Mart UniversitySM CE courses and other tools to help pharmacies implement activities that drive adherence, reduce medication risks and close medication gaps.

Improving Clinical Performance: Supporting patient medication adherence and identifying and intervening in gaps in patient care are areas where Health Mart pharmacies are poised to excel due to pharmacists’ strong personal patient relationships. Health Mart recently developed an exclusive program with Pharmacy Development Services (PDS) to help members improve patient outcomes and quality-measure performance, with a focus on medication synchronization (SyncRx™) and quarterly medication reviews (SyncRx+™).

For more information on the Health Mart Town Hall meetings and other Health Mart events, visit

About Health Mart

Health Mart has more than 3,400 locally owned community pharmacies across all 50 states. Health Mart pharmacists provide personalized care and take the time to help patients understand their prescription-drug coverage, how to safely manage multiple medications, and how to take advantage of lower-cost medication options. As an important member of the healthcare team, Health Mart pharmacists possess strong clinical knowledge and partner with their patients, and their patients’ other healthcare providers, to help them manage and improve patients’ health. The Health Mart franchise is owned by Health Mart Systems, Inc., which is an affiliate of McKesson Corporation. To find a locally owned Health Mart pharmacy near you, visit, where you will also find comprehensive online health and wellness information.

About McKesson

McKesson Corporation, currently ranked 15th on the FORTUNE 500, is a healthcare services and information technology company dedicated to making the business of healthcare run better. We partner with payers, hospitals, physician offices, pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies and others across the spectrum of care to build healthier organizations that deliver better care to patients in every setting. McKesson helps its customers improve their financial, operational and clinical performance with solutions that include pharmaceutical and medical-surgical supply management, healthcare information technology, and business and clinical services. For more information, visit

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