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MedVantx and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island Partner to Provide Physicians with Integrated Medication Management Platform in Newly Created Patient-Centered Medical Homes
Date:4/20/2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I., April 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- MedVantx, Inc. and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) announced today that they are collaborating on an innovative initiative to provide Rhode Island Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) practices with free, initial courses of prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications via the MedVantx automated, ATM-like, sample management system ("MedStart™") at the point of care in physician offices.

"We are excited to partner with MedVantx.  The MedStart™ system complements and supports better management of patients with chronic and complex health conditions, one of the primary goals of our Patient Centered Medical Home program.  Most patients included in the BCBSRI PCMH program suffer from significant medical conditions, which require the use of multiple medications. The MedVantx program nicely complements the BCBSRI PCMH program by affording providers with immediate access to low-cost medications, increasing the likelihood of patient compliance as well as satisfaction resulting from lower out of pocket costs," relayed Gus Manocchia, MD, Chief Medical Officer, BCBSRI.

The MedVantx Consumer Medication Management platform provides physicians with first ever access to a comprehensive formulary of free generic, brand, and over-the-counter medications covering chronic conditions through its MedStart system.  The MedStart system automates the traditional pharmaceutical sampling process for physicians; captures physician sampling data for inclusion in the patients' on-line medical record and provides consumers access to highly relevant drug and disease state educational materials.  Physicians also are able to extend the benefits of this program to offer care management support from licensed pharmacists and customer care specialists.  

 "The MedStart™ system nicely supports the Medical Home model, providing quick access to cost-effective
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SOURCE MedVantx, Inc.; Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island
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