Union Health Launches Integrated Specialty Pharmacy Services with Trellis Rx

Published 03/09/2021
by Kathryn Edwards

Terre Haute, Ind. – March 9, 2021 – Today, Union Health, an integrated health system based in Terre Haute, Ind., announced the launch of an integrated specialty pharmacy service. The service will further Union Health’s efforts to provide seamless care to patients who require complex, expensive medications through coordinated support from highly-trained specialty pharmacy team members.

Patients across the Wabash Valley require specialty medications to manage cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, hepatitis C, multiple sclerosis, migraines and other conditions. Monthly out-of-pocket costs for these therapies can reach thousands of dollars, making it challenging for patients to afford vital treatments. Many patients also require ongoing support to successfully adhere to their therapy regimens and manage side effects.

“Union Health is committed to eliminating the barriers that prevent many patients from starting and staying on their specialty medications,” said Rhonda Smith, MSN, RN, NE-BC, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at Union Health, “With our on-site specialty pharmacy services, patients and their families will now have access to dedicated team members focused on guiding them through every step of their medication journey.”

The Union Health specialty pharmacy is currently supporting patients receiving cancer and rheumatology care at the Hux Center. Pharmacists and pharmacy liaisons are embedded in clinics alongside other caregivers to provide patients the comprehensive, integrated care needed to improve medication access and achieve the best outcomes from their therapies.

To create a seamless experience for patients and their families, on-site pharmacy liaisons manage financial assistance applications, insurance authorizations, medication refills and more. In addition, patients receive medication education and ongoing counseling from on-site pharmacists who will collaborate with other care providers to ensure the improvement of the patient’s overall well-being.

“We’re excited to bring best-in-class specialty pharmacy care to the Terre Haute community,” said Dan Cleveland, Pharm.D., BCPS, system pharmacy director at Union Health. “By offering high-touch, personalized specialty pharmacy services on-site at Union Health, we can significantly enhance the therapy experience for our patients with chronic and complex conditions.”

Union Health’s specialty pharmacy will be developed and operated in partnership with Trellis Rx, a leading technology-enabled specialty pharmacy services provider. Services will be expanded to additional clinics throughout 2021 and 2022.

 

About Union Health

Union Health is a not-for profit health system that provides comprehensive health care to patients in west central Indiana and eastern Illinois. Serving its communities since 1892, Union Health provides care to all area residents regardless of their ability to pay. Their patient-focused philosophy emphasizes collaboration, integrity, transparency, and stewardship to help patients reach better health and well-being. For more information about Union Health, visit www.myunionhealth.org.

 

About Trellis Rx

Trellis Rx works hand-in-hand with health systems to improve the medication therapy experience for their patients with chronic and specialty conditions. Working under the health system’s brand, Trellis Rx provides medically-integrated pharmacy services that drive measurably better clinical and financial outcomes—faster—with less risk.

Trellis Rx’s unique clinical care model embeds highly skilled pharmacists and pharmacy liaisons directly into health system’s specialty clinics. Its fully integrated, local approach ensures patients with chronic and complex conditions receive the personalized, high-touch pharmacy care required to support adherence to treatment plans and improve clinical outcomes.

For more information, contact Trellis Rx.