Schnuck Markets Inc. is adding PharmaSmart’s interoperable health screening kiosk to its in-store pharmacies.
The clinical-grade program aims to drive Medicare Star Ratings objectives, specifically measuring D-14 (medication adherence for hypertension), and C-19 (controlling blood pressure), both of which are triple-weighted measures of high interest to national and regional insurers.
According to Schnucks officials, commercial plans will also benefit from the program as they work to improve cardiovascular outcomes through the reduction of long-term risk factors such as hypertension.
Bob Buganski, senior director of pharmacy at Schnucks, said that the initiative is "more than just deploying new kiosks."
"PharmaSmart's Health Screening Kiosks and Integrated BPT Rx solutions are a game-changer for disease management at the pharmacist point of care," Buganski said. "With the PharmaSmart program, Schnucks now offers our patients a Health Screening program backed by clinical evidence, and one that incorporates full integration into our Rx software, McKesson CPS. This fluid workflow integration allows us to easily intervene in cases where blood pressure control is not achieved, which is a capability our pharmacists have never had before. We will also have the data to demonstrate our impact on blood pressure control rates over a managed population."