SOURCE: Medication Management Systems, Inc.

Setting the Standard for Medication Therapy Management Program Software

February 09, 2010 07:00 ET

Triple-S Salud Selects Medication Management Systems, Inc. to Deliver Medication Therapy Management Services in Puerto Rico

Innovative Medication Management Program Connects Community Pharmacists, Physicians, Medicare Part D Beneficiaries and Other Patients

MINNEAPOLIS, MN--(Marketwire - February 9, 2010) - Triple-S Salud, Inc. of Puerto Rico (Triple-S) has become the first health plan on the island of Puerto Rico to embrace the patient-centered medication therapy management (MTM) solutions provided by Medication Management Systems Puerto Rico, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Medication Management Systems, Inc. (MMS).

"We are pleased that Triple-S selected us to deliver an innovative MTM service designed to improve health outcomes," said Nathan Schultz, Pharm.D.,president and COO of MMS. "This partnership continues Triple-S's commitment to innovative solutions which improve patient care. The program we have developed with Triple-S places an emphasis on coordination of care with physicians and integrates the patient care service provided by pharmacists."

In Puerto Rico, MMS's Pharmaceutical Care Practice Network includes specially trained community pharmacists. Launched in January, under the name "FarmaOrienta," the network provides Medication Therapy Management (MTM) services to Triple S's members which includes assessment of all of their medications as well as guidance to ensure that the medications are appropriate, working properly, safe and can be taken as intended. Additionally, and when appropriate, pharmacists will refer patients to physicians for follow-up care.

"We selected MMS to administer our MTM program because of the patient-centered, results-driven, and evidence-based service they will manage for us," said Socorro Rivas, president of Triple-S. "They have a tremendous amount of experience in training pharmacists to provide a consistent level of patient care. This results in reproducible outcomes and effective communication between patients, pharmacists and physicians. MMS was also able to launch 'FarmaOrienta' quickly and efficiently. We could not have hoped for a more flexible and accommodating solution." Rivas added, "We feel very proud of the commitment shown by the pharmacists in being active participants in reducing the exposure to the damage caused by the inappropriate use of medications."

This initiative is aligned with the educational campaign recently launched by Triple-S, in all media, about the adequate use of the medications.

"Our common goal is to deliver and demonstrate improved patient outcomes through a quality MTM service," added Schultz. "MMS' technology and services help Medicare Part D plans to immediately meet Federal government program requirements and perfectly positions them to exceed what are sure to be increasing demands for demonstration of patient care improvement in the future."

Medication Management Systems, Inc. is a leader in designing, delivering and implementing successful, standards-driven medication therapy management (MTM) programs. MMS employs a proven patient-centered pharmaceutical care approach supported by the Assurance System™ to improve medication efficacy, safety, and adherence for patients with complex drug therapies.

Triple-S Salud, Inc., an Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Association, is the leading health insurance company in Puerto Rico and serves approximately 1.3 million members. The Company has the exclusive rights to use the Blue Cross/ Blue Shield name and brand for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Triple-S Salud is part of Grupo Triple-S.

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