SOURCE: Armada Healthcare

November 18, 2013 08:30 ET

Avalere Health, Armada Health Care, and the Specialty Pharmacy Association of America (SPAARx) Announce a Collaboration to Develop an Educational Series on the Role of Specialty Pharmacy in Accountable Care Models

FLORHAM PARK, NJ--(Marketwired - Nov 18, 2013) - Armada Health Care (Armada), the largest specialty pharmacy channel management organization and the Specialty Pharmacy Association of America (SPAARx), the largest national association representing the broad interests of the specialty pharmacy industry, today announced a three-way collaboration with Avalere Health. Avalere Health is a strategic advisory services and products company whose core purpose is to create innovative solutions to complex healthcare problems.

As part of this collaboration, these organizations will provide their collective membership with select educational resources and services geared toward the unique needs of specialty pharmacy and accountable care organizations. While much has been published and presented about accountable care models, few of these discussions consider and articulate the role of specialty pharmacy providers in these arrangements. As the partnership progresses, these organizations will proactively identify and disseminate additional data and insights on key issues that are critical to specialty pharmacy. 

About Avalere Health:
Avalere is a vibrant community of innovative thinkers dedicated to solving the challenges of the healthcare system. Avalere delivers a comprehensive perspective, compelling substance, and creative solutions to help stakeholders from across healthcare make better business decisions. Based in Washington DC, the firm delivers data, strategy, and tools for leaders in healthcare business and policy. Avalere's experts span 170 staff drawn from the federal government (e.g., CMS, OMB, CBO, and the Congress), Fortune 500 healthcare companies, top consultancies, and nonprofits. The firm offers deep substance in areas ranging from healthcare coverage and financing to the changing role of evidence in healthcare decision-making. Its focus on strategy is supported by a rigorous, in-house analytic research group that uses public and private data to generate quantitative insight. Through events, publications, and interactive programs, Avalere also translates real-time healthcare developments into actionable information.

About Armada:
Armada Health Care, LLC (Armada) is the industry's largest specialty pharmacy group purchasing and contracting organization. Armada provides comprehensive and cost effective access to the nation's $100 billion specialty pharmacy industry. Armada offers pharmacy providers, manufacturers, health plans and wholesale distributors a total channel management solution through customized patient programs, prescription-data-management services, online platforms and unique purchasing agreements on specialty pharmacy products. To learn more about Armada Health Care, please visit

About SPAARx
The Specialty Pharmacy Association of America (SPAARx) is a free-standing, national organization, representing the interests of the specialty pharmacy industry. SPAARx is an industry neutral, mission driven organization that is governed by a board of directors comprised of executives from a diverse group of specialty pharmacies. SPAARx works to set guidelines for the industry and the delivery of the unique services that differentiate specialty pharmacy from traditional pharmacy; advocating for important legislative and regulatory issues that impact all specialty pharmacies nationally, and helping to advance the professional and personal development of those working in specialty pharmacy settings.

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