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McKesson and Magellan collaborate to offer a care management solutions

McKesson UK : 09 September, 2008  (Company News)
McKesson Health Solutions and Magellan Health Services have agreed to collaborate to offer a care management programme that holistically manages both behavioural and medical conditions.
The comprehensive solution targets health care payor organizations health plans, employers and government agencies serving the nation’s most vulnerable populations, such as Medicaid beneficiaries and others served through public programmes.

Under the programme, McKesson and Magellan will jointly identify and pursue specific opportunities to market an integrated offering to their customers and to leverage their combined capabilities for the benefit of payors and consumers. For those customers who adopt this integrated approach, McKesson will provide medical care management services and Magellan will provide behavioral care management services on an integrated basis.

“It is common for 30 percent of total costs for individuals served in (Medicaid programmes) to be driven by behavioral health issues,” said Emad Rizk, MD, president, McKesson Health Solutions. “By teaming with Magellan we can offer a combined care management programme that will help to more effectively improve outcomes of participants.”

The goal of the integrated offering is to help patients realise better clinical outcomes as a pathway to living healthier, happier and more productive lives.

To achieve true integration, the programme:

(1) applies data analytics and clinical expertise for a better overall understanding of the medical and behavioural issues of the insured population;

(2) rebuilds processes and supports providers by coordinating across multiple medical and behavioural healthcare touch points; and

(3) provides a highly skilled multidisciplinary team to support the individual patient in achieving the best possible healthcare outcome.

“Magellan and McKesson each bring recognised expertise to the complex interplay of the mind and the body,” said Russell C. Petrella, PhD, president of behavioral health for Magellan. “Together we bring a powerful medical and behavioural knowledge base, decision-making tools, and networks of qualified providers to help patients in need while addressing the demand for well-coordinated care across the mind/body healthcare spectrum.”

By managing both behavioral and medical conditions, McKesson and Magellan can help payors:

- Improve clinical outcomes of chronic and other conditions through effective management of co-occurring medical and behavioural health issues;

- Improve quality of life for participants through resolution of behavioural issues that impede optimal health management;

- Reduce care costs through fully integrated care management services that address underlying cost drivers;

- Improve care coordination and continuity across behavioral and medical care management strategies; and

- Offer better services while achieving a significant return for their investment.
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