Our Partners

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One of AIMM’s earliest and most steadfast partners is Apexus, the non-profit contractor that works with more than 29,000 health care providers across the U.S. to lower their costs for purchasing outpatient pharmaceutical products, allowing them to stretch their resources to serve more low-income and uninsured patients. As the exclusive contractor for the 340B Drug Pricing Program, managed by the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA), Apexus negotiates significant discounts for branded and generic pharmaceuticals while working with providers to help them comply with 340B regulations and guidance. Apexus works closely with HRSA’s Office of Pharmacy Affairs to improve the integrity of the 340B program.

Apexus is a partner with AIMM and ASHP to offer the National A3 Collaborative.  Apexus was an early supporter of the AIMM Collaborative, and the work originally initiated through the Patient Safety and Clinical Pharmacy Services Collaborative, by awarding team scholarships to organizations that are making a positive impact on high-risk patient populations. Apexus is supporting scholarship funding to cover partial participation fees for all organizations interested in being a part of the A3 Collaborative. For more information about Apexus, visit www.apexus.com and www.340Bpvp.com

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists

ASHP represents pharmacists who serve as patient care providers in acute and ambulatory settings. The organization’s more than 43,000 members include pharmacists, student pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians. For 75 years, ASHP has been at the forefront of efforts to improve medication use and enhance patient safety. ASHP is partnering with AIMM and Apexus to offer the National A3 Collaborative, a leading-edge learning collaborative that offers healthcare providers support to accelerate the implementation of sustainable comprehensive medication management (CMM) services. ASHP members are working on interprofessional teams in all settings, including ambulatory clinics, and are doing so many important things on behalf of their patients.  The A3 Collaborative provides an opportunity for them to take their practices to the next level with a national learning collaborative and network of high performing peers. Visit ASHP’s website, www.ashp.org, or its consumer website, www.SafeMedication.com.

“In today’s health care environment, 340B organizations are stretching their resources to ensure that they are taking the best care of their high-risk patients. This priority requires effective medication management programs. With AIMM, organizations can make this critical transformation using a quality improvement framework to build sustainability and find opportunities for further scale and spread.”

Chris Hatwig
President, Apexus

partner_cardinalCardinal Health Foundation

The Cardinal Health Foundation has a unique mission, strategy and target audience. Endeavors by the Foundation include providing financial support to healthcare organizations that want to hit the daily double of cost effectiveness: improving quality and controlling costs—at the same time.

Over the past eight years, the Cardinal Health Foundation has invested $16 million in a variety of patient safety efforts including support for other networks, recognition of pharmacist-led teams through the Medication Use Safety Award and professional development programming.

Through this work the Foundation has better understood the power of networks and has partnered with AIMM to facilitate a learning collaborative for its E3 (Effectiveness, Efficiency, and Excellence) Grant Program.  The E3 program seeks to impact the quality of health care, and offers grantees an opportunity over a three-year period to better realize their vision by taking the project to scale and making it sustainable.  All E3 grant recipients are participating in AIMM under the E3 Learning Collaborative.

Concordia University

Wisconsin School of Pharmacy
Concordia University Wisconsin’s School of Pharmacy (CUW-SOP) is committed to the development of pharmacists and professionals who are servant leaders, dedicated to improving the health of our communities through excellence in teaching, research, service, and practice. The CUW campus is located 15 miles north of downtown Milwaukee and provides a great opportunity for synergy with hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies in Southeastern Wisconsin, as well as in the remainder of the state.

CUW-SOP, in partnership with CUW’s Batterman School of Business and with financial support from The Dohmen Company, is offering an 18-month initiative, the Concordia Medication Management Accelerator, (CMMA). It will surface effective CMM programs and foster growth by creating conversations among a number of stakeholders to create demand and opportunity for comprehensive medication management services across the state. The CMMA promotes entrepreneurial thinking in the area of CMM by awarding more than $50,000 to entrepreneurs with the most compelling business plans for CMM initiatives.

CUW-SOP is partnering with AIMM for its learning collaborative methods and consultancy. Up to 10 Wisconsin-based organizations will participate in a CMMA learning experience that will allow them to adapt AIMM’s strategies employed by front-line practitioners in partnership with organizational leaders to assume accountability for patient safety and health, improve quality of care, and champion payment models that recognize the value of medication management services integrated in to a comprehensive and coordinated approach to primary care.

“We believe action learning networks can dramatically accelerate the rate of change and add value for each organization – ultimately leading to the best patient outcomes and cost reductions. The transformational experience AIMM offers organizations is a clear fit for our goals and objectives with our E3 grantees.  We are excited to be working with AIMM in our E3 Learning Collaborative initiative.”

Dianne Radigan
Vice President of Community Relations
Cardinal Health Foundation

“AIMM is an organization whose purpose is leadership in advancing CMM and using their proven methods at the interface of implementation to help their partners achieve more.  AIMM met us at our vision, considered our needs and brought their services to our unique situation to create something that had a great twist of unique and experienced.”

Andrew P. Traynor, Pharm.D., BCPS
Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice
Director, PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program
Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy

partner_empireEmpire Health Foundation

Empire Health Foundation (EHF) is a private health conversion foundation headquartered in Spokane, WA. Every investment made by EHF goes toward creating measurable, sustainable health improvements in four focus areas: improving health outcomes; strengthening health systems; growing physician supply; and building non-profit capacity.

EHF is partnering with AIMM in an 18-month initiative designed to improve care for high-risk patients over the age of 50 in the rural communities of Eastern Washington. Of the more than 141,000 residents spread over 6 counties, it is estimated that 30,000 residents over the age of 50 are managing more than one chronic condition, taking numerous medications and seeing multiple providers.

For this population, the health care delivery system isn’t structured to deliver the level of coordinated, integrated, patient centered care these patients need to manage their chronic conditions and medications. This high-risk, vulnerable population needs access to medication management services integrated with primary care. Along with its various state and national partners, Empire intends to build a regional medication management system with the capacity to improve and maintain the health of that population.

“Empire Health Foundation is honored to partner with AIMM. EHF was drawn by their ability to run high-level action learning collaboratives along with their ability to build an inspiring call to action based on true transformational leadership. The team at AIMM is working with a diverse set of organizations and crafting the design in such a collaborative way that it allows every partner to bring a solution to the table. It is inspiring to watch AIMM put the pieces together.”

Brian Myers
Senior Director of Rural Health and Capacity Building

Empire Health Foundation

partner_hemophiliaHemophilia Alliance

The Hemophilia Alliance is a not-for-profit organization that comprises hemophilia treatment centers (HTCs) that either have, or are seeking to have, factor delivery programs under Section 340B of the Public Health Service Act. The Alliance serves to promote the common interests of these HTCs and through its mission provide member HTCs with resources and services to sustain the Comprehensive Care Model for individuals with bleeding and clotting disorders.  A strong synergy between the Alliance and AIMM is to support the care delivery of a Comprehensive Care Model that incorporate medication management.  AIMM has received operational grant support from the Alliance to help all health care organizations, including HTCs develop medication management services that will impact all patients. Learn more about the Hemophilia Alliance.

“The Hemophilia Alliance is pleased to support the work of AIMM for the opportunity it provides to federally qualified health care organizations and specifically, hemophilia treatment centers (HTCs). Integrated clinical pharmacy services are critical to the operations of HTCs and for the safety and high-quality care for patients at high-risk for bleeding and clotting disorders. The AIMM experience provides these health entities with the expertise in performance improvement, effective leadership and change initiatives to significantly impact the care delivery system, and ultimately patient health outcomes.”

Joseph N. Pugliese
President
The Hemophilia Alliance

Iowa Healthcare Collaborative

The Iowa Healthcare Collaborative (IHC) is a provider-led and patient-focused nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting a culture of continuous improvement in healthcare. IHC’s mission is exceptional healthcare in Iowa and plays a unique role in putting healthcare providers (e.g., physicians, nurses and hospital executives) in a leadership position to drive clinical improvements and accelerate change. IHC is a partner in the state’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services awarded State Innovation Model (SIM) grant and will convene Learning Community education sessions, provide online learning resources, and ensure technical assistance.

AIMM is partnering with IHC to support their efforts to achieve its aims with the Iowa SIM grant.  AIMM will serve as an integral resource for the state’s six Community Care Coalitions (C3s), as they develop strategies to address integrated medication management approaches as a catalyst for change within communities.  C3s are locally-based coalitions of health and social service stakeholders collaborating to promote the coordination of health and social services across care settings and systems of care.

“IHC is partnering with AIMM for their support and expertise in establishing systematic processes to integrate comprehensive medication management to advance care coordination and, in doing so, improve health outcomes, improve safety and lower costs.  As the Community Care Coalitions (C3s) carry out their work related to the Iowa SIM Statewide Strategies, AIMM will be a valuable partner in developing integrated medication management practices”

Tom Evans, MD, FAAP
President/CEO
Iowa Healthcare Collaborative