Hy-Vee, which operates more than 235 stores across the Midwest, and iMedicare have teamed up to deliver a new service for patients 65 years of age or older that provides Medicare Part D plan comparison options in a consolidated report.
Medicare open enrollment began Oct. 15, and many seniors are not on the most cost-effective Medicare plan, according to Hy-Vee and iMedicare.
This year, Hy-Vee pharmacists will use iMedicare, a web and mobile platform, to identify Medicare Part D plans specific to each patient and therapeutically equivalent alternatives that are covered by the patient’s insurance plan. Hy-Vee will offer the drug plan comparisons as a free service to its pharmacy customers.
“We are thrilled to announce our collaboration with iMedicare,” said Bob Egeland, Hy-Vee’s VP of pharmacy. “At Hy-Vee, we’re committed to putting our customers’ needs first. We believe this new platform will give our pharmacists the ability to better assist our patients and deliver an even higher quality of care.”
For more than 40 years, Hy-Vee says its pharmacists have provided a wide range of patient care and have been empowered to make decisions on how to best provide care. During that time, they have grown to one of the top 20 retail pharmacy chains in the nation.
Due to the innovation of Hy-Vee pharmacies, their staff is uniquely positioned to engage with their patients to drive better outcomes and provide Medicare patients with this valuable information, the company says.
“Our fundamental belief at iMedicare is that the community pharmacist is central to each patient’s care. By empowering the pharmacist with intuitive technology tools that integrate in their workflow it saves time and frees up the pharmacist to help more patients every single day,” said iMedicare CEO Flaviu Simihaian.
iMedicare is the leading platform that reduces the cost of Medicare for patients while increasing revenues for pharmacies consulting Medicare patients. More than 4,000 pharmacies use iMedicare to improve their star ratings and gain more business.