CHRISTUS Health partnered with Shields Health Solutions (Shields) for enhanced specialty pharmacy services. The new specialty pharmacy service launched on June 21, 2021. The partnership is intended to provide consumers with access to more specialty medications and expanded insurance coverage, along with personalized pharmacy support services to enhance care. Shields will partner with CHRISTUS on all aspects of its specialty pharmacy installation, growth, and management. The new specialty pharmacy services will feature consumer liaisons who work on-site to assist consumers through their medical journey and improve consumer access to limited distribution drugs and coverage by health insurance payers.
CHRISTUS Health is a Catholic faith-based not-for-profit health system with more than 600 centers, including community hospitals, urgent care centers, health insurance companies, and physician clinics. CHRISTUS Health’s new specialty pharmacy is being built in Tyler, Texas and will support 48 of its clinics in the first year, all within northeast Texas in the CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances, CHRISTUS Good Shepherd and CHRISTUS St. Michael ministries. Upon opening, the specialty pharmacy will focus on Endocrinology/Diabetes, Rheumatology, Gastroenterology, and Neurology.
Shields Health Solutions is a specialty pharmacy integrator. Shields’ integrated care model averages two-day time to therapy, an $8 average copayment, and medication adherence of more than 90% across nearly 70 partners around the country. The new specialty pharmacy capabilities at CHRISTUS will provide consumers with superior care in close coordination with clinical teams. Shields’ integrated care model provides financial assistance, insurance prior authorizations, medication delivery services, and access to a clinical pharmacy team specializing in each disease state.
This was reported by Shields Health Solutions on June 29, 2021.