Cherokee Elder Care Chooses CareKinesis

Moorestown, NJ, June 13, 2013 – CareKinesis President, Orsula V. Knowlton, PharmD, MBA, announced Cherokee Elder Care Center of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, has chosen CareKinesis to provide medication management services to participants enrolled in its Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). As a PACE organization, Cherokee Elder Care  provides complete medical, health and social services in a centralized location, as well as in participants’ homes, enabling seniors to live independently.

“We are delighted to serve as Cherokee Elder Care’s pharmacy provider,” said President Knowlton.  “We look forward to working together to reduce medication-related risk for participants while documenting improved economic, clinical and humanistic outcomes.”

CareKinesis partners with healthcare organizations to provide personalized medication therapy management and pharmacy services for high-risk populations. The results are enhanced medication-related outcomes and greater operational efficiency.

“We are a fast growing program and looking for ways to better manage medications for our participants,” stated Cherokee Elder Care Program Director Sharon Washington-Hilton, “When we learned about CareKinesis at a PACE conference and met its executives and staff, we were impressed with the medication packaging options based on individual needs, its complete medication management software module, and the company’s commitment to medication risk management. We appreciated that CareKinesis had worked with other programs; the staff knows and understands PACE.”

PACE organizations nationwide rely on CareKinesis to increase medication adherence and reduce participant hospitalizations and recidivism. CareKinesis accomplishes this through real-time, expert pharmacist medication management services, a proprietary electronic medication platform, adherence packaging choices and flexible medication access options.   Medication risk mitigation is a focus of 2013 service offerings. According to Knowlton, “CareKinesis’ vision is to improve lives by optimizing the medication use process.”

“We especially appreciate CareKinesis’ customer service,” said Washington-Hilton. “We can connect instantly with pharmacists in its Medication Support Center. Communication between our caregivers and the pharmacy has improved measurably. Importantly, the stress and time allotted to medication issues has decreased to the total delight and relief of our staff at Cherokee.”

Cherokee Elder Care was created to provide comprehensive care to all eligible seniors presiding in northeastern Oklahoma . The program is designed to keep elders living in their homes and connected with their communities. It is the first PACE program in the state of Oklahoma and the first PACE program to be sponsored by a Native American tribe.  Additionally, it is one of the first rural PACE sites in the nation. The Center combines the services of an adult day health center, primary care office, and rehabilitation facility into a single location. All services are provided through Medicare and Medicaid.

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