AHA wins 6CPA con­tract

Pharmacy Daily - - News -

AUS­TRALIAN Health­care As­so­ci­ates (AHA) has been awarded a ser­vices agree­ment by the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment to ad­min­is­ter the 23 Com­mu­nity Phar­macy Pro­grams funded un­der the Sixth Com­mu­nity Phar­macy Agree­ment (PD break­ing news).

The con­tract in­cludes Dose Ad­min­is­tra­tion Aids, Staged Sup­ply, Home Medicines Re­views, RMMRs, Med­sChecks, Di­a­betes Med­sChecks, ru­ral sup­port pro­grams, and Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der sup­port.

A com­pet­i­tive ten­der process man­aged by the De­part­ment of Health saw AHA take the con­tract from 01 Feb 2019, with most of the pro­grams pre­vi­ously man­aged by the Phar­macy Guild since 2014.

The Guild also bid for the ten­der, through a newly cre­ated com­pany which would have op­er­ated in­de­pen­dently from the Guild.

The Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal So­ci­ety of Aus­tralia will be en­gaged by AHA to ad­vise on and sup­port the ad­min­is­tra­tion of the pro­grams.

AHA Found­ing Di­rec­tor Richard Stock said, “Our aim is to build on the com­mit­ted work of the Guild which has ad­min­is­tered th­ese pro­grams over many years, to en­sure pro­fes­sional and ef­fi­cient pay­ment for ser­vices to phar­ma­cies and other stake­hold­ers.”

AHA cur­rently ad­min­is­ters the Com­mu­nity Ser­vice Obli­ga­tion (CSO) Fund­ing Pool and the Chemo­ther­apy Com­pound­ing Pay­ment Scheme on be­half of the De­part­ment of Health.

PSA Pres­i­dent Dr Shane Jack­son said the so­ci­ety would pro­vide sub­ject mat­ter know-how to as­sist AHA to en­sure pro­gram ad­min­is­tra­tion is ef­fi­cient and ef­fec­tive for phar­ma­cies.

The Guild said it was proud of the work of its staff “who have worked and con­tinue to work tire­lessly in ad­min­is­ter­ing the pro­gram.

“We are com­mit­ted to do­ing ev­ery­thing we can to help fa­cil­i­tate a smooth tran­si­tion to AHA.”

AHA will man­age the 6CA pro­grams un­der the name Phar­macy Pro­grams Ad­min­is­tra­tor (brand­ing logo is pic­tured) adding it would es­tab­lish a sup­port cen­tre and web­site early in 2019.

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