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10-Dec-2018

Michigan Healthcare Professionals Joins ION Solutions GPO Network & Selects Oncology Supply as Exclusive Specialty Distributor

AmerisourceBergen, a global healthcare solutions leader, today announced that Michigan Healthcare Professionals (MHP) has selected ION Solutions for GPO contracting and Oncology Supply for exclusive specialty distribution. This marks a 6-year strategic relationship focused on supporting patient outcomes and driving economic competitiveness.

With more than 400 physicians, MHP is a large-specialty group spanning numerous specialties. MHP’s community oncology practice consists of 24 physicians, including radiation oncologists and surgeons, staffing 11 different sites of care that span the entire metro-Detroit area. As an Oncology Care Model practice, MHP provides high-quality, efficient, coordinated, appropriate and cost-effective healthcare. MHP has two retail pharmacies and offers, fast, safe and free delivery anywhere in Michigan within 24 hours. MHP participates in TACO, the Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organization.

“As the largest physician service organization and GPO specializing in the support of independent oncology practices, we pride ourselves in the strength and caliber of our membership, and MHP certainly adds to both,” said Barry Fortner, Ph.D., Senior Vice President & President of Specialty Physician Services at AmerisourceBergen. “We look forward to leveraging the full power of our ION GPO and AmerisourceBergen’s integrated service and technology offerings to support MHP as the practice builds on the exceptional work they’re already doing to create efficiencies, deliver positive clinical outcomes and enhance the patient experience.”

Through this new agreement, MHP will have a dedicated account team that acts as an extension of the practice and actively consults on contract performance, purchasing activities, and creating operational efficiencies. MHP will have access to Oncology Supply’s robust inventory of specialty and full-line oral, infusible and injectable products.

“The strongest differentiator for ION Solutions and Oncology Supply is the VIP level of service that we receive,” said Dr. Jeffrey Margolis, President of Michigan Healthcare Professionals. “Justin Doyle, John Johns and the team from ION Solutions and Oncology Supply is incredibly hands-on and they anticipate our needs before we even ask. When we implement a new technology or solution, the team sees it through to the very end to ensure a seamless execution. It’s clear that we are more than a transaction or sales volume to them. It’s a real relationship.”

MHP can leverage ION’s suite of technology solutions and will utilize the Nucleus® inventory management system to accurately track and manage product, improve practice efficiency and reduce carrying costs. Through IntelliDoseTxM, a cloud-based chemotherapy treatment management module, MHP will be able to manage treatment plans, have computerized physician order entry, enable nurse charting, capture all charges for each chemotherapy encounter and integrate this data with their electronic health record. As a network member, MHP will also have full access to the Precision Medicine Center, ION's centralized library of precision medicine testing recommendations and resources.

Other services and solutions available to ION network members include pharmacy dispensing, clinical quality consulting, business optimization programs, value-based care services and analytics tools like InfoDive®, a web-based business intelligence solution that allows practices to quickly and easily analyze internal and comparative data in the areas of coding, productivity, marketing, revenue collection and more.

MHP will also have access to ION’s ongoing educational conference series. ION hosts nine annual conferences for its members; these events are designed to facilitate peer-to-peer learning and networking and strengthen the community of independent oncologists. Each conference features expert speakers, clinical reviews and best practices for business operations.

About ION Solutions & Oncology Supply

ION Solutions, a part of AmerisourceBergen Corporation, is the largest physician service organization and GPO specializing in the support of community oncology. ION provides GPO procurement services, technologies, advocacy resources and expertise to more than half of the community-based oncology practices in the nation to help improve their clinical and operational management. For more information, go to www.iononline.com. For over 35 years, Oncology Supply has been a trusted partner and supplier of chemotherapy and supportive care products to independent oncology practices nationwide from our office/distribution center in Dothan, AL. For more information about Oncology Supply, www.oncologysupply.com/OSCHome.

About AmerisourceBergen

AmerisourceBergen provides pharmaceutical products, value-driving services and business solutions that improve access to care. Tens of thousands of healthcare providers, veterinary practices and livestock producers trust us as their partner in the pharmaceutical supply chain. Global manufacturers depend on us for services that drive commercial success for their products. Through our daily work — and powered by our 21,000 associates — we are united in our responsibility to create healthier futures. AmerisourceBergen is ranked #12 on the Fortune 500, with more than $160 billion in annual revenue. The company is headquartered in Valley Forge, Pa. and has a presence in 50+ countries. Learn more at amerisourcebergen.com.

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Last Updated: 10-Dec-2018