Cardinal Health introduces new outpatient pharmacy services

DUBLIN, Ohio — Cardinal Health will this week introduce new services that help hospitals leverage outpatient pharmacies to address two of their most significant challenges: how to expand the quality of care they provide to patients and how to increase revenue, the wholesaler announced Monday.

According to Jon Giacomin, president of Cardinal Health's Pharmaceutical Distribution business, fully optimized outpatient pharmacies can enable hospitals to improve the quality and continuity of care that patients receive after they are discharged and reduce readmission rates by improving medication adherence.

Fully optimized outpatient pharmacies also can enable qualified hospitals, public health clinics, academic medical centers and state-run outpatient facilities to appropriately participate in federal drug pricing programs, which offer drug discounts to help federally qualified healthcare facilities provide care for underinsured and uninsured patients, Giacomin added.