Australian Healthcare Associates has announced that it has been awarded a services agreement by the Australian Government to administer the programs
This applies to the 23 Community Pharmacy Programs funded under the Sixth Community Pharmacy Agreement, including including Dose Administration Aids, Staged Supply, Home Medicines Reviews, RMMRs, MedsChecks, Diabetes MedsChecks, rural support programs, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander support programs.
AHA will commence administration of these important programs from 1 February 2019.
The Guild had been administering the bulk of these programs since 2014.
AHA was awarded this services agreement following a competitive tender process undertaken by the Department of Health and has substantial experience administering government programs.
AHA currently administers the Community Service Obligation Funding Pool and the Chemotherapy Compounding Payment Scheme on behalf of the Department.
Richard Stock, AHA Founding Director, 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 will engage the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia to advise on and support the administration of these programs.
Dr Shane Jackson, PSA President, said, “PSA will provide subject matter know-how to assist AHA to ensure program administration is efficient and effective for pharmacies.
“We will draw on our sector expertise and extensive network to deliver education and training, as well as coordinate communications and stakeholder management activities.”
In early 2019, AHA will:
- Establish a support centre and website; and
- Provide details to stakeholders of the transition arrangements for each program.
AHA will operate under the name ‘Pharmacy Programs Administrator’ for the administration of these programs and future media releases and communications will be issued under this branding.
The Pharmacy Guild said that it is committed to doing everything it can to help facilitate a smooth transition to AHA.
“Under the terms of the tender, it was made clear that there could be no conflict of interest (either potential, perceived or actual) concerning the programs contractor or any of its related entities with respect to administering the programs,” it said in a statement today.
“Accordingly, a bid for the tender was submitted through a newly-created company which would have operated independently of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia. This bid was not successful.
“The Guild is proud of the work we have done serving the sector in administering the programs in full since 2014, at the request of the Government. We thank all of the Guild staff who have worked and continue to work tirelessly in administering the programs.”