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NATIONAL HEALTH FUND LAUNCHES DIAMOND AWARD PROGRAMME FOR LEADING PHARMACY PROVIDERS

NATIONAL HEALTH FUND LAUNCHES DIAMOND AWARD PROGRAMME FOR LEADING PHARMACY PROVIDERS

The National Health Fund (NHF) launched its new ?Diamond Award Programme? for the thirty (30) leading NHF Pharmacy Providers with the highest claims volume, at its Annual Awards Ceremony held on Monday of this week (Nov. 26, 2007) at the Hilton Hotel, Kingston.

According to Mr. Rae Barrett, CEO, NHF, Diamond Award recipients provide a significant percentage of NHF services to clients and they will receive a value package from the NHF including a computer with the appropriate systems to enable a smooth integration of their existing Pharmacy Software with the NHF Systems. This will facilitate:
? Online Provider Audits
? Electronic provider payments
? Electronic access to claims details & provider payments history
? Access to the NHF Intranet
? Online ordering of JADEP drugs for re-stocking
? Use of the NHFCoB for the online Coordination Of Benefits between participating private health insurance plans and NHFcard.

Mr. Barrett advised that, ?Each Year the list of leading NHF Providers for both NHFcard and JADEP will be compiled and Diamond Awards shall be given to new entrants who shall also receive their value package.?

Caledonia Mall Pharmacy, Mandeville, the pharmacy with the highest claims volumes for the period November 2006 to October 2007, for the NHFcard and JADEP, walked away with the coveted prize of NHF Provider of the Year.

The CEO said, ?Comparing the period in which the NHF compiles the statistics for the Provider Awards, The overall number of claims paid out by the NHF has increased by 58% compared to a similar period the year before. 1,946,116 claims were paid between November 1, 2006 and October 31, 2007 for both programmes compared to 1,232,241 for the period November 1, 2005 to October 31, 2006. In addition the total number of NHF Pharmacy Providers increased from 357 at the end of October 2006 to 386 pharmacies at the end of October 2007.?

Hon. Rudyard Spencer, Minister of Health and Environment who was the Main Speaker at the Awards Ceremony noted that, ?The programmes of the NHF have demonstrated the effectiveness of public/private sector partnership in the delivery of health care services in order to improve the quality of life of Jamaicans in both rural and urban settings.?

Minister Spencer commended the NHF for the high level of efficiency in its operations which has built an enviable reputation as a public sector organization and a high level of trust with its Providers, who are paid promptly and consistently for their claims.

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