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e-Reports, June 28, 2010
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Now you can get the most favorable vaccine prices and medical supply discounts – with advantageous purchasing and payment terms – through Atlantic Health Partners
The ISMA has an additional member benefit – just in time for the busy late summer/early fall immunization season. A new alliance with Atlantic Health Partners will give ISMA physician practices the most favorable pricing for Sanofi Pasteur and Merck pediatric, adolescent, adult, influenza and travel vaccines – as well as medical supply discounts and reimbursement support.

The alliance with Atlantic will allow practices to better manage vaccine inventories and cash flow because they will not be required to make large, multiple orders. Most importantly, there is no cost to join this discount program.

“Atlantic, which is nationally recognized by the AAFP and AAP, works with and supports numerous medical societies,” said ISMA President Fred Ridge, M.D. “Our colleagues in those organizations report significant satisfaction with the program, most notably for the savings, excellent customer service and ability to make smaller purchases.”

However, please note that Wyeth’s Prevnar, an infant pneumococcal vaccine, is not included, as this vaccine is sold at the same price to all physicians nationally. Also, vaccines provided by the state through the Vaccines for Children program are exempt from the agreement.

Here are the details
With this comprehensive vaccine purchasing program you’ll be able to:

  • Earn all discounts at the time you place your order, giving you the most favorable pricing for pediatric, adolescent, adult, flu and travel vaccines.
  • Enjoy a 2 percent prompt-pay discount and 90-day payment terms with Sanofi Pasteur and Merck.
  • Gain a 1 percent online order discount with Sanofi Pasteur.
  • Access an additional 1 percent discount from Sanofi Pasteur for Fluzone Partners and VaxMax.
  • Order discounted medical/surgical and injectible
  • supplies from Sanofi Pasteur.
  • Take advantage of Atlantic’s inventory management expertise, coding support and updates on new products.

“Atlantic Health Partners is nationally recognized as the leading physician vaccine buying group and is endorsed by over 40 physician organizations, including the ISMA,” said Atlantic CEO Jeffrey Winokur. “Atlantic also provides the highest level of customer service and support, including the key areas of vaccine reimbursement support and inventory management.”

More about Atlantic Health Partners

Indeed, Atlantic is the vaccine purchasing program most widely endorsed by physician organizations including, as mentioned, many AAP and AAFP state chapters and state medical societies. Winokur noted, “Atlantic welcomes all medical specialties, and all practices receive the same vaccine prices.”

Participating practices order vaccines directly from Sanofi Pasteur and Merck, either online, by phone or with the manufacturer representatives. Members receive better terms simply by participating in Atlantic’s program and also benefit from periodic promotions offered by the manufacturers.

The company has a seasoned and diverse management team with extensive health care services experience. Atlantic’s medical director is a board certified, practicing pediatrician who provides the company with insight about the challenges faced by primary care physicians.

To get started
Check out Atlantic’s affiliation agreement on the company’s website; see the red box on the left.

Then learn how your practice can benefit from the ISMA’s new partnership with Atlantic by calling our primary contacts, Cindy Berenson and Jeff Winokur, at (800) 741-2044 or sending an e-mail.

Are you enjoying discounts from these other ISMA partners?

athenahealth – The ISMA’s relationship with athenahealth, Inc., provides you information on athenahealth’s fully integrated physician billing, practice management and electronic health record services. Members of the ISMA may be eligible to receive a 6 percent discount on athenaCollector.SM

Find details on the ISMA athenahealth page.

Maxwell IT – Maxwell IT, a new ISMA partner, works exclusively with physician practices nationwide offering electronic health record selection advice, contract review, pre- and post-implementation services – and more. Maxwell IT is monitoring all requirements and certification processes set by the HITECH Stimulus Act.

See the ISMA Maxwell IT page.

Office Depot – The ISMA teamed up with national retail chain OfficeDepot® to offer members 60-80 percent off the list price of common office supplies with free next-day delivery or two-day UPS where applicable, store purchasing cards for special pricing and easy ordering via phone, fax or Internet.

Learn more on the ISMA Office Depot page.

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