updated 5/4/2011 9:47:06 AM ET 2011-05-04T13:47:06

FLORHAM PARK, N.J., May 4, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Armada Health Care provides national, regional and local pharmacy providers with access to valuable programs and compliance-driven initiatives for biotech and high-cost specialty medications. Armada also provides custom and comprehensive patient support services through ReachRx. Armada has expanded its innovative ReachRx patient-centric services to include prior authorization management.

Armada is pleased to announce that it recently entered into a services agreement with Emdeon, a leading provider of electronic solutions to the pharmacy industry. Emdeon contracts with pharmacies and their service providers to simplify and improve end-to-end prescription processes through innovative solutions and exceptional service. The agreement between Armada and Emdeon allows Emdeon's network to support and enhance the Armada prior authorization suite of products, automating data exchange in real-time and aligning the solution with standard pharmacy workflow. The services that Emdeon provides to Armada create synergies that offer additional value to Armada member pharmacies.

Many pharmacies experience patient and prescription attrition resulting in lost revenue, due to the inability to provide effective prior authorization services. Prior authorizations through the patient's health plan or PBM often require the submission of clinical documentation and extensive follow-up with prescribers, which pharmacies cannot complete without necessary staffing and/or resources in place.

The Emdeon services enhance Armada's ability to offer its member pharmacies a turn-key solution to managing time-consuming prior authorizations both quickly and effectively. Now pharmacies are able to increase patient retention rates and revenue by effecting prescriptions requiring prior authorizations. Armada's prior authorization services include the benefits of automatic transfer of claims data to Armada's platform, status follow-up with prescriber and payor, co-pay assistance information, real-time status viewing via Armada's web portal, and full HIPAA compliance to safeguard protected health information. To learn more about Armada's Prior Authorization Services, powered by Emdeon, please contact Brian Burke, Vice President of Manufacturer Programs at brian.burke@armadahealthcare.com or 973-564-8004.

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CONTACT: Ms. Darcey Brennan
         Senior Director of Marketing
         Armada Health Care
         100 Campus Drive, Suite 102
         Florham Park, NJ 07932
         Phone: 973-564-8004
         Fax: 973-564-8010
         Email: darcey.brennan@armadahealthcare.com

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