McKesson VITAL Care Management Software to Help Deliver Better Care to Thousands of Western Growers Assurance Trust

  McKesson VITAL Care Management Software to Help Deliver Better Care to
  Thousands of Western Growers Assurance Trust Participants

Integrated software from McKesson will help Western Growers Assurance Trust
improve the health of its participants in California and Arizona

Business Wire

BROOMFIELD, Colo. -- November 13, 2012

Western Growers Assurance Trust, the largest provider of health benefits for
the agricultural industry, has selected McKesson VITAL Care Management
software solutions to help coordinate health care for its participants. With
McKesson’s sophisticated workflow and authorization software tools, Western
Growers Assurance Trust will be able to improve medical team coordination and
communication and help enable better care for its participants, and in turn
reduce the financial burden on the health care system.

Western Growers Assurance Trust will use the McKesson VITAL Platform, which is
scalable, automated software that seamlessly integrates case, disease and
utilization management; InterQual® Coordinated Care Content to enable blended
assessments and create the participant-level care plan; identification and
stratification services to help accurately identify the health needs of
participants and offer targeted interventions that best improve health
outcomes; and InterQual® Criteria to provide evidence-based medical reviews
with CareEnhance® Review Manager to automate the review process.

The integration of this technology will allow Western Growers Assurance
Trust’s care managers to keep a comprehensive database of a participant’s
medical history, including assessments, procedures, tests, lab results and
medications. Through the McKesson VITAL Provider Portal, the care manager will
be able to share that information with the participant’s providers, which
flags gaps in care and improves care coordination and communication among the
medical team. Western Growers Assurance Trust will also use the McKesson VITAL
Consumer Portal, which gives participants access to an educational health
library, personal health record, and health and wellness tools.

“The care management software from McKesson provides us with critical
capabilities to serve our participants’ health care needs and improve their
clinical outcomes, while reducing unnecessary costs and improving
administrative efficiencies,” said Western Growers Sr. Vice President David
Zanze. “The people we serve will receive optimal coordinated care, and as a
result, better health.”

By coordinating patient data and information, identifying gaps in care and
engaging participants and providers, McKesson VITAL Care Management allows
Western Growers Assurance Trust to ensure that their participants are
receiving the right evidence-based care at the correct time and place. “As a
result, unnecessary emergency room visits and hospital admissions will
decrease, and patients will be better able to self-manage chronic conditions,”
explained Naoise Colgan, VP, Care Management Solutions at McKesson. “This
leads to medical and administrative cost savings and healthier individuals.”

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About McKesson

McKesson Corporation, currently ranked 14th on the FORTUNE 500, is a
healthcare services and information technology company dedicated to making the
business of healthcare run better. We partner with payers, hospitals,
physician offices, pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies and others across the
spectrum of care to build healthier organizations that deliver better care to
patients in every setting. McKesson helps its customers improve their
financial, operational, and clinical performance with solutions that include
pharmaceutical and medical-surgical supply management, healthcare information
technology, and business and clinical services. For more information, visit

About Western Growers Assurance Trust

Western Growers Assurance Trust is an organization rich in history, based on
the fundamental mission of our parent company, Western Growers, to enhance the
competitiveness and profitability of our members. Founded in 1957 to provide a
solution to a need in the ag community –health benefits that were not
available from major health insurance carriers—today we continue to deliver
value to our members. WGAT is a nonprofit organization. For more than 50
years, Western Growers Assurance Trust has existed solely to serve our
members. We are more than a health benefits provider. We are a member-driven
organization that cares about the health and well-being of the ag community.
For more information, visit


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