AKRON — Summa Health announced will offer a new program to enhance care for patients who take specialty medications to control or treat their conditions. Summa Health will partner with Trellis Rx, a leading technology-enabled specialty pharmacy service provider, to deliver the program across its facilities, according to a press release.

The new service aims to help patients access and manage these therapies by providing direct, personalized support from pharmacists and patient liaisons who will work alongside Summa Health physicians as an integrated part of the care team. The program will launch in April for oncology patients and expand to other specialties in the following months.

Specialty medications are expensive, and patients must frequently manage additional administrative tasks associated with these therapies like prior authorization from health insurance providers and large co-payments. "We’re committed to building healthier communities, and we believe it is imperative that we remove barriers to effective care," said Cliff Deveny, M.D., president and chief executive officer of Summa Health. 

"The administrative burden that comes with specialty medications frequently falls to physicians and their staff to manage," said Lydia Cook, M.D., president of Summa Health Medical Group. "We expect this program to alleviate that burden, giving our physicians and their staff more time to focus on caring for our patients and ensuring they stay on the path to healthy living."