In 2016, the USA women’s gymnastics team won the gold medal in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Achieving that elite award depended on each athlete’s individual performance. Scores were added up per country and the team with the highest total score won the gold—team USA. Independent pharmacies within a PSAO’s network belong to a team and much like the USA Olympic teams, each pharmacy contributes to the overall team score. In place of a medal, the collective effort is rewarded by lower DIR-like fees, performance paybacks, or more favorable reimbursement.


Much like a sports team, independent pharmacy owners and operators need a coach to help “push” them toward success. The right PSAO partner is one that provides expert coaching and tools that can help a pharmacy owner and operators clinch a spot on the winners’ podium.

[Cover Story] Read More > Ron McDermott, R.Ph., is senior vice president of pharmacy operations at The Hometown Pharmacy, an independent pharmacy group that operates 16 locations in Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio, and an Arete Pharmacy Network member.

Arete Pharmacy Network offers a dedicated quality department led by a pharmacist and certified pharmacy technicians. The quality department’s primary purpose is to coach member pharmacies on individual quality performance and the subsequent impact on the network. Want to learn how we add value to both individual and aggregate quality performance? Download our e-book.