FLORHAM PARK, N.J., Feb. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Managed Health Care Associates, Inc. (MHA), a leading health care service company focused on the alternate site health care provider marketplace, is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with The National Association of Specialty Pharmacy (NASP), a newly founded organization representing specialty pharmacy professionals in all practice settings. NASP's charter is to collaborate with all pharmacy associations and practices to advance the specialty pharmacy profession, improve patient care and outcomes, and provide education and professional development opportunities. NASP's inaugural annual meeting, the AMCP/NASP Specialty Pharmacy Conference, will be held in collaboration with the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) 25 th Meeting & Expo, April 2-3, 2013 in San Diego. Michael J. Sicilian, President of MHA commented, "MHA is extremely pleased to be part of this ground floor strategic partnership with NASP. The formation of this association in providing an inclusive forum for all specialty pharmacy stakeholders is one that we believe will support the industry at large as well as MHA members in the specialty pharmacy space. We look forward to working with NASP on the continued evolution of the organization." Erik Halstrom, Vice President of MHA Specialty Pharmacy Solutions, added, "I am excited about our new relationship with NASP and am looking forward to furthering the association's mission and vision. As a founding sponsor, MHA is deeply committed to the needs of all the stakeholders in specialty pharmacy." "We believe that an association that promotes and fosters collaboration among the many stakeholders involved in specialty pharmacy is essential to improving patient outcomes," Gary Cohen, BSPharm, RPh, NASP Founder and President, said. "NASP's focus is to bring together these stakeholders through networking and educational opportunities to discuss the challenges that we face as an industry and work together to develop solutions to better serve our patients." About NASPThe National Association of Specialty Pharmacy (NASP) is a not-for-profit, 501 (c)6 organization. NASP represents specialty pharmacy professionals in all practice settings and highlights the unique value its members bring to patients and the healthcare system. NASP intersects with all pharmacy associations and practices to advance the profession, improve patient care and outcomes, and provide education and professional development opportunities. NASP is collaborating with other professional pharmacy associations, certification boards/accreditation organizations, special interest groups, specialty pharmacy organizations, academia and researchers to create a unified voice for specialty pharmacy About MHA Managed Health Care Associates, Inc. (MHA) is a leading health care service company that offers a growing portfolio of services and solutions to support the diverse and complex needs of the alternate site health care provider. MHA provides expertise in Group Purchasing, Managed Care and Payer Contracting, Reimbursement Management, Specialty Pharmacy Solutions, Pharmaceutical Data Analytics, Consultant Pharmacy Software and Legislative Advocacy. Through the delivery of innovative and targeted health care services and solutions, MHA helps members increase operational efficiency, maximize business growth and provide optimum care for their patients. For more information, visit www.mhainc.com. For More Information Contact: Angela Elsier Director of Marketing Managed Health Care Associates, Inc. 800-642-3020 X2870 firstname.lastname@example.org SOURCE Managed Health Care Associates, Inc.