The National Association of Professional Women has inducted Walgreens' Andrea Collaro into its VIP Woman of the Year Circle 2015-2016, Fra Noi, Chicago's Italian American Voice, reported Sunday. The honor recognizes Collaro for her leadership in health and wellness, the paper noted. As senior director of brand management and product development for Walgreens Boots Alliance, Collaro oversees all products under the Walgreens banner. (Fra Noi)
Dark and Lovely has partnered with natural hair expert and best-selling author Nikki Walton of CurlyNikki.com on the release of her new electronic book, which helps consumers care for their natural hair.
Last month McKesson and Health Mart announced a broad expansion of its Collaborative Practice Agreements (CPAs) as part of the many new clinical-performance initiatives introduced at 2016 McKesson ideaShare. The program, which was first introduced last fall in two states, now covers 37 of the 40 states that require a CPA to prescribe and administer eligible immunizations to patients.
It is by now a well-established fact that the healthcare landscape is currently undergoing a massive shift from a fee-for-service to a value-based payment model, and that will create new opportunities for community pharmacy to play an expanded role in healthcare delivery, helping to drive improved health outcomes and opening up new revenue streams. The challenge for the independent owner is how to implement the host of new clinical services that will be required to participate in this expanded pharmacy care model — and where to begin. The message from McKesson to Health Mart owners: you need not go it alone.
The focus on education at McKesson ideaShare 2016 certainly did not stop when the Exhibit Floor opened, as there were Health Mart University Live and other continuing education sessions, including “Leveraging medication synchronization to optimize patient care,” “Driving change management,” “How to create a digital footprint, “How to turn the store into a wellness destination,” “Developing effective marketing programs” and more.
Pharmacy advocacy makes a difference. And while independent pharmacy owners also got perspective on key legislation that could have a profound and lasting impact both on their businesses and the profession of pharmacy, that message was perhaps the most important takeaway from the McKesson ideaShare Public Policy Forum last month in Chicago — advocacy matters.
The announcement builds on NACDS’ recent extension of a national tour for another training program of promise for public health: a train-the-trainer program for administering point-of-care testing in community pharmacies.
With all the challenges facing independent pharmacy today, there are also many opportunities for owners who are committed to driving greater efficiency both in the clinical as well as the operations side of the business, and are able to measure and demonstrate the value as healthcare shifts to an outcomes-based model. To help independents rise to the opportunity, McKesson unveiled a number of new solutions and tools at McKesson ideaShare 2016 last month in Chicago, including two that company executives are calling game-changing — the Health Mart Pathway to Better Pharmacy Performance and Profit℠ and myHealthMart℠.
Target has picked Bethesda, Md., for another of the company’s small-format stores. According to WTOP, the 35,000-square-foot Target will open in the Shops of Wisconsin development in March with a “tailored product mix,” including groceries, clothing, home goods and a pharmacy. (WTOP)
Since it began in 2008, McKesson’s RxOwnership has helped more than 3,500 pharmacy owners buy, sell or start their own pharmacy business in an attempt to, as RxOwnership national VP Chris Cella told Drug Store News, “keep independents independent.” Cella participated in an “Ask the Experts” panel with three longtime RxOwnership collaborators at McKesson ideaShare 2016 to help potential pharmacy owners and sellers understand RxOwnership’s services and the work required to break into being a small business owner.
McKesson ideaShare 2016 wrapped up Tuesday and Wednesday, June 28 to 29, with more CE sessions, Sunrise Sessions, peer networking events, the RxOwnership luncheon and the Public Policy Forum. The event ended with a historic bang at the Final Night Party at Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History.