July 22, 2013

Cardinal Health and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation are calling for proposals to research the effects of pharmacist-provided medication therapy management services on hospital readmission rates.

Medications only do their jobs if patients take them as instructed by physicians, but physicians' ability to ensure that patients are doing what they're supposed to is limited. That's where pharmacists can step in to help make a difference.

July 22, 2013

CVS Caremark’s MinuteClinic is striving to help patients lose weight and live healthier lives via a new weight-loss program that incorporates the DASH diet.

The move is important as it further illustrates the increased focus among retail-based health clinics to move beyond acute care. Many retail clinic operators have already started migrating toward expanded services, including weight-loss, smoking-cessation and fitness programs. For example, RediClinic has its Weigh Forward weight management program and Lindora, which operates a handful of clinics within select Rite Aid stores, began as a weight-loss clinic first and evolved into acute care later.


July 18, 2013

Looking to promote MinuteClinic services and its clinical collaboration with Virtua, the companies are reaching out to residents in southern New Jersey via direct mailings.

July 16, 2013

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation, in partnership with the Cardinal Health Foundation, has issued a request-for-proposals to research the impact of integrating community pharmacist-provided medication management services into the hospital discharge process.

July 10, 2013

Walgreens and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association launched a national campaign to educate consumers about the new healthcare reform law and provide them with key information on how to access coverage and understand other changes they may experience as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

July 9, 2013

Game mechanics — including points, badges and leader boards — may be a key to controlling rising healthcare costs, executives leading a recently completed pilot program by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota reported on Tuesday.

July 8, 2013

Amid mounting evidence of the negative clinical and economic consequences of medication nonadherence, research featured on the cover of this month’s Health Affairs breaks new ground by urging innovative approaches to improve medication adherence and to “achieve a higher-performing health system.”

July 1, 2013

CVS/pharmacy has bolstered its mobile app by adding the new Drug Interaction Checker, which is an industry first that allows customers to easily check for potential drug interactions by comparing OTC products with their prescriptions and other OTCs on their smartphones.

June 28, 2013

The new wireless MedFolio device syncs medication adherence reports to a secure online cloud server which allows caregivers, family members and healthcare professionals — upon being granted access — to monitor whether medications are being taken as prescribed or to detect any problematic patterns.

June 26, 2013

MinuteClinic has made a deal with a Tennessee healthcare system to expand clinics in three counties in the state, the CVS Caremark clinics division said Wednesday.

June 24, 2013

MinuteClinic, which is owned by CVS Caremark, has opened its first two clinics in the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania.

June 20, 2013

As an official sponsor of Pop Warner, MinuteClinic is offering Pop Warner registered youth athletes a discount on sports physicals.

The clinic operator, which is owned by CVS Caremark, has announced that it is offering an additional $5 off the current $49 price of a sports physical. Sports physicals for fall sports participation are required by July 31 for all Pop Warner programs.

June 17, 2013

A new report by Accenture ACN states that the number of U.S. retail-based health clinics will double and drive $800 in annual cost savings by 2015.

Well, it's not just DSN saying it anymore. The massive ramp up is happening and, according to Accenture, the number of retail clinics is expected to increase 20% to 25% per year between now and 2015 and double from 1,418 to 2,868 clinics in that time period.

June 11, 2013

Krames StayWell has introduced a set of products for accountable care organizations that includes marketing and patient-engagement tools and a new system for ACO member health management.

June 10, 2013

Beginning July 1, Walgreens will be able to provide tube feeding services to Medicare patients in 97 of 100 competitive-bidding areas nationwide, the healthcare solutions provider announced last week. The contracts are up for renewal every three years.

This is just another example of how Walgreens is transforming its pharmacy business into a center for healthcare solutions — this goes far beyond dispensing and ultimately aims squarely at reducing hospitalization costs, another way that Walgreens is helping payers bend the cost curve. It begs the question: Should traditional suppliers be thinking about the role their products can play as Walgreens develops new business segments like infusion services?

June 6, 2013

Mirixa Corp. will integrate its web-based medication therapy management platform with PDX's pharmacy-automation system, under a deal between the two companies.

June 5, 2013

Washington-based healthcare accrediting organization URAC has given its stamp of approval to the specialty pharmacy operated by pharmacy benefit manager Prime Therapeutics, Prime said.

June 4, 2013

American workers are not prepared to take greater control of their health care in light of healthcare reform and rising healthcare costs, according to recent research.

June 3, 2013

The state attorney general of New York is urging health insurers to let patients buy specialty drugs through retail pharmacies instead of having to use mail-order.

May 31, 2013

Anthem Blue Cross patients with HIV can continue receiving their drugs through community specialty pharmacies under a settlement of a lawsuit filed against the healthcare company by an advocacy organization.

May 23, 2013

The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, a private foundation created by CVS Caremark, will donate $25,000 to the American Red Cross to support the organization's tornado relief efforts in Oklahoma and Texas, the company announced on Thursday.

May 21, 2013

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has announced that, in written statements submitted for U.S. Senate and House of Representatives committee hearings this week, it noted the essential role of community pharmacy in the success of the 10-year-old Medicare Part D prescription drug program and urged program enhancements focused on the quality and affordability of care.



May 15, 2013

The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy is piloting a program that will allow state employees to receive medication therapy management services, the university announced.

May 13, 2013

Walgreens extended its agreement as a network pharmacy provider in the CVS Caremark pharmacy benefit management national retail network.