The 16th annual Drug Store News Industry Issues Summit on Dec. 2 is shaping up to be a must-attend event. In addition to the newly named CVS Health and the Walgreens Boots Alliance, participating retailers will include Ahold, Cardinal Health, Costco, Family Dollar, Good Neighbor Pharmacy, Rite Aid, Sam’s Club, Shopko, Target, Thrifty White and Winn-Dixie.
They say the early bird catches the worm, and that was definitely the case as attendees of this year’s McKesson ideaShare conference arrived at some early morning continuing education courses last week that were geared toward enhancing the pharmacy as a business and improving patient outcomes.
On the final day of meetings at McKesson’s ideaShare 2014 Wednesday morning, Ann Richardson Berkey, McKesson SVP public affairs, reviewed the key political issues impacting pharmacy today — from controlled substances to provider status — and closed the session with an interview with Florida Rep. Matt Hudson, R-District 80.
“You have to be willing to do what your competition is not willing to do.” That was one of the key messages from motivational speaker and Olympic speed skier Vince Poscente, which also tied into the message Steve Courtman, president of Health Mart, and Tony Willoughby, Health Mart chief pharmacist, had for attendees at Tuesday morning’s Health Mart Annual Meeting.
McKesson hosted its seventh annual RxOwnership Ownership Transfer Luncheon on Tuesday, where attendees interested in either acquiring an independent pharmacy operation, or selling one, could learn more about the programs and support available to them.
Tuesday morning’s Health Mart Annual Meeting provided franchisee members with an overview of recent investments in the franchise and McKesson’s plans to “help level the playing field” for independent pharmacies through new programs that improve patient outcomes and pharmacy efficiency, as well as more flexible and local marketing efforts.
Fresh from Tuesday morning’s Health Mart Annual Meeting at 2014 McKesson ideaShare, attendees eagerly gathered to take part in the Health Mart University Live sessions that addressed key topics for independent pharmacy success.
DSN had the opportunity at McKesson ideaShare 2014 to talk to Michelle Gilliam, director of Health Mart marketing, about how the Local Marketing Support program is helping its members stay competitive by attracting new customers and showing value to existing customers.
After speaking at the Health Mart Annual Meeting Tuesday morning, Tony Willoughby, Health Mart’s chief pharmacist, sat down with DSN to talk about how pharmacies can drive adherence and excel in today’s changing healthcare environment.
Even before the official start of this year’s McKesson ideaShare conference, the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center was buzzing with attendees eager to take advantage of the robust lineup of continuing education courses held on Sunday and Monday.
This year’s McKesson ideaShare 2014 kicked off with a bang as thousands of community pharmacy leaders flocked to Orlando, Fla., to participate in the annual event and seize the opportunities to grow in today’s changing healthcare landscape.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Five-Star Quality Rating System already is impacting how pharmacies think about their patients and their medication adherence programs, noted Samuel Stolpe, director of quality strategies for the Pharmacy Quality Alliance, during a Lunch and Learn session Monday at McKesson ideaShare called “When the Stars Align: Prepare Your Pharmacy For Success.” According to Stolpe, it’s going to become a bigger influencer going forward, especially as the industry develops a pharmacy Star metric that will have a public element and certain health plans experiment with pay-for-performance models to incentivize higher Star ratings among pharmacies.
Addressing 3,000 independent pharmacy attendees representing more than 1,000 pharmacies at the McKesson ideaShare 2014, Mark Walchirk, president of McKesson’s U.S. pharmaceutical unit outlined the myriad of opportunities open to community pharmacy today, and how McKesson is investing in its independent pharmacy offerings to help those independents realize every one of those opportunities.