July 15, 2014

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores on Tuesday put forward pharmacy-specific solutions as the Senate Finance Committee conducted a hearing on “Chronic Illness: Addressing Patients’ Unmet Needs.”


July 7, 2014

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology this fall will launch a consumer outreach campaign Sept. 15 through Oct. 6 to raise awareness around the national Blue Button Initiative, a public-private partnership that seeks to give consumers easy and secure access to their health records from a variety of sources in a format they can use. 

June 27, 2014

SilverScript Insurance Co., a CVS Caremark company, has entered into collaborations with seven accountable care organizations across the country.

June 25, 2014

Cardinal Health on Wednesday outlined a number of enhanced tools to make it easier for retail pharmacies to help their patients better manage their cardiovascular health and prevent heart disease.

June 25, 2014

In an article published Wednesday in the Health Affairs blog, CVS Caremark chief medical and scientific officers and others commented on a missing piece in the current approach to accountable healthcare models.

June 24, 2014

As Walgreens carefully considers how to best execute the second step of its acquisition of Alliance Boots, Walgreens on Tuesday relayed its progress in improving its domestic business, including the company's success in winning the prescription business of high-value seniors and the pending national launch of its Boots No7 beauty brand.

June 23, 2014

America’s biopharmaceutical research companies are developing 435 innovative new medicines to target 15 leading chronic conditions affecting the Medicare population, according to a new report released by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America last week.

June 18, 2014

Walgreens and Arizona Priority Care have announced a clinical care collaboration agreement to provide coordinated, expanded services for AzPC Medicare Advantage and ACO members through select Walgreens pharmacies and Healthcare Clinics.
 


June 5, 2014

Low-risk patients were three times less likely to be admitted to a hospital when they received medication therapy management from a pharmacist, according to the findings of a recent study that was highlighted in Forbes magazine.

June 4, 2014

Cardinal Health on Wednesday launched a new solution to make it easier and more time-efficient for retail pharmacies to help patients better understand and adhere to their medications.

June 3, 2014

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced new timing to implement the Medicaid average manufacturer price-based federal upper limits for prescription medications, a move that has been applauded by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. The FULs were expected to be finalized in July.

May 20, 2014

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Monday issued final regulations for the Medicare Advantage and prescription drug benefit (Part D) programs.

May 20, 2014

"Should a Medicare senior’s “preferred” pharmacy be nine hours away by plane? Should a community pharmacy be reimbursed $300 below its cost of acquiring and dispensing a lifesaving drug? Should patients endure long trips for basic health services that a local community pharmacist is qualified to provide? Of course not," writes National Community Pharmacists Association CEO, B. Douglas Hoey in his latest guest blog entry.

May 16, 2014

A soft cough-cold season has given way to a robust allergy season, Bill Simon, Walmart U.S. president and EVP, told analysts Thursday, which was one contributing factor to improving overall health and wellness by more than 150 basis points.

May 8, 2014

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores and a national coalition working to achieve “provider status” for pharmacists under Medicare Part B have asked the Federal Trade Commission to back legislation to this effect, as well as other policies that would help pharmacists practice at the top of their education level, NACDS reported Thursday.

May 7, 2014

The 46th Annual NCPA Conference on National Legislation and Government Affairs kicked off Wednesday on Capitol Hill, bringing together hundreds of members of the National Community Pharmacists Association to discuss critical community pharmacy issues with members of the Senate and House of Representatives, as well as government officials and political insiders.

April 24, 2014

More than two-thirds of the U.S. population now live in localities served by accountable care organizations, and more than 40% live in areas served by two or more.

April 23, 2014

Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives to advance better care for Medicare patients with chronic conditions.

April 9, 2014

Emphasizing implementation challenges that could impact patient access to pharmacy services, a coalition is urging Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to allow a one-year transition period for states to fully implement the Medicaid average manufacturer’s price-based federal upper limits for prescription medications.

April 4, 2014

Hospital patients who participated in Walgreens' WellTransitions program were 46% less likely to experience an unplanned hospital readmission within 30 days of discharge, according to new company research released Friday.

April 4, 2014

Walgreens helped create a new, larger worksite health organization when it sold a majority interest in Take Care Employer Solutions to strategic health investor Water Street Healthcare Partners. The new entity, which combines Take Care with CHS Health Services, will serve more than 200 leading corporations through nearly 500 worksite health-and-wellness centers across the country. Walgreens still maintains a significant stake in the company and will continue to manage their existing worksite clinics in collaboration with the new company.

The end result will be an opportunity to couple best practices into an entity with a greater economy of scale that's part of a business model with a lot of upside. The vast majority of large employers remain committed to providing benefits to active employees, according to a recent survey by Towers Watson and the National Business Group on Health — an association of large employers — released in March. Offering health insurance as an employee benefit is something the majority of small businesses think is very important, too, according to the 2014 Small Business Health Care Survey from the National Small Business Association — 91% of firms fielding between 20 and 50 employees and 94% of businesses with more than 50 employees believe health benefits are crucial to employee recruitment and retention.

March 26, 2014

The month of March came in like a lion, indeed, but not because of the weather. The month began with a roar as a group of the largest and most influential pharmacy associations and chains came together to form the Patient Access to Pharmacists’ Care Coalition, or PAPCC, in an effort to secure formal federal recognition of pharmacists as healthcare providers.

March 26, 2014

Message to federal health plan payers from community pharmacy: We have the systems in place and the professional expertise to help millions of patients to better their health outcomes at a lower cost. Message to pharmacy from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and its Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Prove it.

March 25, 2014

Walgreens on Tuesday posted a sales increase of 5.1% to $19.6 billion for the second quarter ended Feb. 28. First-half sales were up 5.5% to $37.9 billion.