September 12, 2013

With physicians already in short supply and millions of uninsured Americans set to enter the healthcare system in 2014 as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act takes effect, nurses and physician assistants are stepping up to fill the gap and are increasingly taking a central role in helping patients stay on therapy, according to Manhattan Research's "Taking the Pulse Nurses 2013" study.

September 4, 2013

Expanding the role of pharmacists in Canada is one solution that will reduce the burden of chronic illness on patients, and save the system an estimated C$1.4 billion to C$1.9 billion dollars over three years, according to a new report released by Arthritis Consumer Experts, the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada and Shoppers Drug Mart.

August 28, 2013

McKesson Specialty Health and The US Oncology Network on Wednesday announced the appointment of Michael Seiden as chief medical officer, effective Sept, 22.

August 22, 2013

Community Health Network has officially begun its clinical collaboration with the Healthcare Clinic, formerly Take Care Clinics, at select Walgreens creating one of the largest integrated continuums of healthcare delivery in Indiana.

August 21, 2013

Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy has made Inc. magazine's list of the top 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the United States for the fifth consecutive year, ranking third in the healthcare field, the company said.

August 20, 2013

Aetna has announced a new pilot program, dubbed the Aetna Rx Home Success Program, which is supported by CVS Caremark.

August 19, 2013

After failing to gain enough support in a California Assembly, a revised bill that allows nurse practitioners to operate independently only in a hospital, clinic or other group setting regained some of its momentum and advanced in the Assembly.

With the introduction of Senate Bill 941, as well as proposed legislation that is currently pending in several other states, it is clear that lawmakers are increasingly recognizing the vital role that nurse practitioners play. They are also realizing that expanding nurse practitioners’ scope of practice will only become increasingly important as millions of uninsured Americans come into the insurance fold come 2014 due to health reform amid a growing shortage of primary care physicians.

August 15, 2013

A narrower version of a bill that would expand nurse practitioners’ scope of practice, as well as a bill that would expand the role of pharmacists, advanced in a California Assembly this week.

July 26, 2013

Pharmacists at Good Neighbor Pharmacy can provide immunizations to patients without a prescription from a physician under a new program, parent company AmerisourceBergen Drug Corp. said.

July 18, 2013

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, commonly known as HIPAA, has been in effect for a decade. In the last law column, we looked at how the HIPAA privacy rule has been enforced; in this column we provide some tips for avoiding HIPAA violations.

July 12, 2013

For those suffering from heart or lung disease, cancer, systemic infections or other all-too-common conditions, the science of medicine has made extraordinary advances over the past few decades.

July 11, 2013

Take Care Clinics, which is owned by Walgreens, has introduced a new concussion education component as part of its annual camp, back-to-school and sports physicals, the clinic operator announced.

July 10, 2013

Pharmacists remotely monitoring patients helped them achieve better blood-pressure control than physicians in usual care, according to a new study.

July 1, 2013

In a new article in Men's Health magazine, pharmacists are listed among a number of other health and wellness professionals dubbed "health detectives," and seeing them about certain health problems is described as an alternative to seeing the doctor.

To regular readers of DSN, the idea of pharmacists as the face of neighborhood health care or physician extender is old news. But it's still a relatively new concept to the public at large, and that's why the Men's Health article is such a big deal and why it got a response from National Association of Chain Drug Stores' president and CEO Steven Anderson.

June 27, 2013

McKesson ideaShare 2013, kicked off Wednesday, at the Venetian Casino and Resort, with all the energy and excitement that IS Las Vegas, providing a forum for community pharmacy leaders from across the nation to share ideas and best practices, and to learn about cutting edge products and services to help drive better business results and improve patient outcomes.

June 11, 2013

The importance of convenient care clinics within the U.S. healthcare system, along with the nurse practitioners and physician assistants who work in them, rang loud and clear at the sixth annual Retail Clinician Education Congress held in May.

June 10, 2013

Are retail clinics a fad or a permanent and viable part of the healthcare landscape?

That was the question explored by health experts at a web-based summit April 25, presented by the Rand Corp. and the University of Pittsburgh.

June 7, 2013

Kerr Drug is launching a new marketing program aimed at diabetes patients.

June 4, 2013

Seven leading point-of-care health media and information firms on Tuesday formed a new industry association called the Point-of-Care Communication Council, or PoC3.

May 30, 2013

The Drug Store News Group, in conjunction with the Convenient Care Association, hosted the sixth annual Retail Clinician Education Congress at the Planet Hollywood resort and casino last month.

May 30, 2013

When it announced its fourth-quarter and fiscal year 2013 earnings in April, Rite Aid noted that it performed 2.4 million flu vaccinations, as well as 400,000 vaccinations for pneumonia, shingles and whooping cough. Walgreens administered more than 6.5 million immunizations in 2012, and CVS' totals reached more than 3.5 million.

May 14, 2013

Healthcare professionals working within the growing field of convenient care convened Tuesday for the sixth annual Retail Clinician Education Congress, a three-day educational and networking forum that is accredited for both nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

May 9, 2013

Declining use overall of healthcare services drove down spending on medicines in the United States by 3.5% per capita last year, according to a new study.

May 3, 2013

Healthcare analytics firm IMS Health has acquired social media analytics company Semantelli Corp., saying the purchase would allow it to provide real-time monitoring and delivery of insights into consumer and physician behavior and sentiments.