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AAAHC launches accreditation program for healthcare organizations with multiple sites

BY Antoinette Alexander

SKOKIE, Ill. — The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care has announced that it now offers a nationally recognized accreditation program specifically designed for healthcare organizations with multiple care sites, such as retail-based health clinics.

The new Network Accreditation Program provides larger organizations the option to undergo the accreditation process exclusive to AAAHC.
 
“In today’s changing healthcare environment, it’s becoming more and more fiscally sound to acquire multiple healthcare sites, and these multi-site organizations are seeking ways to demonstrate that they, as a group, are delivering quality care,” said John Burke, president and CEO of AAAHC. “Our Network Accreditation responds to this trend and addresses this gap in the accreditation landscape; it sends a strong signal that an organization, along with all its clinical sites, provides a higher standard of patient care.”
 
AAAHC Network Accreditation serves as a comprehensive evaluation that focuses on the overall capability of the corporate organization’s centralized administration to maintain its sites of care at nationally recognized standards. AAAHC grants Network Accreditation to the corporate organization as a whole, while each individual site of care included in the accreditation survey receives a certificate identifying that it is affiliated with a nationally accredited, quality organization.
 
AAAHC Network Accreditation offers an exclusive focus on organizations with 10 or more healthcare sites, as well as the flexibility to allow for changes in sites of care during an accreditation term. Network surveyors are experienced healthcare professionals with a background in multi-site facilities.
 
Ambulatory healthcare organizations seeking AAAHC accreditation undergo an extensive self-assessment and on-site surveys by AAAHC expert surveyors, including physicians, nurses and administrators who are actively involved in ambulatory health care. AAAHC accreditation indicates an organization participates in ongoing self-evaluation, peer review and education to continuously improve its care and services.
 

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Report: Retail coupon activity increases in 2014

BY Dan Berthiaume

MINNEAPOLIS — Retailer participation in freestanding insert (FSI) coupon events and digital coupons distributed on retailer websites benefited from double-digit increases in 2014 compared to 2013. According to data from Marx, a Kantar Media solution, those participation rates were up 11.8% and 16.5%, respectively.
 
During this same period, retailer feature ad pages increased 4.2% while overall retailer advertising among consumer packaged goods (CPG) retailers decreased 2.8%. Significant shifts in advertising and promotion activity were observed among leading retailers across the mass, food, drug, and other retail sales channels. For example, Walmart increased its consumer promotion activity with a 15.7% increase in FSI promotion pages and an 18.4% increase in digital coupon events on Walmart.com in 2014.
 
In contrast, Target had the second-highest levels of advertising expenditures and retailer FSI promotion pages behind Walmart, but decreased advertising 6.1%, decreased FSI promotion pages 11.1%, and decreased digital coupon events on Target.com by 36.6% in 2014. These shifts in advertising and promotion may ultimately translate into shifts in share of shoppers, trips, and sales between these two leading retailers.
 
CVS had the greatest percent increase in retailer advertising activity among the top mass, food and drug retailers, up 10.3% from 2013. CVS also increased its participation in retailer FSI promotion pages by 47.2%, digital coupon events by 23.8%, and retail feature ad pages by 4.6%.
 

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Reuters: CVS Health’s Brennan believes biosimilars could bring about steeper price cuts

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — On the heels of the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the first biosimilar in the United States, CVS Health’s EVP and chief medical officer Troyen Brennan said in an interview with Reuters that the entry of copycat biotech drugs could cut prices of expensive medications by 40% to 50%.

According to the Reuters report, Brennan believes that biosimilar pricing could more closely follow the duel among branded drugs.  

“As a result of that, with these new ones coming on we are probably going to be seeing something that looks like more of a situation where there are multiple brands," Brennan was quoted as telling Reuters. "In the past that didn’t give you 98% discounts. In the past, that would give you 40% to 50% discounts."
 

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