Cardinal Health introduces new outpatient pharmacy services
DUBLIN, Ohio — Cardinal Health will this week introduce new services that help hospitals leverage outpatient pharmacies to address two of their most significant challenges: how to expand the quality of care they provide to patients and how to increase revenue, the wholesaler announced Monday.
According to Jon Giacomin, president of Cardinal Health’s Pharmaceutical Distribution business, fully optimized outpatient pharmacies can enable hospitals to improve the quality and continuity of care that patients receive after they are discharged and reduce readmission rates by improving medication adherence.
Fully optimized outpatient pharmacies also can enable qualified hospitals, public health clinics, academic medical centers and state-run outpatient facilities to appropriately participate in federal drug pricing programs, which offer drug discounts to help federally qualified healthcare facilities provide care for underinsured and uninsured patients, Giacomin added.
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NPA broadens roles of two senior advocacy professionals; expands Capitol Hill outreach
WASHINGTON — The National Products Association promoted two senior advocacy staff members "as the association expands its regulatory and government affairs efforts," NPA stated Monday. Cara Welch now is SVP scientific and regulatory affairs, and Elizabeth Hurst is director government relations. In addition, Meg Mader was promoted to director of marketing.
“As the demand for natural products continues to grow, our responsibility as the industry’s representative grows as well," stated John Shaw, NPA executive director and CEO. "NPA is committed to ensuring that the public knows what is truly natural, that our members understand the complex rules and regulations governing our industry, and that policy-makers get the facts," he said. “Cara’s extensive experience in scientific and regulatory issues and Liz’s knowledge of state and federal policy will help further our commitment to our members on a national scale. Meg will strengthen our marketing outreach and help us share the benefits of going natural with our key audiences and everyday consumers.”
Prior to joining NPA, Welch earned her PhD from the Department of Medicinal Chemistry at Rutgers University under plant biologist James Simon. In new her role, Welch will oversee NPA’s quality assurance programs, including the NPA Natural Seal and Good Manufacturing Practices Certification for dietary supplements.
Hurst was the senior government relations specialist for the National Court Reporters Association before joining NPA in 2010 as state government relations manager. In her new position, Hurst will monitor state and local policy proposals, help direct government relations activity at the state and federal level and advocate on Capitol Hill on behalf of NPA members.
After joining NPA as marketing manager in 2011, Mader developed and executed an association marketing plan with four primary focuses: membership recruitment, 75th anniversary promotion, website enhancements and increased awareness and brand recognition for the Natural Seal.
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New Hy-Vee store to include full-service restaurant
URBANDALE, Iowa — Hy-Vee will close a store in central Iowa to prepare for the opening of a new store next door that the company called its "most innovative."
The company announced that the supermarket pharmacy in Urbandale, Iowa, would close on Sunday and be leveled to make way for a parking lot for the new store, set to open Aug. 14. The new store will include a casual dining spot called Market Fresh Grille that will become a full-service restaurant at 4 p.m., including trained servers and a menu that includes dishes created by the store’s chefs and a selection of wines and craft beers.
Other services include a sushi bar with seating, a coffee shop and lounge area with a stone fireplace, Italian gelato, a fruit and juice bar, an oatmeal bar and pizza fired in a wood stone oven, a wine and spirits shop, and an expanded housewares section with a cooking demonstration area. The new store will open the pharmacy and bank on July 16 to prevent disruptions in service for customers; the pharmacy also will include home delivery and a drive-through.
"Every new store is special in its own way, but this is perhaps the most innovative store Hy-Vee has ever built," store director Josh Asche said. "We’ve visited retailers throughout the country, looking at different store formats, and we’ve taken the best concepts we’ve seen and adapted them to create a whole new shopping experience for our customers."