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Community Specialty Pharmacy Network partners with CoverMyMeds

BY Allison Cerra

TWINSBURG, Ohio — A community specialty network has teamed up with a company that helps doctors and pharmacies submit prior authorizations and other coverage determination forms for medications.

The Community Specialty Pharmacy Network said it has partnered with CoverMyMeds to automate the prior authorization process. CoverMyMeds will provide CSPN’s specialty pharmacists the right PA request for every drug and health insurance plan, allowing pharmacists to easily complete and share with the prescriber PA forms at the point of a claim rejection, the companies said.

"CoverMyMeds is a very valuable service for the CSPN membership," CSPN VP industry relations Nick Calla said. "It has proven to be a great aid for a number of our pharmacies in working through the complicated prior authorization processes used by many managed care plans."

CoverMyMeds said pharmacies can benefit from the streamlined PA process by signing up for PriorAuthPlus powered by CoverMyMeds. PriorAuthPlus is a collaboration solution from RelayHealth and CoverMyMeds, used by thousands of retail pharmacies nationwide, which easily initiates the PA process within the pharmacist’s workflow as the prescription claim is being processed. In five minutes or less, prescribers can complete a PA form and submit it for prescriber review. The standard process can take upward of 30 minutes, CoverMyMeds noted.

"Our partnership with CSPN helps pharmacies provide an even better level of service to their patients," CoverMyMeds VP national health plans Ron Fine said. "CSPN also will be able to provide assistance to the doctors they work with by giving them the right Prior Authorization form in a timely way. Combined with the nationwide PriorAuthPlus network used by retail pharmacies, this partnership expands the streamlined PA process to more physicians and pharmacists with the ultimate goal of ensuring patients receive their prescribed medications to improve their health."


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Lawsuit calls Hebrew National’s kosher claims into question

BY Allison Cerra

OMAHA, Neb. — A class action lawsuit recently was filed against ConAgra Foods for claiming that its Hebrew National products are kosher, the company confirmed.

Hebrew National, a more-than-100-year-old brand known for its hot dogs and other packaged products, has touted kosher status since its establishment, ConAgra Foods said, who added that this lawsuit "is without merit."

"Hebrew National’s kosher status is certified by a well-recognized and authorized third-party," ConAgra Foods said in a statement. "There is close rabbinical supervision of the food preparation process and packaging equipment. For more than 100 years, Hebrew National has followed strict dietary law, using only specific cuts of beef that meet the highest standards for quality, cleanliness, and safety with no by-products, artificial flavors, or artificial colors."

According to a recent Mintel research, more than one-quarter of new food and beverage products introduced in 2011 touted a kosher on-package claim.

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Cascade Ice brings beverages to more stores

BY Allison Cerra

LOS ANGELES — Unique Beverage Co. has expanded the availability of its Cascade Ice zero-calorie water beverage line.

The Cascade Ice portfolio — which includes zero-calorie sparkling water, organic zero-calorie sparkling water and sparkling cocktail mixers — now is available for purchase at Albertson’s, A&P, Safeway and more. The beverages also are slated to be available Winn-Dixie stores in the coming months.

With the expansion, the beverages now are available for purchase across 46 states. A complete list of state availability can be found here.

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