CVS Caremark to serve 1.1M CareFirst members
BALTIMORE, Md. — CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield has entered into a three-year agreement with CVS Caremark to provide pharmacy benefit and other related services to its commercial and Medicare Part D members, CareFirst announced earlier this week.
Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, all claims for CareFirst members with a pharmacy benefit will be processed through CVS Caremark.
“As Federal health reform begins to fully take effect, we are heading into a challenging environment in which meeting our members’ pharmacy needs — and doing so cost efficiently — is more important than ever,” stated CareFirst president and CEO Chet Burrell. “We conducted a thorough and competitive process to identify the best possible pharmacy benefit partner. Through our new relationship with CVS Caremark, we expect to realize substantial savings in prescription drug costs that we will reflect in premiums to our subscribers. These savings are critical as we seek to keep coverage affordable in the face of many factors that continue to push health care costs upward.”
Under the terms of the agreement, CVS Caremark will provide a specialized account team to help support the integration of pharmacy data and information into key CareFirst initiatives, CareFirst stated.
“We are pleased that CareFirst has selected CVS Caremark to manage the pharmacy benefit for their members starting in 2014,” added Jon Roberts, president of CVS Caremark’s PBM business. “We believe that CVS Caremark’s unique integrated model for pharmacy care will provide CareFirst members with innovative, cost-effective pharmacy benefit management services that also help improve health outcomes.”
Harris Teeter to open art-deco style supermarket in Charlotte by end of May
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Harris Teeter on Wednesday announced its opening of a new store here, with a grand opening celebration to be held May 29.
“The surrounding neighborhood and corporate Harris Teeter’s passionate anticipation for the first Harris Teeter grocery store site fostered a quest for a truly distinctive design,” stated Richard Bartlett, partner at Bartlett Hartley & Mulkey architects PA. “The area’s intense focus on the arts and numerous Central Avenue corridor art deco styled building inspired the industrial deco motif. The building profile is unmistakably unique with intricate details resulting in a rare yet delightful venue for a grocery store.”
The project to develop a new Harris Teeter on Central Avenue marked a major milestone for not only Harris Teeter but also for many customers who can still recall history of Charlotte’s supermarket industry.
Harris Teeter co-founder W.T. Harris opened his first store at 1508 Central Avenue in 1936 and, many years later, announced plans to relocate the original Harris Super Market to the 1704 Central Avenue location. Harris’ store on Central Avenue was the first full service-supermarket in Charlotte, the first air-conditioned grocery store and the first to stay open until 9 p.m. on Friday nights. Harris continued to grow his Harris Super Market business to eight additional locations, and in 1960 he merged with Teeter Food Mart out of Mooresville, N.C., to form Harris Teeter.
The new Art Deco location has 45,000 square feet of sales floor, and the store features a green roof system visible from an upstairs seating area. Harris Teeter also has taken reclaimed wood from Harris’ original 1704 Central Avenue location and incorporated it into the ceiling planks of its market hall and seating area, as well as the produce stands in the Farmers Market.
The Company commissioned Charlotte-based painter, mixed-media and mosaic artist Tom Thoune to design mosaics for the side of the building using whole or broken pieces of porcelain and ceramic pottery donated by community members, as well as British-born artist Shaun Cassidy to create four sculptural bike racks inspired by the building’s Art Deco style to promote a bike friendly community.
Kroger to participate in popular Atlanta Cinco de Mayo event
ATLANTA — Kroger on Thursday announced plans to host the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration in the Southeast at Fiesta Atlanta at Centennial Olympic Park this Sunday.
"We recognize the need to be authentic in the ways we connect with the Hispanic community and the need to offer culturally-relevant information about our products," stated Glynn Jenkins, Kroger communications and PR director. "Fiesta Atlanta allows for that interaction so that we can better learn how best to address the specific needs of our Hispanic customers as well as the community as a whole."
As Fiesta Atlanta attendees listen to mariachis belting out rancheros and salsa rhythms fill the air, they can make their way down to the "Kroger Isle" — an interactive and dynamic area for children and adults that will feature entertainment, many free product samples and information on popular food items.
The daylong event will feature live Latin international, national and local recording artists on two stages. Additionally, there will be traditional, handmade crafts and delicious, savory Latin foods. In addition to the "Kroger Isle," other festival partners will also feature interactive displays and sample products.