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CVS Health offers diabetes management support for American Diabetes Month

BY David Salazar

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health is marking American Diabetes Month by emphasizing efforts patients can undertake to manage their conditions, as well as the services the company offers to make diabetes management easier.

The company said patients with diabetes should manage their diet and engage in a healthy lifestyle — including at least 30 minutes of exercise daily — in an effort to manage their blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol. CVS pharmacists also can offer information and product suggestions to aid lifestyle management, CVS Health said.

Beyond the pharmacy, the company has launched several efforts aimed at boosting adherence through its CVS Caremark pharmacy benefits managers. The recently launched ReducedRx program offers discounts on such drugs as insulin to improve patient adherence, its Transform Diabetes Care program offers its POBM clients tools to help manage their conditions. Transform Diabetes Care includes a connected glucometer that can store blood glucose readings in the cloud and integrate them into an electronic health record.

The company also noted that its MinuteClinic locations offer A1C checks.

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Kmart Pharmacy announces low copays for Medicare Part D members

BY Gisselle Gaitan

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Kmart Pharmacy may now become a favorite for Medicare Part D members in 2018. The company has announced it will be providing pharmaceutical needs to patients that include copays as low as $1 when filling their prescriptions.

Medicare Part D members are being encouraged to enroll in Kmart’s free Pharmacy Rewards program, and those who are already Shop Your Way members can get $5 FREECASH points whenever a prescription is filled.  

"Kmart Pharmacy prides itself on offering low-cost copays and extra savings to Medicare-eligible Americans," Mike Seesholtz, Head of Kmart Pharmacy said. "We remain focused on the overall health and well-being of our members, and strive to give them access to the best discounted prescriptions, an exceptional team of pharmacists, and other health-related benefits to ensure they receive the best quality of care."

These Pharmacy Rewards can be used to shop for non-pharmacy items at Kmart and Sears both in-stores and online. With a Medicare Part D plan, members also can receive coverage for commercially available vaccines including shingles, and pneumonia.  

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FastMed Urgent Care taps former RediClinic leader as CEO

BY Michael Johnsen

PHOENIX — FastMed Urgent Care on Thursday named Web Golinkin as its new CEO. In this capacity, he will lead FastMed's large and growing portfolio of walk-in urgent care health clinics located across Arizona, Texas and North Carolina.

"FastMed has an impressive track record of providing consumers with easy access to high-quality, affordable healthcare, which is needed in this country now more than ever," Golinkin stated. "I am excited about building on this foundation to expand FastMed's footprint, service offerings and delivery channels in ways that will help to build healthier and more productive communities."

Golinkin comes to FastMed with a 30-year track record of successful executive leadership, entrepreneurship and healthcare experience. Most recently, Golinkin served as CEO of RediClinic, one of the nation's leading operators of retail-based clinics, which he co-founded in 2005 and continued to lead after it was acquired by Rite Aid in 2014.

While at Rite Aid, Golinkin also served as CEO of Health Dialog, a leading population health management company, and as a member of Rite Aid's senior management team.

Golinkin also co-founded and served multiple times as president of the Convenient Care Association.
 

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