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GNP opens annual meeting with education sessions highlighting CMS’ Star measures

BY Michael Johnsen

LAS VEGAS — Good Neighbor Pharmacy on Thursday reinforced its commitment to helping independent pharmacies enhance patient care by introducing programs focused on compliance and medication adherence. The first education sessions and initiatives took place today during the opening of ThoughtSpot 2014, Good Neighbor Pharmacy and AmerisourceBergen’s annual conference. Sessions around the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Star Measures were a highlight and helped pharmacists understand that quality outcomes are a driving force in the new healthcare environment, and that pharmacists have a critical new role to play with CMS’s new rating system.
 
“There is a shift in healthcare today to place emphasis on outcomes and quality. One of the biggest drivers of change is the increased focus from CMS to pay more for quality and value-based patient care,” stated AJ Caffentzis, president, community and specialty pharmacy. “Independent pharmacies are uniquely positioned to excel in the new quality paradigm by leveraging their close ties with the communities they operate in and with the customers that seek advice and counsel. The personalized service already offered by community pharmacists can be a springboard to perform well in a system focused on adherence and compliance.”
 
This year’s CMS Star Measures education initiative culminated with a session led by Star Measures expert, community pharmacy owner and Good Neighbor Pharmacy member, Tripp Logan. The ThoughtSpot session was the last in a three-part educational series for AmerisourceBergen customers which began in January 2014. Throughout the series, pharmacists received education, tools and advice for how to view CMS Star Measures as a business opportunity and enhance patient outcomes. 
 
More than 70% of Good Neighbor Pharmacy Provider Network locations are helping health plans achieve three stars or better on adherence, according to data from EQuIPP, an innovative performance management platform.
 

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Report: Hertz, Walgreens exploring possible partnership

BY Michael Johnsen

NAPLES, Fla. — Hertz and Walgreens are exploring possible synergies, Crain's Chicago Business reported Wednesday
 
As part of Hertz' drive to extend its reach beyond airport car rental portals, Herz is looking to partner with Walgreens. According to th report, the two companies recently concluded a test of such a program at 30 Walgreens in the Chicago area and 30 in San Antonio, Texas.
 
"We had this idea of putting cars in the neighborhood and started looking at different retail outlets that might be suitable," Richard Broome, Hertz EVP corporate affairs, told Crain's. "Walgreens fit perfectly."
 
Hertz plans to launch the program nationwide, Crain's reported. 
 
In related news, Hertz on Thursday announced the opening of another 17 Hertz Local Edition locations in 13 states. These new locations are in addition to the approximately 80 neighborhood locations opened since January 2014, and more than 2,900 locations currently open across the United States. The openings are part of a company-wide strategy to accelerate expansion in the off-airport, neighborhood car rental market servicing the replacement, leisure and business customers.
 
"It's imperative at Hertz that we are consistently expanding our network of neighborhood locations, especially in convenient suburban locations," said John Holt, Hertz SVP off airport operations. 

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Walmart Care Clinics in South Carolina now open

BY Michael Johnsen

SUMTER, S.C. — Walmart on Thursday opened its first Care Clinics in South Carolina in Sumter and Florence. 
 
"Sumter is a great community, we are huge fans of South Carolina," Wal-Mart senior director, Jennifer LaPerre, told CBS affiliate WLTX 19. "As we were looking at where best to serve our customers and associates, these particular communities rose to the top of the list."
 
Walmart recently opened its first owned healthcare clinic in Copperas Cove, Texas, and introduced a pricing model with flat rates of $4 for employees and $40 for customers. 
 
 
 

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