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Jaeger resigns from CEO post at NCPA

BY Allison Cerra

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Just four months after being appointed EVP and CEO of the National Community Pharmacists Association, Kathleen Jaeger is making an exit.

The NCPA said that Jaeger will be leaving the organization to pursue other opportunities. Effective immediately, Douglas Hoey, who has served as NCPA’s COO since 2005, will assume the chief executive role.

Commenting on the executive change, NCPA president Robert Greenwood said Jaeger brought "many talents and ideas to NCPA" and wished her luck on her future endeavors. Greenwood added that Hoey "has dedicated his career to advancing the ability of community pharmacists to effectively care for their patients."

Responding to his appointment, Hoey said, "I am excited and honored to lead this outstanding organization. And I am humbled by the trust that NCPA’s executive committee has placed in me," Hoey said. "Community pharmacists play a critical, and growing, role in today’s healthcare system. They provide trusted medication counseling, adherence services, patient care and other cost-saving services to millions of Americans."

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Walmart further emphasizes pharmacy, health services with Lewis hire

BY Mike Troy

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT — Walmart’s hiring of Dijuana Lewis is yet another sign the company no longer is content being a fast-follower when it comes to its pharmacy and healthcare businesses, whereas a decade ago, Walmart’s emphasis was on simply operating pharmacies, filling as many prescriptions as possible and keeping up with chain drug leaders who were setting the pace in terms of innovative programs.

(THE NEWS: Healthcare exec joins Walmart. For the full story, click here.)

These days, it’s more about developing innovative programs and finding new ways to extend its reach into pharmacy and health services that align with the company’s value proposition of helping people save money so they can live better.

Lewis’ background and accomplishments at Wellpoint suggest she is ideally suited for Walmart. The Indiana native spent 16 years at the healthcare company holding a variety of roles, but what stands out is the fact that many of those roles were focused on improving efficiency, reducing costs and delivering an improved experience for customers. Sounds like an ideal fit for Walmart, as the company looks to play a bigger role in influencing the nation’s healthcare delivery system and then profiting from those changes.

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Who better than pharmacy to boost medication compliance?

BY Michael Johnsen

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT — Farmers and tradesmen. That’s who politicians used to be. Back then, legislative initiatives weren’t splintered by a hundred different agendas. But the reality of today’s lawmaking process is so much more convoluted; that’s why educating policy-makers around the hardwood issues is so paramount.

(THE NEWS: NACDS president opines about the cost of medication nonadherence. For the full story, click here.)

And you can’t get much more paramount than the cost of health care. That really gets to the roots in all of this healthcare reform. It’s become a question of how do you deliver on yesterday’s promise of Medicare and Medicaid today and at the same time budget for it tomorrow?

That’s why this kind of independent editorial content is so valuable. While the advertisers supporting this Media Planet publication — full-page advertisers included Cardinal Health, CVS Caremark, McKesson and Merck — all may have a stake in the outcome, the indisputable fact remains that increased medication compliance saves dollars. And the medical profession best equipped to augment that compliance is pharmacy.

NACDS, of course, isn’t the only association trumpeting a quantified healthcare value. The Consumer Healthcare Products Association is about to set off an advocacy campaign of its own, targeting Congress that will seek to do for the medicine cabinet what “Got Milk?” did for the dairy case.

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