Jewel-Osco to launch retail clinic with help of Physicians Prompt Care Centers
FRANKLIN PARK, Ill. Jewel-Osco, a Midwest food and drug retailer, has partnered with Tinley Park-based Physicians Prompt Care Centers to launch Physicians Prompt Care Express, the Supervalu chain announced Wednesday.
Board-certified Prompt Care Express physicians will offer high-quality, convenient and affordable medical services from a newly-constructed health clinic inside of the Jewel-Osco, marking Jewel-Osco’s first point of entry into Chicago’s retail medical clinic business. It establishes the second ambulatory care site operated by Prompt Care Physician Centers LLC.
“Jewel-Osco is proud to partner with Physicians Prompt Care Centers to bring a unique health care experience to Orland Park and the surrounding communities,” stated Chris Dimos, president, Jewel-Osco Pharmacies. “Access to quality and affordable health care is one of the top issues facing our communities today. In integrating the new medical clinic into our store, we aim to eliminate some of the barriers – like cost, work and school schedules, and even proximity – that can block our customers’ ability to receive needed medial attention.“ Physicians Prompt Care Express will accept most major insurance plans including Medicare. Cash paying customers can expect to pay less than the total cost of a typical hospital emergency room visit.
Food industry vets commence new lobbying practice
WASHINGTON Policy Solutions, a new government and public affairs firm, has opened a practice in Washington, led by three food industry veterans.
The new firm will provide strategic advice to its clients and assistance in coalition building, grassroots program development, media relations, and in community outreach and corporate responsibility programs.
The three principals of the lobbying group include John Motley, former SVP government affairs for the Food Marketing Institute; Barry Scher, former long-time VP public affairs for Giant Foods; and Jay Truitt, former VP government affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.
“With both a new Congress and administration, there will be increased legislative and regulatory activity. Policy Solution’s principals have an extensive experience in working with both Congress and the Executive Branch on a wide range of policy issues, from food safety to energy and from taxes to health care,” said Motley.
For more information on this group, visit policy-solutions.net.
Wegmans seeks to reduce paper usage for prescriptions
ROCHESTER, N.Y. Wegmans’ SVP of consumer affairs Mary Ellen Burris on Sunday noted that Wegmans pharmacies are losing a significant amount of paper weight in her weekly online blog.
Wegmans pharmacies are eliminating pharmacy prescription information sheets for all refills, she noted, which would more or less result in 10 million fewer printouts each year.
“That’s the scoop on … you know, the enclosure with every single prescription that you probably don’t even read while you’re throwing it away,” she wrote. “Now, there are some you should read … a first time prescription, for instance. However, after you understand the precautions, use, side effects, drug interactions and storage (my favorite, for a recently prescribed drug: “do not store in the bathroom” which is where I keep all medical stuff) … such information is typically not really needed for refills.”
Completing implementation of new pharmacy software made it possible, Burris noted, making pharmacy prescription information sheets for refills, which consist of about 50% of the prescriptions filled at Wegmans, obsolete.
Essential information is still printed with each prescription filled, however.