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Joe Gibbs Racing, Dollar General extend NASCAR partnership

BY Michael Johnsen

 

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — Joe Gibbs Racing and Dollar General on Saturday announced an expanded partnership with a multi-year agreement for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season and beyond. In addition, JGR announced the contract extension of driver Matt Kenseth that will keep him behind the wheel of the No. 20 Dollar General Toyota.
 
Dollar General will increase its sponsorship to 30 races with Matt Kenseth and the No. 20 team, up from 27 in 2014 and 17 in 2013. One of the top contenders within the Sprint Cup Series, Kenseth is currently fourth the 2014 point standings with five top-five and 10 top-10 finishes and one pole award through the first 16 races. In 2013, his first year driving for JGR and Dollar General, Kenseth celebrated seven wins, marking both a Series and career-best season.
 
“I’m incredibly fortunate to drive for Dollar General. They have great enthusiasm for our sport, and as a driver, it’s great to have such a supportive sponsor behind you,” Kenseth said. “When you meet the people behind the organization, it is easy to see why they have had so much success in recent years. I’m looking forward to continuing our partnership together for many years to come.”
 
“Dollar General is excited to build on its successful partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing and sponsor more races with Matt Kenseth and the No. 20 team,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General chairman and CEO. “NASCAR has the most brand-loyal fans in sports and many of our customers are passionate about NASCAR. Our racing sponsorship has proven to be a very effective way to connect with our customers and build our brand.
 
“Having the talent and passion in a driver like Matt, and the way he represents our brand, is a dream come true for a sponsor,” Dreiling said. “The excitement and professionalism that Matt brings to the sport is exceptional and he has proven to be one of the sport's most consistent performers.”
 
Dollar General’s increased sponsorship will also give the retailer the opportunity to showcase its brand for the season-opener at Daytona International Speedway. Kenseth is a two-time Daytona 500 Champion and one of only 10 drivers who have won the event more than once.
 

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PDX Enterprise Pharmacy System integrates Armada Health Care’s ApproveRx

BY Michael Johnsen

FORT WORTH, Texas — Armada Health Care and PDX on Friday announced that Armada’s prior authorization solution, known as ApproveRx, will be integrated with the PDX Enterprise Pharmacy System, PDX Classic and Community Pharmacy system, PDX’s newest system. ApproveRx is an online platform that streamlines the prior authorization process for all pharmacies and prescribers, allowing healthcare professionals to quickly locate and submit prior authorization forms for virtually all drugs and insurance plans. 
 
The integration will produce a continuous pharmacy dispensing workflow and optimal efficiencies. Using the integrated functionality, pharmacies can automate the selection and completion of the appropriate prior authorization form, saving time searching for the appropriate and most current insurance form. The pharmacy can then electronically send the prior authorization request to any prescriber or health plan eliminating the need for paper faxes. The system allows for monitoring the status of all prior authorization submissions.
 
The use of ApproveRx provides PDX pharmacies with a method for initiating and managing prior authorizations within the current workflow. “It is important to PDX that pharmacies have technologies they need to work smarter and faster. By integrating Armada Health Care’s prior authorization program, PDX pharmacies will have access to a utility that will help streamline the prior authorization process,” said Jeff Farris, CEO of PDX. “We remain focused on delivering solutions and services our pharmacy partners require to remain efficient, such as those offered by Armada.”
 
“Industry reports predict a 63% increase in specialty-drug spend between 2014 and 2016, so it’s becoming progressively more important for pharmacy systems to be able to fill and get reimbursed for high-cost medications that require prior authorization approvals,” added Lawrence Irene, CEO of Armada Health Care. “Armada’s partnership with PDX effectively helps fill this need in the marketplace, and helps PDX capture the specialty spend.”
 

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AccentHealth enters into strategic relationship with American Cancer Society

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NEW YORK – AccentHealth on Thursday announced it has entered into a strategic relationship with the American Cancer Society. The announcement follows the recent launch of the AccentHealth Oncology Network, which features CNN-produced television programming for cancer patients in the waiting room, as well as printed "health panels" with oncology-specific educational information.
 
The companies plan to jointly develop oncology-specific content that will be integrated into the AccentHealth Oncology Network patient education products.
 
"AccentHealth recognizes that there is an increasing need for patient education around disease management and supportive care for cancer patients," said John Curbishley, EVP, business and product development for AccentHealth. "The growing financial and time pressures on oncologists make it more challenging for them to deliver critical information to their patients during diagnosis and treatment. Together, AccentHealth and the American Cancer Society can help by delivering trusted content that will educate and support cancer patients during this difficult time." 
 
 

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