McKesson to acquire MED3000
ATLANTA — McKesson has inked a definitive agreement to acquire a national healthcare management and technology services company that helps improve outcomes for providers, health plans, employers and the patients and employees they serve.
McKesson said its acquisition of MED3000 will complement McKesson Revenue Management Solutions’ medical billing and practice management service offerings. MED3000’s products and services include physician group management, billing and revenue cycle management (all specialties), hosted applications, third-party administrator services and a proprietary, cloud-based solution that enables practices to rapidly adjust to the ever changing demands of healthcare without concern for server expansions, software and system upgrades or extended downtime due to hardware failure.
The parties expect to complete the acquisition in the next few months, subject to the satisfaction of customary conditions, including all necessary regulatory clearances.
"McKesson and MED3000 share a commitment to help customers navigate growing healthcare complexity and achieve their full potential," said Pat Leonard, SVP and general manager of McKesson’s RMS division. "We are excited about the opportunity to combine best practices and superior technologies to help providers and other customers improve their operations and achieve better business health as part of our Better Health 2020 strategy."
First season of ‘Smash’ arrives on DVD with UltraViolet
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Critically acclaimed television series "Smash" is coming to DVD with UltraViolet this winter.
Featuring all 15 episodes on a four-disc set, "Smash" follows the story of talented newcomer Karen Cartwright (Katharine McPhee from "American Idol"), who auditions for a new Broadway musical based on Marilyn Monroe. The only thing standing in her way is Ivy Lynn (Broadway star Megan Hilty), a seasoned theater veteran who is determined to land the part herself and will stop at nothing to realize her own dreams of fame. Bonus features included in the set are deleted and extended scenes, a gag reel, featurettes and more.
"Smash: Season One" officially makes its way to retail on Jan. 8, 2013.
Survey finds more consumers to research holiday purchases online before buying
LOS ANGELES — Survey results released Tuesday by online shopping site PriceGrabber found that 88% of shoppers plan to research their holiday gift purchases in advance to find the best deals.
Of those, 38% plan to spend three to six hours researching holiday gift purchases, 29% plan to spend up to two hours, 19% said they plan to spend over 10 hours and 14% indicated between seven and 10 hours.
The results of PriceGrabber’s holiday shopping survey — which polled 2,235 U.S. online shoppers between Aug. 31 and Sept. 12 — also revealed that 50% of consumers plan to spend the same amount that they spent last year — up slightly from 48% in 2011 — and 12% plan to spend more.
For those who are spending less, the reason most given (62%) was due to increased prices for food, gas and other necessities.
Forty-one percent indicated that they are earning less money this year and 39% said they planned to spend less due to an increased acceptance of giving less-expensive gifts. The state of the economy also continues to impact consumers’ holiday shopping decisions, with PriceGrabber’s survey finding that 64% of shoppers say the economic climate will affect their overall spending.
Shoppers appear to be confident in their ability to find a holiday bargain this season. According to PriceGrabber’s survey, 67% of consumers said they believe retailers will offer better prices and discounts this year. When asked what retailer tactics will entice consumers to buy a product this holiday season, 77% indicated free shipping, 74% noted price cuts, 55% said coupons, and 44% indicated blow out sales.
"Our survey data found that shoppers are not only expecting to find great prices and bargains this holiday season, but 59% of consumers plan to start shopping even earlier this year to spread out the impact of purchases, compared to 53% in 2011," said Rojeh Avanesian, VP marketing and analytics for PriceGrabber. "Our data indicates that 17% of consumers plan to start their holiday shopping in September and 31% plan to begin in October this year."