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Md. state employees eligible for MTM pilot program

BY Alaric DeArment

BALTIMORE — The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy is piloting a program that will allow state employees to receive medication therapy management services, the university announced.

The pilot, offered through the Maryland P3 Program — whose name stands for patients, pharmacists and partnerships — involves the university, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and the Maryland Pharmacists Association. Certain state employees at the State Center office complex in Baltimore will have the opportunity to receive MTM services through the program during the next 14 months. The Maryland P3 Program started operating in summer 2006, and the pilot will be available to 5,000 workers.

"We look forward to demonstrating the program’s positive results to determine the potential value-based benefit to the state," Maryland P3 Program director and University of Maryland School of Pharmacy chairwoman Magaly Rodriguez de Bittner said.

According to the school, MTM services have a history of improving outcomes and reducing direct healthcare costs by between $495 and $3,281 per participant each year, due largely to reductions in hospital and emergency room visits.

The pharmacy school will develop, implement and evaluate the effectiveness of the comprehensive MTM services, while pharmacists work with the state workers’ primary healthcare providers to assist them with proper use of medications and help with diagnostic testing, counseling and disease management. A more comprehensive program will be available to those who have or who are at risk of developing cardiovascular disease, such as those with hyperlipidemia, hypertension, obesity, diabetes, metabolic syndrome or tobacco dependency.


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Giant-Carlisle donates $3 million to schools

BY Alaric DeArment

CARLISLE, Pa. — A division of Ahold USA is donating millions of dollars to local schools.

Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets, also known as Giant-Carlisle, announced Wednesday the donation of $3 million to 2,868 public and private schools through its A+ School Rewards program for the 2012-2013 school year. The program has donated more than $16 million since 2005. The program allows local schools to earn money for technology, scholarships, school programs, field trips, playgrounds and other needs.

Landover, Md.-based Giant Food, another Ahold USA banner, also known as Giant-Landover, said it would donate snack packs for the USO of Metropolitan Washington’s Your USO Meal, or YUM Lunch.

 

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Personal appearance matters to consumers proactive about their health

BY DSN STAFF

Three-in-five consumers indicate that looking their best is an important part of how they measure overall health, according to an online survey of almost 700 AccentHealth viewers conducted in April. However, this figure grows to 73% among those who are most proactive about wellness.

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Patient Views is a new, exclusive consumer insights feature that appears in every edition of DSN magazine, as well as the daily e-newsletter DSN A.M. If you could ask 6,000 patients anything at all, what would it be? Send your questions to [email protected].

 

Source: AccentHealth. To view the demographic breakdown of participants, click here.

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