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More than half of doctor’s offices adopt electronic health records

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON — More than half of all healthcare providers who are eligible have received Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments for electronic health records, the Department of Health and Human Services said.

HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the department had exceeded its goal for 50% of doctor offices and 80% of hospitals to have EHRs by the end of the year. By contrast, the percentage of physicians using EHRs in 2008 was 17%. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 contained incentive programs for adoption of EHRs that went into effect in 2011.

"We have reached a tipping point in adoption of electronic health records," Sebelius said. "More than half of eligible professionals and 80% of eligible hospitals have adopted these systems, which are critical to modernizing our healthcare system. Health [information technology] helps providers better coordinate care, which can improve patients’ health and save money at the same time."

 

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Drug Store News is closed for Labor Day weekend

BY DSN STAFF

The offices of Drug Store News will be closed Friday, Aug. 30, and Monday, Sept. 2, in observance of Labor Day. We wish you a safe and happy holiday!

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Unilever to support ASM in hiring, training more than 300 veterans by 2015

BY Antoinette Alexander

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. — Unilever, through Advantage Sales and Marketing, a consumer packaged goods sales and marketing agency, has announced that it will invest $70 million incrementally over the next three years to expand its retail coverage, with a significant portion of the incremental investment going toward training military veterans employed by ASM to provide services for the Unilever network.

Under a customized training program, Unilever is looking to help veterans gain the tools and opportunities they need to perform services for the Unilever Customer Development organization. This initiative will grow the number of veterans active in the Unilever/ASM partnership by at least 30% by 2015, the company stated.

The veteran program will offer training modules on merchandising, retail selling and in-store execution. Over a period of three years, Unilever will provide funding to train more than 300 veterans. Since Unilever began its relationship with ASM in 1996, many ASM employees have subsequently been hired by Unilever into its sales organization.

Unilever currently has more than 800 ASM employees providing services to its Customer Development organization in sectors that include supermarkets, hypermarkets, drug, discount stores and others.

Unilever currently employs approximately 430 self-identified veterans throughout North America and across many career disciplines,  including supply chain, marketing, finance, research and development, information technology, human resources and executive leadership.

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