NACDS Foundation supports new NEHI report on care teams, medication adherence
ALEXANDRIA, Va. A report by the New England Healthcare Institute that addressed the role of care teams in improving medication adherence among patients has received support from the charitable arm of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores.
The NACDS Foundation on Wednesday announced its support of the report "Medication Adherence and Care Teams: A Call for Demonstration Projects," which underscored the role of care teams — specifically, a “virtual care team,” a collaboration between small physician practices, community pharmacists and other external health professionals — in improving public health.
“Existing medical evidence supports the idea that team-based care can provide superior treatment of chronic conditions. Care teams are integral to the patient-centered medical home, and to other models of improved patient care that are designed to improve efficiency, affordability and, ultimately, patient outcomes,” the report noted.
NACDS Foundation president Edith Rosato applauded NEHI’s report, which is part of the "Thinking Outside the Pillbox" series of reports that examine medication adherence.
“When medications are not taken correctly, public health suffers,” Rosato said. “This report continues land-breaking work by NEHI in raising awareness of this critical health challenge, and identifying potential solutions.”
Obesity costs U.S. employers billions, study finds
NEW YORK New research by Duke University found that obese workers cost U.S. employers $73.1 billion a year.
The researchers, led by Eric Finkelstein, deputy director for health services and systems research at Duke-National University of Singapore, used survey data from the 2006 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey and the 2008 U.S. National Health and Wellness Survey to determine the extent to which obesity-related health problems affected absenteeism, work productivity and medical costs. Among those with a body mass index higher than 40, or roughly 100 lbs. overweight, these costs worked out to $16,900 per capita for women and $15,500 for men.
"Much work has already shown the high costs of obesity in medical expenditures and absenteeism, but our findings are the first to measure the incremental costs of presenteeism for obese individuals separately by body mass index and gender among full-time employees," Finkelstein said.
The study was published on Oct. 8 in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
Jewel-Osco enters flu prevention game
ITASCA, Ill. Supervalu’s Jewel-Osco stores announced a flu prevention program with vaccinations available in all locations with a pharmacy.
Jewel-Osco said its pharmacists will offer the traditional flu vaccine, the needle-free FluMist nasal spray and the new high-dose Fluzone for patients older than 65 years, during regular pharmacy hours.
The flu vaccine is available for $26.99 for either the traditional injection or FluMist. Fluzone HD is available for $59.99. The cost of these vaccines is covered by Medicare Part B and many commercial health plans, which means that many customers may not be incurring additional costs.