Navarro implements SunPass machines at 20 stores
MIAMI — Navarro Discount Pharmacies announced on Friday that 20 of its store locations throughout Miami-Dade now feature a SunPass machine, where drivers can buy and activate a SunPass for immediate use. The move comes just prior to all-electronic tolling taking effect in Miami-Dade on Feb. 19.
The "Touch-n-Buy" machines also enable customers to pay Florida Department of Transportation documents, such as citations and late notices.
"As we move to the future of tolling, which is electronic, we needed to provide options and immediate availability to motorists so they may enjoy the benefits of toll roads at their convenience," stated Orlando Torres, deputy director of toll operations at SunPass.
NACDS to House committee: More focus on patients, less on paperwork
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — In a statement submitted to the House of Representatives Small Business Committee, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores further emphasized its support of legislation to repeal the 1099 business tax form reporting requirements. NACDS indicated that such requirements would force pharmacies to spend inordinate amounts of time and human resources on additional paperwork, leading to less time alloted to helping patients with their healthcare needs.
"While NACDS shares the concerns of the broader business community about the additional administrative burdens and costs associated with the 1099 reporting requirement, chain pharmacies, as healthcare providers, are also deeply concerned the mandate could hinder the delivery of patient care," NACDS said in its statement. "The 1099 mandate is a prime example of an administrative mandate that will interfere with pharmacies’ ability to furnish convenient and cost-effective health care."
The 1099 business tax form reporting requirements were enacted as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In addition to submitting the statement, NACDS applauded the panel for convening a hearing to address the problematic issue for businesses, including pharmacy.
The provision would require businesses to report to the Internal Revenue Service on a 1099 form total payments in excess of $600 in one year to an individual vendor. According to NACDS, this dramatically would increase data collection and reporting requirements, putting a tremendous and costly administrative burden on accounting departments in every organization in America, including neighborhood pharmacies.
"Pharmacies are the face of neighborhood health care and are a highly trusted source of healthcare information, products and services," the letter continued. "The 1099 reporting requirements will force pharmacies, whether large national companies or small local drug store chains, to spend inordinate amounts of time and human resources on additional paperwork. This will take away from the time that pharmacies and pharmacists have to help patients address their medication and other healthcare needs."
Last week, the NACDS endorsed an amendment introduced by Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., which would lift burdensome reporting requirements affiliated with the 1099 business tax form, which could have limited pharmacist-patient interaction and patient care. The amendment passed in the Senate.
Aisle7 establishes online decision support tools
PORTLAND, Ore. — Aisle7 on Thursday announced the availability of an online decision support engine to provide science-based, self-care product recommendations by way of questionnaires, interactive widgets and proprietary content-targeting technology.
The new Aisle7 online decision support tools include a “Homeopathic Medicine Finder,” which was created in partnership with Boiron, and will be featured across more than 2,000 in-store retail locations and 150 websites served by Aisle7.
"Every year, more health-and-wellness products are introduced to the market, making it ever more confusing for consumers to make the best choices," stated Schuyler Lininger, Aisle7 CEO. "Decision support tools remove the guesswork by connecting the dots between health goals and helpful product categories."
The interactive website tools include:
Vitamin Advisor: A two-page questionnaire that provides personalized supplement recommendations with optional commerce integration. Initial integrations demonstrate a 70% completion rate with a 20% add-to-cart conversion;
Supplement Finder: A widget that provides answers to common questions on the supplements to take for health conditions, with drugs or wellness goals; and
Homeopathic Medicine Finder: A tool that allows consumers to filter through more than 350 health conditions and symptoms to find the right homeopathic product.