RBC 2017 brings CE offerings focusing on clinical services, business and legislative changes
From clinical services and business and front-end management to legislative updates, Cardinal Health’s RBC 2017 slate of continuing education courses is looking to cover some of the biggest topics in independent pharmacy. Cardinal Health has partnered with Ohio Northern University to bring full-day courses to San Antonio on such services as medication therapy management and immunization, updates on provider status legislation, new drug launches and various topics in between.
The CE offerings kick off on July 26 at Cardinal Health RBC with multiple full-day sessions from the American Pharmacists Association. Three discrete courses will cover medication therapy management services, pharmacy-based immunization delivery and pharmacy-based travel health services. Each of these CE sessions lasts from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and require pre-registration and an additional fee. Also, in the vein of clinical services, there will be a four-hour course on using point-of-care testing in community pharmacy on July 28, as well as four four-hour Basic Life Support Certification courses — one on each day of RBC 2017. And those not in an all-day course on July 26 will be able to learn about 340 B at “340B in 2017: Opportunity amidst uncertainty.”
RBC 2017 also will feature offerings for pharmacy owners who already have implemented such clinical services as MTM and travel services. On July 27, attendees can attend “The ‘heart’ of medication therapy management: Application of cardiology therapeutics in MTM,” and on July 28 there will be a session that offers information about foot care in patients with diabetes, as well as a session offering strategies for implementing a successful MTM business model.
As independent pharmacies expand their clinical services, they’ll notice developments in the recognition received for offering them. To keep attendees apprised of pharmacy-related legislation, RBC 2017 will feature “An update on national pharmacist provider status and health care reform,” and a session aimed at owners who have expanded into long-term care, “LTC pharmacy regulatory and legislative update 2017.” There also will be sessions that offer an “Update on federal pharmacy law 2017” and a “Compounding pharmacy legal and regulatory update” on July 29.
Attendees can participate in a host of courses around existing reimbursement methods, with CE sessions covering medication adherence, compliance with Medicare DME requirements, and two sessions on July 28, “Payer insights and the role of pharmacy partnerships to impact Medicare Star ratings” for pharmacists looking to find new partners in their efforts to drive adherence.
The centerpiece of RBC 2017’s business management offerings comes early in the conference with the full-day session, “It’s all about cash flow: Short-term and long-term considerations increasing profits and cash flow to drive increased pharmacy valuation,” led by Steve LeFever. LeFever is the founder of Profit Masters, which assist business owners in mastering the financial management aspect of their business, and he makes his presentations engaging and funny. But the business management offerings also include sessions offering tips on improving patient loyalty and relationships, as well as some with information on building a pharmacy team and using a pharmacy’s back office to drive growth and improve patient care.
And if attendees are looking for ways to grow their clinical services beyond the CE sessions, the National Community Pharmacy Association will be offering its Pharmacy Bootcamp on the afternoon of July 29, “Expanding opportunities for community pharmacy; re-engineering for enhanced services.”
The full list of courses for RBC 2017 can be found here. Some require pre-registration.
Walmart makes employment, remodel push in Florida
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart is expanding—and updating—its footprint in the Sunshine State.
The retailer will open nine new stores across Florida in its current fiscal year, creating more than 800 jobs, and also execute a multi-million-dollar capital investment plan by remodeling more than 40 locations across the state. Walmart currently operates 375 stores in Florida.
The coming months will also see Walmart announce the official grand opening of its 150-acre e-commerce distribution center in Davenport, Florida. The facility, which has recently been certified as fully operational, represents an approximate investment of more than $300 million with two buildings spanning more than 2.2 million sq. ft.
The discounter also confirmed plans to break ground later this year on a new distribution center for perishable goods in the City of Cocoa, Florida. The company is planning an investment of more than $145 million on the planned 640,000 sq. ft. facility.
"This year has been an exciting one for Walmart in Florida, and we’ll build on that momentum as we continue to focus on how to better serve our customers through innovation and investments so they can save both time and money,” said Elise Vasquez-Warner, Walmart’s VP and regional general manager in North Florida. “We’ve had a sharp focus on making our store experience second to none and our customers are telling us that our plan is working."
Walmart’s 2017-2018 investment plans build on the chain's growth last year in Florida, which included:
Hiring more than 3,225 Floridians by opening more than 20 stores/clubs across the state.
Investing millions of dollars in more than 30 store remodels across the state.
The expansion of its online grocery pickup service to 70 stores and the launch of Walmart Pay statewide.
Opening a state-of-the-art supercenter in Lake Nona that showcases new approaches to technologies, services, products and store layout, which will be tested with customers and evaluated for potential implementation in other locations across the country.
Albertsons grows digital team with 2 hires
BOISE, Idaho — Albertsons has made some key hires in expanding its digital capabilities. The company on Tuesday announced that it had brought on Karl Varsanyi as group VP product management and user experience and Ramiya Iyer as group VP IT digital and marketing/merchandising.
The hires come as Albertsons builds out its digital marketing and e-commerce alongside its digital loyalty program, grows its e-commerce home delivery program and expands its range of digital and data capabilities.
“After being relatively unaffected by digital for many years, the grocery industry is starting to see several parts of the customer journey being transformed by digital,” Albertsons SVP digital marketing and e-commerce Narayan Iyengar said. “In this context, we need to continue to enhance our digital capabilities, and Karl and Ramiya will play a key role in this journey.”
Varsanyi joins Albertsons from Macy’s, where he was group VP of product management, strategy and experience, overseeing the department store’s growth into an omnichannel retail leader. At Albertsons he is responsible for the company’s web, app and in-store digital experience.
Iyer was most recently VP e-commerce for Levi’s, where she played a key role in creating and scaling its platforms and analytics capabilities. She has held various IT leadership roles at Walmart.com and SamsClub.com.
“The addition of these leaders with diverse and rich retail experiences will position us to accelerate our efforts to having a differentiated digital experience for our customers,” Albertsons EVP and chief information officer Anuj Dhanda said.