RediClinic selects Athenahealth for EMR and practice management services
HOUSTON and WATERTOWN, Mass. Athenahealth, a provider of Web-based business services to physician practices, announced that it has been selected by clinic operator RediClinic for its electronic medical record and practice management services.
RediClinic, which operates 35 retail-based clinics, will use AthenaCollector at each of its locations for revenue cycle management. A select number of the clinics will also use Athenahealth’s EMR service, dubbed AthenaClinicals.
“We feel Athenahealth’s technology solutions are uniquely positioned to help us deliver the best patient experience possible,” stated Web Golinkin, chief executive officer of RediClinic. “Athenahealth’s on-demand business services will allow RediClinic to optimize clinical and operational workflows across clinic locations, resulting in improved processing of patients in the clinic and a better connection with our managed care partners.”
The clinic operator currently has 20 locations in HEB stores in Houston and Austin, Texas; 15 locations in Wal-Mart stores in Tulsa, Okla., Fayetteville and Rogers, Ark., Atlanta and Richmond, Va. Additional clinics are expected to open in 2008 and 2009.
Los Angeles pharmacies report no quake damage
LOS ANGELES A 5.4 magnitude earthquake shook Los Angeles on Tuesday but caused no injuries or damage at area drug stores, though a few CVS stores were forced to shut down temporarily.
“A couple of our stores were closed temporarily to clean up merchandise that fell off the shelves during the quake,” said CVS director of public relations Mike DeAngelis. “But we haven’t received any reports of stores significantly damaged by today’s earthquake.”
As of 3:30 p.m. PT on Tuesday, none of the major area retailers including Walgreens, Rite-Aid and Longs Drug reported any damage to stores. The quake centered in the Chino Hills area outside Los Angeles caused some water mains to break but no major structural damage to bridges, buildings or roads.
Jewel-Osco launches pharmacy discount plan
MELROSE PARK, Ill. Jewel-Osco stores have launched an unprecedented tie-in between their pharmacies and supermarkets with the Prescription Plus program that offers discount coupons for frequent pharmacy purchases.
Jewel-Osco pharmacy customers will receive a 10 percent discount coupon for every five prescriptions they fill at any one of 184 Jewel-Osco stores in Illinois, Indiana and Iowa. The coupons can be redeemed at the checkout stand for purchases made in the supermarket.
“Prescription Plus is Jewel-Osco Pharmacy’s way of responding to tough economic challenges many of our customers face today,” said Tom Rousonelos, vice president of Osco pharmacy operations. “Jewel-Osco aims to offer the most value-added pharmacy experience available.”
The plan will also count transferred prescriptions and refills toward the five prescriptions needed for the discount coupon. Supervalu indicated there are some restrictions on redeeming the coupons at checkout but was not specific.
In addition to prescriptions, the purchase of other services offered at Jewel-Osco pharmacies including immunizations and screenings will apply to Prescription Plus discounts.