Reports: Walmart considers customer-to-customer delivery service
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — As Reuters reported yesterday, Walmart is considering a new delivery system that would have in-store customers deliver packages to online buyers. The delivering customers would receive a discount off their shopping bills.
Although Walmart says the idea is in the very early stages, the move is seen as another attempt in the brick-and-mortar store’s competition with online retailer Amazon, which is toying with the idea of opening a brick-and-mortar store.
Earlier in the week, Walmart announced plans for a new digital locker service that will allow customers who order online to have those items held at one of about a dozen Walmart stores until shoppers pick them up. The company also has been testing Walmart Go To, a home delivery service with a small fleet of its own delivery trucks in several metro areas, since last October.
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Price Chopper wellness program wins Vermont Worksite Wellness Award
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — “[email protected],” Price Chopper Supermarkets’ wellness program managed in partnership with MVP Health Care, has won the Gold Level Worksite Wellness Award for 2012 from the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, the company announced today.
“At Price Chopper, we’re committed to helping people feed and care for themselves and their families. Giving our teammates access to the best fitness and nutrition information and programs encourages them to work toward their own best health, which in turn, inspires them to share useful and valuable information with our customers,” said Mona Golub, Price Chopper’s vice president of Public Relations and Consumer & Marketing Services..”
“Our [email protected] program, in partnership with MVP, equips our teammates to lead by healthy example. We are so pleased to be recognized for these efforts by the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and look forward to many more years of healthy initiatives for our Vermont customers and teammates,” Golub said.
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin presented the award to the Golub Corporation, the parent company of Price Chopper Supermarkets, at the 2013 Worksite Wellness conference in Burlington, VT on March 27.
In existence since 2006, [email protected] — developed, operated and evaluated by MVP in close collaboration with Price Chopper — aims to create a workplace culture of wellness through mechanisms designed to measurably improve employee health. The program includes a dedicated intranet site, health initiatives such as an annual customized weight loss challenge, monthly wellness workshops, fitness discounts for participants, online tools and a regular educational newsletter.
MVP helps Price Chopper support the program through strategic guidance, environmental and organizational policy updates, population health management consultation and interest and satisfaction surveys.
The program has yielded positive results since its inception, including a 129% increase in the number of employees eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables per day, and a 46% increase in employee perception of how committed Price Chopper is to the health and wellness of its workers.
2012 marks the fourth year that [email protected] has received recognition from the Vermont Governor’s Council, and the second year in a row the program has received a Gold Level distinction.
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Medicare dashboard advances ACA goals for chronic conditions
WASHINGTON — A new Medicare Chronic Conditions Dashboard announced today by Marilyn Tavenner, acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), furthers the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s goals for health promotion and the prevention and management of multiple chronic conditions.
“More than two-thirds of Medicare beneficiaries have multiple chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes, and that number will rise with an aging population,” said acting administrator Tavenner. “The Affordable Care Act addresses these health problems by making people with Medicare eligible for recommended preventive care without Part B deductibles or copayments. The healthcare law also promotes better healthcare coordination and management of chronic conditions through analysis of current data.”
The dashboard offers researchers, physicians, public health professionals, and policymakers an easy-to-use tool to get current data on where multiple chronic conditions occur, which services they require, and how much Medicare spends helping beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions.
It is part of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Initiative on Multiple Chronic Conditions, established in 2009.
“The Dashboard is a major step forward to help people living with multiple chronic conditions,” said assistant secretary for Health, Howard K. Koh, MD, MPH. “This web-based tool provides new and critical data that can help us develop better patient-centered approaches to improve health outcomes, lower costs, and maximize quality of life.”
In calendar year 2011, spending for Medicare beneficiaries with two or more chronic conditions was about $276 billion, about 93 percent of all Medicare spending. Analytics based on Dashboard data can be an important tool to support policies to help slow the growth in costs for beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions in years ahead.
The Dashboard helps users find, analyze, and apply summarized data from CMS’ Chronic Conditions Data Warehouse, as well as promote better understanding of overlapping medical conditions related to overall patient health, helping to identify common concurrent conditions and areas where prevention and treatment can improve care and lower costs.
CMS’s Medicare Chronic Conditions Dashboard may be accessed at http://www.ccwdata.org/business-intelligence/chronic-conditions/index.htm.