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Rite Aid, UnitedHealth Group offer diabetes services to Long Island, N.Y., residents

BY Alaric DeArment

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid pharmacists on Long Island in New York state are participating in a diabetes initiative run by health insurer UnitedHealth Group, the two companies said Thursday.

The pharmacists are part of the Diabetes Control Program, itself part of UnitedHealth’s Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance. The program is available to residents of the island enrolled in UnitedHealthcare’s employer-sponsored health plans.

"Rite Aid’s relationship with the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance is an important step to show our patients with diabetes that they aren’t alone when it come to managing their diabetes," Rite Aid EVP pharmacy Robert Thompson said. "Thanks to this innovative collaboration, Long Island patients enrolled in the Diabetes Control Program can now receive one-on-one counseling with a Rite Aid pharmacist specifically trained in diabetes care and medication therapy management – all at no additional out-of-pocket cost."

Patients enrolled in the program will be able to connect with Rite Aid pharmacists trained in diabetes care and medication therapy management, who will offer private, one-on-one consultations, education and support. They will also consult with enrolled patients to evaluate their success adhering to their drug therapies and review their test results for blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol.

The service will be available at 27 Rite Aid stores on the island. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that Long Island’s largely suburban Suffolk and Nassau counties are home to more than 170,000 people with diabetes.


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Allscripts sponsors EHR app-development contest

BY Alaric DeArment

CHICAGO — Electronic health records company Allscripts is sponsoring a drive to develop applications that work with the company’s Open Electronic Health Records software in order to make it easier for providers to add new apps to their workflow and improve patient outcomes.

The Open App Challenge contest, announced at the Health 2.0 conference in San Francisco earlier this week, offers $750,000 in records, with the top winner taking home $250,000. The contest specifically seeks applications designed to improve management of high-cost chronic diseases, especially those that reduce costs and improve outcomes, and innovative approaches to addressing value-based care imperatives, giving priority to apps that reduce readmission rates, improve transitions of care and enhance patient engagement.

"We want the smartest people, whether physicians, nurses, caregivers or IT professionals inside and outside the industry to use their creative energy to solve real problems in health care," Allscripts CEO Glen Tullman said. "We intend to inspire developers to start a revolution by pushing the boundaries of what information technology can do to improve quality of care for patients and also keep them healthy in the first place."


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NACDS participates in U.S. Senate Health Fair

BY Antoinette Alexander

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has announced that it will participate in the annual U.S. Senate Health Fair, which will take place on Oct. 11 to 12 in the U.S. Senate Office complex on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.  

The U.S. Senate Health Fair will offer thousands of Senate employees — including Hill staffers, Capitol Hill Police officers and other employees — an opportunity to receive healthcare advice and care, highlighting the essential role community pharmacy plays in the healthcare delivery system.  
For the third year in a row, NACDS is coordinating an exhibit at the health fair to demonstrate the importance of the pharmacist-patient relationship and the valuable role that pharmacy plays in helping patients take their medication properly and in providing patients other important health services.  
 
Pharmacists from NACDS member companies Rite Aid and Walgreens will be on hand to provide medication therapy management services and blood pressure screenings and offer advice on questions related to medications and patient health. In addition, these companies’ pharmacists will also administer flu shots for Senate employees. NACDS member companies provide similar services at other community health fairs across the country.  
 
“We talk considerably about the important role of community pharmacy in helping patients improve their health and reduce healthcare costs. But the U.S. Senate Health Fair really takes this role and turns it into reality for Senate employees, showing them that they and the people in their states can truly benefit from the services provided by community pharmacy,” said NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson. “We thank NACDS member companies for their participation in this year’s fair and urge Senate employees to take full advantage of this opportunity to exemplify the accessibility, services and health education that pharmacists provide.”

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