URAC gears up for Best Practices Awards
WASHINGTON The nation’s leading healthcare accreditation and education organization has issued a call for entries for its 2010 Best Practices Awards in Health Care Consumer Empowerment and Protection to find which companies are setting the standard in advancing the role of consumers as active participants in health care.
URAC’s Best Practices Awards recognize the achievements of healthcare companies that are actively pursuing practices to advance consumer empowerment and protection in an exceptional, measurable and reproducible way. Last year’s winners included such innovative companies as CVS Caremark, HealthPartners, Eliza Corp., Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States, and Pro-Change Behavior Systems.
“At a time when everyone is looking for healthcare value, transparency, and accountability, the URAC Best Practices Awards give healthcare organizations an opportunity to showcase best practices and receive recognition for their commitment to engage consumers as partners,” said Alan Spielman, president and CEO of URAC. “We are delighted to honor those who are leading the health care industry through innovation and providing proven practices that advance patient safety and empower consumers.”
Awards will be given in two categories. The Consumer Decision-Making category recognizes practices that educate consumers about their healthcare needs while providing the information, tools, and resources necessary to promote empowerment. These could include health coaching, disease-specific education, or behavior change programs. The Consumer Health Improvement category honors practices that are related to quality improvement in patient safety such as drug therapy management, disease prevention, or care coordination.
Busch’s does it ‘MyWay’
ANN ARBOR, Mich. A Michigan-based grocer has introduced a free online program that saves money, time and effort for its shoppers.
Busch’s Fresh Food Market said the exclusive program, MyWay, alerts members when sale prices are offered on their favorite items. MyWay members also can place online orders for easy curbside pickup.
“We like to think of MyWay as the biggest convenience since the shopping cart,” said Kim Brown, Busch’s director of marketing. “MyWay makes it easy to save money and time on grocery shopping. Current members tell us they save 20 to 40% on their weekly groceries when they use the system to shop for sales.”
Busch’s MyWay members can use their home computer to create personalized shopping lists based on their needs. Shopping lists can also be generated from a MyWay member’s personal shopping history, which grows with every shopping trip. Additionally, lists also can be developed to accommodate such special dietary needs as gluten-free or organic items. Lists can be saved in the MyWay member account for repeated use.
“We’re proud this program allows shoppers to effortlessly enjoy the fine values we offer,” said John Busch, president of Busch’s. “MyWay personalizes sale information according to what our guests like, and allows them to quickly and easily plan meals, shop, and save.”
MyWay is available in all 15 Busch’s stores, located in Lenawee, Livingston, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties. More information and program registration is available at the Busch’s Web site: www.buschs.com.
Former Borders CEO shifts to A&P
MONTVALE, N.J. Borders’ most recent chief executive will join supermarket chain A&P as its new president and CEO.
Ron Marshall will assume the roles on Feb. 8, A&P announced Wednesday. Marshall has extensive experience leading a public company, holding such positions as EVP and CFO of Pathmark, as well as CEO of wholesale food distributor Nash Finch. Marshall also has served on the board of many organizations, including Nash Finch and Claire’s Stores.
“The board of directors and I are very excited about the strengths, competencies and experiences that Ron brings to A&P. He will be the key leader in our turnaround. I’m looking forward to working together with Ron and the Yucaipa team to improve our immediate performance as well as develop strategies to drive sustainable success in the future. With Ron as our next chief executive officer, I am confident that we will realize the tremendous strategic value of the company and capitalize on our leadership position in the Northeast,” said Christian Haub, A&P’s executive chairman.