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As WAG celebrates Worksite Health Centers AAAHC accreditation, industry can expect further growth

BY Antoinette Alexander

Half of the primary care work-site health centers managed by Walgreens Employer Solutions Group have received AAAHC accreditation as patient-centered medical homes, with plans to have all of the company’s employer-based primary care centers accredited in the first half of 2013.

The news speaks to the quality of care delivered at Walgreens worksites, and as employers increasingly look for ways to curb healthcare costs and boost employee productivity, one can expect to see greater growth of such facilities going forward.

In fact, a 2012 survey released by global professional services company Towers Watson found that a significant number of U.S. employers with onsite health centers are planning to expand the scope of services offered, as well as the audiences eligible to use the centers.

According to the survey, most companies (62%) establish or keep their centers open to gain improvements in employee productivity that come from eliminating visits to offsite medical providers. Other factors for establishing a center include cost reduction (57%) and improved access to care (46%).

The Towers Watson study also found that a majority of onsite health centers offer biometric screenings (81%), wellness counseling (73%), urgent care and first-responder services (70% each), and primary care services (63%). However, many companies plan to add new capabilities in 2013. Most notably, 28% of employers plan to add telemedicine, up from 8% that currently offer the service. In addition, 8% plan to add primary care services (63% currently offer); 6% plan to add full onsite pharmacies (24% currently offer), and 6% plan to add physical therapy (41% currently offer).

Survey respondents also indicated that they plan to allow more spouses and children of employees to use their centers and are also planning to allow former employees on COBRA, as well as temporary and contract employees, to use their centers.

Onsite health centers also can play a vital role in improving adherence. The reality is that improving medication adherence means healthier, more productive employees. Underscoring this point is a 2009 study by Take Care Health Systems, which found that those patients using workplace primary care and pharmacy services have higher adherence rates to medications for chronic conditions — nearly 10% higher — compared with patients treated in the community.

 

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K.MARLON says:
May-17-2013 11:20 am

No doubt Walgreens Employer Solutions Group offers various health care opportunities to the victims and helps to repair the current condition of health care system by which people are getting beneficial health care services with affordable piece of price. Through the help of urgent care and health care centers this group is quite eligible to set up an advanced database of health care service in front of the people and provides beneficial health care solution.

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Publix announces second new supermarket for Charlotte, N.C. area

BY Michael Johnsen

LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix Super Markets on Thursday announced it has signed a lease for a second store in the Charlotte, N.C. area. The store will be located at the intersection of South Boulevard and Iverson Way in Charlotte.

“We are excited to bring Publix to even more customers and associates in North Carolina and look forward to continued growth in the state and in our current operating areas,” stated Maria Brous, Publix media and community relations director.

The shopping center, the Shops at South Line, will feature a 54,975-sq.-ft. Publix supermarket as well as other shops and restaurants. The project also includes two levels of underground parking in addition to ground level parking.

Publix announced in September its first North Carolina store in Ballantyne, located at Providence Road West and Johnston Road, opening in 2014.

The grand opening date for the Shops at South Line location will depend on several factors, including permitting and completion of the store’s construction; however, the opening is tentatively planned for late 2014.

 

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New England Compounding Center files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

BY Jason Owen

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. — New England Compounding Center announced the company has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. The filing seeks to establish a fund to compensate individuals and families affected by a nationwide meningitis outbreak. In papers filed with the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts, the company said its goal is to provide a greater, quicker, fairer payout to its creditors than could be achieved through piecemeal litigation.

In conjunction with the announcement, the company appointed Keith D. Lowey, a Principal in the Financial Consulting firm Verdolino & Lowey, as Independent Director of NECC and as the company’s Chief Restructuring Officer.

“This will be a cooperative effort,” said Mr. Lowey, who is responsible for NECC’s establishment of the Compensation Fund and dispersing payments to the affected parties. “We want to establish a substantial fund, and then distribute it fairly and efficiently to those who are entitled to relief.”

The NECC seeks to forge a consensual, comprehensive resolution of claims that will be funded by agreements reached among the claimants, the company, its insurers and other parties with potential liability for the meningitis cases, Lowey said. All such claims will be addressed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

“Many families across the U.S. have been impacted by this great tragedy, and it is difficult to comprehend the sense of loss so many people have experienced. Everyone associated with New England Compounding Center shares that sense of loss,” Lowey said. “We recognize the need to compensate those affected by the meningitis outbreak fairly and appropriately. We hope that by establishing this Fund under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, those families impacted by this tragedy may be compensated as quickly as is possible.”

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