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Walgreens, NONPF partner in nurse practitioner education

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON — Walgreens Take Care Health Systems and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties are sponsoring a new program to support the clinical education of nurse practitioners, the two announced.

"NONPF is very pleased to have the support of a strong clinical leader such as Take Care Health Systems," president Debra Barksdale said. "The important role that NPs play by providing care at Take Care Clinics and the clinical education of NP students makes this a natural partnership."

The program will include a Preceptor Web Portal containing web-based resources that clinical preceptors — instructors who play an important role in the education of nurse practitioners — use to promote education for NPs nationwide. NONPF and Take Care said additional resources and orientation materials were necessary to help preceptors enhance their abilities to teach students in the clinical setting. The web portal is expected to become available this summer.

"Take Care Health Systems recognizes the valuable role NPs can play toward helping increase access to care for patients and addressing the gaps in care facing the U.S. healthcare system today," Take Care chief nurse practitioner officer and clinical advocate Sandra Ryan said. "We are committed to having a significant leadership role in supporting education of NPs and look forward to bringing together our experience with the resources of NONPF to support preceptors and NP clinical education at the national level."

 

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FDA approves J&J’s Simponi for ulcerative colitis

BY Alaric DeArment

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug made by Johnson & Johnson for treating ulcerative colitis, the agency said Wednesday.

The FDA announced the approval of Simponi (golimumab) for adults with moderate to severe forms of the condition, a chronic disease that affects more than 600,000 Americans. The disease causes inflammation and ulcers in the inner lining of the large intestine and can lead to abdominal discomfort, gastrointestinal bleeding, pus and diarrhea. The drug — part of a class known as tumor necrosis factor inhibitors, so named because they work by suppressing TNF, a major reason in causing inflammatory and autoimmune disorders — is made by J&J subsidiary Janssen Ortho Biotech, based in Horsham, Pa.

The drug is already approved to treat rheumatoid arthritis.

 

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CEO/Leadership Panel, CARE awards among highlights at this year’s RCEC

BY Antoinette Alexander

LAS VEGAS — Among the highlights of this year’s Retail Clinician Education Congress, currently taking place here in Las Vegas, was a CEO/Leadership Panel and the Clinician Awards for Excellence.

 The 2013 RCEC conference, which is hosted by the Drug Store News Group in conjunction with the Convenient Care Association and Partners in Healthcare Education, is being held at the Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas. It runs from May 14 to May 16.

This year’s meeting not only kicked off with a bang on Tuesday but the day also ended on a strong note as executive management gathered for a panel discussion on “The Evolution of Retail Clinics: Where They Started and Where They Are Going.”

The hour-long discussion offered advanced practice clinicians and executive management an update on healthcare changes, challenges and opportunities that will be reflected in their clinical practice over the next few years. Participants included:

  • Web Golinkin, CEO of RediClinic
  • Heather Helle, COO of Take Care Health Systems
  • Andy Sussman, president of MinuteClinic
  • Mike Stoll, CEO of The Little Clinic
  • Ken Berndt, CEO of GeisingerCareworks
  • Steve Lazzari, director of FastCare
  • Thom Atkins, medical director of Sutter Express Care
  • Brian Cooper, senior group manager of Target Clinics


When asked about how the clinics are evaluating the future needs of the population to improve patient outcomes, Helle told attendees:

“As we look at how we can help to create value it is really in three areas. First, it is looking at how we can expand our service offerings.  So, to move what has historically been a model focused on minor, episodic care to one that has focus on additional prevention and wellness services, as well as chronic condition management services. … Second, it is creating affiliations with other providers, physicians groups and health systems to ensure that we can truly begin to work our way into a true population health model. … Third, is really around enabling robust data capture and exchange of clinical information because that is where the magic is really created.”

“Our organization is led by clinicians so we take a clinicians’ eye view to the practice of medicine … We are working both to recruit both nurse practitioners and physicians assistants …,” said Sussman, when asked about what clinics are doing to help build the pipeline of healthcare providers.

Capping off Tuesday’s agenda was the highly anticipated Clinician Awards for Excellence (CARE) awards ceremony to honor the “Unsung Heroes” who work tirelessly each day to help further the cause of retail-based health care.

This year’s winners were:

  • Tamika Bolden of Take Care Clinics;
  • Leeanna Harding of MinuteClinic;
  • Shawn Hart of RediClinic;
  • Jessica Hendren of The Little Clinic;
  • Diana King of Baptist Express Care;
  • Rachel Leier of Target Clinics.

The winner of this year’s Loretta Ford CARE Lifetime Achievement Award was Beverly Malone, CEO of the National League for Nursing and Tuesday’s keynote speaker on “Reconfiguring the Workforce to Transform the Nation’s Health System.”

Rob Eder of the Drug Store News Group and Tine Hansen-Turton of the CCA presented Beverly Malone (center) with the Loretta Ford CARE Lifetime Achievement Award.

CEO of the NLN since February 2007, Malone is among the nation’s most vocal leaders in the national conversation about the nursing and nurse educator shortage, and the role of nursing in ensuring access to safe, quality, culturally competent care to diverse patient populations, both domestically and globally.

Past winners of the Lifetime Achievement Award include Loretta Ford, who helped revolutionize the nursing profession more than 40 years ago with her work in co-founding the nation’s first pediatric nurse practitioner program; Mona Counts, who opened one of the first all nurse practitioner practices in the United States; Shirley Chater, former commissioner of the U.S. Social Security Administration; and Hal Rosenbluth, co-founder of Take Care Health Systems.

 

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