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Walgreens earns URAC accreditation in Specialty Pharmacy

BY Michael Johnsen

Walgreens has earned URAC accreditation in Specialty Pharmacy at select Walgreens community-based specialty pharmacy sites across the United States.

“We are honored to have been granted this prestigious and respected accreditation from URAC in communities from Honolulu and Sacramento to Wilmington, Boston, and New York, and other markets in between, covering a majority of the nation,” Rina Shah, vice president of pharmacy operations, Walgreens, said. “Receiving accreditation from URAC, the independent not-for-profit leader in healthcare quality, is a true symbol of excellence in specialty pharmacy.”

“It’s necessary for specialty pharmacies to provide a higher level of treatment for patients so desired outcomes are achieved,” Kylanne Geen, president and CEO URAC, said. “Walgreens shows a dedication to patient education and safety through the recognition of quality it received with URAC’s independent accreditation. With URAC accreditation, people know that Walgreens strives to adhere to industry best practices.”

Walgreens community-based specialty sites on hospital campuses and in communities throughout the country are unique to the industry and offer unparalleled access to medications and personalized service.

URAC is the independent leader in promoting healthcare quality through accreditation, certification and measurement. By achieving this status, Walgreens has demonstrated a comprehensive commitment to quality care, improved processes and better patient outcomes.

URAC is a nonprofit organization developing evidence-based measures and standards through inclusive engagement with a range of stakeholders committed to improving the quality of healthcare. The agency’s portfolio of accreditation and certification programs span the healthcare industry, addressing healthcare management, healthcare operations, health plans, pharmacies, telehealth providers and physician practices. URAC accreditation is a symbol of excellence for organizations to showcase their validated commitment to quality and accountability.

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Costco tops Indeed’s pay, benefits ranking

BY Marianne Wilson

Retailers took four out of the top 10 spots in a ranking of the best companies to work for — as ranked by employees — with regards to compensation and benefits.

Costco Wholesale Club claims the top spot in the ranking by Indeed, a job review site. The warehouse club chain took the No. 1 spot by paying well above the typical salary that other retail companies pay, even for entry-level workers, according to Indeed.

“They have a graduated wage program that’s based purely on total hours worked. Show up, do your job and your pay goes up on its own,” said one Costco employee.

Employee also praised Costco for its family-based philosophy, great treatment of its employees and concern for their well-being.

Indeed cited the remarks of one employee to explain the retailer’s top ranking: “Costco believes that employees are the most important assets in the company.”

In coming up with the list, Indeed, which has over 18 million company reviews in its database, including companies with at least 600 reviews between January 2016 through January 2018. In addition to compensation, Indeed considered factors such as hourly pay, health care, dental care, parental leave and company matching for retirement plans.

“These companies are the most highly rated on compensation and benefits by users who were either employed by the company at the time of review or was employed there within the past three years,” Indeed stated.

The other retailers that made the top ten were grocers, HEB (No. 7) and Aldi (No. 8). Starbucks ranked No. 9. Another supermarket retailer, Publix, came in at No. 11.

Here are the top 15 companies on the Indeed list:

  1. Costco Wholesale Club
  2. Kaiser Permanente
  3. Verizon
  4. FedEx Express
  5. Apple
  6. Capital One
  7. Aldi
  8. HEB
  9. Starbucks
  10. General Motors
  11. Publix
  12. Intel
  13. Boeing
  14. Microsoft
  15. AT&T

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Harris Teeter enhances monitoring of controlled substance use

BY Michael Johnsen

Harris Teeter announced Thursday enhancements that its pharmacy operations across North Carolina can now instantly review a patient’s controlled substance use through the State’s Prescription Monitoring Program, known as the North Carolina Controlled Substance Reporting System.

“With the opioid crisis our state and nation are facing, this is an important and exciting tool that our pharmacists in North Carolina can now use to instantly access the prescription drug monitoring program data and ultimately help deter prescription drug abuse,” Mandy Cohen, secretary of the NC Department of Health and Human Services, said. “Our thanks to Harris Teeter for joining this potentially life-saving effort at no cost to the state.”

Integration allows busy pharmacists the ability to quickly review patient data within their workflow to prevent the abuse and misuse of controlled substance medications. Immediate access to prescription drug monitoring programs within the pharmacy workflow puts the best information and insights available into the hands of our pharmacists to ensure the safety of our patients and to comply with state and federal regulations.

Harris Teeter operates 110 pharmacies throughout its home state of North Carolina; the company also partners with local law enforcement to host annual “Take Back” programs in select stores, where shoppers are encouraged to return unused or expired medications to their Harris Teeter pharmacy.

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