Content about Health & Wellness

February 12, 2014

"You may have heard the good news: through proactive involvement from pharmacists all across the state, California recently passed a law (SB 493 in October, 2013) declaring that pharmacists are healthcare providers who have the authority to provide healthcare services within the state. The law creates a new category of pharmacists by statute, for those who meet the criteria, and as a result creates new opportunities for pharmacists to engage with others more traditionally understood as healthcare providers to assist patients in managing chronic conditions," writes Nathan Ludvigson, director, government business development at Emdeon.

You may have heard the good news: through proactive involvement from pharmacists all across the state, California recently passed a law (SB 493 in October, 2013) declaring that pharmacists are healthcare providers who have the authority to provide healthcare services within the state.

July 16, 2013

AccentHealth's Dan Stone and PatientPoint's Tom McGuinness, co-founders of the Point of Care Communication Council, sat down with DSN before the group's inaugural meeting. The new association couldn't have come at a better time as healthcare providers look forward to the kind of outcomes-based medicine practice that will be driven by the Jan. 1, 2014 implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Because in an effort to achieve those better outcomes at the patient level, practitioners will need more health information at the point of care.

Audio Q&A: DSN had the opportunity to speak with the co-founders of the Point of Care Communication Council — Dan Stone of AccentHealth (pictured) and Tom McGuinness of PatientPoint — which is hosting its inaugural meeting June 12. The new association couldn't have come at a better time as healthcare providers look forward to the kind of outcomes-based medicine practice that will be driven by the Jan.

January 9, 2013

Medagate recently executed the first implementation of its 2.0 restricted-spend platform, which encourages eligible consumers to make healthy living choices by purchasing qualified items at the point of sale, through Fred's Super Dollar stores. DSN sat down with Medagate president Devin Wade to discuss the breadth of the program and his company's future plans.

AUDIO Q&A: DSN sat down with Medagate president Devin Wade to discuss its new program and the company's future plans. Medagate recently executed the first implementation of its 2.0 restricted-spend platform, which encourages eligible consumers to make healthy living choices by purchasing qualified items at the point of sale, through Fred's Super Dollar stores.

April 16, 2014

Are your patients coming to you with questions about health exchanges? Do you know how to help them navigate these organizations? To help retail-based health clinics better assist patients, this year’s Retail Clinician Education Congress in May will feature a Business Leadership track session titled “Healthcare Reform: Healthcare Exchanges and You.”

MINNEAPOLIS — Are your patients coming to you with questions about health exchanges? Do you know how to help them navigate these organizations? To help retail-based health clinics better assist patients, this year’s Retail Clinician Education Congress in May will feature a Business Leadership track session titled “Healthcare Reform: Healthcare Exchanges and You.”

April 16, 2014

Better, a consumer health start-up, and Mayo Clinic have launched a new way for people to navigate the healthcare system.

PALO ALTO, Calif. and ROCHESTER, Minn. — Better, a consumer health start-up, and Mayo Clinic have launched a new way for people to navigate the healthcare system. 

Through a mobile device, Better provides tailored Mayo Clinic health information to the clinic's nurses, and a Better Personal Health Assistant who helps simplify and manage people's care.

April 16, 2014

Cases of diabetes and pre-diabetes in the United States have nearly doubled since 1988, suggests new research released Tuesday from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, with obesity apparently to blame for the surge.

BALTIMORE — Cases of diabetes and pre-diabetes in the United States have nearly doubled since 1988, suggests new research released Tuesday from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, with obesity apparently to blame for the surge. The researchers also found that the burden of the disease has not hit all groups equally, with alarming increases in diabetes in blacks, Hispanics and the elderly.

April 14, 2014

AssistRx last week introduced a new technology that simplifies the prescribing of specialty therapies while streamlining communications between prescribers, pharmacies, patients and manufacturers. It’s smart technology that can lead to patients receiving specialty medications weeks earlier than ever before, the company claimed.

ORLANDO, Fla. — AssistRx last week introduced a new technology that simplifies the prescribing of specialty therapies while streamlining communications between prescribers, pharmacies, patients and manufacturers. It’s smart technology that can lead to patients receiving specialty medications weeks earlier than ever before, the company claimed.

April 14, 2014

QS/1, a provider of healthcare automation solutions, announced the introduction of the Motion SlateMate tablet, a wireless device that is available for use with QS/1's pharmacy management systems and point-of-sale platforms.

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — QS/1, a provider of healthcare automation solutions, announced the introduction of the Motion SlateMate tablet, a wireless device that is available for use with QS/1's pharmacy management systems and point-of-sale platforms.

April 14, 2014

ShopRite is planning to open a pharmacy inside the Doylestown Hospital on June 1, marking its first location inside a medical facility.

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. — ShopRite is planning to open a pharmacy inside the Doylestown Hospital on June 1, marking its first location inside a medical facility.

“We are looking forward to working with the hospital to make access to medications and medical supplies convenient for all patients,” said Joe Cowhey, president of the Cowhey Family Supermarket, a family business that owns and operates the ShopRite of Warminster.

April 14, 2014

Stayhealthy has announced the completion of its deployment of 765 Stayhealthy HealthCenter Kiosks throughout Albertson’s LLC and New Albertson’s Inc.

MONROVIA, Calif. — Stayhealthy has announced the completion of its deployment of 765 Stayhealthy HealthCenter Kiosks throughout Albertson’s LLC and New Albertson’s Inc.

April 10, 2014

QuadMed, a provider of onsite, near site and shared site employer-sponsored health-and-wellness solutions, has appointed Sue Buettner as president, succeeding Tim Dickman, who is leaving the company.

SUSSEX, Wis. — QuadMed, a provider of onsite, near site and shared site employer-sponsored health-and-wellness solutions, has appointed Sue Buettner as president, succeeding Tim Dickman, who is leaving the company.

April 8, 2014

L’Oréal Paris and the Melanoma Research Alliance, a private funder of melanoma research, have announced the launch of the “It’s THAT Worth It” campaign, a public health call-to-action that urges women of all skin tones to prevent melanoma by using sunscreen and to help save lives by supporting melanoma research for a cure.

NEW YORK — L’Oréal Paris and the Melanoma Research Alliance, a private funder of melanoma research, have announced the launch of the “It’s THAT Worth It” campaign, a public health call-to-action that urges women of all skin tones to prevent melanoma by using sunscreen and to help save lives by supporting melanoma research for a cure.

April 8, 2014

Upsher-Smith has announced the release of the first in a series of educational e-books authored by Hamacher Resource Group and created for independent community pharmacists.

WAUKESHA, Wis. — Upsher-Smith has announced the release of the first in a series of educational e-books authored by Hamacher Resource Group and created for independent community pharmacists.

The first e-book in the series is “Community Pharmacy: Foundation for the Future,” and was developed to assist independent pharmacists/owners with assessing the state of their business and preparing strategies for continued growth.

April 7, 2014

Meijer on Monday announced that it has selected U.S. Vision as its exclusive vision center in its stores moving forward in an effort to enhance its retail healthcare services across the Midwest.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meijer on Monday announced that it has selected U.S. Vision as its exclusive vision center in its stores moving forward in an effort to enhance its retail healthcare services across the Midwest.

U.S. Vision, a separately owned and operated company based in Glendora, N.J., is currently a tenant in 50 Meijer stores in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Ohio, and has plans to open 19 more vision centers in Meijer stores this year. All of its vision centers will be renamed “Meijer Optical” by the end of the month.

April 4, 2014

Food Marketing Institute and Matrix Group, a digital agency specializing in e-marketing, announced the release of a new animated video as part of the trade association’s "Supermarket Facts Video Series."

ARLINGTON, Va. — Food Marketing Institute and Matrix Group, a digital agency specializing in e-marketing, on Thursday announced the release of a new animated video as part of the trade association’s "Supermarket Facts Video Series."

With two-thirds of American shoppers believing that their food choices are an important factor affecting their health, supermarkets are hiring an increasing number of registered dietitians to help them make healthy decisions. 

April 4, 2014

The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy recommended that pharmacies no longer dispense combination drugs containing more than 325 mg of acetaminophen per dosage unit in light of recent regulatory action.

MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill. — The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy on Wednesday recommended that pharmacies no longer dispense combination drugs containing more than 325 mg of acetaminophen per dosage unit in light of recent regulatory action.  

NABP also advises that pharmacists consult with prescribers to discuss alternative products with lower acetaminophen doses.

April 4, 2014

Hospital patients who participated in Walgreens' WellTransitions program were 46% less likely to experience an unplanned hospital readmission within 30 days of discharge, according to new company research released Friday.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Hospital patients who participated in Walgreens' WellTransitions program were 46% less likely to experience an unplanned hospital readmission within 30 days of discharge, according to new company research released Friday. 

April 3, 2014

The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, a private foundation created by CVS Caremark, has announced the recipients of nearly 70 grants awarded to free and charitable clinics, school-based health centers and community health centers as part of a $5 million commitment to increase access to health care in communities nationwide.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, a private foundation created by CVS Caremark, has announced the recipients of nearly 70 grants awarded to free and charitable clinics, school-based health centers and community health centers as part of a $5 million commitment to increase access to health care in communities nationwide through partnerships with the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics, the School-Based Health Alliance and the National Association of Community Health Centers.

April 2, 2014

The Council for Responsible Nutrition noted that the importance of vitamin D continues to be recognized by leading researchers.

WASHINGTON — The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Tuesday noted that the importance of vitamin D continues to be recognized by leading researchers. 

April 2, 2014

Labeed Diab has been named SVP and president health and wellness at Walmart, filling a position previously held by Dr. John Agwunobi, who left the company.

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Labeed Diab has been named SVP and president health and wellness at Walmart, filling a position previously held by Dr. John Agwunobi, who left the company.

April 2, 2014

Symphony Health Solutions on Wednesday released research on the affects of the Affordable Care Act on Medicaid drug spending.

HORSHAM, Pa. — Symphony Health Solutions on Wednesday released research on the affects of the Affordable Care Act on Medicaid drug spending.

The research found that prescription claims for Medicaid patients increased in January by 10% and in February by 14% over the same periods last year. The study also uncovered that average out-of-pocket cost for contraceptives has dropped more than 58% since 2012.

April 2, 2014

Publix and Walgreens have partnered with a local coalition to collect expired medications, according to a report in the Delray Beach newspaper the Pineapple published Monday.

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — Publix and Walgreens have partnered with a local coalition to collect expired medications, according to a report in the Delray Beach newspaper the Pineapple published Monday.  

Beginning in April, every pharmacy in Publix and Walgreens stores in Palm Beach County will display signs with the location of the nearest pill drop-box as part of Operation Pill Drop. 

April 2, 2014

Access to good and affordable health care is the No. 1 concern of Americans today, trumping national security, national debt, improving the quality of education, gun violence and protecting privacy rights, according to a survey recently conducted for the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Access to good and affordable health care is the No. 1 concern of Americans today, trumping national security, national debt, improving the quality of education, gun violence and protecting privacy rights, according to a survey recently conducted for the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

April 2, 2014

Stayhealthy announced the completion of its deployment of Stayhealthy HealthCENTER Kiosks in six states throughout the Supervalu chain of supermarkets and pharmacies.

MONROVIA, Calif. — Stayhealthy on Wednesday announced the completion of its deployment of Stayhealthy HealthCENTER Kiosks in six states throughout the Supervalu chain of supermarkets and pharmacies. Supervalu, which operates Cub, Farm Fresh, Shoppers and Shop ‘n Save, is now home to Stayhealthy’s FDA-cleared, self-monitoring HealthCENTERs that provide clinical-grade health screenings free of charge, the company stated. 

April 1, 2014

Louisville, Ky., was named the No. 1 spring allergy capital, up from No. 5 last year, on Monday by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

LANDOVER, Md. — Louisville, Ky., was named the No. 1 spring allergy capital, up from No. 5 last year, on Monday by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. 

Louisville earned top allergy honors because of its higher-than-average pollen counts, high use of allergy medicines by local patients and too few allergy specialists in the metro area, AAFA stated. 

The southern and southeastern United States will be particularly bad for allergy sufferers. All 10 of the top 10 allergy cities are in these two regions: