Content about Health care in the United States

August 26, 2010

Take Care Health Systems’ announcement that its Take Care Clinics ranked among the top 10%...

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT Take Care Health Systems’ announcement that its Take Care Clinics ranked among the top 10% of all organizations globally in engaging their customers, according to Gallup research, is not only important for Take Care but also for the overall convenient care clinic industry.

(THE NEWS: Gallup: Take Care Clinics tops at customer engagement. For the full story, click here

August 26, 2010

Since the turn of the 21st century, community pharmacy and its technology allies have waged...

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT Since the turn of the 21st century, community pharmacy and its technology allies have waged a long fight to shift the nation’s fractious healthcare system to a common communications and record-keeping platform via electronic prescribing and information technology. Those efforts -- led by such companies as Surescripts, the pharmacy industry-founded e-prescribing network -- have made progress.

August 19, 2010

The USA Today article highlighting nurse-managed centers as one “innovative” program that could help fill...

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT The USA Today article highlighting nurse-managed centers as one “innovative” program that could help fill the primary care physician void is important because it underscores the important role that nurse practitioners play in delivering quality healthcare services.

(THE NEWS: Nurse-managed centers may fill primary care physician void. For the full story, click here)

August 19, 2010

For more than a decade, retail pharmacy advocates have worked to convince every stakeholder in...

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT For more than a decade, retail pharmacy advocates have worked to convince every stakeholder in the U.S. healthcare system -- physicians, payers, policy-makers and patients themselves -- that community pharmacists have a lot more to offer the nation’s massive health-and-wellness network than simple medication dispensing and basic counseling. As the health-reform debate reached a crescendo last year, those arguments on behalf of pharmacy’s value found their way into congressional hearings and onto the pages of many newspapers.

August 2, 2010

The third annual Retail Clinician Education Congress kicked off here Monday, attracting nearly 500 nurse...

ORLANDO, Fla. The third annual Retail Clinician Education Congress kicked off here Monday, attracting nearly 500 nurse practitioners for the two-and-a-half-day live continuing education conference for retail-based healthcare providers. Hosted by Retail Clinician magazine in conjunction with the Convenient Care Association, RCEC 2010 convened in line with the start of National Convenient Care Clinic Week, which became official last week when Sens. Dan Inouye, D-Hawaii, and Thad Cochran, D-Miss., introduced a Senate resolution.

July 22, 2010

The evidence keeps piling up....

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT The evidence keeps piling up.

(THE NEWS: Pharmacist-patient relationships improve health, lower costs of care, UNC-Kerr study reveals. For the full story, click here)

Community pharmacy has demonstrated, over and over, and with remarkable consistency, that retail pharmacists bring real value to the healthcare system.

July 18, 2010

Maintaining a combative stance against the managed-care industry, the independent pharmacy lobby is urging the...

July 8, 2010

CVS Caremark made a major push to showcase the tools it uses to curb costs...

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT CVS Caremark made a major push to showcase the tools it uses to curb costs as it revealed a study indicating that more lax generic regulations could save states millions of dollars, not to mention that its annual insights report revealed an increase in generic dispensing rates.

(THE NEWS: CVS Caremark study: Less restrictive generic laws could curb state Medicaid costs. For the full story, click here)

May 16, 2010

If approved by the U.S. Senate, President Barack Obama’s choice to head the Centers for...

May 16, 2010

New healthcare legislation—coupled with the aging U.S. population and a shortage of primary care physicians—will...

May 5, 2010

With a solid team in place and the strong support of parent company Walgreens, Peter...

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. With a solid team in place and the strong support of parent company Walgreens, Peter Miller, Take Care Health Systems co-founder, president and CEO, once again is letting his entrepreneurial spirit fly and is preparing to embark on a new journey. Drug Store News has learned that Miller will be leaving Take Care Health Systems at the end of May to pursue a new entrepreneurial venture.

May 3, 2010

Despite widespread media coverage on healthcare reform, political debates and legislative initiatives over the past...

WASHINGTON Despite widespread media coverage on healthcare reform, political debates and legislative initiatives over the past year, many consumers still do not understand how the healthcare system works, according to the 3rd Annual Deloitte Center for Health Solutions Survey of Health Care Consumers.

The survey also found that, despite suffering from chronic conditions and often not participating in a wellness program, many consumers still perceive themselves as healthy -- a problem that will continue to challenge the healthcare system.

April 28, 2010

A recent study by CVS Caremark and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield looked at e-prescribing...

WOONSOCKET, R.I. A recent study by CVS Caremark and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield looked at e-prescribing data and found that not only are a significant number of patients with chronic illnesses not filling their prescriptions, but the issue of nonadherence also is larger than previously thought.

March 22, 2010

Capping a tumultuous, yearlong battle that came to define both his presidency and the increasingly...

March 14, 2010

Serving as yet one more indicator of the vital role that pharmacists play in the...

March 14, 2010

Serving as yet one more indicator of the vital role that pharmacists play in the...

March 1, 2010

CVS Caremark is enlisting the help of academic leaders from several leading universities to develop...

March 1, 2010

The kinds of high-cost drugs commonly dispensed in specialty pharmacies accounted for 10% of the...

February 28, 2010

Step by step, Walgreens is moving to position itself at the intersection of two powerful...

February 25, 2010

For the second year in a row, Raleigh, N.C.-based Kerr Drug has earned high marks...

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT For the second year in a row, Raleigh, N.C.-based Kerr Drug has earned high marks from a major health provider network for its ability to deliver effective medication therapy management to its patients. Considering that MTM is critical to the future of pharmacy as a real, patient-centered healthcare profession instead of merely a dispenser of medications, Kerr’s efforts — and recognition by Outcomes Pharmaceutical Health Care for those efforts — are a timely step in the right direction.

February 21, 2010

An organization representing the nation's independent pharmacies responded Monday to a new White House healthcare-reform...

February 17, 2010

Eighty percent of diabetics have at least one annual hemoglobin A1c test and cholesterol screening...

January 28, 2010

The news that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida is wading into the retail landscape...

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT The news that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida is wading into the retail landscape with the opening of its fourth retail location in Florida is yet one more indication of the important role that convenient care clinics play in today's U.S. healthcare system.

(THE NEWS: Report: BCBS of Florida gets personal. For the full story, click here)

January 25, 2010

Take Care Health Systems, which is owned by Walgreens, has contracted with Blue Cross Blue...

January 19, 2010

Pharmacy practitioners need to recognize that the profession is now in the midst of “revolutionary”...