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APhA picks new president-elect, trustees

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON — The American Pharmacists Association has elected Steven Simenson as its president for the 2012-2013 term, the group said.

Simenson, president and managing partner of Goodrich Pharmacy, a six-store chain based in Ramsey, Minn., will succeed Jenelle Sobotka; he also was elected to a second term on the APhA’s board of trustees. Daniel Hussar of Philadelphia was elected as honorary president for 2012-2013.

In addition, the APhA elected two new members to its board of trustees: Jean-Venable Goode, of Richmond, Va.; and Daniel Buffington, of Tampa, Fla. They will serve three-year terms and will be installed at the APhA’s annual meeting in New Orleans next March, the group said.

 

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Ahh Bra makes debut in Walgreens

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — The Rhonda Shear’s Ahh Bra has been launched into Walgreens in a single pack for $19.99, featuring the essential black and nude color scheme in sizes medium through extra large, Shear Enterprises announced recently. 

The Ahh Bra utilizes seamless technology and the latest fabrications to mold to fit without the prodding, poking and bulge of an underwire.  Comfortable enough to wear day or night, no woman should be without one or several in her lingerie drawer, the company said.
   
Shear may be best known for her role as a host of the USA Network’s 1980s/’90s weekend comedy show, "USA Up All Night." From 1991 to 1998 she hosted in-studio and on-location segments, replacing comedian Caroline Schlitt. Shear also has been featured in Playboy.

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MinuteClinic, Indiana University Health form clinical affiliation

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark’s MinuteClinic continues to expand its list of strategic alliances, with its latest partner being Indiana University Health (IU Health), the largest health system in Indiana.

Over the past couple of years, MinuteClinic has formed affiliations with a number of health systems. Since the end of the first quarter alone, MinuteClinic has formed affiliations with Advocate Health Care and Advocate Physician Partners, the Inova Health System, Ohio Health, Cleveland Clinic Florida and the Henry Ford Health System. These affiliations encompass collaborations with health system medical directors, clinical program development and eventual integration of electronic medical records.

Under this newest agreement announced on Thursday, IU Health physicians will serve as medical directors for 19 MinuteClinic locations, including 17 in the Indianapolis area, one in Bloomington and one in West Lafayette. Signage at participating MinuteClinic locations will inform patients that each site has a clinical affiliation with IU Health. In addition, MinuteClinic and IU Health will collaborate on patient education and disease management initiatives and will inform patients of the services each offers.  IU Health will accept patients who need a level of care that is not provided at MinuteClinic.

"As we continue to expand the number of clinics and services we offer in the Hoosier state, MinuteClinic shares a common goal with IU Health to make basic medical care more accessible to patients in locations near where they live and work," said Andrew Sussman, president of MinuteClinic and SVP/associate chief medical officer at CVS Caremark.  "We are excited to be collaborating with IU Health, as we mark our 11th clinical affiliation with a regional health system in the United States."

MinuteClinic and IU Health will begin to work toward fully integrating their electronic medical record systems to streamline communication around all aspects of each individual’s care.  With patient permission, MinuteClinic will share medical histories and visit summaries with other IU Health locations in Indiana.  In the meantime, MinuteClinic will continue its standard practice of sending patient visit summaries to primary care providers via fax or mail, typically within 24 hours.

"This partnership supports our mission of improving and protecting the health of our patients and Indiana communities," IU Health Physicians CEO John Fitzgerald said. "Through our collaboration with MinuteClinic, we will complement the role of primary care physicians by offering another convenient access point to high quality, affordable medical care during off-hours and weekends."

IU Health includes ownership or affiliation with more than 20 hospitals and health centers throughout Indiana, and has been named among the "Best Hospitals in America" by U.S. News & World Report for 14 consecutive years.

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