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APhA unveils MTM program for its employees

BY Jim Frederick

WASHINGTON Moving to practice what it preaches, the American Pharmacists Association said Monday it would begin offering medication therapy management services to APhA employees who are enrolled in the Kaiser Permanente health plan.

The new benefit will come through a collaborative pilot project between APhA and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States. The pilot will include what the pharmacy organization describes as “a broad range of healthcare services designed to help patients receive the best benefits from their medications by identifying, preventing and resolving medication-related problems.” The MTM service, added APhA, will “enhance and coordinate patient care by improving collaboration among pharmacists, physicians and other healthcare professionals; enhancing communication between patients and their healthcare teams; and empowering patients to optimize medication use.”

Under the Kaiser-APhA MTM program, APhA employees and covered dependents over the age of 18 are eligible to participate. Employees may request an annual comprehensive medication checkup at any of the participating Kaiser Permanente Medical Center Pharmacies in Virginia, Maryland or the District of Columbia. “During this process, the Kaiser Permanente clinical pharmacists will review medications and pertinent medical information, and provide services aligned with current practice guidelines and models that APhA has developed,” noted Sharon Corbitt, a spokesperson for the 158-year-old national pharmacists’ organization.

The launch of the MTM program will bring to APhA employees “the pharmacist services that we have been advocating for all patients in the nation’s health care system,” said organization EVP and CEO Tom Menighan.

Cynthia Adams, director of pharmacy operations and clinical services for Kaiser Mid-Atlantic, said the managed care giant “recognizes the value pharmacists provide as integral health care team members in improving healthcare outcomes.

“Our coordinated healthcare model enables collaboration and communication between the pharmacist and other heathcare professionals,” Adams said. “Additionally, documentation in our electronic medical record, Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect, ensures that a medication history is recorded and available to Kaiser Permanente health professionals involved in treatment.”

Kaiser has provided MTM services to its Medicare Part D members since 2006, she added.

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East Harlem walk-in asthma center opens

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Manhattan borough president Scott Stringer have announced the opening of a new asthma walk-in center in East Harlem, where the rate of childhood asthma hospitalizations is the highest in the city.

The new East Harlem walk-in asthma center — an expansion of the East Harlem Asthma Center of Excellence and a part of the City’s PlaNYC initiative — is aimed to reduce childhood asthma hospitalizations by 50% over the next five years.

The center is one of the key initiatives of Stringer’s Go Green East Harlem, a collaborative community-based initiative that has focused on five core areas: public health and healthy food, parks and open space, sustainable business, transportation, and green building.

The walk-in center staff worked out of the East and Central Harlem District Public Health Office before the new space was completed. The $3.5 million project included $700,000 from the Manhattan borough president’s office. The Department of Citywide Administrative Services provided site selection and project management services for the construction.

The new walk-in center will offer a number of asthma-related services, including on-site asthma assessments, individual and group asthma education, social support services, one-on-one asthma counseling, linkage to services to rid homes of asthma-triggering pests and mold and referrals for medical care. The walk-in center will also include a library with educational materials and computers with Internet access to help families learn the best strategies to manage asthma.

More than 25% of the children in East Harlem have asthma, and East Harlem has the highest rate of childhood asthma hospitalizations in the city. In 2008, 11-of-every-1,000 East Harlem children ages 14 years and younger were hospitalized. In 2008, Stringer and the Health Department’s East and Central Harlem District Public Health Office founded the East Harlem Asthma Center of Excellence to address the issue.

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Stew Leonard’s offers employees on-site physicals

BY Antoinette Alexander

NORWALK, Conn. Stew Leonard’s recently brought into its Yonkers store nurses and doctors from Inter-State Diagnostic to conduct on-site physicals for its team members as part of its commitment to preventive health care, the company announced.

The program kicked off Aug. 2 with 24 associates receiving their annual physical performed by a medical team with Inter State Diagnostic. The associates reported to a conference room above the store for blood work, an EKG and complete physical. Inter-State Diagnostic’s doctors and nurses provided privacy screens and all necessary medical equipment, and met with each team member regarding their healthcare-related questions. A translator for Stew Leonard’s Spanish-speaking employees also was on hand.

On-site physicals are the latest example of how the grocer has taken an active approach to preventive health care for its more than 2,500 employees. On-site cholesterol and blood pressure screenings, mammograms and flu shots are offered throughout year and discounts on weight-loss programs, smoking cessation aids, and fitness center memberships also are provided to both full and part-time team members. In addition, through  Aug 31, Stew Leonard’s will give team members up to $500 in Benefit Bucks ­or money toward their deductible ­ to encourage them to visit their doctor for their annual checkup.

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