CCA, Aon partner as risk management insurance providers
PHILADELPHIA The Convenient Care Association has partnered with Aon Risk Services and Nurses Service Organization, divisions within Aon Corp., to offer members liability insurance.
“We’re excited to give our members access to the risk management expertise of ARS and NSO as well as flexible, cost-effective insurance solutions designed specifically for our market,” stated Tine Hansen-Turton, executive director of the CCA.
For start-up and smaller organizations, NSO has developed a proprietary pricing program for professional liability coverage exclusively for CCA members. For larger organizations, ARS will deploy its convenient care centers brokerage practice to address the liability needs and exposures faced by more established CCA members.
“Together, ARS and NSO provide competitive professional liability insurance solutions for convenient care centers of any size—from a single nurse practitioner to the retail giants who employ hundreds,” stated Michael Loughran, executive vice president of NSO. “As the largest provider of professional liability insurance to nurse practitioners, with over 25,000 insured, we have the experience as well as the capability to seamlessly transition small accounts as they merge or pursue accelerated growth.”
For organizations, ARS offers risk management consulting services tailored to the industry’s strategic and operational challenges. For individuals, NSO offers nurse practitioners continuing education courses online. Education purchased through NSO also quality nurse practitioners for a 10 percent discount of their individual premium for the following three years.
Coventry taps Medco as PBM starting 2009
FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J. Medco Health Solutions announced Monday that it would be providing Medicare pharmacy services for Bethesda, Md.-based Coventry Health Care, a national healthcare company.
“Coventry viewed our Medco Therapeutic Resource Centers as an important advantage for its members,” chairman and chief executive officer David Snow Jr. said. “Our specialist pharmacists help patients manage chronic conditions with a higher level of personalized care. The breadth of our service offerings and our capabilities to meet the needs of Medicare beneficiaries, while making overall health care costs more manageable, truly resonates with clients.”
Medco will be providing Coventry’s Medicare members with mail, retail and specialty pharmacy services starting Jan. 1, 2009. The approximately 1 million members enrolled represent an annual drug spend of more than $2 billion, Medco reported.
Medco last year introduced the Medco Therapeutic Resource Centers, at which more than 1,100 specialist pharmacists are trained and uniquely experienced to care for patients with specific chronic conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, asthma and neurological disorders. Specialist pharmacists counsel patients about medication safety, minimizing side effects, improving drug compliance, and helping them find the lowest cost alternatives for their medications.
Medco is one of the top three pharmacy benefits managers in the U.S., along with CVS Caremark and Express Scripts. Details of the deal were not made public.
API, MedeFile partner to market electronic medical records
CEDAR KNOLLS, N.J. A company that gathers and digitizes medical records has granted a Florida marketing firm the right to market its memberships to American and Canadian consumers.
Under an agreement announced Monday, API Marketing will market MedeFile International’s memberships to shoppers at 100,000 stores in the U.S. and Canada, including pharmacies, health food stores, corner stores, convenience stores and gas stations.
The two companies will collaborate to create a MedeFile “rack card” available near check-out counters at participating stores, as well as storefront window stickers advertising MedeFile.