CVS Caremark becomes contributing member of CommonWell Health Alliance
ORLANDO, Fla. — CommonWell Health Alliance, the health information technology vendor-led interoperability effort, announced on Monday that CVS Caremark has joined as one of the newest contributing members of the organization.
CVS Caremark joins founding members Allscripts, Athenahealth, Cerner, CPSI, Greenway, McKesson and Sunquest and service provider RelayHealth in the Alliance’s work.
As the Alliance grows over time, participation by organizations such as CVS Caremark will help providers easily and securely access prescription information, enabling a more holistic view of the patient, with the goal of providing better care and increased patient and consumer safety. Through the Alliance, pharmacies and health care providers will be able to better connect with the broader health ecosystem, the Alliance stated.
"As pharmacies play an increasingly important role in the delivery of health care and pharmacists become more engaged in advising and counseling patients, there will be more opportunities to improve health outcomes through better data sharing across the provider community," stated CVS Caremark chief medical officer Troyen A. Brennan. "CommonWell will be well-positioned to help deliver real-time pharmacy-based information into physician practices to help identify opportunities to coordinate care and will help the pharmacist deliver care-based messages back to patients."
CVS Caremark will join CommonWell as a contributing member, building upon the foundation of the Alliance’s structure and working with RelayHealth to embed these services natively into its pharmacy system.
"We are thrilled to have CVS Caremark join the CommonWell Health Alliance; they are a terrific complement to our existing membership and their decision to join is testament to the work we’ve accomplished over the past year," stated Jeremy Delinsky, chairman for the CommonWell Health Alliance and chief technology officer of athenahealth. "As an alliance, we look forward to working with CVS Caremark, recruiting and welcoming new members, and most importantly advancing the state of interoperability across health care."
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Bloomberg: Cerberus Capital Management lead bidder for Safeway
NEW YORK — New Albertsons is on its way to becoming more than 1,300 stores larger. Cerberus Capital Management is the lead bidder for Safeway, according to a Bloomberg report published Saturday that cited people with knowledge of the matter.
Cerberus is the only firm willing to swallow Safeway whole, the paper reported.
"While other private-equity firms also have expressed interest in buying the second-largest grocery chain in the U.S., they are more interested in cherry-picking assets, people familiar with the situation have said," Bloomberg reported. "Safeway is not interested in selling off pieces and would prefer to be sold in its entirety, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the process is private."
Last year, a Cerberus-led investor group agreed to acquire Supervalu’s Albertsons, Acme, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s and Star Market grocery stores in a transaction valued at about $3.3 billion.
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Telehealth is one to watch in 2014
CVS Caremark’s MinuteClinic is testing telehealth at more than two-dozen sites in California and is looking to expand the pilot to a second state.
The pilot program not only further illustrates CVS Caremark’s goal of creating a national platform to support primary care but it also speaks to larger trend playing out within the country’s healthcare landscape — telehealth.
Telehealth is going to be hot this year as it has a multiplier factor for clinics — one provider in a clinic can cover several clinics to further expand access to healthcare.
Now, an influential group of former Senators wants to know more about what telehealth can do to improve access and lower costs. And like, most areas of healthcare, there is a strong possibility that states will want to define their own rules. In fact, some lawmakers in Florida are looking into ways to ease regulatory limitations for telemedicine in an effort to increase access to care and create “a fertile ground” for the technology to be used.
The reality is that telehealth is fast becoming an integral component in the delivery of American healthcare and it will be one to watch in 2014.
WE IMPLEMENTED A TELEMEDICINE CLINIC ABOUT 4 YEARS AGO, THE DATA IS STAGGERING; NOT ONLY SAVES THE PATIENT TIME AND MONEY,BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, ENHANCES BOTH THEIR CARE AND PATIENT/PHARMACIST RELATIONSHIP. WE HAVE DUSTED OFF THE CLINICAL ASSESSMENT SKILLS OUR PHARMACISTS ACQUIRED WHILE ATTAINING A PHARM D, REDEFINED AND EXPANDED THE ROLE THEY PLAY IN OUR CARE SETTING. THIS BUSINESS IS STILL ALL ABOUT THE TRUST AND RELATIONSHIP!