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CVS Caremark names EVP, health plans

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark has announced the appointment of Tracy Bahl as EVP, health plans, leading the teams responsible for supporting health plan clients and offering health plans guidance to help them navigate the evolving health care marketplace.

"As health care reform continues to spur unprecedented and rapid changes across the health care system, CVS Caremark is focused on providing health plans with value and insights to help them manage the increasing complexity of the marketplace," Jon Roberts, president of the PBM business at CVS Caremark said. "Tracy is a great addition to our team and we look forward to working with him to continue to develop innovative solutions and offerings for health plans."

Known for his deep customer focus and relationship-building skills, Bahl brings to CVS Caremark nearly 30 years of experience as a health care executive with a strong track record of delivering results in leadership positions. He spent 10 years at UnitedHealth Group, where he served as the CEO of the Uniprise division, which encompassed the company’s national accounts business, consumer health business, financial services business, and service and technology operations.

He also worked for CIGNA Healthcare in a variety of regional and national health plan roles. Most recently, Bahl worked for General Atlantic, a global growth equity investment firm, where he supported a number of portfolio companies and investment activities in the health care space as a special advisor on the health care team. One of his primary roles was serving as executive chairman of Emdeon, playing a key role in its growth and subsequent sale.
 

 

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Recondo Technology names McKesson veteran to chief growth officer post

BY Michael Johnsen

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. — Recondo Technology, a financial software solutions provider in the healthcare space, on Monday announced that Lori Prestesater has joined the firm as chief growth officer where she will oversee direct sales, indirect and channel sales, marketing and product management. 

Prestesater has been involved in the healthcare industry for the past three decades holding positions of executive and senior leadership across multiple divisions of McKesson, including McKesson Provider Technologies (formerly HBO & Company); McKesson Health Solutions; and RelayHealth. Prior to McKesson, she was with IBM Corporation and most recently served as VP strategic account management for TriZetto Corporation where she led the effort to provide TriZetto solutions to hospitals, health systems and provider-led accountable care organizations through strategic relationships and alliances.

"Lori brings a wealth of skills and expertise to Recondo," Rick Adam, Recondo CEO said. "She has extensive experience in meeting the technology and service requirements of healthcare customers. She will help Recondo continue to enable more efficient operations for both our existing customers and new customers."

"I’m excited to be part of Recondo and look forward to advancing and accelerating our growth," said Lori Prestesater. "Recondo has recently received recognition from Inc. Magazine, Deloitte Touche and Healthcare Informatics, and I’m committed to continuing to drive Recondo growth, market visibility and extended solution portfolio while ensuring that we support our clients with the level of quality they expect."

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Big retailers are early adopters of Pinterest’s API

BY Vivian Gomez

Red hot Pinterest is offering new functunality to third parties that will allow them to curate content and drive traffic to their sites, and major retailers such as Walmart, Target and Zappos are all over it.

Retail partners will be able to embed Pinterest pins directly on their sites, making it easier for users to post content to Pinterest. Users will be able to go to Zappos.com, for example, and see which shoes Pinners covet most. Retailers can use these application programming interfaces, APIs, to show popular products on their home pages or to curate content on Pinterest at any given time. The Pins are updated regularly, so people can always see what’s trending.

In the coming weeks, Pinterest will release additional API endpoints that will surface different groups of Pins on partner sites. Expect API endpoints to start cropping up on a variety of partner websites and apps. In addition to Walmart, Target and Zappos, early adopters include AllRecipes, Better Homes and Garden, BuzzFeed, Disney sites Babble and BabyZone, Elle Magazine, Mashable, ModCloth, NBC News Digital’s iVillage.com, Nestlé, Random House, Snapguide, Wayfair, Whole Foods, Zulily and on the soon-to-launch Spoonful and Tastebook.

 

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