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CVS Health Research Institute evaluates quality of care at MinuteClinic for acute ailments

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — New data from CVS Health that examined quality of care for acute conditions at retail clinics, such as MinuteClinic, underscores previous research in suggesting that care at clinics for common acute conditions is the same or better than the care delivered in more costly settings like emergency rooms and urgent care centers.

Researchers from CVS Health Research Institute and Brigham and Women's Hospital published the findings in the October issue of The American Journal of Managed Care.

This study of 75,000 patients based on data from a major insurer is the largest to date evaluating the quality of care for acute conditions at retail clinics as compared with other care settings. Quality of care was assessed using 14 measures constructed from Rand Corp.'s Quality Assurance Tools as well as guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Association of Family Practitioners and the Infectious Disease Society of America.

"As we all work to manage rising costs while dealing with a shortage of primary care physicians, identifying high quality health care delivery systems that provide convenient access to affordable care is increasingly important," stated William Shrank, chief scientific officer, CVS Health. "This study is the largest to date evaluating the quality of care for acute conditions at retail clinics such as MinuteClinic, and the findings are consistent with previous research in suggesting that care at retail clinics for common acute conditions is the same or better than the care delivered in more costly EDs and urgent care facilities."

When taken together with evidence that retail clinics are most cost effective and even cost-saving to patients, these results underscore the promise of retail clinics in offering care of high quality at lower cost than other settings. It also points to the potential role of retail clinics in improving care coordination for chronic disease management and population health management, according to CVS Health.

"MinuteClinic has long been focused on providing accessible, high quality, affordable health care that is complimentary and supportive of the primary care provider," stated Andrew Sussman, president, CVS/minuteclinic, and SVP/associate chief medical officer, CVS Health. "This data reiterates the high level of quality care provided by our MinuteClinic practitioners and suggests the important role our clinics can play in the rapidly evolving health care landscape."

The CVS Health Research Institute is focused on contributing to the body of scientific knowledge related to pharmacy and health care through research collaborations with external academic institutions, participation in federally-funded research, analysis and sharing of CVS Health data sources and coordination of pilot programs and initiatives.
 

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Dollar General to build 13th DC in San Antonio

BY Michael Johnsen

 

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General on Thursday announced plans to build a new state-of-the-art distribution center in San Antonio. It will be the 13th facility in the retailer’s growing distribution network.
 
“This distribution center is another important investment in the growth of Dollar General and our substantial presence in Texas where we have nearly 1,200 stores and more than 9,400 employees,” said Rick Dreiling, chairman and CEO of Dollar General. “We operate more stores in the Lone Star state than in any other state and we have found Texas is a great place to do business. We are proud to continue investing in the economic growth of Texas and we look forward to bringing an additional 530 jobs to Bexar County.”
 
The company has begun the process of preparing the land to build a 900,000+ square-foot facility on 110 acres at South Foster Industrial Park. At full capacity, the Dollar General facility is expected to serve more than 1,000 stores in Texas and the surrounding region. Dollar General plans to begin hiring in summer 2015 with operations expected to begin in October 2015.
 
Dollar General currently has 61 stores in Bexar County with more than 460 employees. With the completion of this project, Dollar General expects to have nearly 1,000 employees in Bexar County. Additionally, Dollar General’s third-party transportation provider expects to employ 90 drivers.
 
“On behalf of the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation, we are pleased that Dollar General chose to locate its newest distribution center in Bexar County,” stated San Antonio Economic Development Foundation Chair Steve Waters. “The Institute for Economic Development at UTSA has estimated the economic impact of this investment to exceed $750 million over the next 10 years. When fully realized, these 500-plus jobs will contribute to prosperity in Bexar County and the surrounding area in the coming years.”
 
“The distribution center will serve as a great anchor for the South Foster Industrial Park, and further solidify Bexar County’s stature as a prime logistics hub,” County Judge Nelson Wolff said.
 
Dollar General’s 12 other distribution centers are located in Alabama, California, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia.
 

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Supervalu records $4 billion in Q2 sales, up 1.8%

BY Michael Johnsen

MINNEAPOLIS — Supervalu on Thursday reported second-quarter fiscal 2015 net sales of $4 billion and net earnings from continuing operations of $31 million.
 
"Midway through fiscal 2015, I am encouraged with the progress we have made across the business,” said president and CEO Sam Duncan. “The investments we have made at Save-A-Lot continue to drive sales and our Retail Food stores recorded their third consecutive quarter of positive identical store sales. The addition of the Rainbow stores this past quarter is a positive for our Independent Business and we are encouraged by the early results.”
 
Second quarter retail food net sales were $1.1 billion, up 2.8%. Identical store sales were positive 0.4%. Retail food operating earnings in the second quarter were $20 million, or 1.8% of net sales. Last year’s retail food operating earnings were $7 million, or 0.8% of net sales. The increase in retail food operating earnings was primarily driven by the benefit of lower levels of shrink and promotional spending.
 
Overall, second quarter net sales were up 1.8%. Identical store sales in the Save-A-Lot network were positive 6.5%. Identical store sales for corporate stores within the Save-A-Lot network were positive 8.2%. Total sales within the independent business segment decreased 1.1%. Fees earned under the transition services agreements in the second quarter were $44 million compared to $62 million last year.
 
Gross profit for the second quarter was $572 million, or 14.2% of net sales. Last year’s second quarter gross profit was $576 million, or 14.6% of net sales. The decrease in gross profit rate compared to last year was primarily driven by lower fees earned under the TSA, predominantly related to the one-year transition fee earned under the TSA in fiscal 2014 of $60 million of which $18 million was recognized in the second quarter of fiscal 2014.
 
 
 
 
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