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CVS’ Roberts addresses nonprofit to discuss healthcare IT solutions

BY Antoinette Alexander

WASHINGTON CVS Caremark has announced that Jon Roberts, senior vice president and chief information officer for CVS Caremark, is addressing on Thursday the Bipartisan Policy Center’s The Leader’s Project on the State of American Health Care about how health information technology solutions, such as e-prescribing, can help improve health system efficiencies and patient safety.

Roberts also will discuss how government policy can promote and support the success of these technologies through the development of physician incentives for e-prescribing, the creation of grants and tax incentives for the purchase of information technology equipment and the elimination of current barriers in the area of e-prescribing for controlled substances.

The Leader’s Project on the State of American Health Care convenes for the first time Thursday in Washington, D.C. to begin the discussion on how to develop the appropriate policy foundation to address the challenges facing the health care system.

The Leader’s Project is led by four former Senate majority leaders Bob Dole, R-Kan.; George Mitchell, D-Maine; Howard Baker, R-Tenn.; and Tom Daschle, D-S.D. Daschle is hosting Thursday’s forum.

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Weis announces $80 million capital investment budget

BY Michael Johnsen

SUNBURY, Pa. Weis Markets on Wednesday announced an $80 million capital investment budget, representing a 23 percent increase from last year, for the ensuing year at the company’s annual meeting here.

“We will target three quarters of this budget to our store base,” stated Jonathan Weis, Weis Markets vice chairman. “We currently have 19 major projects in various stages of planning, including three new stores, two replacement units, nine additions and five remodels.”

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Mother’s Day spending expected to equal 2007

BY Doug Desjardins

WASHINGTON Consumers plan to spend about as much on Mother’s Day shopping this year as they did in 2007 despite higher gas prices and other economic woes, according to a survey by the National Retail Federation.

The NRF survey showed consumers on average are going to spend $138.63 on Mother’s Day shopping this year, a drop of less than 1 percent from last year ($139.14).

While fewer consumers plan to make jewelry their gift of choice this year (29.7 percent compared to 32.8 percent in 2007), they’re expected to spend $2.7 billion in the category. Consumers are also projected to spend $3 billion on dinners and brunch, $2 billion on flowers, $1.4 billion on clothing and $1.2 billion on consumer electronics like digital photo frames and cameras.

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