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CVS/pharmacy pays tribute to caregivers with contest

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. CVS/pharmacy is paying tribute to caregivers and celebrating the role they play in America by honoring 10 caregivers for their commitment to others as part of its For All the Ways You Care contest.

CVS/pharmacy will present the grand prize winner and nine finalists with more than $100,000. The winning stories were selected from more than 4,200 submissions.

The grand prize winner is Pat Pumphret of Winthrop, Mass. Pumphret, who will receive $25,000, was nominated by a friend with an essay titled, “A Place to Live, A Place to Die,” which recounts Pumphret?s 30-plus years as a provider and foster parent for severely disabled and chronically ill children. For these needy children whose parents are unable to care for them due to such issues as addiction or mental illness, Pumphret offers a place to live and thrive outside of hospitals and nursing homes, ensures they get the care they need from doctors and therapists, and provides the love and warmth of a family.

“Pat’s story is one of courage and heart,” stated Larry Merlo, president of CVS/pharmacy. “Her dedication to these children despite the challenges it may bring to her own life is truly extraordinary. We’re proud to honor Pat and the For All the Ways You Care contest finalists, and hope their stories provide inspiration to caregivers across America.”

In addition, Lisa Kanode, a CVS/pharmacy lead pharmacy technician for Midlothian, Va., was named the winner of the company’s For All the Ways You Care employee contest and will receive $10,000.

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Emerson Group announces newest associate

BY Allison Cerra

WAYNE, Pa. The Emerson Group is pleased to announce the addition of Liz Stefanik to the company. Stefanik will contribute to the business in the Western region, as Emerson goes direct with all customers in the region.

Stefanik brings more than 17 years experience in sales, broker management, category development and management, and business development to Emerson. She was most recently with Novartis Consumer Healthcare as a national account manager, where she managed all aspects of Safeway Corp.

Stefanik was also employed by GlaxoSmithKline for 12 years where she worked in the Chicago area, alternating roles as regional account manager and analyst. In this capacity, she moved to California, an an integral part of the team managing Safeway.

“We’re very excited about having Liz join our group. Her skills and experience will help us to continually improve our capacity to deliver the industry leading service and expertise our client partners have come to expect,” says Rick Wellinger, president of the Emerson Group.

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CVS Caremark develops Prior Authorization pilot program

BY DSN STAFF

NEW YORK CVS Caremark’s pilot program with BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey is yet another major step forward for e-prescribing, as it enables a new level of efficiency in the physician-pharmacy interaction.

What has, in the past, been a cumbersome process of paper forms, faxes and phone calls now will be an easier and more integrated process for e-prescribers in this program with the use of CVS Caremark’s iScribe Web portal. In fact, CVS Caremark cited a study’s findings that indicate clinicians and their office staff spend an average of 4.6 hours a week fulfilling requirements of the prior authorization process.

As the article states, this pilot program, which uses functionality built by Surescripts, is among the first in the nation to target widespread use of an ePA product in order to understand the true impact on the prescribing process.

As previously reported by Drug Store News, Surescripts recently announced that more than 100,000 physicians have jumped aboard the e-prescribing. By the end of 2008, there were 74,000 doctors actively prescribing electronically, compared with 36,000 at the end of 2007. This means that physician adoption has increased more than 100% between 2008 and 2007.

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