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Diplomat partners on concert series to benefit employees, community

BY Michael Johnsen

FLINT, Mich. — Diplomat Pharmacy on Thursday announced that it will be partnering with The Whiting, Flint’s premier performing arts venue on bringing new entertainment opportunities to the area through the Gen X Concert Series. Performers featured will be targeted to “Generation X," or those born in the early 1960s through the early 1980s.

In addition to the concert series, the partnership also will bring entertainment to Diplomat’s corporate headquarters. The Whiting will present local performers during select lunch periods for employees to enjoy.

“I believe this series will help us diversify the entertainment offerings for our community, as well as draw individuals from the surrounding communities,” stated Phil Hagerman, Diplomat CEO. “I also am pleased to provide the opportunity to expand the cultural offerings for our employees. The arts play an undeniable role in our health and wellness.”

The partnership is another way for Diplomat to continue its commitment to the Flint area and to its employees. Two concerts are planned for 2014, with an additional two concerts slated for 2015, depending on artist availability. Schedule and ticket information will be made available through The Whiting.

 

 

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Diplomat launches online specialty pharmacy resource targeting both patients and clinicians

BY Michael Johnsen

FLINT, Mich. — A new web platform has gone live from Diplomat, the nation’s largest independent specialty pharmacy reported Thursday. On Jan. 29 the company revealed a completely redesigned site that is "mobile-friendly, easy to use and primed for upcoming changes."

The venture, titled ‘Diplomat.is,’ is the latest tech project to emerge from Diplomat, a firm that posted more than $1.5 billion in revenue for 2013. According to Jennifer Cretu, VP information technology and marketing, the unveiling is part of a new move.

“We deployed this site to become a better resource for people with questions about specialty pharmacy care,” Cretu said. “More and more people are bringing those questions to the web, and this new site is an answer for them — a simpler way for patients and providers to find the tools and insights they’re looking for.”

Meanwhile, the site’s URL lends itself to memorable connections, ranging from diplomat.is/oncology to diplomat.is/copayhelp. The site’s content will be updated frequently and offer resources for anyone interested in the field, including patients, families, physicians and professionals across health care, Diplomat stated. 

“At Diplomat, we’ve always positioned our expertise so we can use it to help others,” Cretu said. “With this new project, we can meet those people no matter where they are. And this launch is just the beginning.”

For regular visitors to Diplomat’s previous site, diplomatpharmacy.com will automatically redirect to the new site at diplomat.is.

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Ateb adds two heavy hitters to its roster

BY Michael Johnsen

RALEIGH, N.C. — Ateb recently named Rebecca Chater as its executive healthcare strategist and added Bjorn Thommesen to the team.

Chater will provide clinical leadership of Ateb’s patient care support solutions and thought leadership to influence broad integration of pharmacy and pharmacist services among healthcare stakeholders to improve patient care coordination and health outcomes.

Chater brings to Ateb more than twenty years of professional leadership and innovation and was a pioneer in the historical Asheville Project, which continues to serve as a model for delivering health solutions and patient-centric care through community pharmacy to improve health outcomes and lower overall costs.

Chater is a past president and 10-year elected-member of the North Carolina Board of Pharmacy, and has served as Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor in the department of pharmacotherapy at the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy. She is a recipient of the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists Innovative Practice Award and the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Distinguished Service Award. She earned both her master’s degree in public health and her bachelor of science in pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Thommesen will focus on providing solutions for pharmacy to better patient health and increase adherence. He comes to Ateb from RxAlly to provide his expertise in consultative selling, business development and health plan and payer solutions.

Thommesen has more than a decade of experience in consultative selling to Medicare, Medicaid and commercial health plans and employers. His emphasis has been on solutions that improve healthcare delivery and patient health outcomes, while reducing costs for payers and increasing quality and member satisfaction scores, including HEDIS, STAR and CAHPS.

Before joining Ateb, Thommesen worked for such industry leaders as HealthPartners, UnitedHealthCare, Amerigroup Corporation and Express Scripts. Thommesen has a proven track record of helping lower healthcare costs by facilitating relationships between advanced clinical programs and community pharmacists and patients. In support of the same goals, both Ateb and Thommesen are determined to continue to assist pharmacies to be recognized and remunerated for providing patient-centric care and clinical solutions to improve patient health outcomes.

 

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