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HealthSpot names three healthcare vets to leadership roles

BY Ryan Chavis

DUBLIN, Ohio — Healthcare technology company HealthSpot on Tuesday named three seasoned hires to its senior leadership team. Dr. Gail Borgatti Croall has been appointed chief medical officer, alongside Eric Eichensehr as chief technology officer and Bruce Roberts as COO. 
 
“We are growing quickly and bringing on board this type of talent is key to our mission to transform healthcare access,” said Steve Cashman, CEO of HealthSpot. “Gail, Eric, and Bruce all possess insight and experience that will be invaluable to achieving our vision of delivering consumer centricity through platform technology to make healthcare accessible for all.”
 
Dr. Borgatti Croall joins the company with over a decade of experience with managed-care companies. She previously served as SVP and CMO for Anthem, OptumHealth and CareSource.  “The work HealthSpot is doing to make healthcare more accessible, convenient and efficient is critical and I am proud to be joining those efforts,” she said of her appointment. 
 
Eric Eichensehr is a veteran of the healthcare IT industry, amassing more than 30 years of experience. He has worked with senior staff and executives at such organizations as Microsoft, General Electric, Cisco Systems and Intel, among others. At HealthSpot, Eichensehr will lead product development, support and quality assurance for the company’s telemedicine station. He will work to develop a software platform to integrate medical records and medical devices to stream medical information between patients and providers. 
 
Bruce Roberts has spent most of his professional life advancing community pharmacy and pharmacist-centered patient care. He’s a founder and owner of four pharmacies, bringing a unique perspective to the company as it makes a move into the retail pharmacy space. During his time as CEO of the National Community Pharmacist Association, he co-founded SureScripts, an electronic prescribing company. 
 
“I hope my nearly 40 years in the pharmacy industry will prove valuable as HealthSpot expands its footprint through partnerships with retail pharmacies across the U.S. and around the world,” Roberts said. 
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Linking pharmacy and nutrition

BY Jim Frederick

The past year has been an eventful one for Hy-Vee.

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The Iowa-based supermarket chain made news early last year by announcing it would enter, for the first time, the Twin Cities market of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Hy-Vee locked down two store locations in the area before year’s end, and laid out a fairly aggressive expansion plan that will add several new stores to the Twin Cities market per year, over the next several years.

Hy-Vee also expanded its reach into community health care and specialty pharmacy, finalizing its purchase last year of Amber Pharmacy.

Now in its 85th year, Hy-Vee thrives by catering to a fiercely loyal customer base with a homegrown brand of personal service and a steadily expanding menu of health-and-wellness offerings, served up by more than 900 pharmacists and some 200 dietitians offering advice on healthy eating in so-called “HealthMarket” departments in most Hy-Vee stores.

The company’s commitment to health-and-wellness is further reflected in such programs as NuVal nutritional scoring system and wellness programs for consumers and employees.

Dietitians and pharmacists provide scheduled group biometric screenings, both within the stores and at local employers’ workplaces, as well as counseling on weight loss, diabetes management and other topics. The company also partners with such regional health entities as the University of Nebraska Medical Center to offer customers rapid-diagnostic tests, conducted by Hy-Vee pharmacists, for such conditions as influenza and strep.

Earlier this year, the chain revealed it would discontinue its Hy-Vee Triathlon events, and “shift its efforts to create a new event series promoting health-and-wellness in children.”

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Ateb announces PQA appointments for 2015

BY Ryan Chavis

 

RALEIGH, N.C. — Ateb, a provider of pharmacy patient care solutions, on Monday announced the appointments of four Ateb pharmacists to the Pharmacy Quality Alliance’s measure development teams and stakeholder advisory panels for 2015.
 
The Pharmacy Quality Alliance is a nonprofit that promotes appropriate medication use and develops strategies for safety performance measures. According to Ateb, the PQA is recognized for its development of metrics as it relates to safe medication use, with many of its measures being used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for the Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug Program.
 
“Once again this year, Ateb will play an important role in the measure developments of the Pharmacy Quality Alliance,” said Frank Sheppard, founder and CEO of Ateb. “Ateb’s appointments to the PQA measure development teams, as well as contributions to the stakeholder advisory panels, reflect the outstanding reputation of Ateb’s pharmacists and Ateb’s commitment to the industry. These measures developed by the PQA teams are used for Star Ratings, and our pharmacies and healthcare payers will greatly benefit from Ateb’s ongoing alignment with the PQA.”
 
Ateb was granted the maximum number of appointments to PQA measurement development teams this year. The teams are comprised of PQA members who applied to work on specific measures based on their individual strengths and experience. The Ateb pharmacists and their positions are: 
 
Appointee: Mark Gregory, RPh
Ateb Position: VP Health Solutions
MDT #3: MTM-Part D: Use of Patient Satisfaction Survey following CMR Completion
 
Appointee: Robb Ayshford, RPh, MBA
Ateb Position: VP Chain Strategic Solutions
MDT #5: Primary Medication Non-Adherence (PMN) – For Health Plans
 
Appointee: Rebecca Chater, RPh, MPH, FAPhA
Ateb Position: Executive Healthcare Strategist
MDT #6: Hospital and/or ED Utilization Related to ADEs
 
Appointee: Bob Mernar, RPh
Ateb Position: Privacy Officer
MDT #9: MTM-Part D: Specific Drug Therapy Problem (DTP) Resolution
 
Chater also was appointed to the PQA Immunization Task Force and will co-chair Stakeholder Advisory Panel C. 

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