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Humana opens on-site retail pharmacy in Jacksonville, Fla. facility

BY David Salazar

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Humana, in a move that is turning into something of a trend, announced Wednesday that it had opened a fully integrated retail pharmacy inside the MCCI Medical Center. This is the first of six planned onsite pharmacies the company plans to open, with four more to follow in Texas and four more in Fla. The news also comes shortly after Meijer opened a retail pharmacy in a Grand Rapids, Mich. hospital.
 
“Humana is committed to improving the well-being of its members and, often, that means meeting the patients where they are and taking proactive steps to assist patients on their health journey,” Humana North Florida’s senior products medical director Dr. Albert Tzeel said. “This integrated pharmacy will provide greater convenience and access to care in effort to reduce barriers and help Humana’s Medicare Advantage members in Northeast Florida take charge of their health.”
 
The space, an extension of Humana’s mail order service will provide patients at the center with clinical support and a full-service pharmacy in an effort aimed at promoting physician-patient communication and streamlining treatment. It will also offer proactive refill calls to patients alongside care coordination efforts, the company said. 
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Genoa acquires telepsychiatry company 1DocWay

BY David Salazar

TUKWILA, Wash. — QoL Healthcare company Genoa, a behavioral health specialty pharmacy, on Wednesday announced that it had acquired IDocWay, an outpatient telepsychiatry company whose platform connects providers to patients. Genoa said that the acquisition was part of its strategy to improve patient care at the community mental health centers it partners with amid a shortage of psychiatry providers. The acquisition marks the launch of Genoa Telepsychiatry. 
 
“When our partners suggested that we help them find novel remedies to their shortage of psychiatrists, we set out to find ways to assist,” Genoa’s EVP strategy and corporate development said. “We believe telepsychiatry can be a key answer as its early adopters have touted its acceptance and efficacy in delivering accessible and quality mental health care. The shortage of psychiatrists is a major issue in the behavioral health industry, and the addition of 1DocWay’s team and tools will help us provide a solution to this challenge.”
 
For Genoa, the acquisition will help it serve communities that lack a large number of healthcare professionals. 
 
“We chose 1DocWay because they are experts in the field of telepsychiatry, having built the nation’s largest outpatient telepsychiatry network, and they are innovators in technology,” Genoa CEO John Figueroa said. We are confident this integration will allow both us and our center partners to better serve the behavioral health community.”
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NACDS Foundation adds Sara Roszak as research programs director

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ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation announced that it had promoted NACDS pharmacy care and patient advocacy staffer as its new research programs director. Sara Roszak, who joined NACDS in 2014 will oversee expansion of the foundation’s research portfolio, identifying research concepts and priorities, as wel as developing and managing research requests for proposals and grant research projects alongside the foundation’s Research Advisory Working Group. 
 
“We’re pleased to welcome Sara into this new role with the NACDS Foundation,” NACDS Foundation president Kathleen Jaeger said. “Sara has demonstrated leadership in developing innovative research initiatives and securing grant funding. That experience will be invaluable as she moves over to the Foundation and helps to position it as a leader in advancing patient health through medication management and collaborative care.”
 
The American Public Health Association recognized Roszak Nov. 3 for her work advancing public health with the organization’s Jay S. Drotman Memorial Award. The award is given to professionals and students under 30 who have show potential in the health field by creatively and positively challenging traditional public health or practice. 
 
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