Hy-Vee opens convenient care clinics in Iowa
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa Retailer Hy-Vee has teamed up with Iowa Health-Des Moines to open up two convenient care clinics.
The new Iowa Health Express Care clinics are located at the neighborhood Ankeny and West Des Moines (Mills Civic Parkway) Hy-Vee stores, near the pharmacy.
According to a local news report, the two clinic locations are replacing the previous Curaquick Clinics, which offered similar services. In 2007, Curaquick closed 11 clinics in Hy-Vee stores in Iowa. There were four clinics in the Des Moines area, four in Iowa City, two in Cedar Rapids and one in Dubuque.
Currently, Curaquick is partnered with Mercy Medical Center-Sioux City to operate clinics in two Hy-Vee locations in Sioux City, the report stated. Curaquick had previously worked with Iowa Health-Des Moines and the Iowa Clinic to provide in-store services.
SXC to acquire Zynchros
LISLE, Ill. Pharmacy benefit management service provider SXC Health Solutions Corp. has acquired Seattle-based formulary management services company Zynchros, SXC announced Monday.
Founded in 2000, Zynchros provides on-demand formulary management tools to more than 40 health plans and PBMs. SXC said the zynchros.com platform helps payers manage their formulary programs and maintain Medicare Part D compliance.
“Zynchros.com is by far the most advanced and widely installed solution on the market to manage formularies and maintain compliance with Medicare Part Drequirements,” SXC president and chief executive officer Mark Thierer said in a statement. “This acquisition further cements SXC’s leadership position as the industry?s technology-enabled PBM.”
Health insurance plans and PBMs use Zynchros? services to control pharmacy benefit costs and leverage e-prescribing and electronic medical records initiatives.
Allsup to receive disability records electronically
BELLEVILLE, Ill. A company that provides financial and healthcare services to people with disabilities complimented the Social Security Administration Monday for its decision that it will begin receiving medical records for some disability applicants electronically, starting in 2009.
Allsup, based in Belleville, Ill., said it was the latest in a number of technology initiatives that the SSA has undertaken.
“This announcement is another sign of the agency?s commitment to embracing modern technology to help break the disability application backlog,” Allsup president and chief executive officer Jim Allsup said in a statement. “We know from our experience that it can take up to 30 days to receive medical records from many providers. Eliminating that delay should streamline the initial claims review and speed up disability determinations.”