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LA Times: Senate committee OKs bill that would remove vaccine exemptions in California

BY Antoinette Alexander

LOS ANGELES — A key Senate committee has approved a bill that would remove vaccine exemptions for school children in California, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The measure passed the Senate Education Committee after its authors agreed to changes that would make it easier for parents to home-school their children if they decided against immunization, according to the report.

Under the legislature, parents would no longer be able to exempt their children from vaccinations based on personal beliefs. The only waiver would be for medical reasons, the article stated.

The bill now heads to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
 

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Weis Markets names regional VP

BY Antoinette Alexander

SUNBURY, Pa. — Weis Markets has promoted Brent Mertes to regional VP where he will oversee the day-to-day operations of 51 stores located in South Central Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia.

He will report to David Gose, SVP, operations.

Prior to his promotion, Mertes worked as district manager in and around York, Pa. During his 24-year food retail career, he worked in store, district and corporate management positions, many of them in the region he now oversees. Earlier in his career, he worked in Safeway’s Eastern division and at their corporate headquarters in Pleasanton, Calif.
 

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Aurora Health Care signs multi-year agreement with Valify

BY Antoinette Alexander

 

FRISCO, Texas — Valify, a provider of purchased services intelligence software for the healthcare industry, has inked a multi-year agreement with Aurora Health Care, a not-for-profit Wisconsin-area health care provider that serves patients via its network of services and facilities, including its in-store QuickCare clinics.

Under the agreement, Valify will provide complete visibility into all purchased services spending by collecting, categorizing and benchmarking monthly non-labor data feeds from across the entire health system. Valify’s Purchased Services Intelligence solution will provide Aurora with access to all of the categorized data in an easy-to-use, clickable and searchable format to find and track savings opportunities. Valify will also provide Aurora with the ability to easily view its purchased services spend across each facility and identify opportunities to save through vendor standardization.

“We selected Valify as our strategic purchased services partner because their solution provides visibility at the category level across our entire health system,” said Kathy Capp, director of sourcing strategy at Aurora Health Care. “Their solution will help us identify, build and track our savings opportunities, which we will use to build a pro-active long-term work plan driven by opportunity size and achieve our savings goals.”
 

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