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Land of Lincoln Health partners with Walgreens to provide members free health-risk assessments

BY Michael Johnsen

CHICAGO – Land of Lincoln Health, an Illinois-based nonprofit co-op health insurance company, announced its partnership with Walgreens on Tuesday to offer Land of Lincoln Health members free health-risk assessments at Healthcare Clinics at select Walgreens locations throughout the state of Illinois.
 
“Giving our members additional access to care, educating patients on their healthcare needs and assisting them in navigating their healthcare options is at the core of Land of Lincoln Health’s mission and vision to bring high quality, affordable healthcare services to our members,” said Jason Montrie, Land of Lincoln Health president. “Land of Lincoln Health is thrilled about this new collaboration with Walgreens to offer members better benefits and serve our broad network of primary care providers across the state.”
 
The health-risk assessment starts with a face-to-face appointment at no charge. The screening also includes a comprehensive panel test that checks for a number of high-risk indicators, such as high cholesterol and elevated blood sugar. Beginning Nov. 1, members will have access to this screening by going to any Healthcare Clinic location at select Walgreens in the state.
 
 
The addition of these services supports ongoing continuity of care by transmitting the results of the assessment using the latest, secure technology to the patient’s primary care provider. If the patient does not have a primary care physician, Walgreens can connect them with an in-network Land of Lincoln Health physician by utilizing the carrier’s provider finder.
 
“In today’s health care environment, it’s more important than ever for health plans and payers to provide their members with the tools and resources to help lead healthy lives,” said Alan London, Walgreens VP strategic clinical partnerships. “We’re proud to work with Land of Lincoln Health to provide risk assessments that are convenient for members. This also enables Healthcare Clinic providers to work collaboratively with an individual’s primary care physician to coordinate patient care, which is key to achieving better health outcomes.”
 
Land of Lincoln Health considers the health-risk assessment to be beneficial to both members and primary care physicians. 
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New ‘sprouting’ Recoffee shampoo made from 16 cups of coffee

BY Antoinette Alexander

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Does your empty shampoo bottle grow into a tree? O'right's Tree in the Bottle is the first shampoo to do just that.

It features a biodegradable bottle — the first of its kind, according to the company — made from a plastic-like starch, which is processed from fruit, plant and vegetable waste. Once you have finished with the shampoo, then plant the empty bottle. Each bottle comes preloaded with tree seeds in a plug at the bottom of the bottle, and in a matter of months, the bottle will biodegrade and the seeds inside will sprout up into a tree.

What's more, the Taiwan-based green enterprise O'right has recently introduced Recoffee, a shampoo made from 16 cups of ground coffee. O'right produced shampoo and hair-conditioning products by extracting the oil from recycled coffee grounds collected from Starbucks and other coffee shops in Taiwan.

According to O'right founder and chairperson, Steven Ko, 14,000 cups of coffee are consumed around the world every second, which results in a total of 22 million kilograms of discarded coffee grounds every year. Each liter of Recoffee shampoo uses the coffee grounds from 16 medium cups of coffee. To be exact, 16 cups of medium-sized Starbucks coffee produce about 320 grams of coffee grounds, but only 5 grams of coffee oil can be extracted from these coffee grounds. The extracted coffee oil must then be further processed before it is added into a formula to produce 1,000 milliliters of Recoffee shampoo, the company stated.

Recoffee shampoo's biodegradable bottle base also doubles as a planter for coffee seedlings. Like all of O'right's Tree in the Bottle products, the Recoffee bottle can be buried in the ground and will eventually grow into a new coffee tree.

Home to the first GMP-certified green cosmetics plant in Asia, the company manufactures all of its products using 100% solar and wind energy, along with waste-water-management systems that enable the reuse of water resources, the company stated.

O'right has developed more than 110 products. It also has more than 200 employees, and it counts 10,000 salons in 20 countries as its clients.
 

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Costco sees 9% boost in Q4 sales

BY Antoinette Alexander

ISSAQUAH, Wash. — Costco announced on Wednesday a rise in sales and same-store sales for the fourth quarter.

Net sales for the quarter were $34.75 billion, an increase of 9% from $31.77 billion in fiscal 2013. Same-store sales for the total company increased 6%, while U.S. same-store sales also rose 6%.

Net income for the quarter was $697 million, or $1.58 per diluted share, compared with $617 million, or $1.40 per diluted share, in the year-ago period.

Fiscal year 2014 sales totaled $110.21 billion, an increase of 7%. Same-store sales increased 4% for the company and 5% in the United States.

Net income for the fiscal year was $2.06 billion, or $4.65 per diluted share, compared with $2.04 billion, or $4.63 per diluted share, in fiscal year 2013. Net income last year was positively impacted by a $62 million tax benefit in connection with the portion of the special cash dividend paid in December 2012 to the company 401(k) plan participants.
 

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