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MinuteClinic inks deal with American CareSource

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. American CareSource Holdings, an ancillary care network services company, is expanding its provider network by inking a deal with CVS Caremark’s MinuteClinic.

“This is an important development in the growth of our business nationwide as we expand access to care to new customers,” stated Troyen A. Brennan, M.D., EVP and chief medical officer for CVS Caremark. “By offering high quality treatment in a convenient setting, we are working with Ancillary Care Services to help reduce health care insurance expenses for its members, as well as time spent away from members’ families and the workplace.”

Added David S. Boone, CEO of American CareSource, “Our primary objective is to provide our clients, and ultimately the consumer, with more cost effective, convenient, local alternatives to hospital- and physician office-based services. MinuteClinic can provide care for common conditions when a primary physician is not available and the hospital emergency room is not appropriate. This agreement allows us to provide high quality services while controlling costs and expanding our provider network.”

MinuteClinic, which opened the nation’s first retail-based health clinic Minneapolis in 2000, currently operates about 500 locations in select CVS/pharmacy locations in 25 states.

Dallas-based Ancillary Care Services is a national ancillary benefits management company whose customers include insurance companies, managed care networks, self-insured employers, third party administrators, unions and workers’ compensation benefit administrators. Its network includes 26 primary specialties with more than 30 subspecialties. Primary services include infusion services, laboratory services, genetic testing, home health, pain management and long-term acute care.

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Duane Reade VP merchandising leaves company

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK Drug Store News has learned that Mike Cirilli, VP merchandising at Duane Reade, has left the company after 16 years of service.

A company spokesperson has not yet been available for comment, and it is not immediately clear what the next chapter holds for the industry veteran.

While the Bronx, N.Y. native has held several titles throughout his career at the Manhattan-based retailer — including divisional merchandise manager — there’s no doubt that the bulk of Cirilli’s responsibilities have largely centered around the HBA/OTC categories. He has also been involved in the growth of the chain’s private label business.

Cirilli’s departure is one of several personnel changes that have taken place at Duane Reade in the recent months. Since taking the helm in March 2008, John Lederer has been retooling the management team by hiring several tenured executives to the merchandising, pharmacy and supply chain roles.

Joining the company is Paul Tiberio, senior director of category management, who will assume the leadership of all categories, effective immediately.

Tiberio joins Duane Reade from Shaw’s Supermarkets, where he was VP center store merchandising responsible for grocery, dairy, frozen, tobacco, general merchandise and corporate brands. Prior to Shaw’s, he was VP grocery merchandising at Winn-Dixie Stores, handling grocery, frozen, dairy, tobacco, seasonal and corporate brands.

In addition, Lee Colarco will assume the newly created position of VP merchandising, where she will be responsible for effective retail selling in the organization.

As previously reported by Drug Store News, in the second half of 2008, the company hired Joseph Magnacca, who had led marketing and merchandising initiatives at Shoppers Drug Mart since 2002, as senior vice president and chief merchandising officer. Magnacca filled a post that had been vacant due to the departure of David D’Arezzo.

Joining the company as SVP supply chain was Mark Scharbo. Scharbo had been the COO of Case-Mate, a provider of leather accessories for cell phones and other digital devices that he co-founded in 2005.

Duane Reade also tapped former Longs Drug Store executive Frank Scorpiniti to serve as SVP pharmacy operations, succeeding Jerry Ray, who resigned.

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Report: National telehealth network proposed

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NEW YORK Health insurer UnitedHealth Group and information-networking vendor Cisco Systems are developing a national telehealth network to connect patients in underserved areas with physicians via telemedicine technology, according to reports.

The initiative, known as Connected Care, features small clinics in retail outlets, pharmacies, such retail clinics as RediMed and Minute Clinic, and workplaces. A trained medical attendant would operate the telemedicine equipment, present a patient to a remote physician, and operate such diagnostic equipment as a blood pressure cuff, stethoscope, or an otoscope to look in the ear. The project also will use mobile clinics, with two vehicles now available and an undetermined number of others to be deployed, according to Health Data Management.

San Jose, Calif.-based Cisco brings to Connected Care the networking technology to enable the exchange of video, audio and data. Minnetonka, Minn.-based UnitedHealth Group brings a commitment of “tens of millions” of dollars in funding and a network of 590,000 physicians and 4,900 hospitals from which to recruit participants.

Cisco recently piloted the program with San Jose employees over seven months. UnitedHealth Group will pilot, starting this fall, with its employees and local delivery system Park Nicollet Health Services.

Cisco and UnitedHealth Group also have partnered with Project HOPE to use a mobile clinic in New Mexico to provide remote consultations. Project HOPE will be one of the first implementations of Connected Care, with a goal of starting in the first quarter 2010.

The telemedicine technology is under Food and Drug Administration review to determine its medical device classification. The classification will determine whether the technology needs FDA pre-market approval, HDM said in its report.

More information is available at ConnectedCareAmerica.com.

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