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NACDS reveals ‘Insight Sessions’ line up for NACDS Total Store Expo

BY Antoinette Alexander

ARLINGTON, Va. — With less than five months until the doors open for the second National Association of Chain Drug Stores' Total Store Expo, the association announced its line-up of educational “Insight Sessions,” which will offer presentations by experts on a variety of key issues and priorities including healthcare, business and logistics.

The NACDS Total Store Expo will take place Aug. 23 to 26 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in Boston.

The sessions will take place on Sunday and Monday during the four-day trade show and strategic exchange. To date, there are 14 Insight Sessions with more sessions in the planning stages that will be posted on the NACDS Total Store Expo web site in the coming months:       

  • Drug Supply Chain Security Act: Overview and Implementation;
  • Emerging Care Models: Partnerships with Pharmacies to Drive Patient Outcomes;
  • Enhancing the Joint Business Planning Process: Creating Value Together;
  • Healthy Growth: How to Capitalize on the Changing Consumer Landscape and Their Health Needs;
  • Innovative Pharmacy Operations Models;
  • The U.S. Pharmaceutical and Pharmacy Market 2014: Trends, Issues and Outlook;
  • The Quality Revolution: New Trends;
  • Advancing Neighborhood Care – Patient Nutrition Programs;
  • Convenient Care – Point of Care Testing in the Pharmacy;
  • The Missing Connection: Pharmacy HIT Update;
  • A Prescription for Change – The Affordable Care Act’s Impact on Community Pharmacies;
  •  Winning with Digital Study;
  • Women 2020: An Action Agenda for Women’s Leadership; and
  • Specialty Pharmacy: Breaking with Tradition.

“Conducting business in an efficient and effective way is key in this industry,” said NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson. “These informative and educational Insight Sessions are designed to provide the timeliest relevant information to help retailers and suppliers have a successful meeting and, in turn, have the tools to be successful in their businesses long after the NACDS Total Store Expo concludes.”

Many of the Insight Sessions may provide crossover into other segments of the industry. For example, the Food and Drug Administration-led session “Drug Supply Chain Security Act: Overview and Implementation” can offer suppliers and retailers critical information about stakeholder responsibilities as implementation of the Affordable Care Act continues this year and into 2015.

In addition, NACDS-TV will continue to provide video resources to help attendees plan ahead for the trade show, the Association stated.

 

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Kroger names new group VP, human resources and labor relations

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI — Kroger on Wednesday announced that Timothy Massa will be promoted to group VP human resources and labor relations.

Massa, 47, currently serves as VP corporate human resources, talent development. In this expanded role, he will take responsibility for labor relations when Paul Heldman, EVP, secretary and general counsel, retires in May.

"Tim is a trusted human resources professional and valued partner," stated Mike Ellis, Kroger’s president and COO. "In just four years at Kroger, leaders and associates throughout the company know they can count on him for strategic direction and advice. He leads by example, bringing life to the Kroger Leadership Model through his passion for people and results every day."

Massa joined Kroger in 2010 in his current role as VP. Prior to joining the company, he served in various human resources leadership roles for 21 years at Procter & Gamble. He has an extensive global HR generalist background in leadership development, succession planning, performance management, strategy development, employee relations and engagement.  

Massa earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Dayton. He is a member of the College of Mt. St. Joseph board of trustees, the Cincinnati Freestore Foodbank board of trustees, and the University of Dayton Champions and Scholars Program. He also received a Future HR Leaders accreditation from Cornell University.

Massa and his wife, Lisa, live in Cincinnati and have two children, Mallory and Morgan.

 

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Study: Diabetes prevalence has doubled in past 25 years

BY Michael Johnsen

BALTIMORE — Cases of diabetes and pre-diabetes in the United States have nearly doubled since 1988, suggests new research released Tuesday from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, with obesity apparently to blame for the surge. The researchers also found that the burden of the disease has not hit all groups equally, with alarming increases in diabetes in blacks, Hispanics and the elderly.

According to new research reported in the April 15, 2014 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine, diabetes increased from 6% to 10% in the past two decades, and pre-diabetes also doubled in prevalence over the same period. Depending on the definition used, current estimates of the prevalence of pre-diabetes range from 12% to 30% in the population. "There is a growing need to recognize this serious issue, especially since most cases of diabetes can be prevented through weight loss and other lifestyle changes," stated lead author, Elizabeth Selvin, an associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

In 2010, approximately 21 million American adults ages 20 years or older had confirmed diabetes — either diagnosed or undiagnosed. The investigators analyzed data from more than 43,000 participants collected over two decades in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys. 

While diabetes has increased dramatically in the population, the investigators found that the proportion of cases of diabetes that are undiagnosed has decreased. Currently, only 11% of diabetes cases in the U.S. population are undiagnosed, suggesting major improvements in screening and diagnosis of diabetes during the last two decades. "The implications of the increase in pre-diabetes and diabetes are enormous, but the good news is we are doing better with screening and diagnosis," Selvin said.

The investigators found a greater prevalence of pre-diabetes and diabetes, particularly undiagnosed diabetes, in ethnic minorities compared with whites. This disparity has increased over the past 20 years. "The substantially greater prevalence of pre-diabetes and diabetes, and poor rates of glycemic control — even among persons with medication-treated diabetes — in ethnic minority populations is particularly concerning," Selvin said. "Especially since blacks and Mexican Americans also are at a greater risk for complications of diabetes."

Total diabetes in blacks was nearly double the prevalence in whites (15% vs. 9%). Mexican Americans also had a greater prevalence of diabetes than whites (12% vs. 9%). Racial and ethnic differences also existed in treatment of diabetes and glycemic control. Among persons diagnosed with diabetes who reported currently taking medications, only 52% of non-Hispanic blacks and 43% of Mexican Americans had HbA1c levels less than 7% compared with 57% of non-Hispanic whites.

 

 

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