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NACDS welcomes Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network at White House event

BY Michael Johnsen

 

 
WASHINGTON — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores board of directors joined President Barack Obama and Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell Wednesday morning at The White House in launching the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network. 
 
This initiative brings stakeholders together to share best practices to improve quality and reduce the cost of health care by accelerating health care alternative payment models. 
 
“We were honored to be included in today’s event at The White House," noted Steven Anderson, NACDS president and CEO. "And we look forward to working with the Administration and other industry stakeholders to promote the value pharmacy and pharmacists bring to advancing patient health and a more efficient health care system.  We will continue to highlight the need to ensure pharmacy is included in innovative care delivery models.” 
 
Also on hand was NACDS chairman, John Standley, who is also Rite Aid chairman and CEO. Rite Aid announced Wednesday its participation in the Network. “As one of the nation’s leading pharmacy chains with nearly 90,000 associates, Rite Aid is committed to the goals of value-based health care and remains highly focused on delivering quality, cost-effective care that drives the best possible health outcomes for our patients," the company stated. "We support the Administration and Congress in their efforts to achieve these critical goals and look forward to actively participating in the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network."
 
Rite Aid is working with its benefit administration partners to have more than 50% of its company and associates’ medical spend supported by health care access through alternative models by 2018, the Pennsylvania-based retailer added. “Rite Aid applauds President Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Burwell for their leadership in forming the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network. We are proud to join this important initiative and look forward to working with the Administration and Congress to drive improvements and innovation throughout our nation’s health care delivery system.”
 
In January, HHS announced plans to increase the use of value-based payments in the Medicare system. As a part of this plan, HHS has set goals that tie increasing percentages of Medicare fee-for-service payments to quality or value through alternative payment models – such as accountable care organizations – annually through 2018.  
 
The Health Care Payment and Learning Action Network will serve as a mechanism to facilitate the sharing and learning of workable value-based payments models. Specifically, the Network will work with stakeholders, including payers, providers, states and consumers groups, to accelerate the adoption of alternative payment methods. Stakeholders, including pharmacy, will collaborate to identify, develop and implement commonsense approaches to move toward alternative payment models employing quality and performance measurement among others. 
 
 

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Catalina names chief data officer

BY Antoinette Alexander

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Personalized digital media company Catalina has announced the appointment of Dak Liyanearachchi as chief data officer of the global business.

In this role, Liyanearachchi will oversee Catalina’s insights and analytics group, leveraging the database of shopper purchase history to provide unique insight into consumer behavior. Using Catalina’s data and insights, Liyanearachchi and his team will execute high-ROI omnichannel campaigns for retail and brand customers globally.
 


“Dak’s keen understanding of data in the CPG market gives him the tools to help our clients problem solve and make better business decisions,” stated Jamie Egasti, CEO of Catalina. “He is unmatched in his ability to uncover consumer insights through data and analytics to enable true omnichannel delivery for CPG retailers and brands.”
 


Prior to his role as chief data officer, Liyanearachchi served as SVP of global data and analytics for Catalina. In the five years since joining the company, he has been responsible for developing Catalina’s U.K. business through data innovation. Prior to Catalina, Liyanearachchi worked at dunnhumby as global business development director and at LBM Direct Marketing Ltd, now part of Convergys, as director.

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Weis Markets expands in-store pick-up service to 26 locations

BY Michael Johnsen

SUNBURY, Pa. — Weis Markets on Tuesday announced it would begin offering online shopping with in-store pick-up at its West Lawn store, marking the 26th location where this service is available.
 
“Weis Online Shopping offers our customers the best of both worlds: the in-store shopping experience with online, time-saving convenience," said Kurt Schertle, Weis Markets COO. "Our in-store personal shoppers are trained to focus on quality and customize orders,” he said. “Customers can place their orders at any time and schedule a convenient pick-up time that suits their schedule. These orders can also be ready in four hours.”
 
Weis Online Shopping allows customers to order online and either pay through a secure PayPal system or at the store with curbside checkout. Each order is handpicked in store by trained personal shoppers and then carefully stored until the time of pick-up. 
 
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