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Publix to offer free diabetes screenings at more than 800 locations

BY Michael Johnsen

LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix will offer free diabetes screenings at more than 800 Publix stores this year, the grocer announced Wednesday.

“Publix Pharmacy is pleased to offer free diabetes screenings as part of our commitment to the total health and wellness of our customers,” said Maria Brous, director of media and community relations. “As both a supermarket and pharmacy, Publix is the ideal setting in which to promote healthy living. Offering these free screenings will hopefully assist our customers in early detection and allow them to benefit from our diabetes program, which launched last March offering free metformin for Type 2 diabetes patients.”

Appointments won’t be necessary and test results will be given onsite within a few minutes. Customers will receive a free blood-glucose test and diabetes educational material.

The screenings will be conducted by CholestCheck, a health-and-wellness screening company, and sponsored in part by Bayer HealthCare Diabetes Care.

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Assured Pharmacy slated to open Kansas City location

BY Allison Cerra

FRISCO, Texas — Assured Pharmacy has signed a lease for its fifth pharmacy, which will be located in Kansas City.

Subject to regulatory approval, the Kansas City pharmacy is anticipated to open during fourth quarter 2011, the specialty pharmacy group said.

"The opening of our fifth pharmacy later this year in Kansas City will represent a significant step forward in our natural growth as a company," Assured CEO Robert DelVecchio said. "As we expand our chain to offer services to physicians in new markets, we believe that the advantages of our business model will become more clear. The challenges associated with pain management can be found in every city and town in the country, and ultimately we hope to open pharmacies to serve patients and doctors in the top metropolitan regions across the country."

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ACAP: Drug rebate equalization allows states to restore Rx benefits to managed care

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON — The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is producing savings for state Medicaid programs that take advantage of a provision equalizing drug rebates between managed care and fee-for-service programs, according to a fact sheet released Tuesday by the Association for Community Affiliated Plans.

The Medicaid Drug Rebate Program was the result of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990 and provides federal rebates to states for outpatient drugs dispensed to Medicaid patients, as long as the drugs’ manufacturers have rebate agreements with the Department of Health and Human Services. But Medicaid managed care programs were excluding, leading states to remove prescription drugs from health plan benefits, also known as carve-outs.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act provision, however, removes that exclusion, allowing states to restore prescription drug benefits to managed care.

“It used to be that states faced a difficult choice,” ACAP CEO Margaret Murray said. “They could carve out prescription drugs from their Medicaid plans and enjoy the high federal rebate or opt for lower rebates and seek savings through the better care coordination offered by managed care. Drug rebate equalization allows states to enjoy both benefits.”

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A.FEIN says:
Jul-27-2011 08:45 am

Here's a link to the ACAP fact sheet for those who prefer to read the original source: http://www.communityplans.net/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=tge0YKTKE40%3d&tabid=66

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