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Report: Walmart relaxing rules for associates

BY Gina Acosta

FAYETTEVILLE, Ak., Walmart reportedly is relaxing its dress code and raising the temperature at its stores as part of an effort to improve working conditions. 
 
According to a Reuters report, Walmart made the announcement to a gathering of 3,000 workers brought to Arkansas this week before the company's annual shareholders' meeting due to be held on Friday.
 
The effort, which includes a new training program and upgraded handheld terminals for department managers, is being billed as a sign that management was listening to some 1 million hourly workers it employs in the United States, according to Reuters.
 
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MinuteClinic becomes an in-network provider for an Ohio healthcare insurance plan

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health’s MinuteClinic has become an in-network provider with Molina Healthcare of Ohio, a healthcare insurance plan serving 340,000 members through government sponsored health programs throughout the state.

MinuteClinic has 60 locations in Ohio inside select CVS/pharmacy stores in the Akron/Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Youngstown metropolitan areas.

"This is an important development in the growth of our business and patient care as we expand our ability to serve even more people throughout Ohio," stated Andrew Sussman, president, MinuteClinic and EVP/associate chief medical officer, CVS Health. "By offering high quality treatment in a convenient and accessible setting, we can work with Molina to lower health care costs in the state."

"We are excited to offer Molina members this convenient option to access high quality health care services through our partnership with MinuteClinic," added Amy Schultz Clubbs, president of Molina Healthcare of Ohio. "This allows our members to easily get basic services outside of typical medical office hours including weekends. MinuteClinic is a great addition to our existing network of providers and provides an appropriate alternative to unnecessary emergency room visits for certain conditions."

Molina Healthcare provides managed health care services under the Medicaid and Medicare programs and through the state insurance marketplaces. It serves more than three million members through locally operated health plans in 11 states across the nation and in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

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Fruth Pharmacy, The National Federation of the Blind chapter to host demo of new audio Rx label

BY Antoinette Alexander

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — On June 13th at the Cabell County Public Library, Brad Hodges president of the National Federation of the Blind of West Virginia, Huntington Area Chapter, will join Drew Massey, clinical services coordinator for Fruth Pharmacy in demonstrating a new audio prescription label.

As previously reported by Drug Store News, the new audio label was developed by AccessaMed.  For the visually impaired or those who have difficulty reading or reading small print, the AccessaMed audio label makes prescription label reading more safe and convenient.  The prescription bottle has a device attached to it with a button. Once the button is pushed, the directions for the medication are spoken in a loud clear voice.  Printed instructions are also located on the bottle.
 
“Having Equal access to all of the printed information which appears on prescription packaging is a very important thing. Many people do not have formal training in the alternative ways of doing things without their vision,” stated Hodges. “Blind people often use alternative techniques of blindness, such as putting a piece of tape or something else that can be felt, to distinguish between prescription bottles.  If medications feel similar, a mix-up can occur. This may not be problematic if it were a can of soup. You may have wanted chicken and noodle and end up with tomato, however, when it comes to taking prescription medication a mix-up could potentially be life-threatening.  Accessamed’s new audio label will improve the safety of prescription medication for many who experience low to no vision, or other print disabilities.”
 
 

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