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Rite Aid acquires Health Dialog Services Corporation

BY Michael Johnsen

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid on Tuesday announced it has acquired Boston-based Health Dialog Services Corp., a provider of health coaching, shared decision making and healthcare analytics from Bupa, a London-based international healthcare services group. Through the acquisition, Health Dialog will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Rite Aid. 

Rite Aid’s acquisition of Health Dialog will also support and advance Rite Aid Health Alliance, a health management collaboration among various healthcare providers who deliver comprehensive care and support to individuals with chronic and poly-chronic health conditions. Health Dialog has been working closely with Rite Aid over the past year as the program has been developed, and currently provides care coaches for Rite Aid Health Alliance. 

"This acquisition will provide Health Dialog with an expanded footprint to grow its existing business as well as further leverage the company’s coaching services’ expertise as we work to bring Rite Aid Health Alliance to more Rite Aid markets and customers," stated John Standley, Rite Aid chairman and CEO. "Additionally, we will benefit from Health Dialog’s industry-leading analytics and shared-decision making tools, helping us to better serve the health and wellness needs of our customers and further develop our pharmacy services as a growing retail health care company."  

Through Rite Aid Health Alliance, patients with chronic and poly-chronic conditions, like congestive heart failure, COPD, high cholesterol and diabetes, are recommended to the program by their primary care physician. Rite Aid pharmacists and specially trained care coaches, located in Rite Aid pharmacies, work with the physician and patient on an on-going basis to improve the patient’s overall health and self-management abilities. The care team members collaborate with the patient to establish health goals, eliminate barriers and create a personalized health care action plan in coordination with the patient’s physician.  

Rite Aid Health Alliance is currently offered to patients recommended by their physicians to participate in the pilot program at select Rite Aid pharmacies in Buffalo, N.Y., Greensboro, N.C., and the greater Los Angeles area. 

Details of the transaction were not disclosed.

 

 

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C-Line Products announces new classroom kits

BY Ryan Chavis

MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill. — C-Line Products, a developer and manufacturer of storage, protection and organization products for office products and education markets, announced two new resources for the classroom.

C-Line’s Reusable Dry Erase Pocket Kit comes with two 9-in by 12-inch dry erase pockets (in red and blue), a set of four dry erase crayons in four colors and 10 preprinted educational templates. The kit has a retail price of $9.95. C-Line’s Reusable Dry Erase Pocket — Open Long Side, features a horizontal design with the opening down the long side to make the insertion of worksheets easier. The pockets are available in black and measure 12-in x 9-in. They retail for $2.40 each and are available packed in a box of 30.

The pockets are made from heavyweight vinyl for durability, and also feature an eyelet for hanging. The flexible design of the product makes them ideal for students to use, the company said. Visit C-LineProducts.net for more information on the company’s line of Reusable Dry Erase Products

 

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CVS Caremark marks ninth year as sponsor of Easter Seals’ Walk with Me event

BY Antoinette Alexander

CHICAGO — CVS Caremark has announced that it will be the National Premier Sponsor of Easter Seals Walk With Me in 2014 — its ninth straight year.

Demonstrating its continued commitment to children with disabilities and their families through the All Kids Can Program, CVS Caremark and thousands of its colleagues nationwide have raised nearly $10 million through Walk With Me to support local Easter Seals services throughout the years.

Walk With Me is Easter Seals’ national signature fundraising event that raises millions of dollars annually to support local services, which change the lives of children and adults living with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other disabilities.  
 
"We are so proud of our long-standing partnership with Easter Seals through our CVS Caremark All Kids Can Program. Together, we have helped thousands of children on their path to better health," said Eileen Howard Boone, SVP, corporate social responsibility and philanthropy, CVS Caremark. "We are equally proud of our CVS Caremark colleagues who continue, through Walk With Me, to volunteer and raise money to ensure local Easter Seals services are available to children and families in communities in which our colleagues live and work nationwide."

Since its introduction in 2005, CVS Caremark All Kids Can has committed more than $60 million in support of nonprofit organizations that provide innovative programs and services as part of its commitment to making life easier for children of all abilities. Through All Kids Can, CVS Caremark, its private foundation The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust and 200,000 colleagues nationwide have helped make a positive impact in the lives of nearly 20 million people by providing children of all abilities with opportunities for play and physical activities, access to healthcare services, education and resources focused on helping children of all abilities on their path to better health.

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