Rite Aid Health Alliance aims at strengthening patient engagement
Wellness empowerment. Even before Rite Aid’s big announcement last week, officially unveiling its newest program, Rite Aid Health Alliance, those two words more or less reflected every major initiative happening at the company over the last few years: the Wellness stores; wellness+, Rite Aid’s health-based loyalty program; the Wellness Ambassadors in its stores… It’s always been about engaging patients in wellness, and empowering them to take steps to improve their health and well being.
Through the program, Rite Aid pharmacists together with a new patient care position in Rite Aid stores, the Care Coach, work directly with patients with chronic conditions and poly-chronic conditions to help them meet specific health improvement goals, as outlined by the patient’s physician. Care coaches, who are specially trained in behavior change to help patients address health issues related to lifestyle, work with patients to take their physicians’ recommendations and “break them down into sizeable, understandable milestones,” Jocelyn Konrad, VP healthcare initiatives for Rite Aid, told DSN. Rite Aid’s Health Alliance stores can “become an extension of the physician’s office,” she said. “It’s going to be a different experience for the patient. Whatever [they] need to understand and be motivated, we will work to provide it.”
Rite Aid EVP pharmacy Robert Thompson explained that program is helping to avoid unnecessary hospitalizations and problems with medication due to use directive. It is one of the concrete ways in which Rite Aid can address “expanding health care costs,” he said.
With last week’s announcement, Buffalo became the third market in which the company has formed strategic partnerships with large healthcare provider groups, joining Los Angeles, where Rite Aid has partnered with Glendale., Calif.-based Apollo Medical Holdings, and Greensboro/High Point, N.C., where it is partnered with Cornerstone Health Care. In Buffalo, Rite Aid is working with the Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network. During the pilot phase of the program Rite Aid delivered more than 2,300 coaching sessions to about 1,500 patients who had enrolled in the program.
Why are providers interested in partnering with Rite Aid on this? One major trend that DSN expects to see more of in 2014 and beyond, is that physicians, as a result of health reform, are going to need to assume and manage more risk in order to get paid. Payers will keep a sharp eye on measurable quality standards like reduced ER visits, fewer hospital re-admissions, better medication adherence and more. To get it done, providers are going to need to enlist new partners like Rite Aid.
Chronic disease like diabetes and COPD “cost us a lot of dollars because we’re not spending a lot of time with patient,” explained Dr. Raul Vazquez, president of the Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network. The Health Alliance model works, he said, because “it’s about having the time to sit down and navigate the system together,” and it brings together the “silos” of visits to pharmacists and doctors.
Standley called the program and these types of integrated healthcare partnerships and alliances, “the future of health care delivery,” and a core part of Rite Aid’s long-term strategy. “It’s who we are and what we’re about,” he said.
APhA announces 2014 Awards and Honors Program recipients
WASHINGTON — The American Pharmacists Association has announced the selection of the 2014 Awards and Honors Program recipients. Honorees will be officially recognized at the APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Orlando, March 28 to 31.
American Pharmacists Association – Profession Wide Awards:
Remington Honor Medal – Highest Honor in Pharmacy – Marilyn K. Speedie of Minneapolis, MN. The award was established in 1918 to recognize distinguished service on behalf of American pharmacy news during the preceding years, culminating in the past year or during a long period of outstanding activity or fruitful achievement.
Community Pharmacy Residency Excellence in Precepting Award – Cherokee Layson-Wolf of Baltimore, Md. Established in 2003 recognizes a community pharmacy residency director or preceptor who has demonstrated excellence in precepting, mentoring, leadership and community pharmacy residency program administration.
Distinguished Federal Pharmacist Award – CAPT Pamela M. Schweitzer of Baltimore, Md. The award recognizes pharmacists who distinguish themselves and the profession through outstanding contributions in federal pharmacy practice resulting in significant improvements in the health of the nation and the populations they serve.
Distinguished New Practitioner Award – Brent N. Reed of Baltimore, Md. The award was established in 2010 to recognize a new practitioner, within his/her first five years of practice, who has demonstrated distinctive achievements in mentorship, service and commitment to the profession of pharmacy.
Generation Rx Award – Leslie Shepard of Dickson, Tenn. The award was established in 2011 to recognize a pharmacist that has demonstrated a commitment to the mission of substance abuse education.
Gloria Niemeyer Francke Leadership Mentor Award – Ralph L. Saroyan of Stockton, Calif. The award was established in 1993 to recognize an individual who has promoted and encouraged pharmacists to attain leadership positions through example, acting as a role model and mentor.
Good Government Student Pharmacist-of-the-Year Award – Daniel Kudryashov, 2015 PharmD Candidate at the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy. The award recognizes a student pharmacist who successfully organizes student pharmacist grassroots activity within their chapter and actively promotes the value of advocating for the profession.
H.A.B. Dunning Award – Cardinal Health and the Cardinal Health Foundation. This award, established in 1982, recognizes an exemplary contribution to APhA and the practice of pharmacy by a pharmaceutical manufacturer, provider of support products or service, or other entities such as wholesalers, chain corporations, etc.
Honorary Member – N. Lee Rucker and Benjamin Jacobs, both of Bethesda, Md. Honorary membership in APhA is conferred by the Board of Trustees upon individuals, either within the profession of pharmacy or outside of it, whose activities and achievements have had a significant positive impact on public health, the pharmacy profession, and its practitioners.
Honorary President – Theodore G. Tong of Tucson, Ariz. Honorary President of APhA is conferred by the Association upon a member who has made significant contributions to the Association.
Hubert H. Humphrey Award – Senator Earl L. "Buddy" Carter of Pooler, Ga. The award was established in 1978 to recognize APhA members who have made major contributions in government and legislative service at the local, state or national level.
Hugo H. Schaefer Award – Leonard L. Edloe of Mechanicsville, Va. Established in 1964 the Hugo H. Schaefer Award recognizes outstanding voluntary contributions to the organization, the profession, and society.
Linwood F. Tice Friend of the APhA-ASP Award – Marialice Bennett of Columbus, Ohio. The award was established in 1988 to recognize an individual whose long-term services and contributions have benefited the APhA Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP), and thereby student pharmacists in general.
American Pharmacists Association – Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management (APhA-APPM): APhA-APPM Daniel B Smith Practice Excellence Award – Allen Nichol of Gahanna, Ohio. The Award recognizes a pharmacy practitioner, in any practice setting, who has distinguished himself/herself and the profession through outstanding performance and achievements.
APhA-APPM Distinguished Achievement Awards: Pharmacy Management – John O. Beckner of Richmond, Va. The award recognizes an individual who has made significant or sustained contributions in the area of pharmacy management.
Pharmacy Practice – Stuart J. Beatty of Columbus, Ohio. The award recognizes an individual who has developed and/or implemented an innovative, original pharmacy program or service which is significant to their area of practice.
Service – Kristin Weitzel of Gainesville, Fla. The award recognizes an individual who has made significant or sustained contributions in the area of service to their community, their state or at the national level.
Nuclear Pharmacy Practice – Jeffrey P. Norenberg of Albuquerque, N.M. The award recognizes an APhA-APPM member who has made significant or sustained contributions to the practice of nuclear pharmacy.
APhA-APPM Pharmacy Management Excellence Award – Timothy J. Stroup Lansing, Kansas. The award recognizes an APhA member, in any practice setting, who has distinguished himself/herself and the profession through outstanding performance in the area of pharmacy management.
American Pharmacists Association – Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science (APhA-APRS): APhA-APRS Clinical Research Paper Award – Daniel R. Touchette of Chicago. The award promotes and encourages high quality clinical research or practice based research in the clinical sciences by recognizing an original research article in this area, which has been published in the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association.
APhA-APRS Ebert Prize – Sandeep Kumar of St. Louis, Mo. The award recognizes the author(s) of the best report of original investigation of a medicinal substance published in the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the past year. APhA-APRS Research Achievement Award – Marie Chisholm-Burns of Memphis, Tenn. The award recognizes and encourages outstanding, meritorious achievement in any of the pharmaceutical sciences.
APhA-APRS Tyler Prize for Stimulation of Research – Stephen W. Schondelmeyer of Minneapolis. The award recognizes an individual(s) for encouraging research by peers, students, fellows, residents and others via publications or by directing research, serving as a preceptor, or mentoring in any discipline of the pharmaceutical sciences.
APhA-APRS Wiederholt Prize – Bonnie L. Svarstad of Madison, Wisc. The award recognizes the best paper published in the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association (JAPhA), within the past two calendar years, describing original investigation in the areas of economic, social or administrative sciences. Fellows of the American Pharmacists Association: Fellows are either members of the APhA Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management (APhA-APPM) or the APhA Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science (APhA-APRS) with a minimum of 10 years professional experience. To become a Fellow, members must have demonstrated exemplary professional achievements and service to the profession through activities with APhA and other national, state or local professional organizations.
Fellows selected by the APhA Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science are: 1. Amber L Briggs 2. Daniel E. Buffington 3. Lou Diorio 4. Jeff Goad 5. Melissa Somma McGivney 6. Michael Pavlovich 7. Jennifer L. Rodis 8. Norman P. Tomaka 9. Adam C. Welch 10. Pamela A. Whitmire Fellows selected by the APhA Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management are: 1. Tina Penick Brock 2. Carolyn M. Brown 3. CDR Joshua W. Devine 4. Joel F. Farley 5. Kevin C. Farmer 6. Suzan N. Kucukarslan 7. Sidney J. Stohs 8. CoraLynn Trewet 9. Donna S. West-Strum American Pharmacists Association – Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP): Outstanding Chapter Advisor Award – Carol Bugdalski-Stutrud of Detroit, Mich. The award recognizes advisors of APhA-ASP Chapters who have promoted, with distinction, the welfare of student pharmacists through various professional activities.
Outstanding Dean Award – Phillip Oppenheimer of Stockton, Calif. The award recognizes school or college of pharmacy Deans who have made significant contributions to APhA-ASP chapters and who have promoted, with distinction, the welfare of student pharmacists through various community service, leadership and professional activities.
American Pharmacists Association – Immunization Champion Awards: The Immunization Champion Awards recognize individuals and organizations within the profession of pharmacy that have made extraordinary contributions towards improved vaccination rates within their communities. 1. Community Outreach – National Winner– Monali Majmudar – Walgreens 2. Community Outreach – Honorable Mention – Allison Dering-Anderson – University of Nebraska College of Pharmacy 3. Corporate/Institution – National Winner – Safeway 4. Corporate/Institution – Honorable Mention – Osterhaus Pharmacy 5. Friend of Pharmacy – William Schaffner, MD – Vanderbilt University 6. Individual Practitioner – National Winner – Eric Crumbaugh – Arkansas Pharmacists Association; Julie Gambaiani – Genoa Pharmacy 7. Individual Practitioner – Honorable Mention – Todd McWilliams – CVS; George Veltri, BSPharm – Cannon Pharmacy 8. Partnership – National Winner – White County, Arkansas, Local Health Unit 9. Partnership – Honorable Mention – Lifetime Health Medical Group 10. Pharmacy Team Member – Marianne Reed –
Walgreens Pharmacy Today and Student Pharmacist – 2014 One to One Patient Counseling Recognition: The One to One Patient Counseling Recognition awards recognize pharmacists and student pharmacists who have gone above and beyond to help patients understand why they take their medications and how to take them effectively. These individuals demonstrate superior communication skills that result in optimized medication regimes, improvement in patients’ physical and emotional well-being and even lives saved in clinics, hospitals and community pharmacies. Pharmacists selected: • Michelle Gandley • Nicole Kuehle • Monali Majmudar • Charlotte Pendergast • Chaitali Patel • Amir Rahemi • Tina Taylor • Lacey Thornhill • Kristy Van Nest • Hashim Zaibak • Student pharmacists selected: • Robert Angel • Tracy Harlan • Jimena Baron Molinar • Jett Ricks • Jed Sana
Keurig, Peet’s Coffee & Tea team up for new K-cups
WATERBURY, Vt. & EMERYVILLE, Calif. — Keurig Green Mountain, recognized for its beverages and Keurig brewing systems, and Peet’s Coffee & Tea, a specialty coffee and tea company, announced a manufacturing and distribution agreement. The companies plan to launch a selection of Keurig-licensed Peet’s coffee and tea varieties in K-Cup packs by the end of the summer. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Peet’s will continue to roast the beans for its K-Cup packs at its LEED-certified facility in Alameda, Calif.; the roasted beans will be transported to Keurig for grinding and packaging.
“Consumers consistently choose the Keurig brewing system for the quality, simplicity, value and variety of the brands and beverages available in the system,” said Brian Kelley, Keurig’s president and CEO. “We’re thrilled to bring Keurig consumers and Peet’s lovers the choice of Peet’s premium specialty coffees and teas as part of the continually growing Keurig family of brands; hand-roasted by Peet’s and expertly packaged in K-Cup packs by Keurig to deliver optimum freshness and taste with the ease of the Keurig brewing system.”
The new, licensed Peet’s K-Cup packs will be available at grocery stores, mass merchandisers, club stores, Peet’s retail stores and online at Peets.com. Keurig will distribute Peet’s K-Cup packs to specialty and department stores and away from home channels, as well Keurig.com.
“We continue to have incredible growth and success in the single cup category as existing and new consumers have responded very favorably to the quality and experience of Peet’s in the single cup form over the past year,” said Dave Burwick, president and CEO of Peet’s Coffee & Tea. “We believe now is the right time to partner with Keurig and work together to further advance this important, growing category.”