Survey: HR professionals report employees will benefit from coordinating wellness programs with ACOs
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Employees will benefit from better coordination between their wellness programs and accountable care organization networks, according to as many as 92% of HR professionals recently surveyed by BioIQ.
BioIQ’s fourth annual Wellness Trends survey, released Tuesday, also found that one-in-five HR professionals encourage their employees to engage with an ACO.
“Our research reveals a growing interest in the ACO model as a way to monitor and improve the health of a covered population,” Justin Bellante, CEO at BioIQ, said. “The employer market is looking to ACOs to deliver quality care for a reasonable cost.”
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Growing spread of flu prompts Rite Aid to increase vaccination promotion efforts
CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid is stepping up its flu shot promotions as flu activity increases.
The retail pharmacy chain said Monday that seasonal flu shots were still available at all its stores, and that people who have not received a shot this season should do so as soon as possible. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends flu shots for everyone aged 6 months and older.
In announcing its third-quarter 2014 earnings last month, the 4,592-store chain said it administered 2.4 million flu shots during the season and expected to meet its goal of administering 2.5 million during the fiscal year.
The CDC said also last month that flu activity was picking up in the South, with high activity reported in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, while moderate activity was reported in Oklahoma. Still, a National Consumers League study released around the same time found persistent misconceptions about the safety and efficacy of flu vaccines, with large percentages of adults saying they had not received vaccinations.
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Ahold USA marks 120th pickup point, Chicago e-commerce development center
CARLISLE, Pa. — Ahold USA has opened 120 pickup points for online orders as of the end of 2013, the supermarket operator said Monday.
Ahold, which hopes to triple its online food sales by 2016, said the opening of pickup points in the United States and Europe would be an important part of reaching that goal. Most of the pickup points in the United States are operated under the Stop & Shop, Giant Food of Landover, Md., and Giant Food Stores of Carlisle, Pa., banners. The 120 pickup points compare with only eight a year ago.
The company’s online grocery division, Peapod, also announced the opening of a digital innovation center in Chicago, dubbed Peapod Propulsion Labs, which the company said would further drive its e-commerce efforts.
"There is healthy competition for online talent, and we want to attract that talent to fuel our ambitious growth plans," Ahold USA EVP e-commerce and supply chain Jan van Dam said. "A highly inspired workplace in Chicago is a good start in getting key online talent into our company. Peapod Propulsion Labs is designed to leverage Peapod’s e-commerce expertise across our organization as we continue to take steps to help customers shop where they want, how they want and when they want."
Most retailers are not nearly as far up the learning curve as Ahold’s Peapod when it comes to online shopping. Creating this “center of expertise” allows them to combine decades of experience with the skills and motivation of a new generation of data scientists. The result, at minimum, should be a “great leap forward” in online sales.