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Survey: More than 50% of ACS patients do not follow prescribed OAP regimen

BY Ryan Chavis

PARSIPPANY, N.J. and INDIANAPOLIS — When people with acute coronary syndrome undergo an angioplasty procedure and receive a heart stent, they’re usually prescribed an oral anti platelet therapy and aspirin to prevent a heart attack, a blood clot in the heart stent (also known as stent thrombosis) or even death. 
 
But a recent Harris Poll survey found that 52% of 275 ACS patients currently taking an OAP missed taking or changed the way they take their prescribed OAP therapy, even after being informed by their doctors of its importance. Of the respondents, those under age 65 years — 194 participants — were more likely not to follow their OAP regiment as prescribed than older respondents. 
 
To address the issues, the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association, Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions and Mended Hearts, with help from Daiichi Sankyo and Eli Lilly and Co., are asking healthcare professionals to increase efforts to help ACS patients adhere to their prescribed OAP therapy following an angioplasty or cardiac stent procedure. 
 
"For people who have recently received a heart stent for ACS, changing, skipping or discontinuing OAP therapy increases the risk of serious heart problems or even death," said Jeffrey Cavendish MD, FSCAI, FACC, lead interventional cardiologist for Kaiser Permanente San Diego and director of the cardiac catheterization laboratory at the Scripps Prebys Cardiovascular Institute in La Jolla, California.
 
SCAI, PCNA and Mended Hearts are rolling out the “After the Stent: Follow Your Action Plan” campaign with a goal of improving patient knowledge and practices related to OAP regimens. 
 
"Patients may stop taking their OAP medication for a variety of reasons, such as mistakenly believing their heart condition is 'fixed' or not understanding why or how long they need to take the medication," said Lola Coke, PHD, ACNS-BC, RN-BC, FAHA, FPCNA, associate professor of nursing and cardiovascular clinical nurse specialist at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, and member of the board of directors of PCNA. "Identifying and correcting these misunderstandings is a first step health care professionals can take to ensure medication adherence. Health care professionals need to make sure that ACS patients and caregivers have the right information and support to follow their medication regimens."
 
PCNA and SCAI published a position paper demonstrating the need for increased attention to OAP medication and provides research-based solutions to address non adherence. The paper can be viewed here.
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HealthSpot names three healthcare vets to leadership roles

BY Ryan Chavis

DUBLIN, Ohio — Healthcare technology company HealthSpot on Tuesday named three seasoned hires to its senior leadership team. Dr. Gail Borgatti Croall has been appointed chief medical officer, alongside Eric Eichensehr as chief technology officer and Bruce Roberts as COO. 
 
“We are growing quickly and bringing on board this type of talent is key to our mission to transform healthcare access,” said Steve Cashman, CEO of HealthSpot. “Gail, Eric, and Bruce all possess insight and experience that will be invaluable to achieving our vision of delivering consumer centricity through platform technology to make healthcare accessible for all.”
 
Dr. Borgatti Croall joins the company with over a decade of experience with managed-care companies. She previously served as SVP and CMO for Anthem, OptumHealth and CareSource.  “The work HealthSpot is doing to make healthcare more accessible, convenient and efficient is critical and I am proud to be joining those efforts,” she said of her appointment. 
 
Eric Eichensehr is a veteran of the healthcare IT industry, amassing more than 30 years of experience. He has worked with senior staff and executives at such organizations as Microsoft, General Electric, Cisco Systems and Intel, among others. At HealthSpot, Eichensehr will lead product development, support and quality assurance for the company’s telemedicine station. He will work to develop a software platform to integrate medical records and medical devices to stream medical information between patients and providers. 
 
Bruce Roberts has spent most of his professional life advancing community pharmacy and pharmacist-centered patient care. He’s a founder and owner of four pharmacies, bringing a unique perspective to the company as it makes a move into the retail pharmacy space. During his time as CEO of the National Community Pharmacist Association, he co-founded SureScripts, an electronic prescribing company. 
 
“I hope my nearly 40 years in the pharmacy industry will prove valuable as HealthSpot expands its footprint through partnerships with retail pharmacies across the U.S. and around the world,” Roberts said. 
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Linking pharmacy and nutrition

BY Jim Frederick

The past year has been an eventful one for Hy-Vee.

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The Iowa-based supermarket chain made news early last year by announcing it would enter, for the first time, the Twin Cities market of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Hy-Vee locked down two store locations in the area before year’s end, and laid out a fairly aggressive expansion plan that will add several new stores to the Twin Cities market per year, over the next several years.

Hy-Vee also expanded its reach into community health care and specialty pharmacy, finalizing its purchase last year of Amber Pharmacy.

Now in its 85th year, Hy-Vee thrives by catering to a fiercely loyal customer base with a homegrown brand of personal service and a steadily expanding menu of health-and-wellness offerings, served up by more than 900 pharmacists and some 200 dietitians offering advice on healthy eating in so-called “HealthMarket” departments in most Hy-Vee stores.

The company’s commitment to health-and-wellness is further reflected in such programs as NuVal nutritional scoring system and wellness programs for consumers and employees.

Dietitians and pharmacists provide scheduled group biometric screenings, both within the stores and at local employers’ workplaces, as well as counseling on weight loss, diabetes management and other topics. The company also partners with such regional health entities as the University of Nebraska Medical Center to offer customers rapid-diagnostic tests, conducted by Hy-Vee pharmacists, for such conditions as influenza and strep.

Earlier this year, the chain revealed it would discontinue its Hy-Vee Triathlon events, and “shift its efforts to create a new event series promoting health-and-wellness in children.”

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