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Take Care opens four new clinics

BY Antoinette Alexander

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. Take Care Health Systems, which is owned by Walgreens, has opened four new clinics.

The new clinics are located in Knoxville, Tenn. (1); Memphis, Tenn. (2); and Olive Branch, Miss. (1).

The clinic operator currently operates 318 clinics in 35 markets throughout 18 states.

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SXC to acquire Zynchros

BY Alaric DeArment

LISLE, Ill. Pharmacy benefit management service provider SXC Health Solutions Corp. has acquired Seattle-based formulary management services company Zynchros, SXC announced Monday.

 Founded in 2000, Zynchros provides on-demand formulary management tools to more than 40 health plans and PBMs. SXC said the zynchros.com platform helps payers manage their formulary programs and maintain Medicare Part D compliance.

“Zynchros.com is by far the most advanced and widely installed solution on the market to manage formularies and maintain compliance with Medicare Part Drequirements,” SXC president and chief executive officer Mark Thierer said in a statement. “This acquisition further cements SXC’s leadership position as the industry?s technology-enabled PBM.”

Health insurance plans and PBMs use Zynchros? services to control pharmacy benefit costs and leverage e-prescribing and electronic medical records initiatives.

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Allsup to receive disability records electronically

BY Alaric DeArment

BELLEVILLE, Ill. A company that provides financial and healthcare services to people with disabilities complimented the Social Security Administration Monday for its decision that it will begin receiving medical records for some disability applicants electronically, starting in 2009.

Allsup, based in Belleville, Ill., said it was the latest in a number of technology initiatives that the SSA has undertaken.

 

“This announcement is another sign of the agency?s commitment to embracing modern technology to help break the disability application backlog,” Allsup president and chief executive officer Jim Allsup said in a statement. “We know from our experience that it can take up to 30 days to receive medical records from many providers. Eliminating that delay should streamline the initial claims review and speed up disability determinations.”

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