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TelaDoc report supports telehealth initiatives

BY Alaric DeArment

DALLAS An increasing amount of evidence supports using telehealth for routine care as well as chronic disease as many Americans wrestle with challenges in accessing quality, affordable health care, according to TelaDoc Medical Services.

A revised white paper by Kenneth Moritsugu, former acting surgeon general of the United States, says telehealth is an effective application for tackling specific issues related to health care.

The paper, titled “Telephone Connectivity Supports Medical Home Model and Removes Barriers to Care,” examines the wide-ranging effects and value of telehealth in helping the medical home model to address coordination of care for individuals with episodic and chronic diseases.

“Effective telehealth programs have the real potential to improve the health and well-being of individuals, the communities in whith they live, work, and play and all society,” Moritsugu wrote.

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Save Mart guarantees prescription filling in 19 minutes or less

BY Adam Kraemer

MODESTO, Calif. In an effort to provide faster service, Save Mart Supermarkets has announced that its Save Mart and Lucky banners will guarantee an order of up to three prescriptions filled within 19 minutes.

Customers whose prescriptions take longer than 19 minutes to fill will receive Save Mart’s offer of dinner and a movie: a $10 store gift card and a free one-night rental from redbox. “Every pharmacy needs to fill every prescription accurately,” said Michele Snider, senior director of pharmacy at Save Mart Supermarkets. “Our pharmacies already provide excellent customer service, and now our 19-Minute Promise will ensure that we also deliver prescriptions quickly.”

Save Mart Supermarkets operates 116 pharmacies in 250 stores in Northern California and Northern Nevada.

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Study finds home delivery of prescriptions increases generics sales

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK Patients are more likely to use generic drugs if they get them from home delivery pharmacies rather than retail pharmacies, according to a study by pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts, which operates a home delivery service.

The study found that patients using Sanofi-Aventis’ Ambien (zolpidem) or a generic version of the drug were 34 percent more likely to pick the generic version if they received it by home delivery.

“Financial incentives are important but not enough to realize the full money-saving potential of therapeutically equivalent generics,” study author Emily Cox said.

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