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Walgreens, Healthcare Clinic locations across Ohio offering MMR vaccinations

BY Antoinette Alexander

DEERFIELD, Ill. — In response to an executive order recently signed by Gov. John R. Kasich authorizing licensed pharmacists in Ohio to administer the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine to patients, all of the more than 250 Walgreens pharmacies and 35 Healthcare Clinics at select Walgreens throughout Ohio are now offering MMR vaccinations daily with no appointment necessary.

Pharmacists can administer the vaccine to those age 18 and older.  Healthcare Clinics can administer MMR vaccinations to patients 7 years of age and older. The vaccinations are widely covered by most insurance plans.

The Ohio Department of Health currently reports 297 measles cases in the state. There have been 397 cases reported nationwide in 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, marking a 20-year high. Health officials are urging Americans — especially parents with young children, international travelers and those unsure about their vaccination history to make sure vaccination records are up to date.

“Our pharmacists and Healthcare Clinic nurse practitioners are highly trained vaccination experts, and Walgreens responded quickly to the need for more vaccination resources as measles cases have started to spread to different parts of the state,” stated Nick Barsan, Walgreens market pharmacy director, Ohio. “The measles virus is highly contagious and the vaccine is the best protection people can get. Anyone unsure about their vaccination history, especially as it relates to measles or mumps, should talk to their pharmacist or physician as soon as possible.”

In addition to the measles outbreak, the Department of Health is also reporting more than 400 probable and confirmed cases of mumps in Ohio.

Vaccinations are available during all Walgreens pharmacy and Healthcare Clinic hours.

 

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Walgreens, Arizona Priority Care collaborate for population health management

BY Antoinette Alexander

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens and Arizona Priority Care have announced a clinical care collaboration agreement to provide coordinated, expanded services for AzPC Medicare Advantage and ACO members through select Walgreens pharmacies and Healthcare Clinics.
 


The collaborative model brings Walgreens pharmacists and Healthcare Clinic nurse practitioners together with AzPC providers to further coordinate patient care, while giving AzPC members access to a broad range of health care services at select Walgreens.  The program aims to improve patient care while reducing overall costs.
 


“Coordinated care programs are vitally important to help ensure patients have access to the quality care they need, especially in today’s health care environment,” stated Jeffrey Kang, Walgreens SVP of health and wellness services and solutions. “Walgreens brings an expansive retail footprint and diverse portfolio of health care assets and services, and AzPC has long been a leader in providing accountable, coordinated care to its members.  This collaboration further demonstrates the value we provide in partnering with others in the medical community to close critical gaps in care to help further improve patient outcomes.”
 


“We see this collaboration with Walgreens as part of our ongoing strategy of seamlessly providing better ways to keep our members healthy, while lowering health care costs” added Richard Merkin, CEO of AzPC. “This relationship will allow our Arizona members to conveniently access community-based health care services at select Walgreens locations.  We see this as a model for how affordable health care could be more effectively delivered in the U.S., and we are proud to be piloting this type of innovative effort with Walgreens.” 



Walgreens and AzPC will collaborate on a number of clinical and preventive health services aimed at extending physicians’ efforts to provide population health services with the support of Walgreens pharmacy and medication management services.  Some of the collaborative services offered to AzPC members include:
 


  • Medication management – includes MTM and adherence programs;
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Health risk assessments and health testing, including cholesterol and blood pressure;
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Immunizations; and
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Patient education and wellness services.

 

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Report: Target sets sights on Millennials with digital initiatives

BY Antoinette Alexander

MINNEAPOLIS — Target is striving to win the hearts of Millennials with a string of new mobile and digital initiatives, which includes an overhaul of its wedding and baby registry business, according to a USA Today report.

The article also noted that, in the company’s recently launched ad campaign promoting its digital services, it heavily marketed the new features to young couples and families.

Also, in the store, Target will replace all in-store registry kiosks, primarily used for weddings and baby showers, with iPads connected to Target.com. And scanning guns will be replaced with iPod touches, the article stated.

 

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