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2016

Budget deal includes some setbacks for Obamacare

WASHINGTON — Republican opponents of President Obama’s health care law may do better by dismantling the Affordable Care Act piece by piece. Under the budget deal passed by Congress and signed by the president last month, a widely criticized tax on high-cost employer health insurance plans has been delayed and two taxes already being collected

HHS’ Burwell asks pharmacies to help spur ACA enrollment

SAN ANTONIO — U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell stopped at an H-E-B grocery store here, where she drew attention to the December 15 enrollment deadline for consumers who wanted their health insurance plans to become active on ­January 1. Although open enrollment for 2016 health insurance plans continued through

Rogers succeeds Quinn as Walmart marketing chief

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart has named a new chief marketing officer to take the place of the outgoing Stephen Quinn. As of this month, Tony Rogers will return to the company’s Bentonville headquarters from China, where he has served as Walmart’s chief marketing officer for the past two years ­managing traditional, digital and social media

Pharmacists rank high on trust

PRINCETON, N.J. — Although pharmacists scored high, nurses topped Gallup’s Honesty and Ethics of Professions rankings for 2015, a feat that they have accomplished every year but one since they were added to the list in 1999. The exception is 2001, when firefighters were included on the list on a onetime basis, shortly after the

Mobile payment system introduced by Walmart

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart knows customers want to save not just money but also time. To meet that customer need, the retailer has introduced Walmart Pay — “a fast, easy and secure way for customers to pay with their smartphones in Walmart stores.” Built with the goal of improving how customers check out and dramatically

Lawmakers see pharmacists as pillar of MTM

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of congressional representatives is urging that retail pharmacists play a part in a new initiative designed to improve the use of medication therapy management in ­Medicare. Forty-four members of the House of Representatives — 24 Republicans and 20 Democrats — signed a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services

Diplomat fully reaccredited by URAC for specialty Rx

FLINT, Mich. — Diplomat Pharmacy Inc. has been awarded full Specialty Pharmacy reaccreditation by URAC, a Washington, D.C.-based health care accrediting organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry. Diplomat has been fully accredited for specialty pharmacy since 2012. URAC is an independent, nonprofit health care accrediting organization dedicated to promoting health care

Status quo in retail pharmacy won’t suffice

Status quo in retail pharmacy won’t suffice

In many significant ways, the chain drug store business looks very different at the start of 2016 than it did a year ago. Walgreens Boots Alliance, which emerged from a two-step merger process at the close of 2014, spent the past 12 months rationalizing operations in the United States and developing synergies with its retail

Hopes of chain drug industry rest with new leaders

Hopes of chain drug industry rest with new leaders

Christmas is over, yesterday’s news. And the mass retailing community is scampering to assess its impact on sales, earnings and the future. For chain drug retailers, this holiday selling season, like so many before it, was acceptable, if hardly record-setting. As in previous years, America’s drug chains suffered from an absence of exciting new products

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