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CVS Be The First youth anti-smoking drive in 3rd year

CVS Be The First youth anti-smoking drive in 3rd year

 WOONSOCKET, R.I. — As part of its “Be The First” multiyear smoking cessation campaign, CVS Health plans to award $10 million this year to support youth smoking prevention and education programs and strategies nationwide. CVS said Monday that the new commitments, funded through the company and the CVS Health Foundation, are part of its

CVS Health launches Transform Rheumatoid Arthritis Care

CVS Health launches Transform Rheumatoid Arthritis Care

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health has added a rheumatoid arthritis program to its Transform Care offering to help pharmacy benefit management clients better manage care and costs for certain disease states. Called Transform Rheumatoid Arthritis Care, the new program aims to foster the use of lower-cost therapies via pharmacy network and utilization management tools, along with value-based

CVS redoubles efforts to tackle opioid abuse

CVS redoubles efforts to tackle opioid abuse

WOONSOCKET, R.I — CVS Health has unveiled a sweeping plan that marshals its integrated pharmacy assets to help stem the rising tide of drug misuse and abuse, namely opioid painkillers. CVS said Thursday that its enterprisewide strategy to fight the opioid epidemic includes initiatives for safe drug disposal and utilization management of pain medications, as

CVS Pharmacy to kick off Project Health

CVS Pharmacy to kick off Project Health

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Pharmacy is set to launch its annual free health screening campaign, Project Health. CVS said Wednesday that from Sept. 7 to Dec. 17, it plans to hold 450 Project Health wellness events and provide more than $5 million of free health services at CVS Pharmacy locations in 10 multicultural communities with

Surescripts raises bar for e-prescriptions with Sentinel

Surescripts raises bar for e-prescriptions with Sentinel

ARLINGTON, Va. — Surescripts aims to sharpen the accuracy of electronic prescribing with the launch of its new Sentinel automated e-prescription monitoring system. Announced this week, Sentinel will boost patient safety, care quality and workflow efficiency by pinpointing areas for improvement and analyzing e-prescribing trends for better patient care, the health information network said. Sentinel

CVS Health reins in prescription drug trend

CVS Health reins in prescription drug trend

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health said it was able to counteract rising prescription drug prices for its pharmacy benefit management clients in 2016, achieving their lowest drug trend in the past four years. CVS said Wednesday that CVS Caremark clients saw their prescription drug trend fall to an average of 3.2% last year versus 5%

CVS steers more funds to tobacco-free campaign

CVS steers more funds to tobacco-free campaign

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health has earmarked $10 million in new and expanded partnerships and programs for the second year of “Be The First,” its five-year, $50 million initiative to help deliver the nation’s first tobacco-free generation. CVS said Monday that the partnerships and programs — funded through CVS Health and the CVS Health Foundation

CVS mobilizes integrated model for chronic care

CVS mobilizes integrated model for chronic care

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Early next year, CVS Health plans to launch a diabetes care program for its pharmacy benefit management (PBM) clients that provides clinical services and cost management solutions. Called Transform Diabetes Care, the program offers members tailored support to improve the health outcomes, reduce pharmacy costs via trend management, and lower medical costs

CVS Health helps colleges go smoke-free

CVS Health helps colleges go smoke-free

ATLANTA — The American Cancer Society and the CVS Health Foundation have awarded grants to 20 U.S. colleges and universities through their Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative (TFGCI). The $3.6 million, multiyear program aims to drive the adoption and implementation of smoke- and tobacco-free campus policies and is part of CVS Health’s “Be The First” five-year,

CVS med sync initiative eliminates barriers

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its ScriptSync medication synchronization program. The pharmacy service that enables patients who regularly take multiple medications to pick up eligible maintenance prescriptions in a monthly visit to a CVS Pharmacy store. More than a million customers have been enrolled in ScriptSync, and preliminary results

CVS Health’s ScriptSync shows results

CVS Health’s ScriptSync shows results

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — It’s now over a year that CVS Health launched its ScriptSync medication synchronization program, and for many participants the service has made a difference. CVS said Thursday that in the past year, more than 1 million patients have been enrolled in ScriptSync at CVS Pharmacy. Preliminary results, which tracked enrolled patients’ average days

CVS Project Health campaign gets under way

CVS Project Health campaign gets under way

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health has kicked off Project Health, its annual campaign to foster access to primary care and promote a preventive approach to health care. CVS said Wednesday that, from Sept. 8 to Dec. 18, it will provide nearly $8 million of free health services through more than 500 Project Health events at

CVS: Interventions yield savings with chronic patients

CVS: Interventions yield savings with chronic patients

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Interventions that keep chronic disease patients on their medications are “extraordinarily cost-effective,” according to CVS Health. CVS said Monday that a new study from the CVS Health Research Institute, published in The American Journal of Managed Care, also found a greater opportunity for savings if medication adherence resources focus on patients with

CVS: Rx reconciliation can cut hospital readmissions

CVS: Rx reconciliation can cut hospital readmissions

WOONSOCKET, R.I. —Medication reconciliation programs can help patients avoid hospital readmission and, in turn, unnecessary health care costs, according to a study from the CVS Health Research Institute. Also this week, the CVS Health Foundation announced a new grant to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to help improve counseling by pediatric health care providers about tobacco and exposure