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December 22, 2010

Express Scripts Plans To Expand Headquarters
Express Scripts, Inc. plans to build a 227,000-sq. ft. structure in the NorthPark development area, the third office building and fourth facility at its headquarters campus in North St. Louis County. In addition, an independent study found that Express Scripts generates about $1 billion in economic benefits for Missouri each year. Express Scripts Press Release

CVS MinuteClinic To Launch ‘Ask Me 3’ Health Literacy Program
MinuteClinic entered into an agreement with the National Patient Safety Foundation to launch the “Ask Me 3” health literacy program in its 500 in-store clinics nationwide. Ask Me 3 is a patient education program aimed at improving outcomes by providing better communication between healthcare providers and patients. The launch is set for early 2011. CVS Press Release


Confidentiality Cloaks Medicare Abuse
Christopher G. Wayne doesn’t look like a typical family-practice doctor. Known to admirers as the “Rock Doc,” he wears his hair spiked, punk style, and festoons himself with chains, bangles and leather bracelets.
The Wall Street Journal

Obama wants health insurers to defend large hikes
Health insurance companies that increase premiums by more than 10 percent would be required to justify those higher rates publicly, according to new rules proposed Tuesday by the Obama administration.
The San Francisco Chronicle

Federal program aims to keep seniors out of hospitals and nursing homes
Several mornings a week, a white van stops at Geraldine Miller’s house just east of Baltimore to pick her up for ElderPlus, a government-subsidized day-care program for adults on the campus of the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.
The Washington Post

Many at high heart risk don’t get enough drugs
People who are hospitalized after a heart attack often aren’t getting the kind of intensive cholesterol-lowering drugs that could save their lives, a new study suggests.

Adherence is boosted by face-to-face contact, study finds
Pharmacists at a retail pharmacy are the most influential healthcare “voice” in getting patients to take their medications as prescribed, followed by nurses talking with patients as they are discharged from a hospital, according to research sponsored by CVS Caremark.
Drug Store News



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