Walgreens, Orlando Health Collaborate On Patient Care Access

DEERFIELD, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Walgreens and Orlando Health, a comprehensive not-for-profit health care organization based in Orlando, Fla., today announced a clinical collaboration that will provide coordinated and expanded health care services, while improving patient access to high-quality, convenient and affordable care throughout Central Florida.

Swisher Launches Innovative Bed Bug Product

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 28, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Swisher Hygiene Inc., a leading provider of essential hygiene and sanitizing products and services, today announced the launch of Shield RTP (Ready to Protect), an easy-to-use insecticide engineered to eliminate bed bugs and its relatives on contact and provide lasting residual control.

Research Points To ACO, Pharma Firm Collaboration

The relationship between Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and the pharmaceutical industry has drawn attention since the Pioneer ACOs started forming in 2012. Critics and proponents alike have questions about how pharma and the ACOs will work together, particularly as it relates to the divergence of rising drug prices and the ACO initiatives to streamline costs.

Calif. Healthcare Plan Selects McKesson VITAL Care Management

The system is designed to optimize care management through technology tools and nurse-directed activities.

Kern Health Systems, a managed care health plan based in Bakersfield, California, has selected McKesson to provide disease, chronic condition, and case management services to its members. With this agreement, thousands of people in Kern County will receive sophisticated care management programs and educational materials based on their individual health needs. McKesson VITAL Care Management’s customized programs and materials will help improve health outcomes through better coordination of care, and in turn help reduce the financial burden on the health care system. 

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McKesson To Acquire Health Management Provider MedVentive

McKesson announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire MedVentive, a leading provider of population and risk management tools that drive transparency in healthcare cost and quality.

H. D. Smith Names VP For Fast-Growing Home Healthcare Division

Springfield, IL-based wholesaler H.D. Smith announced the appointment of Timothy Booth to corporate vice president and head of its Home Healthcare Division, a fast-growing segment of the Company's customer service offerings.

Fewer Patients Seeing Dentist to Treat Mouth Pain

A recent survey shows patients are more likely to pop pain pills for a toothache than to schedule a dentist appointment.

Savings from Generic Drugs Adds Up over Last Decade

Use of generic drugs has saved the U.S. healthcare system more than $1 trillion over the last decade, reports the Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA) in a new study that cites analysis from IMS Health.

Healthcare Spending Grows 3.8% in May

A recent study indicates that growth in healthcare spending increased, but at a slower pace than any time since January 1999.

Health spending in May 2012 grew by a modest 3.8 percent compared to May 2011, continuing a trend of roughly 4 percent annual growth since 2009. Health care prices in May 2012 were 2.0 percent higher than in May 2011, ticking up a tenth from April. On a 12-month moving average basis, price growth is lower now than at any time since January 1999.
These data come from the July Health Sector Economic Indicators briefs released by Altarum Institute’s Center for Sustainable Health Spending.

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Healthcare Packaging Market to Reach $93 Billion in 2012

A market research report from indicates that emerging economies and evolving technologies are fueling growth.

The global healthcare packaging market is a complex and large market. The varied factors affecting the drug demand and consumption as well the development of medical practices will determine the growth of this market in future. Also, being a vital industry, the healthcare packaging market is directly linked to economic development. As emerging economies grow, demand for healthcare packaging will increase, further strengthening the market. Visiongain calculates that the global healthcare packaging market will reach $93.9bn in 2012

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