• Nutrisystem Launches Digital Weight Loss System


    Nutrisystem Launches Digital Weight Loss System New Multi-Platform Digital Product Designed for DIY Category Backed by Over 40 Years of Weight Loss Expertise Nutrisystem announces the launch of NuMi(TM) by Nutrisystem, a flexible, new digital weight loss system for the do-it-yourself dieter as well as dieters transitioning from a structured meal plan or looking for a post-diet weight maintenance program. … FORT WASHINGTON, Pa., April 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Nutrisystem, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTRI), a leading provider of weight management products and services, announced today the launch of NuMi™ by Nutrisystem, a flexible, new digital weight loss system for the do-it-yourself dieter as well as dieters transitioning from a structured meal plan or looking for a post-diet weight maintenance program. Backed by over 40 years of weight loss expertise combined with cutting-edge technology, NuMi offers an interactive solution for the nutritional, emotional and physical components of a weight loss journey. “We recognize that there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to weight loss. In fact, 83% of all dieters try to lose weight without a structured program,” explained Dawn Zier, CEO of Nutrisystem. “We believe that it is important to have a digital product as part of our portfolio that addresses the needs of do-it-yourself dieters – a new segment for us – and also helps people transition from structured programs. Having the ability to get in-the-moment coaching is a game changer in this space and allows NuMi to provide a truly individualized solution for dieters looking for flexibility in managing their weight loss journey.” Nutrisystem set up an entrepreneurial team of engineers, data scientists, nutritionists and psychologists to pioneer NuMi’s holistic, interactive solution. The premise: the best diet for anyone is the one they can stick with given their ever-changing lifestyle needs. “We developed an interactive system that is far more than a prescribed diet, tracker or calorie counter. NuMi is designed for today’s DIY dieters as they go about their daily lives – whether they’re at home or at a restaurant, in the mood to exercise or feeling sluggish, looking to lose 5 pounds or 25 pounds,” said Aditi Gokhale, Senior Vice President & GM Digital at Nutrisystem. “Losing weight and keeping it off is not easy. We’re thrilled to have pioneered a real time, on-the-go weight loss system that addresses and adapts to an individual’s nutritional, emotional and physical aspects of weight loss all in one program.” NuMi — How It Works: The NuMi™ digital weight loss system is designed to take real life into account on the journey to lose weight. It’s not focused on any particular nutrient, ingredient or food group. It’s focused on an individual’s weight loss goals and changing needs. With NuMi, Nutrisystem is pioneering a new approach to lose weight, the company calls “Responsive Dieting(SM).” Responsive Dieting is adaptive to an individual’s food preferences, lifestyle, metabolism, activity level and weight loss goals. NuMi provides: Behavior modification: NuMi’s patent pending behavior modification system, tracks everyday moments that affect weight loss, including “Victories,” “Wobbles” and “Slip-ups,” and provides real time insights and guidance throughout the weight loss journey; One-on-one real time mentoring: On demand live chat with the NuMi™ squad, a dedicated coaching team available 7-days a week, who motivate, listen and provide weight loss advice all in real time Personalization: NuMi’s weight loss system personalizes and adjusts daily calorie goals based on a user’s overall goals and lifestyle; Solutions for eating out: Eat out menu recommendations at over 300 restaurants/chains; Solutions for eating in: More than 12,000 expertly curated and nutritionist reviewed eat in recommendations; Activity suggestions: Over 200 every day activity suggestions based on lifestyle, location and time; Integration with fitness devices: Integration with a variety of activity trackers and wifi scales automatically uploaded into a user’s NuMi™ weight loss plan. NuMi can be used on a desktop or smartphone with seamless synching. It is available for download in the iTunes App Store now and will be coming to the Google Play Store soon. To learn more about NuMi, visit http://www.numi.com on the web or mobile device. About Nutrisystem, Inc. Nutrisystem, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTRI) is a leading provider of weight loss solutions and weight-related products and services including its structured food delivery program Nutrisystem® My Way® and its new digital platform NuMi™ by Nutrisystem. Nutrisystem has helped consumers lose weight for more than 40 years by providing quality foods and a nutritionally balanced meal program. Nutrisystem® meal plans feature more than 150 menu options, along with counseling options from trained weight-loss coaches, registered dietitians and certified diabetes educators. Customers are provided further support from the online community, tools, trackers, mobile apps and more. Nutrisystem® plans are consistent with national guidelines for dietary intake meeting targets for fat, sodium, sugar, cholesterol, fiber and physical activity. Additionally, plans can be customized to specific dietary needs and preferences including the Nutrisystem® D® program for people with diabetes or those at risk for type 2 diabetes. Healthcare professionals may learn more about the programs by visiting www.nutrisystem.com/hcp. Nutrisystem® weight loss plans are available directly to consumers through www.nutrisystem.com, by phone (1-800-435-4074) and at select retailers. The NuMi multi-platform system and downloadable App can be found at http://www.numi.com. Photo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140424/78185 Logo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140424/78199 SOURCE Nutrisystem, Inc. CONTACT: Robin Shallow, Vice President, Communications, Nutrisystem, Inc., rshallow@numi.com, 215-346-8068; Deanna Every, Public Relations Manager, Nutrisystem, Inc., devery@numi.com, 215-478-1433








  • Groundbreaking new website launches, giving public access to measures of child wellbeing and equity throughout the U.S

    The Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy (ICYFP) at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management has launched a new online data and analysis tool, providing unprecedented insight into wellbeing and equity among the ever-more diverse child population in the United States.

    The site, diversitydatakids.org, allows users to create customized profiles, rankings and maps that make data visual and digestible. It also features a neighborhood-level child opportunity index, the first of its kind, developed in partnership with the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University. This index allows users to view interactive maps of the opportunities that are available to children in their own neighborhoods; a story that is often strikingly different by race/ethnicity.

    In addition to providing this index and hundreds of standard data indicators broken down by race and ethnicity, this site generates unique, equity-focused indicators of known structural factors that influence disparities in healthy child development. It also allows users to drill down from the national level to smaller levels of geography such as metropolitan areas and school districts, and in some cases, down to the neighborhood level, providing pinpoint views of the often nuanced inequities present among children of various racial and ethnic groups.

    “The U.S. child population is increasingly racially and ethnically diverse, but unfortunately not all children have the same opportunities for healthy development,” said Dolores Acevedo-Garcia, Director of ICYFP and principal investigator of the diversitydatakids.org project. “Our future hinges on our ability to ensure equitable opportunities for children across all racial and ethnic groups to lead healthy, productive lives. We hope that our data will equip users to become more informed advocates for all children and especially for vulnerable children.”

    The U.S. philanthropy community is increasingly focused on data that promotes child advocacy through a lens of racial and ethnic equity. This project was originally funded with longtime support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which also supported the development of diversitydatakids.org’s parent project (www.diversitydata.org), created in 2007.

    “Diversitydatakids.org is an invaluable resource for all communities working on racial equity. Census and other data that tell the story of our nation’s children will help refine the strategies the racial healing and racial equity movements use to accomplish this important work,” said Dr. Gail C. Christopher, Vice President of Program Strategy at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. “We are proud of how this project has grown and evolved over the nine years of our partnership, and we are grateful for the tools it will continue to provide to foundation grantees in the years to come.”

    The diversitydatakids.org project has also received support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), which has prioritized building an inclusive and equitable culture of health for all Americans. The RWJF Commission for a Healthier America has recently released recommendations to improve health through early childhood education, community development, and promoting health outside the medical system. The data that diversitydatakids.org provides is closely aligned with and will help monitor the Commissions’ health recommendations.

    “We are working to build a culture of health for all Americans,” said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, “a culture in which the health of our children is a matter of fact, not a matter of chance. The diversitydatakids.org project can be an indispensable tool in helping communities assess their health – and then take steps to improve it. RWJF is very proud to be able to support this big step forward for children and their health.”

    The launch of diversitydatakids.org is accompanied by the release of two fact sheets demonstrating how data can contribute to a more robust narrative around diversity and racial equity for children. The site will continue to release fact sheets and other content, sharing insights and providing examples of how data can be used by site visitors at any level of expertise.

    The site’s launch is the culmination of years of work at ICYFP on collecting the highest-quality data available on the U.S. child population and representing it in a way that tells a compelling story: child experiences in America vary drastically by race and ethnicity, often in ways that are systematically unfair and avoidable. The diversitydatakids.org team and ICYFP hope that the project will illuminate these issues for the public and provide a toolkit for other researchers, policymakers, and advocates to effect positive, lasting change for children in the U.S.

    For more information, visit www.diversitydatakids.org.

    The Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy (CYFP)
    The Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy (ICYFP) is located at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. The research team at ICYFP engages in both quantitative and qualitative research studies of children and families as well as the social policies that directly affect their wellbeing.

    The mission of ICYFP is to conduct and disseminate policy-relevant research on the wellbeing, health and development of children and their families. ICYFP seeks to understand the causes of inequities in children’s ability to achieve health and to offer program and policy solutions to alleviate these inequities. Research at ICYFP is strongly focused on understanding and quantifying disparities among children and their families by race/ethnicity, immigrant status, socioeconomic status, or disability status as they manifest themselves in opportunities for good health, education, and financial stability.

    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    For more than 40 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve the health and health care of all Americans. We are striving to build a national culture of health that will enable all Americans to live longer, healthier lives now and for generations to come. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org. Follow the Foundation on Twitter at www.rwjf.org/twitter or on Facebook at www.rwjf.org/facebook.

    W.K. Kellogg Foundation
    The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create the conditions where vulnerable children can realize their full potential in school, work and life.

    The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Mich., and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit www.wkkf.org.

    SOURCE diversitydatakids.org

  • The rewards for reporting gross instances of healthcare fraud can be substantial if the proof is very well-documented

    The Corporate Whistleblower Center believes Medicare fraud, or overbilling in the healthcare industry is completely out of control, mainly because of little to no oversight. The group is especially interested in talking to physicians, or employees of companies providing diagnostic testing, imaging, dialysis, or hospice, provided they have very well documented proof of substantial Medicare fraud, or overbilling that is in the hundreds of thousands, or in the millions of dollars. The rewards for this kind of information can be significant. For more information, potential whistleblowers are urged to contact the Corporate Whistleblower Center at 866-714-6466. http://CorporateWhistleblowerCenter.Com

    As an example according to a February 2014 Justice Department press release, Diagnostic Imaging Group (DIG) has agreed to pay a total of $15.5 million to resolve allegations that its diagnostic testing facility falsely billed federal and state health care programs for tests that were not performed or not medically necessary as well as paying kickbacks to physicians.

    The settlement also resolves allegations that DIG paid kickbacks to physicians for the referral of diagnostic tests. According to the government, the kickbacks allegedly were in the form of payments that DIG made to physicians to supervise patients who underwent nuclear stress testing. These payments allegedly exceeded fair market value and were, in fact, intended to reward physicians for their referrals.

    The three whistleblowers in this case will receive $ 1.5 million , $ 1.07 million and $ 209,250 , respectively, as part of this settlement.

    The Corporate Whistleblower Center says, “If you are a medical doctor, or an employee at a diagnostic imaging center, a dialysis center, a rehab center, or any type of healthcare company that is involved in substantial Medicare fraud or overbilling, we definitely want to talk to you, provided you have well detailed proof such as e-mails, accounting records, or documents detailing the fraud. Unlike any group in the US, we will help you package your information, and we will get you to one of the nation’s top whistleblower attorneys.” For more information potential whistleblowers can call the Corporate Whistleblower Center anytime at 866-714-6466. http://CorporateWhistleblowerCenter.Com

    Simple rules for a whistleblower from the Corporate Whistleblower Center:

    • Do not go to the government first if you are a major whistleblower. The Corporate Whistleblower Center says, “Major whistleblowers frequently go to the federal government thinking they will help. It’s a huge mistake.”
    • Do not go to the news media with your whistleblower information. Any public revelation of a whistleblower’s information could destroy any prospect for a whistleblower reward with the DOJ.
    • Do not try to force a government contractor, or corporation to come clean to the government about their wrongdoing. The Corporate Whistleblower Center says, “Fraud is so rampant among federal contractors that any suggestion of exposure might result in an instant job termination, or harassment of the whistleblower. Come to us first, tell us what type of information you have, and if we think it’s sufficient, we will help find the right law firms to assist in advancing your information.”

    Any type of insider or employee who possesses significant proof of their employer or a government contractor defrauding the federal government is encouraged to contact to Corporate Whistleblower Center anytime at 866-714-6466 or via their web site at http://CorporateWhistleBlowerCenter.Com

    For attribution purposes please refer the Justice Department February 2014 press release: http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2014/February/14-civ-200.html

    Case Numbers:  The three cases are captioned United States ex rel. Mark Novick, M.D. v. Doshi Diagnostic Imaging Services P.C. , Civil Action No. 09-4992 (D.N.J.), United States ex rel. Rey Solano v. Diagnostic Imaging Group et al., Civil Action No. 10-267 (D.N.J.) and United States ex rel. Richard Steinman, M.D. v. Diagnostic Imaging Group, et al., Civil Action No. 10-4161 (E.D.N.Y.).

    Media Contact:

    M. Thomas Martin, 866-714-6466

    Read more news from the Corporate Whistleblower Center.

    SOURCE Corporate Whistleblower Center

  • CVS/pharmacy Now Offers “Talking” Prescription Labels Through its Online Pharmacy for Individuals with Vision Impairments


    CVS/pharmacy announced today that it now provides ScripTalk talking prescription labels for prescriptions ordered for home delivery through its online pharmacy, CVS.com. The ScripTalk labels provide a safe and convenient way to access information on prescription labels for individuals who cannot read standard print. The ScripTalk labels are free to CVS.com pharmacy customers who are blind or visually impaired. Customers can also obtain a free ScripTalk reader from Envision America that will enable them to listen to the information on the ScripTalk label.

    “We are pleased to offer the ScripTalk service to our online pharmacy customers who are visually impaired,” said Josh Flum, Senior Vice President of Retail Pharmacy at CVS Caremark. “Enhancing access to important information about prescriptions is in keeping with our purpose of helping people on their path to better health.”

    Today’s announcement is the result of collaboration between CVS/pharmacy, the American Foundation for the Blind, American Council of the Blind and California Council of the Blind. These groups applauded CVS/pharmacy’s actions.

    “The lack of accessible labels on prescription drug containers puts people with vision loss at serious risk of medication mishaps,” said Paul Schroeder, Vice President of Programs & Policy at the American Foundation for the Blind. “We applaud CVS/pharmacy for taking steps to provide speech access to label information for customers with vision loss along with its willingness to evaluate methods to improve large print labels.”

    “This agreement is a positive step that allows for a greater level of privacy, safety, and independence for blind and visually impaired Americans of all ages who take prescription medications,” said Kim Charlson, president of the American Council of the Blind.

    “The California Council of the Blind applauds CVS’s willingness to offer access to the information on prescription medication labels. As a result of this initiative, persons who are blind or visually impaired who use CVS mail order to fill their prescription needs will have the same direct, and independent access to label information as do sighted customers,” stated Donna Pomerantz, President, California Council of the Blind.

    About CVS/pharmacy
    CVS/pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE: CVS), is America’s leading retail pharmacy with more than 7,600 CVS/pharmacy and Longs Drug stores. CVS/pharmacy is reinventing pharmacy to help people on their path to better health by providing the most accessible and personalized expertise, both in its stores and online at CVS.com. General information about CVS/pharmacy and CVS Caremark is available at http://info.cvscaremark.com.

    About American Council of the Blind (ACB) and California Council of the Blind (CCB)
    American Council of the Blind is a national consumer-based advocacy organization working on behalf of blind and visually impaired Americans throughout the country with members organized through seventy state and special interest affiliates. California Council of the Blind is the California affiliate of the ACB and is a statewide membership organization with 40 local chapters and statewide special interest associations. ACB and CCB are dedicated to improving the quality of life, equality of opportunity and independence of all people who have visual impairments. Their members and affiliated organizations have a long history of commitment to the advancement of policies and programs which will enhance independence for people who are blind and visually impaired. More information about ACB and CCB can be found by visiting www.acb.org and http://www.ccbnet.org.

    About American Foundation for the Blind
    The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a national nonprofit that expands possibilities for people with vision loss. AFB’s priorities include broadening access to technology; elevating the quality of information and tools for the professionals who serve people with vision loss; and promoting independent and healthy living for people with vision loss by providing them and their families with relevant and timely resources. AFB is also proud to house the Helen Keller Archives and honor the over forty years that Helen Keller worked tirelessly with AFB. For more information visit AFB online.

    Media Contacts:

    Mike DeAngelis

    Kim Charlson
    President, American Council of the Blind

    Adrianna Montague-Devaud
    Chief Communications and Marketing Officer
    American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
    Tel. (212) 502-7615

    SOURCE CVS/pharmacy







  • Nature Partner Journals, a new brand of open access journals

    Nature Publishing Group (NPG) is increasing its commitment to open science with the launch of the ‘Nature Partner Journal’ series. This high-quality, online-only subject specific portfolio of journals brings Nature’s reputation for impact and excellence to open access and publishing partnerships. The Nature Partner Journals will be characterized by landmark partnerships with institutions, foundations and academic societies. The home for Nature Partner Journals launched today at www.nature.com/npj.

    For each journal, NPG and its partner have jointly identified a need for a high-quality, peer-reviewed open access publication in high-impact and emerging or under-served fields.

    The first three titles of the Nature Partner Journal portfolio are:

    npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine, http://www.nature.com/npjpcrm/ (with Primary Care Respiratory Society – UK and the International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG))
    npj Schizophrenia (with Schizophrenia International Research Society)
    npj Biofilms and Microbiomes (with Nanyang Technological University – NTU and Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – SCELSE)
    Nature Partner Journals will adopt a modified set of Nature editorial standards, with rigorous requirements for the training and appointment of Editors-in-Chief and continuous assessment of editorial quality against agreed key performance indicators.

    NPG, with strategic partner Frontiers, is a leading open access publisher. Together, they published 10,500 open access research papers in 2013, 51% of their combined research publication output for the year. All 63 NPG academic, society and partner publications have introduced open access options or are open access journals. For more information see URL (http://www.nature.com/libraries/open_access/index.html).

    Comment from NPG and its partners:

    “The Nature name is synonymous with our commitment to serving science & scientists, and with ambitions for high editorial standards,” says Philip Campbell, Editor-in-Chief of Nature and Nature Publishing Group. “Research is ever changing, and the Nature Partner Journals are one way in which we can meet the evolving needs of the research community. It is a pleasure to be collaborating in editorial expertise with our academic editors and partners.”

    “NPG is dedicated to both publishing the world’s leading research and to furthering open science,” says Martin Delahunty, Global Head of Partnership Journals, Open Research, NPG. “The Nature Partner Journals series enables us to share with our partners our strengths as a publisher of high-impact scientific research, and to increase the open access options we can make available to researchers.”

    “We are delighted to re-launch the Primary Care Respiratory Journal, the world’s only fully indexed academic journal devoted to primary care management of respiratory disease, in partnership with NPG as npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine. We look forward to broadening the scope and appeal of the journal to both primary and secondary care professionals and academics,” Dr Patrick White, Chair, Primary Care Respiratory Society UK.

    “The International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG) very much looks forward to working alongside Primary Care Respiratory Society UK with Nature Publishing Group to raise the profile of respiratory research that reflects and is of value to real-life primary care. Our research and clinical networks reach primary care in all four continents and we believe that Nature’s global reach will stretch and strengthen them,” Associate Professor Niels Chavannes, President IPCRG.

    “We are very pleased to launch npj Schizophrenia in partnership with Nature Publishing Group. Our society represents leading researchers in schizophrenia from around the world. This journal coupled with Nature’s reputation and visibility will be a valuable resource in furthering our goals of advancing the creation and dissemination of new knowledge in this area,” John Kane, President, Schizophrenia International Research Society.

    “NTU’s partnership with NPG to establish a new open access journal npj Biofilms and Microbiomes is timely as the university ramps up its formation of a new Life Science and Biomedical research cluster. This new publication platform will bring together scientists studying the social behaviour of complex microbial communities across a wide disciplinary spectrum and covering natural, medical and industrial settings. NTU is always looking for such opportunities to play our part in pushing the frontiers of new, emerging fields,” said NTU President Professor Bertil Andersson.

    About Nature Publishing Group (NPG)
    Nature Publishing Group (NPG) is a publisher of high impact scientific information in print and online. NPG publishes journals, online databases and services across the life, physical, chemical and applied sciences.

    Focusing on the needs of scientists, Nature (founded in 1869) is the leading weekly, international scientific journal. NPG publishes a range of Nature research journals and Nature Reviews journals, and a range of prestigious academic and partner journals including society-owned publications. Online, nature.com provides over 8 million visitors per month with access to NPG publications and services, including news and comment from Nature, and the leading scientific jobs board Naturejobs.

    Part of the Nature Publishing Group family is Frontiers, a community-driven open-access publisher and research network. NPG and Frontiers work together to empower researchers to change the way science is communicated, through open access publication and open science tools. For more information on Frontiers, please go to www.frontiersin.org.

    Scientific American is at the heart of NPG’s consumer media division, meeting the needs of the general public. Founded in 1845, Scientific American is the oldest continuously published magazine in the US and the leading authoritative publication for science in the general media. Together with scientificamerican.com and 14 local language editions around the world it reaches over 5 million consumers and scientists. Other titles include Scientific American Mind and Spektrum der Wissenschaft in Germany.

    Throughout all its businesses NPG is dedicated to serving the scientific community and the wider scientifically interested general public. Part of Macmillan Science and Education, NPG is a global company with principal offices in London, New York and Tokyo, and offices in cities worldwide including Boston, San Francisco, Washington DC, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Cairo, Dubai, Delhi, Mumbai, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Melbourne, Osaka, Seoul, Barcelona, Madrid, Basingstoke, Heidelberg, Munich and Paris. For more information, please go to www.nature.com.

    SOURCE Nature Publishing Group

    CONTACT: Rachel Scheer (Corporate Public Relations Manager), Nature Publishing Group, +1 212 451 8569, r.scheer@us.nature.com

  • Hospital for Special Care Launches “Spectrum of Kindness” to Foster a Better Understanding of Autism and the Faces Behind the Numbers

    In light of the recent report released by the CDC yesterday announcing new Autism prevalence rates and the increasing number of children being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Hospital for Special Care is increasing its Autism awareness efforts and focusing on the faces behind the numbers of those diagnosed.

    To support Autism Awareness Month nationally, Hospital for Special Care has created an online community and resource to help promote a better understanding of caring for children with Autism ASD.

    The goal of the initiative is to gather and share positive, real-world accounts of the everyday hurdles and joys associated with Autism that will inspire others to be more informed, tolerant and giving of themselves to help make it easier for those living with ASD.

    Through Spectrum of Kindness, individuals can share their stories of kindness and inspire others by uploading a story, video or photos — whether it’s an act of kindness in a potentially stressful public setting, a teacher that has gone that extra mile or a family that has been helped by an extraordinary caregiver.

    Visit www.Spectrumofkindness.org for more information, share your stories and be inspired.

    About Hospital for Special Care
    Hospital for Special Care (HSC) is one of the five largest, free-standing long-term acute care hospitals in the United States and the nation’s only long-term acute-care hospital serving adults and children. HSC is recognized for advanced care and rehabilitation in pulmonary care, acquired brain injury, medically-complex pediatrics, neuromuscular disorders (including ALS research), spinal cord injury, comprehensive heart failure as well as diagnostic, assessment and consulting services for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders.

    Located in New Britain and Hartford, CT, HSC operates inpatient and outpatient facilities serving Southern New England on a not-for-profit basis. For the latest news and information, please visit www.hfsc.org, and follow us on Twitter @HospSpecialCare.

    Logo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140328/NY93117LOGO

    SOURCE Hospital for Special Care

    CONTACT: Jordana Carideo, Mason, Inc., 203.393.1101 x166, Jcarideo@mason23.com

  • CVS Caremark Charitable Trust Invests Millions of Dollars in Access to Health Care for Underserved Populations

    CVS Caremark Charitable Trust logo.  (PRNewsFoto/CVS Caremark Charitable Trust)The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, a private foundation created by CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE: CVS), today announced the recipients of nearly 70 grants awarded to free and charitable clinics, school-based health centers (SBHCs) and community health centers as part of a $5 million commitment to increase access to health care in communities nationwide through partnerships with the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC), the School-Based Health Alliance and the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC). The grant recipients will help increase access to health care and coordinated care to improve health outcomes for people of all ages across the country.

    CVS Caremark also commits to data sharing and providing insight into community health by launching a Community Health Barometer that will unveil the state of health care for underserved populations nationwide. The barometer will survey grant recipients and their patients on a quarterly basis to identify challenges in patient care, to monitor progress and the impact of health care services, uncover best practices in smoking cessation, to discover key trends in health care access and to develop an understanding of the evolving health care needs in local communities.

    “As the delivery of health care services evolves with an emphasis on better health outcomes, reducing chronic disease and controlling costs, it’s essential that we work closely with our community health partners, including free and charitable clinics, school-based health centers and community health centers, to help ensure that thousands of adults and children have access to health services right in their local communities,” said Troyen A. Brennan, M.D., M.P.H, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for CVS Caremark. “As a pharmacy innovation company that is committed to helping people on their path to better health, we are reinforcing our commitment to understand the state of community health and to identify where support is needed most and share insights on community health innovations that are creating positive health outcomes.”

    In alignment with CVS Caremark’s commitment to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products at its more than 7,600 CVS/pharmacy locations by October 1 as part of an effort to support the health and well-being of its patients and customers, the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust is supporting organizations that are providing cessation and anti-tobacco programs, including the following:

    • Centre Volunteers in Medicine (State College, PA)
    • Cherry Street Health Services (Grand Rapids, MI)
    • Faith Family Clinic (San Antonio, TX)
    • Project Vida Health Center (El Paso, TX)
    • Queens Care Health Centers (Los Angeles, CA)
    • St. Thomas Clinic (Franklin, IN)

    “Now more than ever, pharmacies are on the front lines of health care, becoming more involved in chronic disease management. All of these conditions are made worse by smoking which is the leading cause of illness and death in the United States with more than 480,000 deaths annually,” said Eileen Howard Boone, Senior Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility and Philanthropy for CVS Caremark and President of the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust. “We are proud to be the first national pharmacy chain to take this step in support of the health and well-being of our patients and customers and are committed to working with the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics, the School-Based Health Alliance and the National Association of Community Health Centers that all share our commitment to help people who smoke to stop, and those who don’t to never start.”

    The funding from the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust in partnership with NAFC will enhance coordinated care models at free and charitable clinics to help improve the quality of care and health outcomes.

    The funding to school-based health centers will help ensure that kindergarteners through high school students can receive routine medical care, such as a flu shot, annual physical, eye exams, dental screenings, or speak to a mental health counselor.

    The second year of the “Innovations in Community Health” grant program in partnership with NACHC will support the development of innovative, community-based programs and initiatives that focus on the treatment and management of chronic illnesses, specifically heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and asthma as well as programs that are helping patients who have a co-morbidity of depression.

    National Association of Free & Charitable Clinic Grantees
    Free and charitable clinics receiving grants through the partnership with the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics include:

    • Arlington Free Clinic (Arlington, VA), in support of a program focused on measurement of health outcomes and patient compliance
    • The Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry’s Doctors’ Medical Clinic (Asheville, NC), in support of a program focused on a student teaching model and expanded patient care
    • Cape Fear Clinic (Wilmington, NC), in support of a program focused on expanded mental health services
    • Centre for Volunteers in Medicine (State College, PA), in support of a program focused on chronic disease management and medication compliance
    • Charlotte Community Health Clinic (Charlotte, NC), in support of a program focused on care coordination
    • Clinic by the Bay (San Francisco, CA), in support of a program focused on chronic disease management
    • CommunityHealth Chicago (Chicago, IL), in support of a program focused on diabetes management
    • Community Health Services of Union County (Monroe, NC), in support of a program focused on electronic medical record services and improved patient communication
    • Community Volunteers in Medicine (West Chester, PA), in support of a program focused on chronic disease management
    • Faith Family Clinic (San Antonio, TX), in support of a program focused on chronic disease management and education
    • Family Health Partnership Clinic (Crystal Lake, IL), in support of a program focused on chronic disease management
    • Fan Free Clinic (Richmond, VA), in support of a program focused on diabetes management and wellness
    • Free Medical Clinic of DuBois (DuBois, PA), in support of a program focused on expanded patient care
    • Gloucester-Matthews Free Clinic (Hayes, VA), in support of a program focused on chronic disease management
    • Good Samaritan Clinic (Morganton, NC), in support of a program focused on chronic disease management
    • Grace Medical Home (Orlando, FL), in support of a program focused on care coordination
    • Greenville Free Medical Clinic (Greenville, SC), in support of a program focused on comprehensive health care
    • Harrisonburg Rockingham Free Clinic (Harrisonburg, VA) in support of a program focused on expanded patient care
    • Healing Hands Ministries (Dallas, TX), in support of a program focused on care coordination
    • Health and Hope Clinics (Pensacola, FL), in support of a program focused on care coordination
    • Health Care Clinic at Eva’s Village (Paterson, NJ), in support of a program focused on expanded patient care
    • Health Intervention Services (Grand Rapids, MI), in support of a program focused on expanded bilingual patient services
    • Helping Hands Health and Wellness Center (Columbus, OH), in support of a program focused on expanded electronic health record services
    • Lackey Free Clinic (Yorktown, VA), in support of a program focused on diabetes management and education
    • Lake County Free Clinic (Painesville, OH), in support of a program focused on expanded patient care
    • Mercy Community Services Outreach Center (Rochester, NY), in support of a program focused on care coordination
    • Metro West Free Medical Program (Sudbury, MA), in support of a program focused on expanded patient care
    • North Coast Health Ministry (Lakewood, OH), in support of a program focused on chronic disease management
    • PediPlace (Lewisville, TX), in support of a program focused on access to health care for children
    • Reach Out Montgomery (Dayton, OH), in support of a program focused on care coordination
    • San Jose Clinic (Houston, TX), in support of a program focused on weight management and wellness
    • St. Petersburg Free Clinic (St. Petersburg, FL), in support of a program focused on diabetes management and education
    • St. Thomas Clinic (Franklin, IN), in support of a program focused on diabetes, tobacco-use and asthma care coordination
    • St. Vincent Clinic/St. Vincent De Paul Community Pharmacy (Cincinnati, OH), in support of a program focused on expanded pharmacy services
    • Volunteers in Medicine in Pennsylvania (Wilkes-Barre, PA), in support of a program focused on care coordination
    • Volunteers in Medicine in Southern Nevada (Las Vegas, NV), in support of a program focused on innovative pulmonary health services
    • Volunteers in Medicine San Diego (El Cajon, CA), in support of a program focused on obesity management

    School-Based Health Alliance Grantees
    School-based health centers receiving grants through the New Directions for School-Based Health Care partnership with the School-Based Health Alliance include:

    • Erie Family Health Center (Chicago, IL), in support of a program focused on care coordination and patient-centered medical home recognition
    • Family Health Centers of San Diego (San Diego, CA), in support of a program focused on  youth and adult health education
    • Health Choice Network of Florida, Inc. (Miami, FL), in support of a program focused on shared data strategies regarding serving at-risk children
    • Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing in partnership with a health facility Loyola University Health System (LUHS)-Trinity CHE (Chicago, IL), in support of a mental health outreach and intervention program
    • New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Center for Community Health and Education (New York, NY), in support of a program focused on care coordination and patient-centered medical home
    • Project Vida Health Center (El Paso, TX), in support of smoking cessation programs for youth and adults
    • Sisters of Charity Hospital (Buffalo, NY), in support of a program focused on school-based health center financial analysis
    • Thundermist Health Center (Woonsocket, RI), in support of a program focused on absenteeism,  high-risk and disciplinary action
    • Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation School Health Initiative of the University of Miami (Miami, FL), in support of a program focused on financial analysis and coordinated care

    National Association of Community Health Centers Grantees
    Community health centers receiving grants through the partnership with the National Association of Community Health Centers include:

    • Adelante Healthcare (Phoenix, AZ), in support of a program focused on diabetes care coordination
    • The Dimock Center (Roxbury, MA), in support of a program focused on hypertension management and care coordination
    • Beaufort Jasper Hampton Comprehensive Health Services, Inc. (Ridgeland, SC), in support of a program focused on diabetes and hypertension management and education
    • Berks Community Health Center (Reading, PA), in support of a program focused on hypertension and diabetes management and medication adherence
    • Brockton Neighborhood Health Center (Brockton, MA), in support of a program focused on diabetes management
    • Cherry Street Health Services (Grand Rapids, MI), in support of a program focused on electronic health records services and care coordination
    • Community Health Centers of Greater Dayton (Dayton, OH), in support of a program focused on the use of technology in the treatment of chronic disease management
    • East Boston Neighborhood Health Center (East Boston, MA), in support of a program focused on hypertension management
    • Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center (Worcester, MA), in support of a program focused on diabetes management
    • Family Care Health Center (St. Louis, MO), in support of a program focused on hypertension, diabetes and depression management
    • Lana’i Community Health Center (Lanai City, HI), in support of a program focused on telemedicine
    • Legacy Community Health Centers, Inc. (Houston, TX), in support of a program focused on diabetes and depression care coordination
    • Lifelong Medical Center (Berkeley, CA), in support of a program focused on diabetes management
    • Near North Health Service Corporation (Chicago, IL), in support of a program focused on diabetes, depression, tobacco-use and HIV/AIDS care coordination
    • Neighborhood Healthcare (Escondido, CA), in support of a program focused on diabetes management
    • North County Health Project, Inc. (San Marcos, CA), in support of a program focused on diabetes management communication
    • ODA Primary Health Care Network (Brooklyn, NY), in support of a program focused on diabetes management
    • Open Door Family Medical Centers (Ossining, NY), in support of a program focused on behavioral health services for asthma, diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease management
    • QueensCare Health Care (Los Angeles, CA), in support of a program focused on pediatric asthma management
    • St. James Santee Family Health Center, Inc. (McClellanville, SC), in support of a program focused on hypertension management
    • Su Clinica (Harlingen, TX), in support of a program focused on diabetes medication therapy management
    • Sunset Community Health Center, Inc. (Yuma, AZ), in support of a program focused on diabetes management
    • West County Health Centers (Guerneville, CA), in support of a program focused on a social networking platform for obesity and diabetes management and education

    For more information, please visit www.cvscaremark.com/healthinaction.

    About CVS Caremark
    CVS Caremark is dedicated to helping people on their path to better health as the largest integrated pharmacy company in the United States. Through the company’s more than 7,600 CVS/pharmacy stores; its leading pharmacy benefit manager serving more than 60 million plan members; and its retail health clinic system, the largest in the nation with more than 800 MinuteClinic locations, it is a market leader in mail order, retail and specialty pharmacy, retail clinics, and Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans. As a pharmacy innovation company with an unmatched breadth of capabilities, CVS Caremark continually strives to improve health and lower costs by developing new approaches such as its unique Pharmacy Advisor program that helps people with chronic diseases such as diabetes obtain and stay on their medications. Find more information about how CVS Caremark is reinventing pharmacy for better health at http://info.cvscaremark.com/.

    About the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics
    The National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) is the only nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is solely focused on the issues and needs of more than 1,200 Free and Charitable Clinics and the people they serve in the United States.  Founded in 2001 and headquartered near Washington, D.C., the NAFC is an effective advocate for the issues and concerns of Free and Charitable Clinics, their volunteer workforce of doctors, dentists, nurses, therapists, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, technicians and other health care professionals, as well as the patients served by Free and Charitable Clinics in communities throughout the nation. For more information, go to www.nafcclinics.org.

    About the School-Based Health Alliance
    The School-Based Health Alliance was founded in 1995 and is the national voice for school-based health centers (SBHCs). Built from the grassroots up by individuals from state and federal government agencies, national and regional foundations, child health and education organizations, and SBHCs, we are a true reflection of the field we support. The School-Based Health Alliance advocates for national policies, programs, and funding to expand and strengthen SBHCs, while also supporting the movement with training and technical assistance. For more information, please visit www.sbh4all.org.

    About the National Association of Community Health Centers
    Founded in 1970, the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance and expand access to quality, community-responsive health care for America’s medically underserved and uninsured.  NACHC represents the nation’s network of over 1,200 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) which serve over 22 million people through over 9,000 sites located in all of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam. For more information on the National Association of Community Health Centers, please visit http://www.nachc.com/.

  • Florida: New Legislation Will Empower Independent Drugstores to Charge Employers and Consumers Higher Prices for Prescription Drugs

    PCMALegislation that (SB 1014) passed out of the Florida Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government would create new powers for independent drugstores to charge employers, seniors and unions higher prices for generic drugs, the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) said today.

    The new legislation, along with a similar bill (HB 765), undermines the use of Maximum Allowable Cost (MAC) generic drug lists that employers and public programs use to prevent them from overpaying for generic drugs and could increase Florida’s prescription drug costs by $422.5 million annually.  MACs are necessary because generics — unlike brands — often have inflated manufacturer “list” prices that don’t reflect what a pharmacy actually spent to buy the drug. These MAC lists are widely used by large and small employers, unions, state employee health plans, Medicaid and other health plans.

    “Unfortunately for Florida’s employers, unions, government agencies, and consumers, this legislation will only increase what they pay for generic drugs,” said PCMA President and CEO Mark Merritt. “This increases independent drugstore profits at the expense of employers and consumers.”

    A recent analysis from the Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) demonstrated “the significant value MAC programs have in containing Medicaid drug costs.” The OIG recommended that states strengthen MAC programs, not weaken them.

    The Florida legislature is also considering separate bills that undermine proven tools used by pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) to lower prescription drug costs.  Restricting these tools could increase prescription drug costs by $12 billion over 10 years for the state’s employers, seniors, unions, and consumers.

    With the help of PBMs, Florida consumers, employers, unions, and the state government will save $97.5 billion in prescription drug costs over the next decade. PBMs accomplish this by:

    • Negotiating discounts from drugstores and drug manufacturers.
    • Offering home delivery of medicines.
    • Encouraging the use of generics and less expensive brands.
    • Using cutting-edge tools to improve medication adherence.
    • Improving quality and safety.

    PCMA represents the nation’s pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), which improve affordability and quality of care through the use of electronic prescribing (e-prescribing), generic alternatives, mail-service pharmacies, and other innovative tools for 216 million Americans.

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    CONTACT: Charles Coté, 202-207-3605; or Greg Lopes, 202-207-3614

  • Patients Nationwide Now Have Direct Access to Lab Test Results through Quest Diagnostics

    For the first time, Americans nationwide can directly access their personal laboratory data through Quest Diagnostics (NYSE: DGX), the world’s leading provider of diagnostic information services. Quest Diagnostics provides diagnostic information services to about 30% of American adults each year. Under a federal rule that goes into effect today, patients in all 50 states and the District of Columbia can now view test results from diagnostic information service providers without first being authorized by a physician. The rule issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services amends the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) regulations to give patients (or their representatives) direct access to the patient’s laboratory test reports and eliminates an exception under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule that prohibits an individual from accessing protected health information held by a CLIA-certified or CLIA-exempt laboratory. In combination, these changes require laboratories to provide patients access to their test reports. Patients can begin to view lab results today under the rule. Although laboratories may directly provide patients access to lab data beginning today under the rule, laboratory providers have until October 6, 2014 to comply with the rule’s requirement to provide lab data upon request nationwide. To help individuals receive access and track their lab and other health data, Quest Diagnostics has launched MyQuest® by Care360 at QuestDiagnostics.com/MyQuest, a secure patient portal that enables patients to view copies of their lab test reports from Quest Diagnostics. Quest Diagnostics is believed to be the first national commercial laboratory to facilitate direct patient access to lab information through a range of free channels which include a patient portal and mobile health app as well as traditional mail, fax and email. Quest has provided several channels for patients to request and receive their lab reports in select states where direct patient access had been allowed prior to the new federal rule. “Empowered patients are better patients. Because most healthcare decisions are based on diagnostic insights, patients who access their lab results may be more likely to have a well-informed dialogue about medical options with their physician,” said Jon R. Cohen, MD, senior vice president and chief medical officer, Quest Diagnostics. “Our MyQuest by Care360 patient portal represents the next phase of consumer healthcare – where people are empowered with information to play a greater role in their healthcare choices.” In addition to lab results, the portal enables users to view other health information, such as provider contact lists and medication reminders, and facilitates online appointment scheduling at any of Quest’s 2,200 patient service centers in the United States. MyQuest by Care360 Patient Portal and Care360 EHR Enable Physicians to Qualify for Meaningful Use Incentives The patient portal is also designed to help physicians that use the Quest Diagnostics Care360 Electronic Health Record (EHR) to qualify for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) EHR Incentive Program. Stage 2 of the MU program, which focuses on electronic engagement with patients, begins this year for providers that have participated in the program for at least two years. In order to meet the 2014 requirements of the CMS EHR Incentive Program, a physician must demonstrate that at least 50% of patients seen have online access to their health information (including lab results); 5% or more download, view or transmit their health information electronically; and 5% or more send the provider a secure electronic message. Physicians that use the Quest Diagnostics Care360 EHR can securely provide information and clinical summaries to patients who are registered on the MyQuest by Care360 portal, fulfilling the program requirements. “MyQuest by Care360 is about more than serving patients and providing them with a superior customer experience. We also designed the portal to help our thousands of Care360 EHR physician clients achieve Meaningful Use criteria for online patient engagement and other metrics of quality care,” said Catherine T. Doherty, senior vice president, Clinical Franchise Solutions, which includes Care360 products and services. “The result is a highly secure, interoperable solution that will help physician practices be more efficient as well as engage, educate and retain their patients.” Quest Renames Mobile Health App Additionally, Quest has renamed its mobile health app MyQuest by Care360. The app, which was launched in 2010, had been named Gazelle. Registered users of Gazelle will receive information about the transition via their app later this month. Use of the MyQuest by Care360 patient portal and mobile app, including access to lab results, is free. “Renaming our mobile health app MyQuest by Care360, the same name as the patient portal, underscores how both technologies are designed to work together to achieve the same goal: giving patients access to their Quest Diagnostics’ lab data,” said Dr. Cohen. Users of the MyQuest by Care360 mobile health app may request their lab results and access many of the same technologies found on the patient portal. The app is available for download on Android and Apple devices through the app stores or QuestDiagnostics.com/MyQuest. About Quest Diagnostics Healthcare IT Solutions Through its Care360 brand and suite of web-based healthcare IT solutions, Quest Diagnostics is a provider of healthcare information technology solutions that facilitate secure, flexible data access and management to help improve patient care and lower healthcare costs. The company’s solutions include the Care360 EHR and other Care360 connectivity solutions, which are used by more than 300,000 physician users in more than 90,000 locations, providing a network of affiliated physician users in local communities and across the country. Quest Diagnostics HIT solutions also include the MyQuest by Care360 patient portal and mobile health app for patients and physicians, and the award-winning ChartMaxx health document management solution. For more information, visit Care360.com or QuestDiagnostics.com/MyQuest. About Quest Diagnostics Quest Diagnostics is the world’s leading provider of diagnostic information services that patients and doctors need to make better healthcare decisions. The company offers the broadest access to diagnostic information services through its network of laboratories and patient service centers, and provides interpretive consultation through its extensive medical and scientific staff. Quest Diagnostics is a pioneer in developing innovative diagnostic tests and advanced healthcare information technology solutions that help improve patient care. Additional company information is available at QuestDiagnostics.com. Follow us at Facebook.com/QuestDiagnostics and Twitter.com/QuestDX. Quest, Quest Diagnostics, and all associated Quest Diagnostics registered or unregistered trademarks are the property of Quest Diagnostics. All third-party marks are the property of their respective owners. Quest Diagnostics Contacts: Wendy Bost (Media): 973-520-2800 Dan Haemmerle (Investors): 973-520-2900 Logo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130717/NY48934LOGO SOURCE Quest Diagnostics

  • New Program Brings Busy Moms Together to Get In Shape, Meet Other Moms and Raise Funds to Help Fight Cancer

    The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Greater Bay Area Chapter has launched Moms In Training, a brand new nine-week workout program geared towards helping busy moms prepare for a 5K race, while meeting other moms in their community and raising funds for LLS’s mission to fight blood cancer.  Moms In Training is based off of LLS’s Team In Training, the world’s largest and most successful charity endurance training program.

    Moms In Training is currently available throughout the Greater Bay Area, including San Francisco, East Bay, North Bay, Peninsula, South Bay, Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay.  The program starts on April 12, 2014 and culminates with the See Jane Run 5K Walk and Stroller Stride in Alameda, Calif., on June 22, 2014.  Compared to the traditional Team In Teaming program, Moms In Training is less rigorous and includes weekly workouts on Saturday mornings and social events throughout the season with other moms in the area.  The workouts last approximately 60-75 minutes and consist of running, walking, cross-training and stretching.  Moms are able to train with their babies and children, as long as they remain in a stroller.

    The fundraising commitment for Moms In Training is $500 with a $50 registration fee, which is credited towards the fundraising goal.  All moms are provided with a fundraising website, staff support and coaching at their weekly workouts.  Registration for Moms In Training is currently open until April 26, 2014.  Register online at bit.ly/TNTregistration.

    This new program is only available in select cities across the country, including the Greater Bay Area.  The first Moms In Training program was launched through LLS’s New York City Chapter in 2012.  In its first year, 200 moms raised $375,000 in the fight against blood cancer through Moms In Training.

    For more information on Moms In Training, contact Stephanie Wissler at 408-490-3130 or Jenifer Prentiss at 707-544-4350, ext. 2013 or visitwww.teamintraining.org/gba/moms.