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Albertson’s LLC has joined the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance, to give its shoppers access to the Alliance’s community-based programs that use proven approaches to help prevent and control diabetes.
The retail grocery chain, which has more than 200 stores from Arizona to Florida, will support patients enrolled in the program at select store pharmacies. Albertson’s LLC joins UnitedHealth Group, the Y, Walgreen’s, and Novo Nordisk as Alliance partners.
“Diabetes is becoming increasingly pervasive in the United States and in the communities we serve,” said Raymond McCall, VP of pharmacy operations for Albertson’s LLC. “By participating in the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance, we are able to offer more specific disease management to participating patients that will help them control their diabetes and maintain a healthy lifestyle.”
The Diabetes Control Program (DCP) provides patient education and support from trained pharmacists to help people with diabetes better control their condition and reduce the risk of developing complications, such as cardiovascular, kidney, and eye disease. In-store pharmacists in select Albertson’s LLC locations will conduct blood glucose, cholesterol, and blood pressure testing services for program participants and provide them with on-the-spot results, enabling patients to get immediate feedback on their status or progress in managing their diabetes.
Albertson’s LLC is now offering the Alliance’s Diabetes Control Program at stores in Phoenix and Tucson, and will offer the program at Dallas, Texas, and Tampa and Orlando, Fla., stores later this year.
In addition to the DCP, the Alliance includes the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). This partnership with the Y helps people with prediabetes, who are at high risk for diabetes, prevent the disease through healthy eating, increased physical activity, and other lifestyle changes. The DPP has been tested through controlled trials with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as part of the Diabetes Prevention Program clinical trial. There is substantial evidence that supports early and aggressive intervention to help people avoid the health and financial toll of type 2 diabetes.
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The pharmacy partners will receive incentive payments based on participants’ results, helping to drive performance. For example, Albertson’s LLC pharmacies will receive incentive payments based on their participating patients’ weight loss, decrease in blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and improvement in their blood glucose control, as well as reimbursement for each patient’s participation. Also, advanced health plan swipe-card technology introduced by UnitedHealth Group will enable the pharmacies to process payments at the point of service and be paid within 24 hours.
Boise, Idaho-based Albertson’s LLC is privately owned and operates over 200 stores under the Albertsons banner in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Texas.