BOISE, Idaho — Albertsons LLC  said Monday it has become a partner in the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance, and is providing shoppers access to the alliance’s community-based programs 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 alliance’s Diabetes Control Program at select store pharmacies. The program is currently available at stores in Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz. Stores in Dallas, Tampa and Orlando, Fla., are expected to offer the program later this year.
The program provides patient education and support from trained pharmacists to help people with diabetes better control their condition. In-store pharmacists in select Albertsons 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 an immediate status report on their diabetes.
The pharmacy partners receive incentive payments based on participants’ results. For example, Albertsons 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, which created the Alliance, will enable the pharmacies to process payments at the point of service and be paid within 24 hours.