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The Healthcare Executive Update Now Available Through ASHP

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) has partnered with the Center for Health Information to offer pharmacists a unique and timely electronic newsletter.

The Healthcare Executive Update (HCEU) is a health care intelligence resource produced weekly by the Center for Health Information. The HCEU summarizes current activities and emerging trends within the health care arena, culling information from hundreds of sources such as scientific and medical literature, news reports, press releases, and other government and health industry publications. The topics covered include new drug approvals, managed care, Medicare and Medicaid, disease management, health care technology, and many others. 

"Pharmacists play an important role in health care management; ASHP can help them in their work by delivering the information to help in strategic planning and making informed management decisions,"said Henri R. Manasse, Ph.D., Sc.D., ASHP executive vice president and chief executive officer. "The Center for Health Information is a leading provider of relevant, balanced information products and services in the health care industry, and I am happy we can work collaboratively to deliver this important service to our members." 

"Our organization shares ASHP's commitment to supporting the broad-scale implementation of pharmaceutical care. An integral part of this commitment is providing pharmacy decision-makers with the right tools to design appropriate strategic and tactical plans to optimize patient outcomes. The HCEU is one of these tools," stated Thomas M. Chamberlain, Pharm.D., FASCP, Center for Health Information president. 

The HCEU's easy-to-read, three-page format helps pharmacy managers and health care executives remain competitive by facilitating interpretation of and response to critical health care events and trends. To order a one-year subscription to HCEU, call ASHP Customer Service at (301) 657-4383, send email to, or order on-line at Special introductry pricing is available through August 31, 1999. The ongoing subscription cost is $249/year for members and $311/for non members. 

The Center for Health Information contracts with managed care organizations, health care providers, and pharmaceutical companies to facilitate cost-effective health care delivery and optimize patient outcomes by promoting appropriate pharmaceutical use. The company provides a comprehensive array of clinical support services, multidisciplinary educational programs, and medical call center services for health care professionals and consumers. The Center for Health Information is located in Chesapeake, Va., and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of PharMerica. 

ASHP is the 30,000-member national professional association that represents pharmacists who practice in hospitals, health maintenance organizations, long-term care facilities, home care, and other components of health care systems. ASHP believes that the mission of pharmacists is to help people make the best use of medications. Assisting pharmacists in fulfilling this mission is ASHP's primary objective. The Society has extensive publishing and educational programs designed to help members improve their delivery of pharmaceutical care, and it is the national accrediting organization for pharmacy residency and pharmacy technician training programs.