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|Tuesday, January 21, 2014|
Randee Bowder was working at Walgreens as a pharmacist, feeling a bit dehumanized. “I so did not enjoy working for retail,” she says. Lack of autonomy was one problem. Retail pharmacists are also pressed for time, Bowder says, making it difficult to develop meaningful relationships with patients. So this past January, Bowder, 38, struck out on her own, launching MTMCare, a company that dispenses advice about medications to eligible Medicare clients. MTMCare’s four full-time and nine contract pharmacists are given a blueprint for what needs to be done, Bowder says. “But how they communicate with patients, how they organize their day, is all up to them.” Although most of the company’s 11,157 clients are served by phone, starting in 2014, MTMCare will pilot a face-to-face project at the Columbia Gorge Family Medicine clinic; the company is also working on a similar initiative in Bend. To help grow business, MTMCare subcontracts with large medication-management companies. An aging population is driving expansion, as is health care reform, which places a premium on prevention. Dispensing medication is often a Band-Aid on a much larger problem, Bowder says. But medication management, which focuses more on lifestyle, is rooted in prevention and its associated benefits. Says Bowder: “Providing these services saves lives, and it saves money for patients, insurance companies and health care services.”
Service: Medication management
Co-owners: Randee Bowder & Nicole Schrankel
Headquarters: Hood River
Launched in 2013
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
BY JASON NORRIS | CFA
Earlier this month, the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) announced they were going to devalue their currency, the Renminbi. While the amount of the targeted change was to be roughly 2 percent, investors read a lot more into the move. The Renminbi had been gradually appreciating against the U.S. dollar (see chart) as to attempt to alleviate concerns of being labeled a currency manipulator.
Thursday, September 24, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR
Oregon's population is booming, and so are rental costs.
Monday, September 28, 2015
BY BEN WATERHOUSE
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Thursday, October 01, 2015
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Wednesday, September 30, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER | EDITOR
The media coverage about Pope Francis must have put me in a Biblical frame of mind. Because after touring the latest phase of the South Waterfront development, a mind boggling 1.5 million square feet of office and retail space that will spring up north of the aerial tram over the next few years, I couldn’t stop thinking about the massive project as a modern day creation story.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER
Ask any college student: Textbook prices have skyrocketed out of control. Online education startup Lumen Learning aims to bring them down to earth.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
BY GARY THILL | PHOTOS BY JASON E. KAPLAN
A storied institution climbs down from the ivory tower.
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