“Prescription medications are a key driver of rising medical costs. This site of care optimization program offers the opportunity to help our members significantly reduce their out of pocket medical costs,” said Richard Popiel, M.D., executive vice president of health care services and chief medical officer for Regence. “We are pleased to select an industry leader like Walgreens to provide our members with cost-effective and convenient options for their specialty infusion needs.”The Walgreens site of care optimization program will provide services especially designed for members who are on medications requiring infusion or who have other specialty drug needs. Those who enroll in the program will be assigned a Patient Care Coordinator. This coordinator will work with a member’s physician on prescription transfers, schedule appointments, and serve as an ongoing contact to supervise the member’s needs related to infusion drug therapy. As a leading national provider of home and alternate treatment site infusion services, Walgreens Infusion Services has been treating patients with a wide range of acute and chronic conditions for more than 30 years. The company’s comprehensive infusion therapy management programs are offered for patients with nutrition disorders, in addition to those with bleeding disorders and heart failure, as well as those needing immunoglobulin (IG) therapy, anti-infective therapy and transplant services. Walgreens Infusion Services has a staff of more than 1,400 clinical experts, including specially trained infusion nurses, infusion pharmacists and registered dietitians, at more than 75 infusion pharmacies and 100 alternate treatment sites across the country. To find a location, call (866) 827-8203. About Walgreens As the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2012 sales of $72 billion, Walgreens ( www.walgreens.com) vision is to become America’s first choice for health and daily living. Each day, Walgreens provides more than 6 million customers the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice in communities across America. Walgreens scope of pharmacy services includes retail, specialty, infusion, medical facility and mail service, along with respiratory services. These services help improve health outcomes and lower costs for payers including employers, managed care organizations, health systems, pharmacy benefit managers and the public sector. The company operates 8,098 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Take Care Health Systems is a Walgreens subsidiary that is the largest and most comprehensive manager of worksite health and wellness centers and in-store convenient care clinics, with more than 700 locations throughout the country. About Regence Regence serves more than two million members through Regence BlueShield of Idaho, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah and Regence BlueShield (selected counties in Washington). Each health plan is a nonprofit independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Regence is committed to improving the health of its members and communities and to transforming the health care system. For more information, please visit www.regence.com or follow us on Twitter.