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Walgreens affiliates with Arizona Priority Care
June 18th, 2014
DEERFIELD, Ill. – Walgreen Co. has formed a clinical affiliation with health care system Arizona Priority Care (AzPC).
The drug chain said Wednesday that under the agreement it will provide coordinated, expanded health care services for AzPC Medicare Advantage and ACO members through select Walgreens pharmacies and Healthcare Clinics.
Walgreens and AzPC will collaborate on a range of clinical and preventive health services as a way to extend doctors' efforts to provide high-quality, population health services with the support of Walgreens pharmacy and medication management services.
Some of the collaborative services offered to AzPC members will include medication management (such as medication therapy management and adherence programs), health risk assessments and health testing (including cholesterol and blood pressure), immunizations, and patient education and wellness services.
"Coordinated care programs are vitally important to help ensure patients have access to the quality care they need, especially in today's health care environment," Jeffrey Kang, senior vice president of health and wellness services and solutions at Walgreens, said in a statement. "Walgreens brings an expansive retail footprint and diverse portfolio of health care assets and services, and AzPC has long been a leader in providing accountable, coordinated care to its members. This collaboration further demonstrates the value we provide in partnering with others in the medical community to close critical gaps in care to help further improve patient outcomes."
The model is designed to bring together Walgreens pharmacists and Healthcare Clinic nurse practitioners with AzPC providers to better coordinate patient care, give AzPC members access to a broader range of health care services through Walgreens and, in turn, improve patient care while reining in medical expenses. AzPC represents over 19,000 lives.
"We see this collaboration with Walgreens as part of our ongoing strategy of seamlessly providing better ways to keep our members healthy, while lowering health care costs," stated Richard Merkin, president and chief executive officer of AzPC. "This relationship will allow our Arizona members to conveniently access community-based health care services at select Walgreens locations.
"We see this as a model for how affordable health care could be more effectively delivered in the U.S.," Merkin added, "and we are proud to be piloting this type of innovative effort with Walgreens."
*Editor's Note: Article updated with corrected information from Walgreens.
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