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MinuteClinic tops 20 million patient visits
April 22nd, 2014
WOONSOCKET, R.I. – MinuteClinic has exceeded 20 million patient visits since opening the nation's first store-based clinic in 2000, parent company CVS Caremark Corp. announced.
The milestone comes as MinuteClinic proceeds with its expansion plan, CVS said Tuesday. Plans call for the company to open 150 new walk-in medical clinics this year — including locations in new states such as Nebraska, New Mexico and Wisconsin — and to grow from more than 800 clinics in 28 states and the District of Columbia currently to 1,500 clinics nationwide by 2017.
CVS noted that it projects continued growth for MinuteClinic in the coming years as a result of expanded health care coverage from the Affordable Care Act, the nation's lingering shortage of primary care providers and the aging baby boomer population, all of which stand to spur demand for more accessible and affordable health care services.
"With the first open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act now complete, it is evident that there are a number of market factors that are going to put even more pressure on our system to deliver timely and convenient care at rates that are affordable for consumers and third-party payers," MinuteClinic president Andrew Sussman said in a statement. "By continuing to expand in both clinic locations and services, we believe MinuteClinic is well-positioned to meet this demand and support the work of primary care providers with innovative choices for care delivered in the retail setting."
MinuteClinic also now has affiliations with 32 major health systems nationwide, added Sussman, who's also senior vice president and associate chief medical officer at CVS Caremark. The affiliations include physician medical director collaboration, integration of electronic medical records and joint clinical programs.
Nurse practitioners and physician assistants at MinuteClinic, which is open seven days a week, can diagnose, treat and write prescriptions for common illnesses such as strep throat and ear, eye, sinus, bladder and bronchial infections as well as treat minor wounds, abrasions, skin conditions and joint sprains. Common vaccinations such as flu, tetanus, pneumonia, pertussis and hepatitis A/B also are available at most locations.
Walk-in camp, sports, college, DOT and other administrative physical exams are offered daily as well. MinuteClinic also provides wellness services to help consumers improve their health, including screenings and monitoring for diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol.