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CVS extends reach through partnerships

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WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health and Cleveland Clinic have expanded their eight-year clinical affiliation to enhance access to care for patients throughout Northeast Ohio and Florida, as well as improve quality, coordinated delivery of care and health outcomes for patients.

“Our clinical collaboration with Cleveland Clinic has successfully increased access to care for thousands of patients,” said Sharon Vitti, senior vice president and executive director of MinuteClinic. “By expanding and enhancing our affiliation, we will broaden electronic communication between providers in both organizations and leverage population health data to help improve the health outcomes and reduce the cost of care for the patients we serve.”

The expanded relationship builds on successes of the clinical affiliation between MinuteClinic and Cleveland Clinic. Through this broadened relationship, MinuteClinic, CVS Pharmacy and Cleveland Clinic will be able to improve access to and coordination of care for patients in the communities they serve, including convenient clinical support, medication counseling, chronic disease monitoring and wellness programs at CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic locations.

Joint clinical programs will be developed to address high rates of hypertension and other chronic conditions, and help patients manage their medications ­better.

As part of this expanded relationship, CVS Health has joined Cleveland Clinic’s Quality Alliance, one of the largest clinically integrated networks of providers collaborating on ways to enhance chronic disease management. The two organizations will share standard protocols and quality metrics and review population health data through integrated, secured systems.

“This collaboration enhances the quality of care patients will receive and allows us to oversee their care more seamlessly than we do today,” said Dr. Michael Rabovsky, chairman of the Cleveland Clinic Department of Family Medicine. “As part of our Quality Alliance, CVS Health joins our clinically integrated network, which uniquely positions us to share treatment guidelines and protocols and puts the patient at the center of a larger system of care when they need it.”

MinuteClinic, CVS Pharmacy and Cleveland Clinic will also work toward streamlining and enhancing communication through their electronic health record systems. This will include the electronic sharing of messages and alerts about a patient’s prescription information, visit summaries, diagnosis and treatment protocol, with the patient’s consent, directly between the treating physicians and CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic. The care coordination and communication between health care providers delivers a more comprehensive view of patients, which is integral in health care decision making and disease management.

MinuteClinic also recently joined the Alere eScreen Occupational Health Network, a comprehensive alliance of clinic partners. Businesses that utilize Alere ­eScreen’s services can now direct employees who are required to participate in occupational health screening prior to employment, or as a part of their employment, to one of the more than 1,100 MinuteClinic locations nationwide for required workplace testing.

Through the partnership with Alere eScreen, employees can visit MinuteClinic for a number of services commonly required by employers, including biometric screenings, vaccinations, Department of Transportation physicals and drug testing.

“MinuteClinic is pleased to partner with Alere eScreen to provide workplace health services to employers and their employees at times and locations that are convenient for them,” Vitti said.


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