CVS forms new health care partnerships

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WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health has announced new clinical affiliations with health care providers in four states and said the partnerships will improve customers’ access to health care and improve their medication adherence.

The health care providers are John Muir Health in California; University of Chicago Medical Center; Novant Health, in Winston-Salem, N.C.; and the University of Michigan Health System.

These affiliations will help the company’s 9,500 retail pharmacies and more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics provide quality, affordable health care services, the company said.

“Through these clinical affiliations, CVS Health will provide prescription and visit information to the participating health care organizations by enabling communication between our secured electronic health record (EHR) systems, which will help enhance clinical care for patients. In addition, patients will continue to have access to clinical support, medication counseling, chronic disease monitoring and wellness programs at CVS/pharmacy stores and MinuteClinic, the retail medical clinic of CVS Health.”

CVS Health has been entering affiliations with hospitals and other health care providers as a way to keep patients out of emergency rooms and cut down on repeat visits to doctors’ offices and hospitals.

“We are pleased to work with these exceptional health care providers throughout the country to develop collaborative programs that enhance access to patient care, improve health outcomes and lower health care costs in the communities they serve,” said Dr. Troyen Brennan, CVS Health’s chief medical officer. “By allowing our electronic health records and information systems to communicate and share important information about the patients we collectively serve, we will have a more comprehensive view of our patients, which can aid in health care decision making and help ensure patients adhere to important medications for chronic diseases.”

Also last month, the company announced strategic partnerships with two national organizations advancing the cause of multicultural nursing populations in the United States.

CVS Health said affiliations with the National Black Nurses Association and the National Association of Hispanic Nurses should help the company establish workforce development programs and strategies that facilitate multicultural talent acquisition to advance its diverse nursing populations through education, training and colleague engagement.


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