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CVS Health forms four new clinical affiliations

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WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health has entered into clinical affiliations with Sutter Health in California, Millennium Physician Group in Florida, Bryan Health Connect in Nebraska and Mount Kisco Medical Group in New York.

CVS said Wednesday that through the clinical collaborations it will provide prescription and visit information to the health care groups by enabling communication between their electronic health record (EHR) systems, enhancing clinical care for patients. Also, patients will continue to have access to clinical support, medication counseling, chronic disease monitoring and wellness programs at CVS/pharmacy drug stores and CVS’ MinuteClinic retail health clinis.

Affiliates’ health care providers will receive data on interventions conducted by CVS pharmacists to improve medication adherence for their patients. The affiliations, too, encourage collaboration between the health care groups’ providers and MinuteClinic providers to improve coordination of care for patients seen at MinuteClinics. In addition, the affiliate organizations and MinuteClinic practitioners will work together on planning strategies around chronic care and wellness.

“In this era of health care reform, we are pleased to work with these health care organizations to develop collaborative programs that enhance access to patient care, improve health outcomes and lower health care costs in the communities they serve,” CVS Health chief medical officer Troy Brennan said in a statement. “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.”

CVS added that the four new affiliations bring the total number of clinical collaborations for CVS and MinuteClinic to about 60 major health systems and health care providers nationwide.


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