CVS said Tuesday that it’s the first national partner to work with HHS to take advantage of the department’s technology-based tools, developed by its Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Through the effort, the myhealthfinder tool will be available at MinuteClinic.com and at cvs.com/myhealthfinder.
Myhealthfinder provides recommendations from government-recognized clinical experts for personalized, preventive services based on patients’ age and gender. CVS noted that many of these services are available at MinuteClinic and CVS/pharmacy locations, as well as at doctor’s offices, and are covered by most insurance without additional co-payments or other cost sharing under the Affordable Care Act.
“We know that prevention is key to helping families stay healthy, so we are pleased to work with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to give people easy access to more information about the preventive services clinically recommended for them,” MinuteClinic president Andrew Sussman said in a statement.
“Many of these recommended preventive services are conveniently delivered at MinuteClinic, where we can coordinate with a patient’s primary care physician, and many preventive services are covered by health insurance, making it even easier for people to stay on their path to better health,” added Sussman, who’s also executive vice president and associate chief medical officer at CVS Health.
About 137 million Americans, including more than 55 million women and 28 million children, have private insurance coverage of preventive services without having to pay a co-pay, co-insurance or a deductible, according to HHS.
“The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and CVS Health are working together to put lifesaving information about preventive services into the hands of millions of consumers where they are already looking for it — on CVS Health’s MinuteClinic.com and CVS.com/myhealthfinder websites,” stated Karen DeSalvo, national coordinator for health information technology and acting assistant secretary for health at HHS. “This tool supports physicians and the care team and is an easy way to help people understand the recommended preventive services that are often available to them at no out-of-pocket cost thanks to the Affordable Care Act.”