|Clinical Collaboration with MinuteClinic and UMass Memorial Health Care is the First of its Kind in Massachusetts|
The agreement is MinuteClinic's first clinical collaboration with a health care system in
The collaboration includes MinuteClinic's location inside the CVS/pharmacy store in
Nurse practitioners at MinuteClinic specialize in family health care and can diagnose, treat and write prescriptions when indicated for common family illnesses such as strep throat and ear, eye, sinus and bronchial infections. Minor wounds, abrasions and skin conditions are treated, and common vaccinations such as influenza, tetanus, pneumonia, pertussis and Hepatitis A & B are available at most locations.
"UMass Memorial Health Care has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to improving the health and well-being of patients in
"UMass Memorial Health Care is always looking for innovative and cost effective ways of providing high-quality care to the people in the communities we serve," said John O'Brien, president and CEO of UMass Memorial Health Care. "This partnership helps us provide the right care at the right time in the right place."
Under the agreement, UMass Memorial Health Care physicians will serve as medical directors for MinuteClinic locations in Central Massachusetts. In addition, MinuteClinic and UMass Memorial Health Care will collaborate on patient education and disease management initiatives and will inform patients of the services each offer. UMass Memorial Health Care is able to offer the full continuum of care for patients who need a level of care that is not provided at MinuteClinic. Signage at MinuteClinic locations will inform patients that each site has a clinical affiliation with UMass Memorial Health Care.
The two organizations will begin to work toward fully integrating their electronic medical record systems to streamline communication around all aspects of each individual's care. With patient permission, MinuteClinic will electronically share medical histories and visit summaries with other UMass Memorial Health Care locations in Central Massachusetts. In the meantime, MinuteClinic will continue its standard practice of sending patient visit summaries to primary care providers via fax or mail, typically within 24 hours.
No appointments are required at MinuteClinic and most health insurance is accepted. Clinics in
About UMass Memorial Health Care
UMass Memorial Health Care is
Carolyn Castel, CVS Caremark, +1-401-770-5717, firstname.lastname@example.org; Brent Burkhardt, TBC (for MinuteClinic), +1-410-986-1303, email@example.com; or Rob Brogna, UMass Memorial Health Care, +1-508-793-5394, firstname.lastname@example.org