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MinuteClinic enters first clinical affiliation in Mass.
December 21st, 2011
WOONSOCKET, R.I. – MinuteClinic has entered into a clinical collaboration with UMass Memorial Health Care, the largest health care system in central and western Massachusetts and the clinical partner of the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
The CVS Caremark retail health clinic subsidiary said Wednesday that the agreement marks its first clinical collaboration with a health care system in Massachusetts, which has about 30 MinuteClinic locations.
The affiliation includes MinuteClinic's location inside the CVS/pharmacy store in Northborough and more MinuteClinic openings slated in central Massachusetts next year.
Under the agreement, UMass Memorial Health Care doctors will serve as medical directors for MinuteClinics in central Massachusetts. MinuteClinic and UMass Memorial Health Care also will collaborate on patient education and disease management efforts and inform patients of the services each offers.
MinuteClinic noted that UMass Memorial Health Care can offer the full continuum of care for patients who need a level of care not provided at MinuteClinic. Signage at MinuteClinic locations will inform patients that each site has a clinical affiliation with UMass Memorial Health Care.
"UMass Memorial Health Care has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to improving the health and well-being of patients in central Massachusetts and shares MinuteClinic's mission to make access to high-quality health care services more accessible in the region," MinuteClinic president Andrew Sussman, who is also senior vice president/associate chief medical officer at CVS Caremark, said in a statement. "Since opening our first clinics in Massachusetts in 2008, we have continued to grow and now have 31 clinics in the state, including nine new locations in 2011. We believe this affiliation will help us expand into other parts of the state as we look to open new locations in central Massachusetts."
The two organizations plan to integrate their electronic medical record systems to streamline communication for patient care. With patient permission, MinuteClinic will electronically share medical histories and visit summaries with other UMass Memorial Health Care locations in central Massachusetts.
"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," stated John O'Brien, president and chief executive of UMass Memorial Health Care. "This partnership helps us provide the right care at the right time in the right place."
This year, MinuteClinic has steadily built up its clinical affiliations with health systems nationwide. Last week, MinuteClinic unveiled a clinical collaboration with Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS), its first such agreement in North Carolina. The affiliation includes 16 MinuteClinic locations in the greater Charlotte area, where MinuteClinic opened two new clinics in 2011. CHS provides medical services at more than 650 locations in North and South Carolina.
Also this year, MinuteClinic entered clinical affiliations with Emory Healthcare in metropolitan Atlanta, Indiana University Health, the Henry Ford Health System in metropolitan Detroit, Cleveland Clinic Florida, OhioHealth in central Ohio, Inova Health System in northern Virginia, and Advocate Health Care and Advocate Physician Partners in the Chicago area and central Illinois.