September 10, 2008

An Innovation in Health Care Opens Inside CVS/Pharmacy Stores in Columbia and Greenville Markets

COLUMBIA, S.C., Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- MinuteClinic (, the pioneer and largest provider of retail- based health care in the United States, today opened its first clinics in South Carolina. The health care centers will serve patients inside three CVS/pharmacy stores in the Columbia metropolitan area and a fourth CVS location in Simpsonville, in Greenville County.

MinuteClinic health care centers are staffed by masters-prepared, board- certified nurse practitioners who specialize in family health care and are trained to diagnose, treat and write prescriptions for common family illnesses such as strep throat and ear, eye, sinus, bladder and bronchial infections. Common vaccinations such as influenza, tetanus, MMR and Hepatitis A & B are also available. In addition, MinuteClinic administers a series of wellness services designed to help consumers identify lifestyle changes needed to improve their current and future health, including screenings for cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity.

MinuteClinic is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday- Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and can be found inside the following South Carolina CVS/pharmacy store locations:

   Columbia Metro Area   -- Columbia, 121 Clemson Road   -- Columbia, 4310 Hardscrabble Road   -- Irmo, 1008 Lake Murray Boulevard    Greenville Metro Area   -- Simpsonville, 698 Fairview Road    

MinuteClinic expects to open one additional clinic in each metro area before the end of the year.

Because examinations typically take 10-15 minutes and no appointment is necessary, MinuteClinic is an ideal solution for working parents who cannot afford time away from the workplace.

"Through our conveniently located store-based clinics in South Carolina, we will be expanding access to high-quality, affordable treatment for common family illnesses at a time when there is increased consumer demand for more patient-centric health care," said Chip Phillips, MinuteClinic president.

"As more patients look to take control of their health care options, MinuteClinic provides fast, convenient service where they live, work and play."

MinuteClinic is in-network with the following insurers for patients in South Carolina: Advantra Freedom, Aetna Health Plan, Assurant Health, Beech Street Corporation, ChoiceCare Network, Cigna, Coventry Health Care, Inc., First Health Network., Great-West Healthcare, Chesapeake Life, Mega Life, Mid- West National Life, Humana, Medicare, OneNet, ppoNext, Inc., Principal Life Insurance Company, Private Health Care System (PHCS), United Healthcare and WellPath Select, Inc. MinuteClinic will accept as payment the office visit co-pay indicated on the patient's insurance card. For patients paying cash or credit, treatment prices are posted outside each health care center. Most treatments cost $59.

To ensure quality and personal attention for patients, MinuteClinic health care centers are staffed by board-certified nurse practitioners with college degrees and graduate-level training in family health care. Nurse practitioners work in collaboration with physicians and may prescribe medication when it is part of the treatment plan.

MinuteClinic nurse practitioners use a software program that at the conclusion of each visit generates educational material, an invoice and a prescription (when clinically appropriate) for the patient, as well as a diagnostic record that is automatically sent to the patient's primary care provider's office. A collaborating physician (medical director) is on call during all hours of operation.

Every MinuteClinic patient assessment and treatment follows nationally established clinical practice guidelines from the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement, the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Academy of Pediatrics that are embedded in MinuteClinic's electronic medical records system.

Individuals with illnesses outside MinuteClinic's scope of services or who exhibit signs of a chronic condition are referred to their physician or, if critical, the nearest urgent care or emergency room. Patients who can't be treated are not charged for their visit. MinuteClinic only serves patients over the age of 18 months.

MinuteClinic's services are a complement to primary care providers. MinuteClinic nurse practitioners stress the importance of a regular medical exam with every patient they see. If the individual doesn't have a medical home, they provide a list of physicians in the area who are accepting new patients.

   MinuteClinic Treatments    Common Illnesses   -- Allergies (ages 6+)         -- Bladder Infections (females, ages 12-65)   -- Bronchitis (ages 10-65)     -- Ear Infections   -- Pink Eye & Styes            -- Sinus Infections (ages 5+)   -- Strep Throat                -- Swimmer's Ear    Vaccines   -- DTaP (Diphtheria, Tetanus,       Pertussis)                 -- Flu (seasonal)   -- Hepatitis A (adult)         -- Hepatitis A (child)   -- Hepatitis B (adult)         -- Hepatitis B (child)   -- Meningitis                  -- MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)   -- Pneumonia                   -- Polio (IPV)   -- Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria,       Pertussis)                 -- Td (Tetanus, Diphtheria)    Wellness & Prevention   -- Camp Physicals              -- Comprehensive Health Screening   -- Cholesterol Screening       -- Diabetes Screening   -- Hypertension Screening      -- Obesity Screening    Additional Services   -- Flu Diagnosis (ages 10-65)  -- Mononucleosis   -- Pregnancy Testing           -- Suture Removal    Skin Conditions   -- Athlete's Foot              -- Cold Sores   -- Deer Tick Bites (ages 12+)  -- Impetigo   -- Minor Burns                 -- Minor Skin Infections & Rashes   -- Minor Sunburn               -- Poison Ivy (ages 3+)   -- Ringworm                    -- Shingles Treatment   -- Wart Removal     About MinuteClinic  

Minneapolis-based MinuteClinic is a subsidiary of CVS Caremark Corporation , the largest provider of prescriptions in the nation. MinuteClinic launched the first retail health care centers in the United States in 2000 and is the first provider to establish a national presence with more than 520 locations across the country in 26 states. By creating a health care delivery model that responds to consumer demand, MinuteClinic makes access to high-quality medical treatment easier for more Americans. The company has generated more than two million patient visits, with a 95 percent customer satisfaction rating. A recognized leader in the patient-centric health care movement, MinuteClinic consistently brings innovation to the marketplace and sets new standards for clinical quality that exceed the national guidelines established for store-based clinics by the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). MinuteClinic is the first and only retail health care provider to receive accreditation from The Joint Commission, the national evaluation and certifying agency for nearly 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. For more information, visit

MinuteClinic health care centers in South Carolina are operated by MinuteClinic Diagnostic of South Carolina, L.L.C.


CONTACT: Brent Burkhardt, +1-410-986-1303, [email protected], or JennaScanlon, +1-410-986-1315, [email protected], both of TBC Public Relations, forMinuteClinic

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