September 17, 2008
MinuteClinic Opens First Retail Clinic in Massachusetts Inside CVS/Pharmacy Store in Medway
MEDWAY, Mass., Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- MinuteClinic (http://www.minuteclinic.com/), the pioneer and largest provider of retail-based health care in the United States, today opened the first retail health care center in Massachusetts inside a CVS/pharmacy store in Medway. Four additional clinics are expected to open inside CVS/pharmacy stores in the near future in Bridgewater, Danvers, Taunton and Tewksbury. MinuteClinic health care centers are open seven days a week.
"Through our conveniently located store-based clinics, we will be expanding access to high-quality, affordable care for common family illnesses in Massachusetts," said Chip Phillips, MinuteClinic president. "We are committed to making our innovative model of care part of Massachusetts' precedent-setting efforts to broaden access to quality health services."
MinuteClinic expects to open up to 28 locations in Massachusetts in 2008 and anticipates having about 100 clinics in communities across Massachusetts where CVS/pharmacy stores are located.
MinuteClinic health care centers are staffed by master's-prepared, board-certified nurse practitioners who specialize in family health care and are trained to diagnose, treat and prescribe medication when it is part of a treatment plan for common family illnesses such as strep throat and ear, eye, sinus, and bronchial infections. The health care centers also offer treatment for insect bites, minor burns, rashes and other skin conditions. Common vaccinations such as influenza, tetanus, Hepatitis A & B and pneumonia are also provided for adults ages 18 and older. Flu vaccines will be offered beginning October 1 for patients 24 months and older.
With every patient visit, MinuteClinic nurse practitioners stress the importance of a medical home. If a patient doesn't have a primary care provider, MinuteClinic provides a list of physicians in the area who are accepting new patients.
MinuteClinic has distinguished itself as 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.
MinuteClinic is in-network with the following insurers for patients in Massachusetts, including: Aetna Health Plan, Assurant Health, Beech Street Corporation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Chesapeake Life, ChoiceCare Network, Cigna, Coventry Health Care, Inc., Federated Mutual Insurance Company, First Health Network, Great-West Healthcare, Group Health Inc., Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Humana, Medicare, Mega Life, Mid-West National Life. OneNet, Pinnacle Health, ppoNext, Principal Life Insurance Company, Private Health Care Systems (PHCS), Tufts Health Plan and United Healthcare. MinuteClinic will accept as payment the office visit co-pay indicated on the patient's insurance card. Product participation by plan may vary. For patients paying cash or credit, treatment prices are posted outside each health care center. Most treatments cost $59.
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 24 months in Massachusetts.
MinuteClinic health care centers in Massachusetts are open Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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.
MinuteClinic Treatments Common Illnesses - Allergies (ages 6+) - Bronchitis (ages 10-65) - Ear Infections - Pink Eye & Styes - Sinus Infections (ages 5+) - Strep Throat - Swimmer's Ear - Upper Respiratory Infections Vaccines* - Flu (seasonal) - Hepatitis A (adult) - Hepatitis B (adult) - Meningitis - Pneumonia - Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis) - Td (Tetanus, Diphtheria) Additional Services - Ear Wax Removal -Flu Diagnosis (ages 10-65) - Mononucleosis - 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
*MinuteClinic will provide no childhood immunizations other than flu vaccines
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 525 locations across the country in 27 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 one 2 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 http://www.minuteclinic.com/.
MinuteClinic health care centers in Massachusetts are operated by MinuteClinic Diagnostic of Massachusetts, LLC
Web site: http://www.minuteclinic.com/