CVS MinuteClinic partners with Pa. physician network
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PHYSICIAN NETWORK Main Line Health will help staff CVS MinuteClinic locations in southeastern Pennsylvania, as well as future clinics opened as part of MinuteClinicâ€™s plan to add 150 new clinics nationwide this year and 1,500 clinics by 2017.
WOONSOCKET â€“ MinuteClinic, the retail clinic division of CVS Caremark Corp., has announced that it will partner with Radnor, Pa.-based Main Line Health to supply health care services at MinuteClinic locations inside select CVS/pharmacy stores in southeastern Pennsylvania.
Under the agreement, physicians from Main Line Healthâ€™s network of more than 2,000 doctors will serve as collaborating physicians for MinuteClinic locations in Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties.
In addition, Main Line Health will contribute physicians to future clinics opened as part of MinuteClinicâ€™s plan to add 150 new clinics nationwide this year and 1,500 clinics by 2017. A spokesperson for MinuteClinic did not immediately respond to requests for comment about whether Main Line Health would staff future clinics outside of Pennsylvania or only within its operating region.
â€śMain Line Health is recognized nationally for delivering high-quality care and joins MinuteClinic in our commitment to bring more accessible and affordable medical services to patients in southeastern Pennsylvania,â€ť said Dr. Andrew Sussman, president of MinuteClinic and senior vice president and associate chief medical officer at CVS Caremark. â€śWe look forward to having Main Line Health physicians collaborate with MinuteClinicâ€™s nurse practitioners to provide quality support, teaching and back-up so MinuteClinic can provide the best care at the lowest overall cost.â€ť
MinuteClinic and Main Line Health also will collaborate on patient education and disease-management initiatives, and will work toward integrating their electronic medical record systems for better continuity of care, CVS said.
MinuteClinic launched its first clinics in 2000 and now numbers more than 750 locations in 28 states and the District of Columbia.
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