PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 26 MinuteClinic(http://www.minuteclinic.com), the pioneer and largest provider of retail-based health care in the United States, has opened the Philadelphia area'sfirst in-store clinics at seven CVS/pharmacy stores in SoutheasternPennsylvania and Southern New Jersey. MinuteClinic plans to open up to 17additional health care centers in the metro area by the end of the year.
MinuteClinic health care centers are staffed by master's-prepared, board-certified nurse practitioners who specialize in family health care and aretrained to diagnose, treat and write prescriptions for common family illnessessuch as strep throat and ear, eye, sinus, bladder and bronchial infections.MinuteClinic also offers common vaccinations such as influenza (beginning Oct.1), tetanus, MMR, and Hepatitis A & B.
MinuteClinic is open Mon.-Fri. from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sat.-Sun. from10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and can be found inside the following CVS/pharmacylocations:
In addition, there are 14 MinuteClinic health care centers in CVS/pharmacystores throughout central and northern New Jersey.
Because examinations typically take 10-15 minutes and no appointment isnecessary, MinuteClinic is an ideal solution for professionals and workingparents who cannot afford time away from the workplace.
"MinuteClinic health care centers are an answer to consumers'overwhelming demand for more patient-centric health care," said Michael Howe,chief executive officer for MinuteClinic. "As more patients look to takecontrol of their health care options, we provide a fast, convenient andaffordable service for common maladies that is available seven days a week."
MinuteClinic is in-network with the following insurers: Pennsylvania -Aetna, Assurant Health, CIGNA, ChoiceCare Network (PPO) - Humana affiliate,Humana, Great-West Healthcare, Devon Health Services, and UnitedHealthCare;New Jersey -- Aetna (excludes HMO), Assurant Health, Beech Street, CBSA,ChoiceCare Network (PPO) - Humana affiliate, CIGNA HealthCare CoventryNational Network/First Health Direct PPO, Devon Health Services, Great-WestHealthcare, HIP of New York, Humana (excluding HMO), Medicare, PBA (PreferredBenefit Administrators), PerfectHealth, ppoNEXT, TriCare Standard and Vytra.
For patients paying cash or credit, treatment prices are posted outsideeach health care center. Most treatments cost $59.
"MinuteClinic offers customers convenient, high quality health careservices and is a natural extension of our mission to improve the lives ofthose we serve by making innovative and high-quality health and pharmacyservices safe, affordable and easy to access," said Chris Bodine, executivevice president of CVS Caremark Corporation and president of CVS CaremarkHealth Care Services. "Along with its reputation for high quality healthcare, MinuteClinic has proven its ability to work collaboratively withphysicians in the prompt diagnosis and treatment of patients."
To ensure quality and personal attention for patients, MinuteClinic healthcare centers are staffed by board-certified practitioners with college degreesand graduate-level training in family health care. Nurse practitioners work incollaboration with physicians and may prescribe medication when it is part ofthe treatment plan.
MinuteClinic nurse practitioners use a software program that at theconclusion of each visit, generates educational material, an invoice and aprescription (when clinically appropriate) for the patient, as well as adiagnostic record that is automatically sent to the patient's primary careprovider's office. A collaborating physician (medical director) is on callduring all hours of operation.
Every MinuteClinic patient assessment and treatment follows nationallyestablished clinical practice guidelines from the Institute for ClinicalSystems Improvement, the American Academy of Family Phy