MinuteClinic Signs Clinical Affiliation With North Shore-LIJ Health System for Present and Future Retail Locations

Wed Feb 27, 2013 8:00am EST

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Agreement Includes Electronic Medical Record Integration and Clinical
Collaboration To Increase Access To Care
GREAT NECK, N.Y.,  Feb. 27, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- MinuteClinic, the retail
health care division of CVS Caremark (NYSE: CVS) and North Shore-LIJ Health
System (North Shore-LIJ), one of the nation's largest health care providers,
have signed a clinical collaboration to enhance access to high-quality health
care services in  Nassau  and  Suffolk  counties and the boroughs of  Manhattan,
 Queens  and  Staten Island.  

Under the agreement, North Shore-LIJ physicians will serve as medical directors
for MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics open seven days a week inside two
CVS/pharmacy stores in  Bellport  and  Syosset,  Long Island, and one on  Staten
Island  (Hylan Boulevard). The agreement also includes plans for future clinics
in the region as part of a national expansion that includes 150 new clinics in
2013 to reach a total of 1,500 clinics in the U.S. by 2017.

In addition, MinuteClinic and North Shore-LIJ will collaborate on patient
education and disease management initiatives and will inform patients of the
services each offer.

North Shore-LIJ facilities and their affiliated physicians will accept patients
who need a level of care that is not provided at MinuteClinic services. Signage
at MinuteClinic locations will inform patients that each site has an affiliation
with North Shore-LIJ, which includes 16 hospitals, a network of nearly 400
outpatient physician practices, and more than 9,400 affiliated physicians
throughout  New York City  and  Long Island.

"North Shore-LIJ's national reputation for clinical quality and excellence in
adhering to best practices were important factors in the decision to affiliate
with them," said  Andrew Sussman, M.D., President, MinuteClinic and Senior Vice
President/Associate Chief Medical Officer, CVS Caremark.  "We look forward to
having their physicians collaborate with MinuteClinic's nurse practitioners to
provide quality oversight, teaching and back-up so MinuteClinic can provide the
best care at the lowest overall cost to  New York  residents."

MinuteClinic medical clinics are staffed by nurse practitioners who provide
treatment for acute illnesses and administer wellness and prevention services,
including health condition monitoring.

"This is North Shore-LIJ's first clinical affiliation with a retail pharmacy for
walk-in medical services," said  Jeremy Boal, MD, senior vice president and
chief medical officer at North Shore-LIJ. "We are confident that this agreement
will be mutually beneficial to MinuteClinic, North Shore-LIJ and its physicians,
and more importantly, provide local residents with another reliable source of
health care."

MinuteClinic and North Shore-LIJ will begin to work toward fully integrating
electronic medical record systems to streamline communication around all aspects
of each individual's care.  With patient permission, MinuteClinic will
electronically share medical histories and visit summaries with other North
Shore-LIJ facilities and physicians.  In the meantime, MinuteClinic will
continue its standard practice of sending patient visit summaries to primary
care providers via fax or mail, typically within 24 hours, with patient consent.
 

MinuteClinic practitioners specialize in family health care and can diagnose,
treat and write prescriptions for common illnesses such as strep throat and ear,
eye, sinus, bladder and bronchial infections. Minor wounds, abrasions, skin
conditions and joint sprains are treated, and common vaccinations such as
influenza, tetanus, pneumonia, pertussis and Hepatitis A & B are available at
most locations. Walk-in camp, sports, college, DOT and other administrative
physicals are available daily. 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 and monitoring
for diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

No appointments are required at MinuteClinic and most health insurance is
accepted. The  Syosset  and  Staten Island  clinics are open Monday - Friday,  9
a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday,  9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
 The  Bellport  clinic is open Monday - Friday,  9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday,  9
a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday,  9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

About North Shore-LIJ
The nation's third-largest, non-profit, secular healthcare system, North
Shore-LIJ delivers world-class clinical care throughout the  New York 
metropolitan area, pioneering research at The Feinstein Institute for Medical
Research and a visionary approach to medical education, highlighted by the
Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. North Shore-LIJ cares for people at
every stage of life at 16 hospitals, long-term care facilities and nearly 400
ambulatory physician practices throughout the region. North Shore-LIJ's owned
hospitals and long-term care facilities house more than 6,000 beds, employ more
than 10,000 nurses and have affiliations with more than 9,400 physicians. With a
workforce of more than 46,000, North Shore-LIJ is the largest employer on  Long
Island  and the third-largest private employer in  New York. For more
information, go to  www.northshorelij.com.

About MinuteClinic
MinuteClinic is a division of CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE: CVS), the largest
pharmacy health care provider in  the United States. MinuteClinic launched the
first retail medical clinics in  the United States  in 2000 and is the largest
provider of retail clinics with more than 625 locations in 25 states and the 
District of Columbia. By creating a health care delivery model that responds to
patient demand, MinuteClinic makes access to high-quality medical treatment
easier for more Americans. Nationally, the company has provided care through
more than 15 million patient visits, with a 95% customer satisfaction rating.
MinuteClinic is the only retail health care provider to receive three
consecutive accreditations 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 on MinuteClinic and its  New York 
locations, visit  www.MinuteClinic.com.

SOURCE  MinuteClinic


Carolyn Castel, +1-401-770-5717, CVS Caremark, ccastel@cvs.com; or Brent
Burkhardt, +1-410-986-1303, TBC (for MinuteClinic), bburkhardt@tbc.us; or Terry
Lynam, +1-516-465-2640, North Shore-LIJ, tlynam@nshs.edu

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