WOONSOCKET, R.I., Oct. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --MinuteClinic, the walk-in medical clinic inside CVS/pharmacy and the largest provider of retail medical clinics in the United States, announced that it has become an in-network provider with TriWest, the Western region plan contractor for TRICARE, the health care insurance program for Uniformed Service members, retirees and their families.
TRICARE provides health care insurance services to 2.9 million lives in the Western region, including those in six western states where MinuteClinic operates walk-in medical clinics inside select CVS/pharmacy stores: Arizona, California, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri and Nevada. MinuteClinic is already contracted with Health Net (TRICARE North region contractor) and Humana Military (TRICARE South region contractor) and now offers care to TRICARE members across the United States.
"As we look to add approximately 100 clinics a year nationwide over the next four years, this is an important development in the growth of our business and patient care in these states," said Andrew Sussman, M.D., President, MinuteClinic and Senior Vice President/Associate Chief Medical Officer, CVS Caremark. "By offering high quality treatment in a convenient setting, we can work with TRICARE to help reduce health care insurance expenses for military families as well as the amount of time they spend away from home and the workplace."
The clinics are staffed by MinuteClinic nurse practitioners and physician assistants who specialize in family health care and can diagnose, treat and write prescriptions for common family 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 and hepatitis A & B are available at most locations. Walk-in camp, sports, college and DOT 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.
MinuteClinic 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 can be sent via electronic health record, fax or mail to a primary care provider with patient permission.
MinuteClinic is open seven days a week, including weekday evening hours. No appointment is necessary. For patients paying cash or credit, treatment prices are posted at each clinic and on www.minuteclinic.com. The cost for most services starts at $79.
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 approximately 600 locations in 25 states and the District of Columbia. By creating a health care delivery model that responds to consumer demand, MinuteClinic makes access to high-quality medical treatment easier for more Americans. Nationally, the company has generated more than 13 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, visit www.MinuteClinic.com.