North Shore-LIJ, CVS Partner on Walk-In Clinics

 Long Island Business News
 February 27, 2013
 North Shore-LIJ, CVS Partner on Walk-In Clinics
 by Claude Solnik

Pharmacy chain CVS Caremark has signed a deal to have North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System physicians serve as medical directors for walk-in clinics inside three area pharmacies.
MinuteClinic, CVS’ retail health-care division, initially will bring in North Shore-LIJ doctors to run walk-in clinics at pharmacies in Bellport, Syosset and Staten Island.

The agreement also includes an unspecified number of future clinics in the region as CVS rolls out 150 nationwide in 2013  with a goal of 1,500 nationwide by 2017.

“This is North Shore-LIJ’s first clinical affiliation with a retail pharmacy for walk-in medical services,” said Dr. Jeremy Boal, North Shore-LIJ’s senior vice president and chief medical officer.

He said through the clinics, North Shore-LIJ and its physicians will “provide local residents with another reliable source of health care.”

MinuteClinic medical clinics are staffed by nurse practitioners who treat acute illnesses and administer wellness and prevention services.

MinuteClinic President Dr. Andrew Sussman said he looks forward to having North Shore-LIJ physicians collaborate with MinuteClinic’s nurse practitioners “to provide quality oversight, teaching and back-up.”

Signage at the clinics will indicate they are affiliated with North Shore-LIJ.

The health system’s facilities and affiliated physicians will accept patients who need care beyond what is available at the MinuteClinic.

Since launching its first retail medical clinics in 2000, MinuteClinic has become the nation’s largest provider of retail clinics with more than 625 locations across 25 states and Washington, D.C.

The company has provided care nationwide through more than 15 million patient visits, as CVS becomes a source not only of products, but medical treatment.

North Shore-LIJ Teams Up to Oversee CVS Walk-In Clinics
February 27, 2013

North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System has partnered with CVS Caremark Corp. to provide medical oversight of walk-in clinics inside three CVS pharmacies.

Under the agreement being announced Wednesday, North Shore-LIJ doctors will act as medical directors for the clinics, housed within CVS pharmacies in Bellport, Syosset and Staten Island.

The clinics, which opened in 2006, are staffed by nurse practitioners hired by MinuteClinic, a division of CVS. The nurse practitioners can diagnose, treat and write prescriptions for common illnesses such as strep throat, ear, eye, sinus, bladder and bronchial infections and minor wounds and sprains. They also can perform physicals for camps, sports and colleges. No appointments are needed, most health insurance is accepted and costs are posted.

The medical directors for these clinics will collaborate with the nurse practitioners and be available for consultations, said North Shore-LIJ spokesman Terry Lynam. Those patients who need more care can be referred to doctors -- although not necessarily within North Shore-LIJ, he said.

"We hope many will come to our facilities but it's not a case where the nurse practitioner hands the patient a North Shore-LIJ phone number," Lynam said.

The affiliation is "a way to improve access to care," he said. "The big focus now is on expanding outpatient services into the community."

Dr. Andrew Sussman, president of MinuteClinic, said it is the largest and fastest growing retail clinic chain in the country, with 650 clinics in 25 states and the District of Columbia. About half of these are affiliated with large health systems, including the Cleveland Clinic and the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, he said.

Two other CVS clinics operate in New York, both in Westchester County. Neither is affiliated with a health system, Sussman said.

He said the company plans to add 150 more clinics nationwide in 2013, with a goal of 1,500 clinics by 2017. Asked whether these include any in New York, he said there are "plans to expand but it is premature to get into numbers."

Critics have worried that retail clinics owned by pharmacy chains could have an incentive to overprescribe medications. That does not appear to be the case, according to a 2010 Rand Corp. study.

The quality of care also appeared to be comparable to that delivered in traditional medical settings in the conditions studied, it found.

Clinic hours of operation
The clinics at the Syosset CVS, at 55 Cold Spring Rd., and the Staten Island CVS on Hylan Boulevard are open Mondays to Fridays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturdays, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., and Sundays, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

The clinic in the Bellport CVS, at 107 S. Country Rd., is open Mondays to Fridays, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturdays, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and Sundays, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Crain’s Health Pulse
February 27, 2013
North Shore-LIJ, MinuteClinic Pact

The North Shore-LIJ Health System yesterday announced that it struck a clinical affiliation agreement with MinuteClinic, the retail health care division of CVS Caremark. The system's doctors will serve as medical directors for MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics inside CVS/pharmacy stores in Bellport and Syosset, both on Long Island, and one on Staten Island. The agreement marks North Shore-LIJ's first clinical affiliation with a retail pharmacy for walk-in medical services. MinuteClinic and North Shore-LIJ will start the task of fully integrating electronic medical record systems, so that with a patient's permission, MinuteClinic can electronically share medical histories and patient-visit summaries with North Shore-LIJ facilities and physicians. MinuteClinics are staffed by nurse practitioners. The clinics will have new signs indicating that the sites are affiliated with North Shore-LIJ; the system will accept patients who need more complex medical care. The new clinical agreement also will extend to plans for future clinics in the region, part of a national expansion that will add some 150 new clinics in 2013.

March 1, 2013 
Editorial: The Drugstore Nurse Practitioner Will See You Now

For a glimpse of one way health care is changing, visit a CVS drugstore in Bellport or Syosset. You'll find a walk-in medical clinic staffed by nurse practitioners who can diagnose and treat routine maladies such as strep throat, sinus infections and minor wounds. Under a deal announced last week, North Shore-LIJ Health System doctors will serve as medical directors for the clinics. They'll be available for consultations with the nurse practitioners, who can then refer patients to doctors or hospitals, though not necessarily those affiliated with the North Shore system.

Those two established clinics are part of a fast-growing national chain and a precursor for more in retail sites islandwide. They operate on the solid premise that you don't need to see a doctor for every little thing that ails you. Good care that is affordable and easily accessible is the wave of the future.



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