July 27, 2017
CVS Health and the Cleveland Clinic, a large hospital network in Ohio, have announced they will expand their 8-year coordinated care partnership based on success in the partnership to date.
Expansion of the coordinated care partnership will build on the success of a current collaboration between CVS’ MinuteClinic and the Cleveland Clinic. The collaboration will improve access, care coordination, care quality, and health outcomes through integration of pharmacy services. Services include medication counseling, chronic disease monitoring, wellness programs, vaccination programs, and more.
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“Our clinical collaboration with Cleveland Clinic has successfully increased access to care for thousands of patients,” Sharon Vitti, MPA, senior vice president and executive director of MinuteClinic at CVS Health, said in a press release. “By expanding and enhancing our affiliation, we will broaden electronic communication between providers in both organizations and leverage population health data to help improve the health outcomes and reduce the cost of care for the patients we serve.”
Additionally, the collaboration will include joint clinical programs that aim to reduce high rates of chronic diseases.
This partnership will also add CVS Health to the Cleveland Clinic’s Quality Alliance, a network of clinically integrated care providers. The Alliance uses quality measures to improve chronic disease management.
“This collaboration enhances the quality of care patients will receive and allows us to oversee their care more seamlessly than we do today,” Michael Rabovsky, MD, chairman of the Cleveland Clinic Department of Family Medicine, said. “As part of our Quality Alliance, CVS Health joins our clinically integrated network which uniquely positions us to share treatment guidelines and protocols and puts the patient at the center of a larger system of care when they need it.”
The collaboration will also improve communication by enhancing electronic health records systems. This will allow CVS Health and the Cleveland Clinic to directly share messages and alerts regarding medication, treatment, and disease management.
“The expanded collaboration with CVS Health also allows us to provide better access to quality care for patients in Florida,” Hermann Stubbe, MD, chairman of the Cleveland Clinic Florida Department of Family Medicine, said in a press release. “The ability to share information, quality measures and protocols will reduce chronic disease and ultimately improve our patients' quality of life.”