WOONSOCKET, R.I. — MinuteClinic has announced that this spring it is offering a free monitoring visit for patients with diabetes to help keep their health in check between visits to a primary care provider.
The complimentary monitoring service, which is available seven days a week, is administered by a MinuteClinic nurse practitioner or physician assistant and includes:
Hemoglobin A1C and blood-glucose test (as needed);
Blood pressure check;
Body mass index (BMI);
Comprehensive foot exam; and
Microalbumin test (kidney function check).
The practitioner also will conduct a review of lifestyle factors and give immediate results and recommendations. With patient permission, MinuteClinic will share a copy of the visit record with the patient's primary care provider.
"For the more than 25.8 million Americans with diabetes, MinuteClinic can be a valuable, and collaborative member of the patient care team, working in tandem with physicians and other medical professionals to ensure that patients with diabetes can access the care they need to stay on top of their condition," MinuteClinic chief medical officer Nancy Gagliano said.
Diabetes patients who take advantage of the diabetes monitoring services will each receive an Accu-ChekK 360-degree View data recording tool to take with them. The tracking tool provides a quick snapshot of a patient's blood sugar patterns and also helps with monitoring meal sizes and energy and activity levels at specific times.
MinuteClinic also offers health condition monitoring services for individuals diagnosed with high cholesterol, high blood pressure and asthma.
The free monitoring package is available through May 31, or while supplies, last and is not offered in Maryland, Massachusetts or Texas. Patients must be 18 years of age or older and there is a limit of one monitoring service per customer. Diabetes monitoring services at MinuteClinic are $79 or an insurance co-pay, outside the free offer.
Roche, the maker of Accu-Chek products, is sponsoring the free MinuteClinic comprehensive diabetes monitoring package program.