HHS secretary Sebelius highlights new Medicare benefits at Fla. CVS/pharmacy, gets BP checked at MinuteClinic

Department of Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius visited a CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic in Jacksonville, Fla., on Aug. 15 to highlight new benefits and options for Medicare beneficiaries that will help them stay healthier.

These services include a free annual wellness visit, allowing patients to meet with their doctor to discuss health concerns and the best ways to stay healthy, as well as a wide variety of preventive tests and screenings, most at no cost to patients.

During her visit, Sebelius also stopped by the MinuteClinic for a blood pressure monitoring visit to illustrate the importance of preventive services in staying healthy.

CVS Caremark and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have teamed up to increase awareness of the new services available under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. As part of this outreach effort, CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic distributed 750,000 brochures and printed 30 million messages on register receipts for customers over the age of 65 years.

In addition, there were 1.4 million visits to the information on the CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic websites, and another 100,000 impressions on the CVS/pharmacy Facebook page. CVS Caremark stated that it is exploring future collaboration opportunities with CMS that could include training and educational counseling, as well as outreach and distribution of promotional materials.