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CVS Health touts ability to bring care close to home

BY Sandra Levy

In an effort to continually meet patients’ needs for quality care close to their home, CVS Health reminds patients that over 125 preventive and acute care services are available at its MinuteClinic retail clinics. More than half of Americans live within 10 miles of a MinuteClinic.

Bringing care closer to home was also the impetus behind Minute Clinic’s introduction yesterday of a new virtual health care offering for patients with minor illnesses and injuries, skin conditions and other wellness needs. Dubbed MinuteClinic Video Visits, the telehealth offering will provide patients with access to healthcare services 24 hours a day, seven days a week from their mobile device, the company said.

Pointing to research findings that show that one in three Americans’ cite access to quality care is the most important health priority in their community, CVS said that Americans receive recommended care only about 55% of the time because they live far from health care sites and have concerns about affordability. Many patients who need care after doctor hours and in between doctor visits wind up visiting an emergency room, adding costs to the healthcare system.

In fact, experts have found that between 13.7% and 27.1% of all ER visits could be treated in a retail or urgent care clinic, where savings could be as much as $4 billion each year, said CVS Health in a statement.

CVS Health also offers patients with complex conditions who need infusion therapies the treatment, education and support they need from Coram through accessible community locations and in the patients’ home.

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