CVS 'MinuteClinics' to help treat veterans

VA tests partnership with CVS to reduce veterans' wait times

VA tests partnership with CVS to reduce veterans' wait times

"By allowing our electronic health records to communicate and share important clinical information, we'll have a more comprehensive view of the Veterans we collectively serve, which will enable important health care decision making and ensure continuity of care", said Andrew Sussman, MD, Executive Vice President and Associate Chief Medical Officer, CVS Health and President, MinuteClinic. Normally, under that program, vets are eligible if they have been waiting 30 days for an appointment or live 40 miles away from a VA facility that provides the care that they need.

VA Secretary David Shulkin is a supporter of finding new ways for increased "integrated care" between the VA and the private sector.

The Department of Veterans Affairs is increasing transparency by launching a new online tool for veterans to get information on wait times and quality of care.

"Our number one priority is getting veterans' access to care when and where they need it", said Baligh Yehia, the VA's deputy undersecretary for health for community care.

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It also exposed a corporate culture in which airlines - and United in particular - have long "bullied" passengers, he said. Facing public outrage, United finally apologized and promised that this kind of incidents would never happen again.

Through the website, patients can also find out what veterans have to say about access to care.

The MinuteClinic partnership may allow veterans to access care much more quickly through the VA referral hotline.

The program mirrors an initiative started in 2016 in Palo Alto, California, that also allows veterans to receive referrals to CVS retail clinic locations.

Shulkin has said he wants to expand private-sector partnerships in part by looking at wait times and the particular medical needs of veterans in different communities.

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Further, he's been the best fourth quarter scorer in the league, providing important points down the stretch of most games. Stevens said the sight gave him a bit of a scare. "It says 1-8 but I think it's going to be a little tougher than that".

The Phoenix VA was the site of the 2014 scandal over chronically long wait times for care. The bill being signed by Trump seeks to alleviate some of the problems by helping speed up VA payments and promote greater sharing of medical records.

Despite a heavy spotlight on its problems, the Phoenix facility still grapples with delays. In Sioux Falls, the website reports that 98 percent of the veterans who reported were "Always" or "Usually" able to get an appointment when needed for primary care appointments.

"After patient consent, participating MinuteClinic locations will electronically send patient visit summaries to the patient's primary care physician at the VA", CVS explained at the time.

The VA previously experimented with a similar program a year ago in the smaller market of Palo Alto, a $330,000 pilot to provide urgent care at 14 MinuteClinics.

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Veterans Administration, the VA and CVS have partnered for a test program that will have the pharmacy chain's MinuteClinic urgent care centers treating some veterans for minor injuries and ailments.

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