CVS Opens First MinuteClinic In Massachusetts
This is Massachusetts' first in-store clinic opened inside a CVS store aiming to provide retail-based health care in the United States. MinuteClinic opened its first store in Medway, but also plans new clinics in CVS/pharmacy stores in the near future in Bridgewater, Danvers, Taunton and Tewksbury. MinuteClinic health care centers are open seven days a week.
"MinuteClinic health care centers are staffed by master’s-prepared, board-certified nurse practitioners who specialize in family health care and are trained to diagnose, treat and prescribe medication when it is part of a treatment plan for common family illnesses such as strep throat and ear, eye, sinus, and bronchial infections. The health care centers also offer treatment for insect bites, minor burns, rashes and other skin conditions. Common vaccinations such as influenza, tetanus, Hepatitis A & B and pneumonia are also provided for adults ages 18 and older. Flu vaccines will be offered beginning October 1 for patients 24 months and older."
The idea of a MinuteClinic is very interesting and a simple one.No appointment is necessary and the clinic, being retail based accepts most types of health insurance. "MinuteClinic is in-network with the following insurers for patients in Massachusetts, including: Aetna Health Plan, Assurant Health, Beech Street Corporation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Chesapeake Life, ChoiceCare Network, Cigna, Coventry Health Care, Inc., Federated Mutual Insurance Company, First Health Network, Great-West Healthcare, Group Health Inc., Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Humana, Medicare, Mega Life, Mid-West National Life. OneNet, Pinnacle Health, ppoNext, Principal Life Insurance Company, Private Health Care Systems (PHCS), Tufts Health Plan and United Healthcare. MinuteClinic will accept as payment the office visit co-pay indicated on the patient's insurance card. Product participation by plan may vary. For patients paying cash or credit, treatment prices are posted outside each health care center. Most treatments cost $59," states MinuteClinic's public news release.
While expanding in Massachusetts, MinuteClinic's next geografical expansion target seems to be Kansas as the clinic is now hiring for positions in Kansas in it's webiste. Judging from MIuteClinic's web address (http://www.minuteclinic.com/en/USA/) one can conclude that the retail clinic has plans to expand internationallyl as this website targets patients in USA.
The clinic also states that "MinuteClinic's team of board-certified practitioners are trained to diagnose, treat and write prescriptions (when clinically appropriate) for a variety of common family illnesses to patients 18 months and older (24 months and older in Massachusetts).
"MinuteClinic is in-network with most major insurers, so patients are responsible for either their copay or the price clearly listed on our treatments and services menu. For those who are uninsured or prefer to pay out-of-pocket, MinuteClinic accepts cash, checks and credit cards."