|KENTUCKYONE HEALTH AND WALGREENS ANNOUNCE CLINICAL COLLABORATION|
Louisville, KY (March 18, 2014) – KentuckyOne Health and Walgreens (NYSE: WAG) (Nasdaq: WAG) today announced a clinical collaboration agreement that will provide coordinated and expanded health care services, while improving access to high-quality, convenient and affordable care for patients in the Louisville and southern Indiana area.
KentuckyOne Health will work with Healthcare Clinics at select Walgreens to expand the level of care and handle serious, non-emergent conditions outside of the clinics’ scope of practice. The collaboration will also offer the ability to help manage the treatment of chronic diseases.
While Healthcare Clinics and KentuckyOne Express Care strongly encourage all patients to have a designated primary care physician and medical home for ongoing needs, the collaboration will provide patients access to quality care seven days a week. The collaboration will include direct communication between Healthcare Clinic nurse practitioners and KentuckyOne Health physicians to facilitate care coordination and sharing of patient information.
“This collaboration extends quality care directly into our communities to provide greater access for patients,” said Ruth W. Brinkley, president/CEO, KentuckyOne Health. “As part of our mission to provide convenient access to care, we believe our communities will benefit from this type of collaborative model as we expand our outreach to Healthcare Clinics at Walgreens.”
With the Affordable Care Act expected to bring millions of new patients into the healthcare system, the relationship aims to help address some of the needs and challenges facing both patients and healthcare providers.
“With the healthcare system today facing myriad challenges, Healthcare Clinics can play an important role in enhancing patient access to quality, convenient and affordable care,” said Alan E. London, chief medical officer, Consumer Solutions Group, Walgreens. “Working with a highly integrated health system such as KentuckyOne Health offers an ideal opportunity to further coordinate patient care in the community. We look forward to working together to help more patients get, stay and live well.”
Healthcare Clinic at select Walgreens-area locations partnering with KentuckyOne include:
About KentuckyOne Health
As the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2013 sales of $72 billion, Walgreens (www.walgreens.com) vision is to be the first choice in health and daily living for everyone in America, and beyond. Each day, Walgreens provides more than 6 million customers the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice in communities across America. Walgreens scope of pharmacy services includes retail, specialty, infusion, medical facility and mail service, along with respiratory services. These services improve health outcomes and lower costs for payers including employers, managed care organizations, health systems, pharmacy benefit managers and the public sector. The company operates 8,200 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Take Care Health Systems is a Walgreens subsidiary that is the largest and most comprehensive manager of worksite health and wellness centers, provider practices, and in-store convenient care clinics, with more than 750 locations throughout the country.