|KentuckyOne and Healthcare Clinic at Select Walgreens Collaborate to Improve Patient Health Through Continuity of Care in Louisville and Southern Indiana|
KENTUCKYONE AND HEALTHCARE CLINIC AT SELECT WALGREENS COLLABORATE TO IMPROVE PATIENT HEALTH THROUGH CONTINUITY OF CARE IN LOUISVILLE AND SOUTHERN INDIANA
Louisville, Ky. (July 14, 2014) – KentuckyOne Health collaborates with Healthcare Clinics at select Walgreens (NYSE: WAG) (Nasdaq: WAG) to provide greater continuity of care for patients. The clinical collaboration between KentuckyOne Health and Walgreens, originally announced in March, expands coordinated health care services and improves access to high-quality, convenient and affordable care for patients in the Louisville and Southern Indiana area.
The KentuckyOne Health and Walgreens care collaboration includes patient access to Healthcare Clinic nurse practitioners and physician assistants as a walk-in care option for minor injuries or illnesses, health testing and screening and support when physicians’ offices may be closed, including after-hours and weekends, and an Emergency Room (ER) visit is not required.
KentuckyOne Health physicians are in direct communication with Healthcare Clinic nurse practitioners and physician assistants to facilitate care coordination and sharing of patient information.
Patients treated at the Healthcare Clinics at select Walgreens can be referred to a KentuckyOne Health physician for needed follow up care. With patient consent, Walgreens will send a record of the visit to the KentuckyOne Health primary care provider to help keep medical records complete. A complete medical record can help physicians identify potential health risks before they become more serious, which is an important part of staying well and managing chronic diseases such as diabetes.
While Healthcare Clinics at select Walgreens 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, even when their primary care physician is not available.
“KentuckyOne Health and Walgreens have a similar mission, to keep people well,” said Ruth W. Brinkley, president/CEO, KentuckyOne Health. “Expanding our outreach through collaboration with Healthcare Clinics at select Walgreens gives our patients additional convenient access to the care they need when they need it, which is an important part of keeping them healthy and managing chronic disease.”
Patients are more empowered than ever before, seeking convenient and affordable solutions to health care. Expanding access to quality care seven days a week also helps reduce unnecessary emergency department visits that can be costly for both patients and providers.
“With the healthcare system today facing myriad challenges, Healthcare Clinic at select Walgreens can play an important role in enhancing patient access to quality, convenient and affordable care,” says Alan E. London, Walgreens vice president of strategic clinical partners. “Working with a highly integrated and respected health system such as KentuckyOne Health offers an ideal opportunity to further coordinate patient care in Louisville and southern Indiana. Together, we’re helping patients in these communities get, stay and live well.”
Participating Walgreens Healthcare Clinic locations 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, in communities across America, more than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens scope of pharmacy services includes retail, specialty, infusion, medical facility and mail service, along with online and mobile 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 8,217 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens digital business includes Walgreens.com, drugstore.com, Beauty.com, SkinStore.com and VisionDirect.com. Take Care Health Systems is a Walgreens subsidiary that manages more than 400 in-store convenient care clinics throughout the country.
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