CVS Health has entered into new clinical affiliations intended to better coordinate care between CVS pharmacies and MinuteClinic walk-in facilities and three regional health systems.

The collaborating health systems include Baptist Health System of Birmingham, Ala.; Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems affiliated hospitals in Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Tennessee; and Premier Health in Dayton, Ohio.

CVS Health will provide critical prescription and visit information to the participating health systems through the integration of secured electronic health record systems. This integration will include the electronic sharing of messages and alerts from CVS/pharmacy to the health systems' physicians regarding medication non-adherence issues.

In addition, MinuteClinic will electronically share patient visit summaries with the patient's primary care physician when they are part of a health system affiliate and with the patient's consent. MinuteClinic will continue its standard practice of sending patient visit summaries to primary care providers who are not affiliated with one of these participating health systems via fax or mail, with patient consent.

CVS executives said the new clinical affiliations bring the total number of health system and healthcare provider affiliations for CVS Health and MinuteClinic to more than 40 across the U.S.

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