Some vets can go to CVS 'MinuteClinics' for minor illnesses

Owen Stevens
April 20, 2017

The new program, now limited to the Phoenix area, comes three years after the VA faced allegations of chronically long wait times at its centers, including its Phoenix facility, which treats about 120,000 veterans.

The VA says veterans can use the site to compare that data with other facilities in their area.

"Veterans must have access to information that is clear and understandable to make informed decisions about their health care", said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. David J. Shulkin.

The Access and Quality Tool is an easy-to-use, easy-to-understand way of accessing data, giving veterans more information about services and holding VA medical centers accountable, according to a Department of Veterans Affairs press release.

Almost 120,000 veterans who are enrolled at the Phoenix VA can now used the minute clinic at CVS Pharmacies.

"This new public-private collaboration between CVS, TriWest and the VA is an important step forward in enhancing choice and flexibility in Veterans' health care", said Senator John McCain.

Some vets can go to CVS 'MinuteClinics' for minor illnesses

CVS is the largest pharmacy retailer in the United States, and plans to help assist the VA with veteran care by sharing medical records electronically, and providing patient summaries for the VA should the patient need additional services, reports the Blaze.

"We're committed to providing top-notch care to the area's Veterans and this relationship will allow us to do so in locations and at times that are convenient for the VA's patients". Veterans in Phoenix and surrounding communities will not have to wait for long for the services.

The innovative program introduces and access points for receiving care.

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. This ensures the VA physician has the clinical information necessary for follow-up services in the VA, if appropriate.

VA now pays for CVS "MinuteClinics" in Phoenix as part of a pilot project to treat minor illnesses and injuries to decrease wait times.

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