Centura Health, the region’s leading health care network, 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 throughout Colorado’s Front Range.
Centura Health will work with Healthcare Clinic at select Walgreens to handle serious conditions outside of the Healthcare Clinics’ scope of services, and will help collaboratively manage the treatment of patients with chronic diseases. The collaboration will include direct communication between Centura Health providers, including Colorado Health Neighborhoods, Centura Health’s clinically integrated network, and Healthcare Clinic nurse practitioners to facilitate care coordination and sharing of patient information, and enhanced awareness of Healthcare Clinic at select Walgreens and the Centura Health network.
Healthcare Clinic providers are able to help monitor, manage and support Centura Health patients with diabetes, asthma, hyperlipidemia and hypertension. While Walgreens and Healthcare Clinic strongly encourage all patients to have a designated medical home for ongoing needs, the collaboration will provide the patients of Centura Health access to quality, non-emergent care seven days a week, with or without an appointment.
“This clinical collaboration further supports our strategic efforts to expand our Total Health Solution to consumers. Centura Health and the Healthcare Clinic at select Walgreens will promote quality care through evidence-based medicine and best practices, and increase convenience through multiple access points, within a service-friendly environment, at an affordable cost,” said Gary Campbell, Centura Health’s president and CEO. “Working hand-in-hand, this coordinated care model enables us to carry out our combined vision to deliver optimal health care value and support population health management. The result is more people get the right care, at the right time, in the right place, for the right price.”
With the Affordable Care Act bringing millions of newly insured patients into the health care system, the relationship aims to help address some of the needs and challenges facing both patients and providers.