Physicians with Barnabas Health, a seven-hospital system based in West Orange, N.J., will serve as medical directors for three nurse practitioner-operated retail clinics in New Jersey operated by MinuteClinic, the Woonsocket, R.I.-based division of CVS Caremark Corp.
The clinics are located in CVS stores in Jackson, Manalapan and Marlboro. Barnabas will collaborate on patient education and disease-management initiatives and will take patients whose conditions require above the level of service MinuteClinics provide, according to a news release
With patient permission, MinuteClinic will send medical histories and visit summaries via its electronic health-record system to Barnabas locations in Monmouth and Ocean counties. The release noted that MinuteClinic and Barnabas Health “will begin to work toward fully integrating electronic medical-record systems.”
MinuteClinic recently entered into a similar agreement with Virtua
, a four-hospital system based in Marlton, N.J., covering stores in Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties.
According to the Convenient Care Association
, there are about 1,400 retail clinics operating in the U.S., compared with 1,000 in 2009.