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CVS Caremark strikes MinuteClinic agreements with four health systems
By Andis Robeznieks | July 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
CVS Caremark, the nation's largest operator of retail clinics, announced new clinical affiliations with healthcare systems in four states.
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CVS picks Epic to provide EHR system
By Joseph Conn | March 06, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Epic Systems Corp. has been selected by drugstore chain CVS Caremark Corp. as the provider of an electronic health-record system for its MinuteClinic division, a deal that will extend Epic's ambulatory-care footprint across 800 healthcare clinics in 28 states and as many as 1,500 locations in the...
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Groups showcase interoperability efforts
By Joseph Conn and Jaimy Lee | March 01, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Several interoperability collaborations presented at the HIMSS conference demonstrated that information technology vendors and healthcare providers are focusing on connecting competing electronic health records and health information exchanges as well as medical devices and health IT systems.
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Fragmented care: Data-sharing between retail clinics, health systems hits hurdles
By Melanie Evans | February 15, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Retail clinic operators such as CVS are rapidly expanding into the estimated $5 billion market for simple primary-care services. But their growing presence is raising concerns about further fragmentation of medical care, even as momentum grows for tighter coordination across the care continuum.
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Telehealth lobbying group to fight barriers to tech-driven care
By Paul Demko | February 12, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A new lobbying organization will seek to eliminate legal and regulatory barriers to telemedicine and other technology-driven approaches to delivering medical care.
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Pack-a-day smoking habit boosts risk of breast cancer for young women
By Sabriya Rice | February 11, 2014
Young women who smoke one pack of cigarettes each day are at increased risk of developing estrogen-receptor-positive breast cancer, the most common form of the disease, according to a study published Monday in the journal Cancer. Continued efforts to discourage smoking are needed to help address...
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Blue Button wins new converts as pharmacy chains, groups sign on
By Joseph Conn | February 10, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Five national retail pharmacy chains and three pharmacy associations have joined the Blue Button movement, committing to use the federally developed protocols allowing patients to download their health records.
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CVS decision to quit tobacco highlights its growing role as healthcare provider
By Steven Ross Johnson | February 08, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Drugstore chain CVS Caremark's announcement that it will stop selling tobacco products at its 7,600 stores by Oct. 1 makes it clear that the company wants to emphasize its role as a healthcare provider offering in-store clinics and pharmacy benefit management.
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Texas Medicaid tiptoes toward care coordination
By Virgil Dickson | February 01, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Texas may not be expanding Medicaid to cover any of its millions of uninsured, but Gov. Rick Perry's administration has embarked on an innovative care-coordination program for existing Medicaid beneficiaries.
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Fewer deals, higher prices | Dwindling pool of strong assets leads to selectivity
By Beth Kutscher | January 25, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Rising share prices and investment portfolio returns helped drive higher M&A prices last year, even as the overall number of deals fell. High price tags meant acquirers—while still eager to increase scale or diversify into new businesses—were choosier about where to deploy capital.
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