Advocate Health Care and Advocate Physician Partners, Oak Brook, Ill., have entered into a “clinical affiliation” with MinuteClinic, a Woonsocket, R.I.-based operator of retail clinics and a division of CVS Caremark.
Advocate enters affiliation with MinuteClinic
The deal calls for Advocate Physician Partners to serve as medical directors for MinuteClinic's 23 facilities in the Chicago area and downstate Bloomington, Ill. Signs informing patients of the Advocate affiliation will be posted at those MinuteClinic locations.
According to a news release, this arrangement includes collaboration on “disease management initiatives.” The American Academy of Family Physicians dropped its support of retail clinics last year when MinuteClinic and other convenient-care providers started offering services related to management of diabetes, hypertension and other chronic conditions.
MinuteClinic announced a similar arrangement with the Cleveland Clinic in 2009.
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