Walgreen Co. and Northwestern Memorial Physicians Group, Chicago, are collaborating to coordinate care for patients of the practice who are employees of the Deerfield, Ill.-based drugstore chain or Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where all of the practice's physicians are on staff.
Walgreens teams with Chicago doc group
The program, announced in a news release today, targets patients with high-cost chronic diseases of hypertension, diabetes, asthma and high cholesterol. Pharmacists will provide counseling and interventions with patients and share information from the interventions with primary-care physicians. Walgreens and NMPG developed intervention plans involving a series of questions intended to get patients to stick with treatment plans and understand their diseases.
“This benefits those patients tremendously because now there's a richer conversation with their primary doctor that is supported by the pharmacy documentation," Dr. Daniel Derman, NMPG president and a vice president at Northwestern Memorial, said in the release.
The initiative follows an announcement last month that Walgreens will work with Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore to conduct research and develop protocols for the management, screening and prevention of chronic diseases.
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