CVS Health and Cleveland Clinic announced that they have expanded their eight-year clinical affiliation to enhance access to care for patients throughout Northeast Ohio and Florida, and improve quality, coordinated delivery of care and health outcomes for patients. As part of the expanded relationship, CVS Health has joined Cleveland Clinic’s Quality Alliance, one of the largest clinically integrated networks of providers collaborating on quality measures that focus on chronic disease management. The two organizations will share standard protocols and quality metrics and review population health data through integrated, secured systems.
Additionally, MinuteClinic, CVS Pharmacy and Cleveland Clinic will also work toward streamlining and enhancing communication through their EHR systems. This will include the electronic sharing of messages and alerts about patients’ prescription information, visit summaries, diagnosis and treatment protocol, with patient consent, directly between the treating physicians and CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic. The care coordination and communication between health care providers delivers a more comprehensive view of patients, which is integral in health care decision-making and disease management.
“This collaboration enhances the quality of care patients will receive and allows us to oversee their care more seamlessly than we do today,” said Michael Rabovsky, M.D., chairman of the Cleveland Clinic Department of Family Medicine in a statement. “As part of our Quality Alliance, CVS Health joins our clinically integrated network which uniquely positions us to share treatment guidelines and protocols and puts the patient at the center of a larger system of care when they need it.”