CVS and Walgreens are also increasing the number of walk-in clinics and the services they offer. It may not be in a hospital's best interest to go up against regional or national retail powerhouses.
But it may be in their interest to find opportunities for partnership.
UT Medicine San Antonio and Barnabas Health in New Jersey have both recently entered into clinical collaborations with nearby CVS MinuteClinics. Under the agreement, each organization will serve as the medical director for several MinuteClinics in their area.
Each will also collaborate with CVS on patient education and disease management initiatives. In both cases, CVS and the hospitals are working toward fully integrating electronic medical record systems to streamline communication around all aspects of each individual's care.
The hospitals will accept patients who need a level of care that cannot be provided at the MinuteClinics.