WOONSOCKET, R.I., April 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- MinuteClinic is helping patients with diabetes stay on top of their condition this spring by offering a free monitoring visit. This service helps patients with diabetes keep their health in check between visits to a primary care provider, and is available seven days a week at the walk-in medical clinics inside select CVS/pharmacy stores across the United States.
The complimentary monitoring service administered by a MinuteClinic nurse practitioner or physician assistant includes:
- Hemoglobin A1c and blood glucose test (as needed)
- Blood pressure check
- Body mass index (BMI)
- Cholesterol test
- Comprehensive foot exam
- Microalbumin test (kidney function check)
The practitioner will also conduct a review of lifestyle factors and give immediate results and recommendations. With patient permission, MinuteClinic will share a copy of the visit record with the patient's primary care provider.
"For the more than 25.8 million Americans with diabetes, MinuteClinic can be a valuable, and collaborative member of the patient care team, working in tandem with physicians and other medical professionals to ensure that patients with diabetes can access the care they need to stay on top of their condition," says MinuteClinic Chief Medical Officer Nancy Gagliano, M.D.
Diabetes patients who take advantage of the diabetes monitoring services will each receive an ACCU-CHEK 360 degree View data recording tool to take with them. The simple tracking tool provides a quick snapshot of a patient's blood sugar patterns – something that can't be done simply by looking at a logbook – and also helps with monitoring meal sizes and energy and activity levels at specific times.
MinuteClinic also offers comprehensive health condition monitoring services for individuals diagnosed with high cholesterol, high blood pressure and asthma.
Additionally, MinuteClinic practitioners diagnose, treat and write prescriptions for common family illnesses such as strep throat and ear, eye, sinus, bladder and bronchial infections. Skin conditions, minor wounds, abrasions and joint sprains are treated, and common vaccinations for influenza, tetanus, pneumonia, pertussis and Hepatitis A & B are offered at each location. Walk-in camp, sports and college physicals are available daily.
No appointment is necessary to see a practitioner. MinuteClinic is open seven days a week, including weekday evening hours.
For details about diabetes monitoring and availability of services and to find a MinuteClinic location, visit www.minuteclinic.com/diabetes. The free monitoring package is available through May 31, 2012 or while supplies last and is not offered in Maryland, Massachusetts or Texas. Patients must be 18 years of age or older and there is a limit of one monitoring service per customer. Diabetes monitoring services at MinuteClinic are $79 or an insurance co-pay, outside the free offer.
Roche, the maker of ACCU-CHEK® products, is sponsoring the free MinuteClinic comprehensive diabetes monitoring package program.
MinuteClinic is a division of CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE: CVS), the largest pharmacy health care provider in the United States. MinuteClinic launched the first retail medical clinics in the United States in 2000 and is the largest provider of retail clinics with more than 600 locations in 25 states and the District of Columbia. By creating a health care delivery model that responds to patient demand, MinuteClinic makes access to high-quality medical treatment easier for more Americans. Nationally, the company has generated more than 11 million patient visits, with a 95% customer satisfaction rating. MinuteClinic is the first retail health care provider to receive accreditation (2006) and reaccreditation (2009) from The Joint Commission, the national evaluation and certifying agency for nearly 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. For more information, visit www.minuteclinic.com.