Retail clinic chain offers free diabetes monitoring visits

Posted April 30, 2012

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CVS-owned MinuteClinic, which has more than 600 medical clinics in its parent company’s pharmacies across the country, is offering patients with diabetes a complimentary assessment of their condition.

Retail clinics have been increasingly expanding services beyond acute care into chronic disease management. MinuteClinic for some time has been offering monitoring of diabetes, as well as high cholesterol and hypertension, for $79 a visit.

The free diabetes visits are sponsored by Roche, which manufactures blood glucose monitoring systems.

Patients receive a check of their hemoglobin A1c, blood glucose, blood pressure, body mass index, cholesterol and microalbumin along with a comprehensive foot exam. With the patient’s permission, results will be passed on to his or her primary care physician.

American Medical Association policy states that retail clinics need to have the means to ensure continuity of care and have systems for referring patients requiring primary care.

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