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Health is Primary campaign taps CVS Health as its retail face

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — The Health is Primary campaign on Friday announced a collaboration with CVS Health to increase coordination of care between primary care providers and retail pharmacies and clinics, including CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic.
 
This initiative will advocate for patient access to coordinated, continuous care and help to ensure that all consumers have access to a primary care provider. Together, Health is Primary and CVS Health will work to educate consumers about the medical neighborhood and how the different parts of the health care system — primary care, pharmacy, retail clinics, acute and post-acute care, diagnostic services, public health, and community and social services — play a role in keeping patients healthy.
 
“We cannot address the biggest health care problems in this country without a strong primary care foundation and true collaboration across the health care system,” stated Glen Stream, president and board chair of Family Medicine for America's Health, the organization behind the Health is Primary campaign. “Patients need a regular source of care and they need to know that, wherever they access care, they can be assured of a system that is coordinated and working together to keep them healthy. Across the country, CVS Health and its MinuteClinic are already working with primary care providers to strengthen the medical neighborhood. We want to elevate this model of collaboration to ensure that all patients understand and have access to continuous, coordinated care.”
 
The Health is Primary campaign will work with CVS Health to disseminate patient materials that provide a roadmap for understanding the various resources available through the medical neighborhood while helping them know when and where to access these services. In addition, the campaign will highlight models of collaboration that can help accelerate a shift to a primary care-based health care system.
 
“Patients should expect both convenient access as well as high-quality health care,” said Andrew Sussman, EVP and associate chief medical officer of CVS Health and president, CVS/minuteclinic. “We know that patient health and outcomes improve when patients utilize the resources available to them throughout the medical neighborhood and when providers across the health care system are working together. By partnering with primary care and family medicine, we will continue to improve provider collaboration and help ensure all patients have access to primary care within a coordinated medical neighborhood.”

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NACDS’ chief lobbyist cited as ‘one of nation’s top 5’ in CQ Roll Call

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ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ SVP government affairs and public policy Carol Kelly has been featured by CQ Roll Call in an article titled “Advocacy Tips From 5 of the Nation’s Best.” The article is a lead-up to the Nov. 16 ceremony for the Professional Women in Advocacy Conference’s Excellence in Advocacy award, for which Kelly is a finalist. 

Kelly is nominated in the “Veteran Advocate” category for her career  to advancing healthcare issues in the best interest of patients and America’s healthcare system. Among Kelly’s advocacy efforts are initiatives that led to pharmacists being able to administer vaccines in all 50 states and the legalization of electronic prescriptions Kelly has led advocacy efforts that have allowed pharmacists to administer vaccinations in all 50 states, and for electronic prescriptions.

In the article, Kelly emphasized authenticity and honesty with an audience. 

“Know your topic and your audience. Be honest with the people you’re dealing with,” she said.

Kelly also reflected on the changes in the advocacy field since she start her career.

“With social media, grassroots, political action committee activities, and communications strategies, the whole nature of advocacy has changed,” she said. 

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