CVS/pharmacy, Rite Aid confirm they are not accepting Apple Pay
CUPERTINO, Calif. — It has only been a week since its launch and the list of retailers supporting Apple Pay just got a little shorter as Rite Aid and CVS/pharmacy confirmed reports that they no longer accept Apple Pay.
As initially reported by the New York Times, Rite Aid and CVS/pharmacy disabled the mobile wallet over the weekend. The reason for the move was not immediately clear.
In a statement sent to Drug Store News, Rite Aid spokesperson Ashley Flowers said, “Given that we are still in the process of evaluating our mobile payment options, Rite Aid does not currently accept ApplePay. We are continually evaluating various forms of mobile payment technologies, and are committed to offering convenient, reliable and secure payment methods that meet the needs of our customers.”
Meanwhile, CVS/pharmacy spokesperson Mike DeAngelis sent a statement to Drug Store News that stated, “At this time, CVS/pharmacy cannot accept Apple Pay or other mobile payments that use NFC technology. We are in the process of evaluating mobile payment options for our customers.”
The New York Times reported that analysts believe that the move is related to the launch of a rival system being deployed by the Merchant Customer Exchange consortium of merchants. Both Rite Aid and CVS are part of that consortium.
Apple Pay works with iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and the upcoming Apple Watch. Customers hold their iPhone near the contactless reader at checkout to easily pay.
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MinuteClinic, Lifespan ink clinical collaboration in Rhode Island
WOONSOCKET, R.I. and PROVIDENCE, R.I. — MinuteClinic, the retail medical clinic of CVS Health, and Lifespan, Rhode Island's largest health system, which includes five partner hospitals and multiple physician groups, have entered into a clinical collaboration agreement.
The new Rhode Island clinics, opening this fall and in 2015, will be located in Cranston, East Greenwich, North Smithfield, Providence, Wakefield, Westerly and Woonsocket.
The collaboration encourages interaction between Lifespan and MinuteClinic providers to improve coordination and access to care for patients seen at MinuteClinic locations. Both organizations will integrate their electronic medical records to further promote exchange of clinical information, with patients' permission.
For those patients who do not have regular access to primary care, MinuteClinic provides assistance in finding a primary care physician.
"As we have experienced in other states, including Massachusetts and Connecticut, MinuteClinic can support the primary care model in Rhode Island by helping to improve access to care, particularly on weekends and evenings when primary care providers may not be available," stated Andrew Sussman, president, MinuteClinic, and SVP/ associate chief medical officer, CVS Health. "Through our convenient locations, we're pleased that the state's largest health care system has agreed to affiliate with MinuteClinic to increase access and convenience for patients seeking care."
Both MinuteClinic and Lifespan will eventually use the Epic electronic medical record to streamline communication around all aspects of each patient's care. MinuteClinic will electronically share medical histories and visit summaries with the patient's primary care provider at Lifespan. MinuteClinic will also send patient visit summaries to primary care providers who are not affiliated with Lifespan via fax or mail with the patient's consent. MinuteClinic will also participate in Current Care, the state's health information exchange.
Founded in 1994 by Rhode Island Hospital and the Miriam Hospital, Lifespan is an academic health system affiliated with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Lifespan's partners also include Rhode Island Hospital's pediatric facility, Hasbro Children's Hospital; Bradley Hospital and Newport Hospital. It includes a network of 1,842 affiliated physicians throughout the state.
"We're pleased to collaborate with MinuteClinic to improve access and coordination of care for patients seen at clinic locations," stated John Murphy, EVP, physician affairs, Lifespan. "We will continue to work with MinuteClinic and with our other physician partners to ensure the appropriate level of care is provided in a timely manner to all patients in our community."
MinuteClinic has clinical affiliations with more than 40 major health systems and health care providers across the country.