Centura Health partners with Walgreens
Last Updated: 14:07 January 15, 2014
Financial terms of the partnership were not disclosed.
The partnership is characterized as a "clinical collaboration agreement," in which Centura's health-care providers can help Healthcare Clinics providers with patient issues, according to a press statement released Tuesday, Jan. 14.
Healthcare Clinics at Walgreens (NYSE, Nasdaq: WAG) has locations in Broomfield, Lafayette and Longmont and are included in the agreement, along with 13 other Healthcare Clinics in the metro area, in Loveland and in Colorado Springs. In Boulder County, Avista Adventist Hospital in Louisville belongs to the Centura Health network.
Representatives from both sides are "working through details" of the partnership, said Jennifer Wills, a spokeswoman for Centura Health.
As the federal Affordable Care Act brings millions of newly insured patients into the health-care system, the partnership addresses some needs facing patients and providers, according to the press statement. The Affordable Care Act - now commonly called "Obamacare" - was signed into law in 2010, expanding Medicaid coverage to more low-income people and requiring every person in the United States to have health insurance.
Healthcare Clinics can serve as an alternative to hospital emergency rooms for patients who don't need emergency care, Alan E. London, chief medical officer for the consumer solutions group at Walgreen Co. in Deerfield, Illinois, said in the press statement.
Centura Health employs more than 6,000 doctors at its 15 hospitals, six senior living facilities, clinics and other locations in Colorado and Kansas. The Walgreens drugstore chain reported fiscal 2013 sales of $72 billion.
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