LOUISVILLE, Ky. & DEERFIELD, Ill. — Humana and Walgreens are expanding their existing senior-focused neighborhood health collaboration that brings together full service primary care, pharmacy, nutrition and wellness support and other services for Medicare beneficiaries. The companies announced today that they plan to open three additional Partners in Primary Care centers inside Walgreens stores – two in the Kansas City area and another in Anderson, SC.
“We are finding that seniors appreciate not just the high quality of clinical care, but also the social interactions, the personal attention, the convenience and the enhanced coordination between their pharmacist, physician and the health guides we have on site,” said Jim O'Conor, senior vice president of Walgreens Neighborhood Health Destinations. “Together, we are simplifying social and clinical care in the neighborhood as we transform our stores into convenient neighborhood health destinations.”
The three new conveniently located 2,500+ square foot primary care centers, like the sites opened last year in two Kansas City area Walgreens stores, will each be staffed by a boardcertified physician supported by holistic care teams that include registered nurse ‘care coaches,’ behavioral health specialists and social workers, who are all experts in serving seniors. The clinics are open to patients participating in a number of different Medicare plans. Partners in Primary Care is an affiliate of Humana Inc.
“The decision to expand our test-and-learn collaboration in both the Kansas City area and a new market – Anderson, South Carolina –reflects our ongoing commitment to provide integrated care that meets the unique health care needs of seniors in convenient locations in their neighborhoods,” said Renee Buckingham, president of Humana’s Care Delivery Organization. “Patients of Partners in Primary Care located inside Walgreens have access to a comprehensive care team, led by board-certified primary care physicians that extends far beyond a typical nurse practitioner model often housed in retail locations.”
Primary care physicians at Partners in Primary Care excel at developing long-term relationships with patients living with chronic conditions. Partners in Primary Care is part of a family of senior-focused, primary care centers that deliver care to 35,000 Medicare Advantage patients. In the greater Kansas City area, Partners in Primary Care will operate eight medical centers, with four of them co-located in Walgreens stores. In Kansas City, Walgreens supports more than 75,000 Medicare beneficiaries through more than 50 neighborhood pharmacies and other points of care.
Partners in Primary Care and Walgreens are also well-established in South Carolina. Partners in Primary Care operates four existing, stand-alone locations primarily in the Greenville area, with a new location now open in Seneca, and others centers planned for this fall in Spartanburg and Charleston. Statewide, Walgreens supports approximately 180,000 Medicare beneficiaries through more than 150 neighborhood pharmacies and other points of care.
Walgreens (walgreens.com), one of the nation's largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. Approximately 8 million customers interact with Walgreens in stores and online each day, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. As of August 31, 2018, Walgreens operates 9,560 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, along with its omnichannel business, Walgreens.com. Approximately 400 Walgreens stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other provider retail clinic services.
About Humana Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) is committed to helping our millions of medical and specialty members achieve their best health. Our successful history in care delivery and health plan administration is helping us create a new kind of integrated care with the power to improve health and well-being and lower costs. Our efforts are leading to a better quality of life for people with Medicare, families, individuals, military service personnel, and communities at large. To accomplish that, we support physicians and other health care professionals as they work to deliver the right care in the right place for their patients, our members. Our range of clinical capabilities, resources and tools – such as in-home care, behavioral health, pharmacy services, data analytics and wellness solutions – combine to produce a simplified experience that makes health care easier to navigate and more effective. More information regarding Humana is available to investors via the Investor Relations page of the company’s web site at www.humana.com, including copies of:
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About Partners in Primary Care Partners in Primary Care (Partners) is a primary care medical group practice operating centers in South Carolina, North Carolina, Kansas and Missouri. Partners has a strong emphasis on senior-focused primary care to members of Medicare Advantage health plans. Partners is committed to providing personalized, high-quality primary care combined with an excellent patient experience. Partners has experience in both the treatment and management of most chronic and acute-care conditions. The practices also provide health education and value-added, well-being services at their centers and around their neighborhoods to help both patients and community members improve their health. The management services organization for Partners is a wholly owned subsidiary of Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM). For more information visit www.PartnersInPrimaryCare.com.