CVS, Palo Alto VA partner to offer veterans treatment at MinuteClinics

CVS Health has partnered with the Department of Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System in California to offer care to veterans at the pharmacy chain's MinuteClinics. The more than 60,000 veterans enrolled in the Palo Alto system can now be referred to a MinuteClinic for treatment of acute health issues, according the announcement. The clinics will be staffed by nurse practitioners and physician assistants, who can diagnose, treat and prescribe medications for common illnesses, and minor wounds and injuries. Common vaccinations are also available, according to the announcement, and the clinics and the VA will communicate through an interconnected electronic medical records system. Andrew Sussman, M.D., executive vice president and associate chief medical officer of CVS Health and president of MinuteClinic, said that the partnership will offer veterans another choice for their care. "We're committed to providing top-notch care to the area's Veterans and this relationship will allow us to do so in locations and at times that are convenient for the VA's patients," he said. Announcement