Following its roughly $69 billion acquisition of health insurer Aetna expected to close before Thanksgiving, CVS plans to open its first concept stores early next year that will focus on improving health services and outcomes and lowering costs. According to CNBC, CEO Larry Merlo announced Tuesday that CVS Health's new in-store programs will include:
- Managing five common chronic conditions — diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, asthma and behavioral health.
- Optimizing and extending primary care, including to expand the scope of services available at CVS' MinuteClinics to help identify and manage chronic diseases.
- Reducing avoidable hospital readmissions by combining Aetna's clinical programs with CVS' stores to guide patients when they're discharged.
- Managing complex chronic diseases, such as kidney disease.
Merlo said CVS will pilot these programs at the concept stores to learn which programs are most effective and able to be scaled across CVS' locations. The company currently operates about 10,000 stores and 1,100 MinuteClinics. "We're making the consumer experience, which will be an increasingly important competitive differentiator, and we are hard at work creating a plan to differentiate CVS Health in these patient journeys with the goal of making them simpler and more personalized while making care more accessible," Merlo said. To start, CVS will focus on Aetna members, he said, but over time the goal is to create an open platform model where it can partner broadly.
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