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Date:9/26/2007

PPO) - Humana affiliate, Humana, Great-West Healthcare, Devon Health Services, and UnitedHealthCare. MinuteClinic will accept as payment the office visit co-pay indicated on the patient's insurance card. For patients paying cash or credit, treatment prices are posted outside each health care center. Most treatments cost $59.

"MinuteClinic offers customers convenient, high quality health care services and is a natural extension of our mission to improve the lives of those we serve by making innovative and high-quality health and pharmacy services safe, affordable and easy to access," said Chris Bodine, executive vice president of CVS Caremark Corporation and president of CVS Caremark Health Care Services. "Along with its reputation for high quality health care, MinuteClinic has proven its ability to work collaboratively with physicians in the prompt diagnosis and treatment of patients."

To ensure quality and personal attention for patients, MinuteClinic health care centers are staffed by board-certified practitioners with college degrees and graduate-level training in family health care. Nurse practitioners work in collaboration with physicians and may prescribe medication when it is part of the treatment plan. Kristen Morgan, nurse practitioner and manager of operations, oversees MinuteClinic locations in the Pittsburgh area.

MinuteClinic nurse practitioners use a software program that at the conclusion of each visit generates educational material, an invoice and a prescription (when clinically appropriate) for the patient, as well as a diagnostic record that is automatically sent to the patient's primary care provider's office. A collaborating physician (medical director) is on call during all hours of operation.

Every MinuteClinic patient assessment and treatment follows nationally established clinical practice guidelines from the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement, the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Academy
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