Northwestern Memorial Physicians Group Partners With Walgreens to Coordinate Care for Employees

Chicago-based Northwestern Memorial Physicians Group and Deerfield, Ill.-based Walgreens have partnered to launch a program that will coordinate clinical interventions by pharmacists and share information from the interventions with NMPG primary care providers, according to a Walgreens news release.

The initial program will target employees of Northwestern Memorial and Walgreens that see NMPG primary care providers. As part of the program, patients with hypertension, diabetes, asthma and hyperlipidemia will receive point-of-care interventions — which explore items such as whether a patient takes medications as prescribed — and information from the intervention will be shared with NMPG physicians.

For each disease state, Walgreens pharmacists and NMPG physicians have collaboratively developed an intervention plan, with sessions comprised of a series of questions designed to maximize adherence and help patients best understand their disease.

"Many of our chronic disease patients tell us they see their pharmacist more often than they do their doctor," said Kermit Crawford, Walgreens president of pharmacy, health and wellness. "Giving physicians further insight into patient behaviors and working with them to spend more time talking with patients can help reduce healthcare costs and, more importantly, improve a patient’s overall health."

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