Walgreens Health is partnering with Buckeye Health Plan to expand its Health Corners service to Medicaid members in five Ohio locations this summer.
Walgreens Health, a division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, is now contracted with three payers across the country to serve more than 2.27 million customers. By the end of this year, the company expects to open approximately 100 locations for its health corners, according to a June 21 news release shared with Becker's.
Health Corners are clinic-like spaces in Walgreens stores where customers can meet with a pharmacist or registered nurse to discuss medications and health-tech devices at no extra cost. The service, first piloted in Tennessee in 2020, aims to supplement services from primary care providers.
In September, Blue Shield of California partnered with Walgreens to offer the service to members. With the service also available to some New Jersey Medicare plans, Health Corners will be available at 60 Walgreens locations by the end of summer.
Services that will be offered at Walgreens Health Corner locations:
- Select health screenings, including blood pressure checks, BMI assessments and HbA1c tests
- Scheduling mammography appointments
- Providing test kits for colorectal cancer and diabetic urine screenings
- Counsel from healthcare professional on general health questions
- Answering questions about prescription and over-the-counter medications
- Assistance with technology needs, including digital health applications and monitoring devices
- Administering health risk surveys to collect data to influence intervention efforts
- Verifying member information to share updates about health plans, providers and the Walgreens Healthcare team