CVS Pharmacy launches CarePass program, wellness screenings in Boston

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CVS Pharmacy launches CarePass program, wellness screenings in Boston

By Sandra Levy - 10/31/2018
CVS Pharmacy customers in the Greater Boston area can now enroll in CarePass, a new pilot membership rewards program offering additional benefits to the company's ExtraCare Rewards Program.

CarePass, announced Wednesday, offers members in-store and online perks, including free delivery on most medications and purchases, access to a 24/7 pharmacist hotline and 20% off all CVS Health brand products. Customers can join CarePass for $5 a month or $48 a year and also receive a monthly $10 CarePass promotional reward that can be used toward nearly all purchases in-store and online at CVS.com.

"We are committed to designing and testing innovative programs that meet our customers' health needs whenever, wherever and however they want," CVS Health executive vice president and CVS Pharmacy president Kevin Hourican said in a statement. "The CarePass pilot program in Boston offers our customers an additional level of benefits and services that make it easy to save time, save money and receive access to on-demand pharmacy care."

Customers can now enroll in CarePass at more than 350 participating CVS Pharmacy locations throughout Greater Boston, or online at CVS.com/carepass.

As CarePass rolls out, CVS Pharmacy also will host more than 20 pop-up events, featuring branded trucks and cars across the area, including at Government Center and select CVS Pharmacy locations.

To become a member and take advantage of CarePass benefits, members must have an active ExtraCare Rewards card. Customers who are not already ExtraCare members can sign up for both ExtraCare and CarePass by enrolling in-store or visiting CVS.com/carepass.

In a separate development, CVS Health is kicking off its annual Project Health campaign at CVS Pharmacy locations in the Boston area on Nov. 1 with free health-and-wellness screenings. A total of 24 Project Health events will take place locally through mid-December in multicultural communities with a large number of uninsured or underinsured Americans.

Project Health offers free comprehensive health assessment screenings, including blood pressure, Body Mass Index, glucose and total cholesterol screenings, which can help detect risk for such chronic conditions as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.

"Project Health is part of CVS Health's commitment to improving access to quality care by identifying health concerns and risk factors for participants who may not have otherwise sought preventative care," CVS Health chief medical officer Troyen Brennan said in a statement. "Chronic conditions, which can often be life-threatening, can be treated very effectively when identified early at screenings such as Project Health, and can help to improve a patient's health and well-being."

Project Health events, which will be held on Thursday and Sunday in rotating stores across the Boston area from Nov. 1 through Dec. 16, are open to everyone and do not require an appointment.

Patients have access to on-site consultations with bilingual nurse practitioners or physician assistants who will analyze results and refer patients who require additional medical care and follow up to no-cost or low-cost medical facilities nearby or to their primary care physician.

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