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Walgreens and Pearl Health announce strategic partnership to advance value-based care delivery

The partnership aims to accelerate the expansion of value-based care in collaboration with community-based primary care physicians.

Walgreens, a division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, and Pearl Health, a provider enablement company, today announced a partnership to accelerate the expansion of value-based care in collaboration with community-based primary care physicians.

Pearl Health offers technology and insight solutions that empower clinical teams to provide holistic, personalized treatment necessary for value-based, quality-focused care. Walgreens will provide complementary services, including prescription fulfillment, medication adherence, immunizations, care gap closure and diagnostic testing. Walgreens also will work with providers to help patients discharged from the hospital transition to home.

“Walgreens is committed to being the partner of choice for providers and health systems looking to transition quickly and effectively to value-based care and improve outcomes in the communities they serve,” said John Driscoll, executive vice president and president, U.S. Healthcare, Walgreens Boots Alliance. “Our partnership with Pearl Health allows us to reach more communities faster and enable comprehensive, affordable care that improves long-term health outcomes and fosters healthier communities.”

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“At Pearl Health, we believe that local primary care providers are key to improving America’s overall health. Our technology-powered value-based care model aligns seamlessly with the healthcare services Walgreens offers, particularly in the most vulnerable communities,” said Michael Kopko, CEO of Pearl Health. “With a focus on proactive, coordinated care, we’ll collaborate to deliver a better solution to providers and ultimately deliver high- quality services to patients, while managing their care efficiently. We’re very excited about the implications of this partnership for patients in Medicare and beyond.”

Walgreens continues to demonstrate its commitment to value-based care, the most significant demonstration being the company’s majority investment in VillageMD, a national leader in primary, multispecialty and urgent care. A technology-enabling partnership with Pearl Health provides an additional, complementary value-based delivery channel that will allow Walgreens to reach more regions and patients and offer an even broader set of solutions to providers and health systems.

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With its strong investments in home-based care through CareCentrix and health system-owned pharmacy solutions through Shields Health Solutions, Walgreens has established itself as a leading partner of choice in reimagining local, personalized care, the company said.

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