The MinuteClinic facilities in CVS Pharmacy and Target stores are participating in the Clear Pricing Project contract initiative developed by the State Health Plan and state Treasurer Dale Folwell.

Folwell also announced that the Community Care Physician Network, representing 2,500 primary care clinicians, have signed the contract.

The SHP is the largest buyer of medical and pharmaceutical services in North Carolina, spending $3.2 billion in 2017. It represents more than 720,000 state employees and their dependents and non-Medicare retirees and their dependents.

Folwell is attempting to move the SHP to a government pricing model tied to Medicare rates. The program is similar to those used in Montana and Oregon.

It would move the SHP away from a commercial-based payment model.

On May 13, the SHP posted the contract that providers must sign to stay in-network for patients. Although the contract is scheduled to begin Jan. 1, Folwell is requesting that providers sign up by June 30.

The 70 MinuteClinics in North Carolina offer a broad range of services that include diagnosing and treating illnesses, injuries and skin conditions, and wellness services including vaccinations, physicals, screenings and monitoring for chronic conditions.

Family nurse practitioners and physician assistants provide services for adults and children 18 months and over.

Community Care Physician Network has more than 880 affiliated practices in the state.

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