SEPTEMBER 6, 2012 | FAMILY PRACTICE NEWS: HHS Partnership May Send Patients to Retail Clinics
A new partnership between the federal government and some of the nation’s largest pharmacy chains could help propel more Medicare beneficiaries into retail clinics for services traditionally provided by primary care physicians.
AUGUST 24, 2012 | NURSEZONE: Growth in Retail Clinics Seen as Boon for Nurse Practitioners
Retail clinics, those small health clinics often found in drug and grocery stores, have seen a tremendous increase in patient visits in recent years. In fact, patient visits doubled from 2007 to 2008 and doubled again from 2008 to 2009, according to a new study conducted by the RAND Corporation and published online in Health Affairs. Although visits to retail clinics still make up a small portion of the overall outpatient market, researchers estimated there were nearly 6 million retail clinic visits in 2009 alone
AUGUST 22, 2012 | DRUG STORE NEWS: Hospitals Embracing Retail Health Concepts
A paradigm shift is under way in U.S. hospitals. To keep pace with health reform, the rise of accountable care organizations and the growing empowerment of informed and cost-sensitive patients, hospital-driven health systems nationwide are joining the retail health revolution.
AUGUST 23, 2012 | CALIFORNIA HEALTHLINE: Health for Sale as Retail Clinics Expand in California
LOS ANGELES -- Consumers without a primary care doctor are increasingly visiting walk-in retail medical clinics for simple acute and preventive care, according to a new study.
Visits to retail clinics increased by fourfold nationwide from 2007 to 2009, according to a study released last week by the RAND Corporation. The retail health market appears to have "tapped into patients' needs," study authors said. Most care delivered by retail clinics was limited to common acute ailments -- such as upper respiratory or urinary tract infections -- as well as flu shots. The most common retail clinic patient was a young adult without a primary care physician.
AUGUST 19, 2012 | THE LONG ISLAND PRESS: Retail Relief: Convenient Walk-in Clinics
Back-to-school shopping at CVS? Don’t forget to put flu vaccinations on the list.
MinuteClinic, a medical treatment center found in select CVS stores, is just one of several clinics located in retail chains throughout the country. These small, walk-ins welcome facilities offer many services patients could otherwise receive from their personal physicians.
AUGUST 16, 2012 | MODERN MEDICINE: Neighborhood Pharmacy Report: Retail Clinic Industry Increases Scope of Care to Meet Patients' Needs
Healthcare delivery in the United States has evolved as more patients visit their neighborhood retail clinics for acute and preventive care.
In a recent Health Affairs report published online, it was reported that outpatient visits have steadily increased from 1.48 million in 2007 to 5.97 million in 2009. To accommodate this growth in U.S. healthcare demand, the retail clinic industry has rapidly expanded from 300 ambulatory clinics in 2007 to approximately 1,200 facilities in 2009. These clinics are located in pharmacies, grocery stores, and other retail settings.
AUGUST 16, 2012 | SENIOR JOURNAL: Doc-in-a-Box Retail Medical Clinics Booming with Growth in Senior Citizen Patients
Aug. 16, 2012 - Fast-growing retail medical clinics are attracting senior citizen patients and delivering more preventive care, particularly flu shots and other vaccinations, according to a new study from the RAND Corporation.
AUGUST 15, 2012 | THE DETROIT NEWS: Retailers Beef Up Clinics Before Patient Boom
If you thought it was hard getting a doctor's appointment now, just wait until 30 million more Americans join the line.
By 2020, the U.S. faces an estimated shortage of 40,000 primary-care doctors with no way to remedy that in just a few years.
AUGUST 6, 2012 | THE POST & COURIER: Store Clinics to See Medicaid Patients
All South Carolina Medicaid patients soon will be able to use medical clinics in retail stores for wellness visits, preventive services and minor illnesses and injuries.
Beginning this month, the state is allowing CVS MinuteClinics and other retailers to enroll as providers in Medicaid, the state and federally funded health insurance program for low-income and disabled people.
AUGUST 6, 2012 | DRUG STORE NEWS: Year 2012 Proving to be Significant Year for Convenient Care Industry
At the start of the year, Drug Store News predicted that 2012 would be a significant year for the convenient care industry as retail-based health clinics gear up for expansion and move closer to version 2.0. Well, that prediction is ringing true.