AUGUST 1, 2012 | NACS ONLINE: In-Store Clinics Ready for Customer Flood
SANTA MONICA, Calif. – With more Americans seeking health care under the health care reform law, in-store clinics are preparing for a boom in business and locations, the Los Angeles Times reports.
With the number of primary-care doctors unable to keep up with the estimated 30 million Americans who will receive health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, retail clinics will likely get a bump in customers. CVS Caremark Corp. and Target Corp., among other retailers, are ramping up their walk-in clinics staffed mostly by nurses who treat routine ailments.
AUGUST 1, 2012 | DRUG STORE NEWS: Mass. Lawmakers Pass Healthcare Bill that Expands Use of Limited-Service Clinics
BOSTON — Massachusetts lawmakers passed a massive healthcare bill that seeks to control healthcare costs and expands the services of limited-service clinics to allow for anything within the scope of practice for a nurse practitioner.
JULY 30, 2012 | DRUG STORE NEWS: Clinics Likely to See Healthcare-Related Influx, According to LA Times Report
NEW YORK — With the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act extending health insurance to some 30 million Americans amid an already fragile primary care network, retail-based health clinics are likely to see an influx of patients turning to them for healthcare services.
JULY 30, 2012 | LOS ANGELES TIMES: In-Store Clinics Look to be a Remedy for Healthcare Law Influx
If you thought it was hard getting a doctor's appointment now, just wait until 30 million more Americans join the line.
Nearly 3 in 4 California counties already lack a sufficient number of family physicians, and 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.
JULY 16, 2012 | FIERCE HEALTHCARE: Retail Clinics Prepare for More Patients Under Reform
JUNE 25, 2012 | KAISER HEALTH NEWS: Retail Health Clinics Expanding
In recent years, walk-in health clinics have become commonplace in groceries and drugstores as well as at retailers such as Wal-Mart and Target. The clinics regularly treat acute problems such as strep throat and ear infections, but many are also adding primary care and preventive services such as physical exams and chronic disease monitoring.
MAY 24, 2012 | DRUG STORE NEWS: Retail Clinic, Drug Store Medicine the Future of Health Care? Sounds Familiar.
WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT — At the start of the article titled "Retail Clinics and Drug store Medicine" published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, author Christine Cassell, a physician, acknowledges that retail-based clinics have been "criticized in some quarters" but states that, despite this, the clinics have experienced success by patient satisfaction and quality scores. The fact that this message is coming from a physician makes it especially important.
MAY 13, 2012 | LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: Retail Health Clinics Grow in Popularity
Some view them simply as a doctor office visit without the long wait. Some physicians contend the public may not understand the truly narrow scope of the services they offer. They may also be seen as a small island of opportunity for physician assistants or nurse practitioners. Regardless, retail health clinics are on the rise and could end up bringing a good portion of the needed care to the roughly 30 million more insured patients that should come online once health care reform takes shape in 2014.
MAY 3, 2012 | BECKER'S HOSPITAL REVIEW: Retail and Employer-Based Clinics Will Play Important Role in Healthcare Reform
A panel at the annual meeting of the American Telemedicine Association in San Jose, Calif., this week described retail- and employer- based clinics as major emerging forces in healthcare reform. Panel participants discussed how retail clinics will prosper under reform as low-cost sites and how connecting them with other providers will be critical to reform's goal of care coordination and lower costs.
MAY 1, 2012 | DRUG STORE NEWS: Retail Clinics Positioned for Dramatic Growth
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Retail clinics and medical centers are poised to expand, thanks to several enhancements in technology.
Speaking at the American Telemedicine Association's annual meeting in San Jose this week, Health Resources chairman and CEO Ron Hammerle, and Jay Sanders, president and CEO of at the Global Telemedicine Group and Health Resources VP, said that smartphones, medical centers of excellence, automated clinical labs and digital medical devices will transform retail-affiliated clinics into global ports of entry to prime health care at dramatically lower costs to patients, physicians, employers, governments and insurers.