APRIL 16, 2012 | DOTmed NEWS: "Joy," Not Convenience, To Connect Patients to Healthcare, Panel Says
Much like the way people buy gossip magazines in the checkout line of the supermarket, most people who get a flu shot at Target's retail clinics or pharmacies do so on impulse: about 70 percent hadn't planned on getting a jab before they walked in the door, according to the company's medical director.
APRIL 13, 2012 | BECKER'S HOSPITAL REVIEW: 3 Predictions for the Future of U.S. Healthcare
The U.S. healthcare landscape is undergoing a unique, transformative period. Many changes, soon to be or already implemented, are affecting the operations and philosophy of the industry.
APRIL 12, 2012 | CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Pharmacy-Based Clinics Offer Array of Services
In this era of increasingly costly and impersonal health care services, Chicago-area residents old and young alike are savoring some rare good news: store-based clinics.
This somewhat new phenomenon can provide affordable basic care as close as your nearest pharmacy. At clinics such as Take Care in Walgreens pharmacies, and Minute Clinics in CVS pharmacies, older adults can obtain treatment for conditions from sore throats to urinary tract infections, wellness and preventive care, vaccines, physicals and referrals to primary care physicians in their area. And they don't have to worry about getting sick on their physicians' golf dates. Pharmacy-based care is available weekends, evenings and Wednesdays.
APRIL 4, 2012 | BUXON: Docs in a Box: Threat or Opportunity
Convenient care clinics seemed novel when they popped up in pharmacies and supermarkets a decade ago. And for a time they didn’t appear to have much spin. But lately, their reach and popularity have surged.
According to a Rand Corporation study, visits to retail medical clinics rose from 0.6 monthly visits per 1,000 Aetna enrollees in January 2007 to 6.5 visits per 1,000 enrollees in December 2009. The actual number of clinics rose 11.2 percent, to 1,355, in 2011, according to the New York Times, compared with just 3 percent growth in 2010 and flat growth in 2009.
MARCH 28, 2012 | DRUG STORE NEWS: Clinics Take a Shot at Offering More Vaccines, Including Gardasil
As pharmacies become increasingly involved in flu shots, retail-based clinics are expanding into other areas of vaccination — such as vaccines to help protect against human papillomavirus, meningitis and pneumonia — to further meet the healthcare needs of patients.
MARCH 28, 2012 | BUSINESS INSIDER: Retail Clinics Could Drastically Cut Your Health Care Costs
Walk-in medical clinics (also often called "retail clinics") began as a sort of experiment in healthcare in early 2000, and now number over 1,200 nationwide in retailers like Walgreens, CVS and Walmart.
MARCH 25, 2012 | POCONO RECORD: Express Medicine on the Rise in the Poconos
In an era of drive-thrus, ATMs and 15-minute oil changes, it's no surprise we want our health care delivered that way, too.
Now, runaway health care costs, an aging population, cultural changes and health care reform are paving the way to a new species of medical provider — rapid treatment centers.
MARCH 23, 2012 | LAS VEGAS WEEKLY: Time-starved or Uninsured, You Could Find Health Care Next to the Snack Aisle
Driving down the 215, I noticed a billboard for a local ER. Apparently, my wait time would only be six minutes if I felt compelled to stop by for a check of my lymph nodes. But in the world I grew up in, emergency rooms were for emergencies, and they didn’t compete for patients in such overt ways. Then again, I have always been fortunate enough to have health insurance, so I never had to think about seeking care wherever I could find it.
MARCH 12, 2012 | MARTINDALE.COM: The Rise of the Retail Clinic
An increasing number of Americans are using retail clinics in pharmacies and big-box stores to treat minor health needs, likely because these outlets provide treatment more quickly and conveniently than physicians and hospital emergency departments, according to a recent study from the Rand Corporation. In their findings published in the American Journal of Managed Care, the researchers reported that the use of retail medical clinics in adults insured by Aetna increased tenfold between 2007 and 2009.
FEBRUARY 27, 2012 | SUPERMARKET NEWS: In-Store Clinics Primed for New Growth
SHOREVIEW, Minn. — Convenience care retail health clinics, which debuted 12 years ago in Cub Foods stores, are poised for healthy 10% growth in the coming year, according to “The ConvUrgentCare Report on United States Walk-In Clinics,” released this month.