FEBRUARY 26, 2012 | PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE REVIEW: Clinics Help Bridge Area Health Care Gap
Like most people his age, Rob Mueller generally is healthy.
Mueller, 24, of Shadyside doesn't have a primary care physician, but every so often he gets sick. That happened in early January.
"It's just a cold," he said while reading a magazine in what passes for a waiting room overlooking the aisles of Walgreens in East Liberty. "I know there's not much I can do, but I thought they might be able to give me something that will make the symptoms go away quicker."
JANUARY 10, 2012 | FIERCE HEALTHCARE: Retail Health Clinics to Resurge in 2012
JANUARY 9, 2012 | THE NEW YORK TIMES: More Health Clinics Pop Up Inside Retailers
The growth of health clinics inside retail stores rebounded in 2011 and is poised for a “second spring” this year, driven by well-capitalized retailers and grocers, according to a new report.
JANUARY 7, 2012 | STAR TRIBUNE: When to Use a Drug Store Clinic
As Americans increasingly pay more out of pocket for their health care, millions are turning to retail clinics as a more convenient, cheaper alternative to a primary-care doctor.
JANUARY 4, 2012 | CALIFORNIA HEALTHLINE: Ateev Mehrotra of RAND Corporation Talks About the Growth Potential of Retail Clinics
In a conversation with California Healthline, Ateev Mehrotra -- a policy analyst at the RAND Corporation -- discussed how the demand for retail clinics could grow in the coming years.
According to Mehrotra, a 2010 RAND study found that the quality of care provided at retail clinics is similar to the quality of care provided at doctors' offices and emergency departments. The study also found that the cost of receiving care at retail clinics is significantly less expensive than the cost of receiving care at doctors' offices or EDs.
DECEMBER 2011 | ADVANCE FOR NPs AND PAs: What Do NPs and PAs Think About Convenient Care?
Convenient care has had its ups and downs in the eyes of the professions that make the industry tick - nurse practitioners and, more recently, physician assistants. Until now, few have put much thought into the role NPs and PAs play in the overall success of convenient care. But those shaping the industry are wise to do some research on the convenient care workforce in order to advise groups that want to open clinics.
DECEMBER 29, 2011 | WASHINGTON POST WONKBLOG: Retail Clinics Make Their Pitch
The health policy world has a love-hate relationship with retail clinics, the medical facilities based in stores like Wal-Mart or CVS. It loves the idea of delivering care faster and cheaper, and that potential has made inroads with skeptics like the Incidental Economist’s Aaron Carroll. But there’s also a decent amount of disdain from doctors: Will care provided in a retail store really be as good as that given in a physician’s office? Can stand-alone clinics survive in a health-care system that is becoming increasingly more integrated?
DECEMBER 24, 2011 | COURIER-JOURNAL.COM: Baptist Healthcare Has Clinics in Several Walmarts
When she started having symptoms of a sinus infection last week, Stephanie Barclay headed to her neighborhood Walmart store — not to buy home remedies, but to get treatment.She walked into the Baptist Express Care clinic that opened inside the store a few months ago, waited several minutes, then was examined by a nurse practitioner.
DECEMBER 22, 2011 | WUWM: Retail Stores See Future in Health Care Clinics
America’s health care industry is experiencing ripples of competition from the retail sector. Stores such as Walgreens and Walmart are not only selling medicines these days, but also offering services – such as vaccines and health screenings. As WUWM’s LaToya Dennis reports, the store-based clinics hope to permanently grab a share of the health care business.
DECEMBER 20, 2011 | WTTW-CHICAGO TONIGHT: Retail Clinics
It's increasingly becoming the new doctor's office -- but without doctors. They are health clinics at retail stores. Eddie Arruza tells us why more people with everyday illnesses are opting to go to their local drugstore or big box chain for treatment.