DECEMBER 19, 2011 | ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION: 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 -- often located in pharmacies or grocery stores and requiring no appointment -- as a more convenient, cheaper alternative to a primary care doctor.
DECEMBER 19, 2011 | AMEDNEWS.COM: Number of Patients Receiving Care at Retail Clinics Increases
Patients are growing more comfortable with retail clinics, which are beginning to expand in anticipation of increased traffic because of health system reform.
A study in the November 2011 American Journal of Managed Care, which analyzed the claims data of 13.3 million Aetna enrollees from 2007 to 2009, found a tenfold increase in patient traffic to clinics in grocery stores, pharmacies and big-box stores.
DECEMBER 14, 2011 | PRWEB: FastCare Announces New Einstein FastCare Clinic in Philadelphia
On December 14, 2011, leaders of the convenient care industry and dignitaries representing the City of Philadelphia and the Cheltenham Township will convene to launch the opening of the new Einstein FastCare clinic in the ShopRite of Cheltenham, owned by Brown’s Super Stores. The clinic, staffed by nurse practitioners from the Einstein Healthcare Network, will offer a range of primary care and preventive services with an electronic entitlement application service during convenient hours and in an accessible location. Nationally, more than 50 health systems operate or partner with convenient care clinics. Einstein Healthcare Network is the second healthcare system in Philadelphia to open a convenient care clinic and the first to open a clinic in an underserved area of the city.
DECEMBER 7, 2011 | HEALTHLEADERS MEDIA: Partner with Retail Clinics to Boost Brand, Downstream Revenue
When retail health clinics first came on the scene several years ago, many healthcare leaders didn't quite know what to make of them. On the one hand, they could help hospitals by keeping non-emergency cases out of overcrowded EDs, but there was also a risk that the clinics could take away some downstream revenue from hospitals.
NOVEMBER 20, 2011 | KAISER HEALTH NEWS: The Walmart Opportunity: Can Retailers Revamp Primary Care?
In-store medical clinics like those at Walmart – having established a beachhead with relatively healthy patients looking for convenient, low-cost care for simple problems – are eyeing a bigger prize, the millions of Americans with costly illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease.
NOVEMBER 18, 2011 | MEDPAGE TODAY: Retail Clinic Use Grows Among Young, Healthy, Wealthy
Use of retail clinics by people with uncomplicated illnesses increased 10-fold from 2007 to 2009, with the biggest growth seen among healthy young adults with high incomes, according to a new study.
NOVEMBER 9, 2011 | NPR: Wal-Mart Plans Ambitious Expansion into Medical Care
Wal-Mart wants to be your doctor.
The nation's largest retailer is planning to offer medical services ranging from the management of diabetes to HIV infections, NPR and Kaiser Health News have learned.
OCTOBER 28, 2011 | DRUG STORE NEWS: Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nursing Award Further Highlights Convenient Care Industry
WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT — The news that Take Care Clinic nurse practitioner Penny Strong has been honored by the Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nursing is important as it further promotes and supports the convenient care industry at large.
OCTOBER 24, 2011 | DARK DAILY: More Medical Laboratory Testing Expected as Retail Clinics Change Delivery of Routine Healthcare Services
Retail clinics (RC)—often called “rapid clinics”—are growing at a phenomenal rate. At the same time, more hospitals and health systems are deciding to participate in this growing trend, either by owning and operating such retail clinics in their communities or by providing the clinical staff.
OCTOBER 23, 2011 | THE JOURNAL GAZETTE: Steering Away From the ER
FORT WAYNE – Your 9-month-old wakes up screaming and rubbing her left ear on a Saturday morning.
You know she needs a doctor, but the pediatrician’s office is closed and won’t reopen until Monday.