JANUARY 6, 2014 | HEALTH LEADERS MEDIA: Retail Medicine a Big Shift for 2014
With the growth in high-deductible health plans accelerating, "the healthcare business model is starting to turn from wholesale to retail," says the managing director of PwC's Health Research Institute. That means insurers must be ready to offer new products in a different way.
DECEMBER 25, 2013 | HBR BLOG NETWORK: Why Retail Clinics Failed to Transform Health Care
When retail clinics entered the U.S. health care market more than a decade ago, they were greeted with high expectations. The hope was their lower cost structure and focus on convenience and price transparency — two things sorely lacking in traditional health care — would engender radical changes. Retail clinics have demonstrated that they are a sustainable business model and clearly fit a patient need: Today, there are more than 1,600 clinics across the country, which have had a total of 20 million patient visits. Nonetheless, their performance has been disappointing: Their growth has been less than expected, they have not expanded care to underserved markets (namely, the poor), and their impact on health care spending — helping to lower it — remains unclear.
DECEMBER 10, 2013 | THE SANTA CLARITA VALLEY SIGNAL: Health Care on the Go
Michael Vaccaro commutes every day from North Hollywood to the Santa Clarita Valley and he puts in long hours once he gets here working as district sales manager for a department store. So like many other busy workers these days, he doesn’t have a lot of time to visit the doctor. He’s grateful for a new trend in health care: clinics located inside pharmacies staffed with nurse practitioners who can treat non-serious injuries and provide check-ups.
DECEMBER 15, 2013 | USA TODAY: Reform Mixes Health Care and Retail
Carl King once used alligator tweezers to dislodge a piece of cotton from deep within the ear canal of an Israeli soldier traveling through Nashville. King is a physician's assistant at the CareHere clinic near Terminal C at Nashville International Airport. CareHere has 140 clinics in 22 states, most of them built for employers who offer on-site care as a perk to employees. But the airport clinic is special, said Ernie Clevenger, the company's president, because it is the first airport clinic that treats airport personnel and passengers.
DECEMBER 9, 2013 | NURSES.COM: Nursing — A New Paradigm
Long before the Affordable Care Act became law, major changes were brewing in the U.S. healthcare system. The aging population, advances in technology and research, escalating healthcare costs and an epidemic of chronic illness have forced all of us in healthcare to step back and reevaluate virtually everything we have been doing. Examining our healthcare practices will help us find better and more cost-effective ways of delivering quality care and improving the health of the nation. As a nurse and Nurse.com career columnist on the nursing profession, I believe the ACA is accelerating that needed reinvention and implementation — and other career experts agree.