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 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 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 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.
DECEMBER 9, 2013 | CRAIN'S DETROIT BUSINESS: In Era of Health Reform, Retail Clinics Become Part of the Health Care Delivery System
A contract between Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System and MinuteClinic, a division of CVS Caremark Corp., is one example of how retail clinics are becoming a larger part of the health care delivery system in Southeast Michigan to meet an expected increase in patient demand next year under the Affordable Care Act.
DECEMBER 8, 2013 | THE NEWS TRIBUNE: Keep an Eye on How Well In-store Clinics Work for Consumers
Apparently there’s a lot going on with health care these days. You may have read something about it in the newspaper.
Actually there are two realms of health care news, the political and the real world of delivering medical care. The realm sucking all the oxygen of attention out of the room at the moment is the first, and that’s no surprise.
NOVEMBER 19, 2013 | PHARMARY TIMES: Pharmacy Times Sponsors Panel Discussion on Retail Clinics and Health Care Reform
Pharmacy Times and the American Journal of Managed Care have partnered with the Convenient Care Association to present a panel discussion on the challenges and opportunities surrounding the implementation of the Affordable Care Act for pharmacists, retail clinics, and managed care. The panel discussion, which featured top industry leaders and innovators, was held at the Union League of Philadelphia on November 18, 2013.
NOVEMBER 7, 2013 | MEDSCAPE: Retail Clinics as a Threat Falling Short of Physician Fears
The growth of retail clinics, feared by many physicians as competitors, has slowed down lately after tearing up the charts.
OCTOBER 23, 2013 | STARNEWS ONLINE: Drop-in retail clinics a growing trend in medical care
The recent opening of a Wilmington drugstore's drop-in clinic is part of a growing trend where consumers seek more access to and perhaps cheaper prices for basic health care services at the retail level, experts say.