March 21, 2012

Earlier this month, Walgreens announced that immunization records would be sent directly from its more than 7,800 Walgreens and Duane Reade stores and 350 Take Care Clinics to primary care providers over Surescripts’ electronic prescribing network using Surescripts’ Clinical Interoperability services. And later this year, the company plans to share immunization data with local and state public health agencies, and share Take Care Clinic patient summaries with primary care providers. Drug Store News recently had the opportunity to speak with Surescripts president and CEO Harry Totonis about the new service.

July 17, 2014

A new research study from Walgreens found that patients are relying more on nurse practitioners at retail clinics.

 

July 16, 2014

Baylor Scott & White Health, a Dallas-based healthcare system, is reportedly looking to ink an affiliation with retail-based health clinics inside select Walgreens and Walmart locations, the Dallas Morning News has reported.

July 16, 2014

Walmart will open its first Care Clinics in South Carolina, according to a report published Wednesday in The State.

July 2, 2014

HCA Midwest Health System, a healthcare provider in Kansas City, Mo., and Walgreens on Tuesday announced a collaboration that will provide coordinated and expanded healthcare services for area residents, while enhancing access to high-quality, convenient and affordable care for patients.

June 18, 2014

Walmart executives hosted a series of store tours and briefings in advance of its company shareholders meeting in June, reported DSN sister publication Retailing Today.

June 16, 2014

Walmart will open its second and third company-owned retail clinic under the Walmart Care Clinic banner later this month, in Texas, according to published reports.

June 13, 2014

As reported by DSN’s sister publication Retailing Today, Walmart has opened in Copperas Cove, Texas, its first owned healthcare clinic.

Labeed Diab, Walmart’s president of health and wellness, explained during a briefing in advance of its shareholder meeting that the new clinic is a way for the big-box retailer to provide convenient and almost free (i.e., $4 for employees) access to health care. And, because the retailer avoids the expense of having its associates visit other doctors, it can pass the savings along to customers with a reduced price of $40.

June 2, 2014

After CVS Caremark was given the green light to open MinuteClinics in Rhode Island — with imposed conditions — the state’s Department of Health has now revised its ruling and dropped some key conditions.

May 27, 2014

As healthcare reform takes hold and millions of previously uninsured Americans come into the fold amid the backdrop of a growing physician shortage, thousands of nurse practitioners and physician assistants in retail-based health clinics are demonstrating the vital role that they play in today’s healthcare system to expand access to high-quality, affordable health care. To recognize the best of the best, DSN Collaborative Care magazine — in partnership with the Convenient Care Association — each year hosts the annual Clinician Awards for Retail Excellence, or CARE Awards. The CARE Awards honor the “unsung heroes” who work each day to help further the cause of retail-based health care.

May 27, 2014

As one of a handful of founding officers at Take Care Health Systems — now known as the Healthcare Clinics at Walgreens — and the first chief nurse practitioner officer in the convenient care industry, Sandy Ryan’s role in the industry’s growth has been significant, to say the least.

May 27, 2014

The recent American Academy of Pediatrics-issued policy statement opposing retail clinics is disheartening to those of us practicing in this setting. The AAP’s commitment to the medical home model of care for children is the crux of the opposition.

May 20, 2014

Cleveland Clinic and HealthSpot are looking to form a joint venture that will offer patients convenient, alternative options to access health care through HealthSpot's virtual walk-in kiosks.

May 16, 2014

In light of the demand for more accessible and affordable healthcare services as a result of the Affordable Care Act, the primary care provider shortage and an aging Baby Boomer population, the vital role that retail-based health clinics can play in helping patients live healthier lives is hard to deny.

The spotlight on the 1,600-plus convenient care clinics located throughout the country continues to shine even brighter. In fact, just this past week alone, a string of significant clinic news made headlines.

May 15, 2014

Health officials have given CVS Caremark the green light to open seven MinuteClinic locations in Rhode Island with imposed conditions, the pharmacy retailer has confirmed.

April 22, 2014

It’s a hot topic that is fast becoming an integral component in the delivery of American healthcare. Looking to explore the various ways that retail-based health clinics are leveraging telehealth technology to provide care to consumers, this year’s Retail Clinician Education Congress in May will feature a Business Leadership track session on telehealth.

April 16, 2014

Are your patients coming to you with questions about health exchanges? Do you know how to help them navigate these organizations? To help retail-based health clinics better assist patients, this year’s Retail Clinician Education Congress in May will feature a Business Leadership track session titled “Healthcare Reform: Healthcare Exchanges and You.”

April 16, 2014

Better, a consumer health start-up, and Mayo Clinic have launched a new way for people to navigate the healthcare system.

April 14, 2014

Retail clinic operator RediClinic has formed a joint venture with Seton Healthcare Family to expand the number of RediClinics operating in H-E-B stores in the Austin, Texas area.

April 10, 2014

Rite Aid on Thursday announced it has acquired Houston-based RediClinic, one of the nation’s leading operators of retail clinics.

April 3, 2014

As retail-based health clinics and the practitioners who work in them become an increasingly important players within the U.S. health care system, the industry is gearing up for the seventh annual Retail Clinician Education Congress in May, which will include the highly anticipated Business Leadership Track.

March 14, 2014

The Federal Trade Commission is holding a public workshop in March to examine U.S. healthcare competition issues as healthcare spending swallows up a significant part of federal and state budgets. Among the topics up for discussion, according to reports, are retail clinics and telemedicine.

March 10, 2014

Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, a subsidiary of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, and Volunteers in Medicine, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping communities provide free primary healthcare clinics for families and individuals, have announced their 2014 National Partnership to make healthcare services more readily available to the uninsured.

March 6, 2014

Could retail-based health clinics be coming soon to Boston? While it appears that there are no definite plans in the works, a spokeswoman for Mayor Martin J. Walsh reportedly said that he has no intention of blocking the clinics from coming to Boston, the Boston Herald reported.