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New diagnostic tests, administrative physicals now available at Take Care Clinics

BY Antoinette Alexander

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. — Walgreens-owned clinic operator Take Care Clinics now is offering three new diagnostic tests and administrative physicals — a move that also advances the Well at Walgreens strategy to enhance services as a community healthcare provider and transform to a health and daily living destination.

The launch of these new services is based on input from patients, managed care organizations and healthcare providers on ways to help prevent the progression of disease and use the most appropriate point of care, the company said.

New point of care tests now available at Take Care Clinics include:

  • HbA1C test: A blood test used to monitor Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes and to gauge a patient’s success in managing the disease;

  • Microalbumin test: A urine test often recommended for people with diabetes and high blood pressure to detect possible kidney damage or disease; and

  • Fecal occult blood test (FOBT): A lab test which can help identify hidden blood in the stool which could be an indicator of colon cancer or polyps in the colon.

“By providing convenient access to common diagnostic tests in Take Care Clinics we can assist primary care providers and others in the healthcare system in early detection, diagnosing, managing and ultimately helping to prevent disease,” stated Sandy Ryan, chief nurse practitioner officer for Take Care Health Systems. “Providers often recommend these tests for patients based on history and clinical findings, and our convenient hours and locations remove barriers for those who would otherwise forego care. By making these tests more accessible to patients, our clinics can play an important role in preventing unchecked disease progression and overuse of more costly emergency rooms.”

Completing preventive care services, such as the A1C test, microalbumin and FOBT, is an important measure in the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set, which provides information on the performance of America’s health plans. It’s also a key measure for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Star ratings, which allow for comparison of Medicare plans. With the addition of these services in the Take Care Clinic setting, health plan providers can work with Take Care Health Systems to help provide their membership with easy access to appropriate diagnostic services.

Administrative physicals, which may be required for numerous life events, such as adoption, insurance certification, marriage, school admission and employment verification, also have launched at Take Care Clinics. Administrative physicals include a physical exam, immunization review and the completion of the clinical sections of forms that must be filled out as part of a required physical.


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R.HAMMERLE says:
Jun-01-2012 08:16 am

Walgreen's is taking another thoughtful but modest step in trying to position the company as a front line healthcare provider. Its earlier moves to open employer-based clinics, test market physician offices in its stores, extend the role of pharmacists and transform the look and feel of its stores are more important steps, but the company is clearly trying to be more proactive before being driven to it again by competitors. Watching CVS blow past them with its MinuteClinic and Caremark acquisitions, with a Walmart-Humana alliance poised to become an 800 pound gorilla in healthcare reform and with even RiteAid having beat them with telemedicine links to provide integrated clinical services, the challenge should now be pretty evident to Walgreen's leaders and shareholders. Ron Hammerle, Chairman Health Resources, Ltd. Tampa, Florida

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Jarrow Formulas intros omega-3 supplement boasting higher bioavailability

BY Michael Johnsen

LOS ANGELES — Jarrow Formulas earlier this month launched PhosphOmega, a phospholipid-omega-3 fatty acid complex. According to the company, phospholipid-bound omega-3s have higher bioavailability than ordinary fish oils.

“The omega-3s in seafood are consumed both as phospholipids and triglycerides,” Jarrow Formulas marketing director Rory Lipsky said. “For example, 80% of the fatty acids in trout are phospholipids and 20% are triglycerides. PhosphOmega provides omega-3s in both the triglyceride and phospholipid forms.”
           
Krill oil has become a more well-known and popular source of omega-3 fatty acids because 40% of the omega-3s are phospholipid-bound, Lipsky noted.


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R.JENNING says:
Jun-16-2012 06:13 am

It's really good that PhosphOmega is a great source of Omega 3 supplement. We must consume Vitamins in sufficient amount for the proper growth of our body.

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Sam’s Club to host men’s health screenings

BY Allison Cerra

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Sam’s Club is marking Men’s Health Month in June by offering free men’s health screenings at its pharmacies.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 9, the first 75 participants at each club location with a pharmacy will receive a prostate-specific antigen test to screen for accelerated PSA protein levels in the blood, which is a symptom of benign prostate enlargement and/or prostate cancer, Sam’s Club said. Additional free screenings include body mass index and blood-pressure test (limited to the first 50 participants at each location), with the total offering valued at up to $150. Sam’s Club said the May/June issue of its exclusive bimonthly wellness magazine, Healthy Living Made Simple, also highlights basic lifestyle choices to help manage men’s health.

Later this summer, Sam’s Club said it is supporting communities with free health screenings focused on healthy aging on July 14.

"Sam’s Club has provided more than one million free screenings since March 2011, and we continue to explore ways for our communities to manage their health needs with the convenience and value our members deserve," Sam’s Club SVP health and wellness Jill Turner-Mitchael said.


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