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The ramp up among retail-based clinics is happening

BY Antoinette Alexander

A new report by Accenture ACN states that the number of U.S. retail-based health clinics will double and drive $800 million in annual cost savings by 2015.

Well, it’s not just DSN saying it anymore. The massive ramp up is happening and, according to Accenture, the number of retail clinics is expected to increase 20% to 25% per year between now and 2015, and double from 1,418 to 2,868 clinics in that time period.

DSN expects this ramp up to accelerate as more payers get a better sense of what retail-based clinics — and the practitioners working within them — can do to bend the cost curve, and the scope of practice at clinics continues to expand.

As retail clinics increasingly shift to chronic care services, this will create new, more profitable revenue streams and will fill huge gaps in care — saving payers some serious money. For example, Walgreens’ Take Care Clinics has expanded its scope of services to include management for such chronic conditions as hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol and asthma, as well as additional preventive health services. And CVS Caremark has stated that nonacute care is MinuteClinic’s fastest-growing segment, due in large part to the rise in chronic diseases and the primary care physician shortage that is plaguing the nation.

Furthermore, the overall convenient care industry has enjoyed some significant industry developments. For example, Massachusetts lawmakers passed in 2012 a massive healthcare bill that seeks to control healthcare costs and expands the services of limited-service clinics to allow for anything within the scope of practice for a nurse practitioner. In addition, South Carolina now allows retail-based health clinics to enroll as providers in Medicaid, a move that enables Medicaid patients to use clinics for wellness visits, preventive services and to treat acute ailments.

Clearly, the massive ramp up is happening — and gaining momentum.

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Pull-Ups introduces ‘Monsters University’ character training pants

BY Jason Owen

NEENAH, Wis. — Kimberly-Clark Co. announced today a new addition to its line of kids potty training pants with characters from the sequel to Disney’s "Monsters, Inc."

Kimberly-Clark has added Monsters University character potty training pants to its line of baby products, offering a new, fun way for parents and children to enjoy the ritual of potty training. The new licensing agreement comes in the midst of National Potty Training Month in June.

The company also is promoting its Potty Breaks Ritual, a simple call-and-response routine to help children get excited to go potty.

In honor of the new Monsters University training pants, Pull-Ups asked parents to name their biggest potty training fears, tapping its Potty Training Partners, child psychologist Dr. Heather Wittenberg and award-winning mom blogger Jen Singer, to address the "scariest" moments they shared. To learn more about these "scary" moments, visit the Kimberly-Clark website.


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Walgreens donation helps provide 35,000 doses of flu vaccine to at-risk populations in Laos and Nicaragua

BY DSN STAFF

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens today announced a donation to the Pan American Health Organization to help make 35,000 doses of flu vaccine available to at-risk populations in Laos and Nicaragua, building upon a successful public-private initiative to help create greater access to seasonal flu vaccine in developing countries.

Working with PAHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the collaborative effort will help the countries develop or expand their vaccination programs. Its primary focus will be target populations identified as high risk for flu complications, including pregnant women. In addition, the effort will help bring guidance to a third country, Uganda, in establishing a future influenza vaccination program. The donation furthers Walgreens’ commitment to provide vaccines to populations in need, one year after the drug store chain collaborated with the CDC and World Health Organization to donate flu vaccines to Laos. Last year in Laos, more than 90% of the donated flu vaccine was administered over a two-week period, and in follow-up surveys, a vast majority of people said they’d get vaccinated again.

“Last year’s success was an example of what public-private partnerships can accomplish. This year, this partnership has been able to expand further with new donors and new partner countries. Because of this, people at risk for severe influenza will be protected for the first time,” says Dr. Joseph Bresee, chief of the Epidemiology and Prevention Branch in CDC’s Influenza Division.

“Flu shots and adult immunizations are a great example of how we’re transforming the role of community pharmacy, and through this donation, we hope to help improve immunization rates among more populations in need in other parts of the world,” said Kermit Crawford, Walgreens president of pharmacy, health and wellness. “Flu arrived earlier and was more severe in the U.S. this past season. By collaborating with government and health officials, we’ve had an opportunity to create greater access to vaccines in underserved communities across America, and this effort furthers our mission to help more people get, stay and live well.”

Following this year’s program, the Lao Ministry of Health and Nicaragua Ministry of Health will work with the CDC to conduct evaluations of the impact of the vaccination programs. Understanding the benefits of influenza vaccination will help build commitments for sustainable vaccine programs in the partner countries.

Walgreens donated $10 million worth of seasonal flu vaccine vouchers this flu season to the Department of Health and Human Services to help drive immunization rates among underserved populations throughout the country. HHS also assisted the drug store chain in the distribution of seasonal flu vaccine vouchers in select markets throughout the country the last three years, which provided free flu vaccinations for the uninsured and underinsured.


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