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Study: Retail clinics to double, save $800M annually by 2015

BY Antoinette Alexander

LAS VEGAS — The number of U.S. retail health clinics is projected to double by 2015 because of the increasing demand of newly insured patients under healthcare reform, according to new a report released on Wednesday by Accenture ACN at the annual America’s Health Insurance Plans Institute 2013 conference in Las Vegas.

The report shows that the growing number of retail-based health clinics is expected to drive $800 million in annual cost savings by 2015 and will add capacity for 10.8 million patient visits per year, compared with 5.1 million in 2011. In fact, according to Accenture’s analysis, the number of patient visits at retail clinics is projected to account for 10% of non-primary care outpatient visits by the end of 2015.

"Despite that initial growth of retail clinics was halted short of market expectations in 2009, healthcare reform will trigger a significant demand from millions of newly insured patients," Kaveh Safavi, managing director for Accenture’s North America health business, said. "The convergence of retail convenience with walk-in care services will provide a ‘release valve’ for strained health systems as they handle the influx of new patients."

Historically, retail clinics experienced a five-year trend of rapid growth from 2003 to 2008, ranging from 50% to 92% annually during that time. However, growth in the sector stalled, falling to just 2% per year, from 2008 to 2012, the report stated.

According to Accenture’s report, 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.

"Although primary care physicians and hospitals once regarded retail clinics as a business threat, in a post-reform landscape, they are viewed as critical to facilitating future growth," Safavi added. "In fact, retail clinics will reduce capacity constraints by referring lower-acuity patients to clinics while ensuring hospitals have capacity for more complex cases."
 

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Jelly Belly gears up for 2013 holiday season with new product offerings

BY Jason Owen

FAIRFIELD, Calif. — Jelly Belly announced this week the addition of two new product offerings that will be available for the 2013 holiday season.

First is the Jelly Belly Countdown to Christmas Calendar. The calendar is filled with 24 tiny bags of Jelly Belly Kids Mix jelly beans, one bag for each day leading up to the holiday. The oversized, colorful advent calendar depicts Mr. Jelly Belly in a winter holiday scene adding Jelly Belly beans to a tree as decoration. Each numbered window in the box-sized calendar opens to reveal one of the tiny bags of jelly beans.

Jelly Belly beans contain four calories per bean and are fat free, peanut free, dairy free, gluten free, vegetarian and OU Kosher certified.

The Countdown to Christmas Calendar ships in July in 6-count cases.

Also from Jelly Belly comes the new Gummi Christmas Lights, Christmas light-shaped gummie candies that make for good stocking stuffers, the company noted. Gummi Christmas Lights come in four flavors: blueberry, very cherry, green apple and orange. They are available in a 6-ounce Jelly Belly Gift Bag in a 12-count and 10 lb bulk cases beginning in August.

Gummi Christmas Lights also are fat free, peanut free, dairy free, gluten free, vegetarian and OU Kosher certified.


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Healthy is as healthy does – supplement users make better lifestyle choices survey finds

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — When it comes to making lifestyle choices, those who take dietary supplements seem to make healthier choices overall, compared with those who do not take dietary supplements, according to the most recent CRN Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements from Ipsos Public Affairs on behalf of the Council for Responsible Nutrition.  

Consistent with years past, the survey found that 68% of U.S. adults take dietary supplements, and those supplement users are more likely than non-supplement users to also engage in certain other healthy habits. 

“It’s clear that supplement users, for the most part, are not just popping pills in lieu of putting in the hard work it takes to be healthy, but instead are very health conscious and view their supplement use as one of the things they do to promote good health,” stated Judy Blatman, SVP of communications, CRN. “There is no magic bullet for good health, and supplement users seem to understand the importance of combining, rather than isolating, healthy practices. It’s the total lifestyle that’s going to help you feel good and stay fit, and taking supplements is one piece of that lifestyle.” 

More than three-quarters of all adults believe that taking supplements is a smart choice for a healthy lifestyle. When asked why they take supplements, 53% of supplement users said they took dietary supplements for overall health and wellness; 35% said it was to fill in nutrient gaps in their diet. 

At 76%, the multivitamin was found to be the most popular dietary supplement among supplement users, according to the survey. This is also consistent with data from years past. “A daily multivitamin is beneficial for almost everyone, at any stage in life, playing an important role in filling nutrient gaps, and serving as an affordable and convenient insurance policy for getting valuable nutrients,” commented Duffy MacKay, VP of scientific and regulatory affairs, CRN. “Engage your doctor, nurse practitioner, pharmacist or other healthcare practitioner about which supplements fit your personal lifestyle and life stage.”

The 2012 CRN Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements was conducted August 27 to 31, 2012 by Ipsos Public Affairs and funded by CRN. The survey was conducted online and included a national sample of 2,006 adults ages 18 years and older from Ipsos’ U.S. online panel. The survey has been conducted annually since 2000.

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