Providers see future with retail clinics: FierceHealthcare
Posted Nov 18 2008 12:16am
Providers see future with retail clinics: FierceHealthcare: Retail clinics--nurse practitioner-staffed medical centers that are less expensive than regular doctor visits--began popping up five years ago in such stores as CVS, Wal-Mart and Walgreens. Now traditional medical providers are taking notice of retail health clinics and even throwing their hats in the ring in order to protect themselves from competition. Some health systems have staffed their own clinics, signed contracts to oversee clinic staff or set up referral systems with the in-store clinics. By partnering rather than competing with the clinics, physicians can enjoy a slice of the profits while at the same time easing critics' concerns about quality-of-care issues. Traditional health providers have recognized that the clinics' straightforward and less expensive approach to healthcare could revolutionize how many people, particularly the uninsured, receive medical treatment."