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MCIC Press Release

July 17, 2007

Retail Clinics: Opportunity or Threat for Today’s Healthcare System

Live 90-Minute Audio Conference
Scheduled for Thursday, August 23, 2007 from 
1:30- 3:00 pm ET 


Date: July 17 , 2007
Contact: Rebecca Stodolak
Phone:  800-516-4343

MANASQUAN, N.J. —  July 17, 2007: The explosion in retail health clinics is changing the healthcare system as we know it. It is having an effect on all areas of the industry – and getting the attention of both health plans and providers.

Retail clinics offering consumers fast, inexpensive, and quality care are opening in droves throughout the country. And many major retailers and pharmacies are rushing to get in on the game. It is estimated that there will be 700 clinics by the end of this year.    

"Clinics have proliferated in retail settings throughout the country due to a widespread lack of access to high-quality, affordable healthcare in America,” said Tine Hansen-Turton, executive director of the Convenient Care Association, the trade association for the clinics.

“Convenient Care clinics collectively boast a 98 percent patient satisfaction rate, which indicates that Americans have embraced this innovative and visionary model of healthcare,” she added.

“ Controversy surrounds the growth of these clinics. And, many in the industry remain skeptical. These health care clinics are primarily staffed by advanced practice nurses, including nurse practitioners (NP) and clinical nurse specialists (CNS) which is leading some to question their viability and whether they can deliver what they promise. Some health plans are waiving co-payments for members who use retail health clinics, and the American Medical Association (AMA) now wants authorities to investigate whether in-store clinics in retail locations with pharmacies represent a conflict of interest that put profits ahead of patient health.

“Join The Managed Care Information Center for “Retail Clinics: Opportunity or Threat for Today’s Healthcare System,” an executive level audio conference scheduled for Thursday, August 23, 2007 from 1:30 – 3:00 pm ET.

“Presenters Dr. Susan Apold, President, American College of Nurse Practitioners, Don Parker, President, AtlantiCare Health Services / Management Service, AtlantiCare Physician Group, and Tine Hansen-Turton, Executive Director, Convenient Care Association will cover the following topics

Register for this audio conference to hear:

  • What are Retail Clinics?
  • Data from the Industry
  • The Future of Accessible Healthcare  
  • Retail Clinics --- Opportunity or Threat for Today’s Healthcare System?
  • Are Clinics the Answer to Quality Affordable Healthcare?
  • How Health Plans Are Turning to Clinics to Reduce Costs
  • How Traditional Providers Are Responding
  • Case Study: AtlantiCare - How Health Systems are Getting Involved
  • How Partnerships are Integral to Making this Model Work
  • The Efforts Underway to Address Concerns about the Quality of Care Provided at Retail Health Clinics
  • Live Question and Answer Session

Can't Make It On August 23?
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Registration Information

To register for ““Retail Clinics: Opportunity or Threat for Today’s Healthcare System,” visit: http://www.healthresourcesonline.com/edu/retail_clinics.htm, call (800) 516-4343 or e-mail orders@healthresourcesonline.com.” 

Cost of the conference is $247 per site if registered by August 17 (and $297 after). A CD will also be available for purchase for those unable to attend the live conference. For further details and other pricing options, visit: http://www.healthresourcesonline.com/edu/retail_clinics.htm.

Address: The Managed Care Information Center, 1913 Atlantic Ave., Suite F5, Manasquan, NJ 08736; (732) 292-1100, www.themcic.com


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