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All the recent talk about Amazon’s plans to become a wholesale pharmacy distributor seems to have been exactly that—just talk—as industry analysts have learned the online retailer has no intentions (currently) to start storing and shipping medications. Rather, they expect the company to use the pharmacy licenses it obtained in 12 states recently for medical devices and supplies. The investment firm Jefferies learned that Amazon went so far as to tell officials in Tennessee and Indiana specifically that it “will not store or ship drugs.” Nevertheless, this does not meanRead More
Rural healthcare is such an entity unto itself that Utah is in the midst of celebrating an official Rural Health Week right now, with the stated purpose of drawing attention to efforts to improve the care available to residents who live in less-traveled parts of the state. Coinciding with that, the American Hospital Association (AHA) is investigating what role urgent care can play in filling “access gaps” in medically underserved regions. AHA’s Task Force on Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities has proposed policy solutions for strengthening urgent care center usageRead More
Amazon’s apparent plans to get into the pharmaceutical distribution business—the online retailer has already gotten permits that would pave the way in several states—may have pushed CVS to announce plans to start delivering medications the same day they’re prescribed in certain cities, and next-day everywhere early in 2018. The irony is that CVS has sunk untold resources into its retail clinic business, based on drawing more customers into their brick-and-mortar locations. This begs the question of whether they’ll be cannibalizing their own business. The drugstore chain is among many toRead More
The steady growth of the urgent care industry in the U.S. should continue for at least the next several years, according to a new market forecast from TMR Research. The growing proportion of the elderly population, the rise of chronic diseases that require occasional immediate attention, and increasing investment from both public and private parties will be primary drivers, according to the report. It defines urgent care centers as “walk-in or no appointment healthcare centers designed to provide cost-effective, quick, and high-quality services to the general public…with injuries or illnessesRead More
Though they’ll need to acquire additional licensure before they can start shipping prescription drugs to customers, Amazon has been licensed as a wholesale pharmacy distributor in 12 states. Regulators in Alabama, Arizona, Connecticut, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, and Tennessee have all given their blessing. Obviously, this has raised conjecture that the virtual retail giant has big plans to make a name for itself in healthcare delivery. Analysts say it’s unclear whether the company will be satisfied with a role as a distributor, orRead More
Neither company has confirmed it, but The Wall Street Journal reports that CVS Health has offered to buy Aetna in a deal that could have vast implications in the retail health and insurance marketplaces. The combined company would have much stronger bargaining power when negotiating deals with health systems, payers, and pharmaceutical companies, than either company does alone. For starters, as the WSJ article points out, CVS’s pharmacy benefit management arm would see “a huge number” of new customers. It’s likely the retail stores would see a big uptick inRead More
Two major players in urgent care and occupational medicine are being joined together by their respective ownerships. Select Medical Holdings Corporation and Dignity Health have agreed on a definitive agreement to combine Concentra Group Holdings, LLC, an occupational medicine and urgent care service provider, with U.S. HealthWorks, Inc., which offers services in the same sectors. There is some geographical overlap, such as in the Milwaukee and Nashville markets, but locations are more complementary than they are redundant, and few facility closures are expected. While urgent care insiders expect the dealRead More

Posted On October 13, 2017By JUCMIn Marketplace

Five Star Will More Than Double in Size

Five Star Urgent Care, which currently operates 17 urgent care locations, is opening 18 more in New York and Ohio after already converting an existing primary practice to an urgent care center. The company is ironing out leases for the rest, and expects to complete the growth spurt by late 2018. The company has found the areas in which the new centers will be located to be underserved by healthcare providers in general. The move comes a year after equity investor partners bought the company, and is expected to costRead More
Walgreens, which has established a presence in the retail clinic market by outsourcing most such operations in its stores to third parties, is upping the ante on direct patient care with plans to open higher-acuity walk-in clinics in Las Vegas this year. More on the order of an urgent care center, including the capability to provide x-rays and offer stitches, the four locations will be operated by MedExpress and connected to existing Walgreens drugstores, but have separate entrances. Urgent care insiders have questioned whether there is adequate room in existingRead More
If nothing else, DispatchHealth’s approach to providing urgent care takes the educated-guesswork out of selecting the right location. The company is preparing to start offering mobile urgent care in Richmond, VA later this month. The idea is to reach patients who may not have the means or mode of transportation to get to an office location. The two vehicles currently at the starting line will be driven by DispatchHealth physician assistants and nurse practitioners, accompanied by an EMT, and stocked with medical supplies sufficient to treat common complaints right inRead More