CVS May Try Buying Its Way into the Primary Care Business Barely a week after we told you that Amazon plans to try its hand at providing healthcare services in the brick-and-mortar world by buying One Medical, CVS announced that it, too is taking another run at expanding its own menu of healthcare offerings. The company says it’s looking at possible primary care acquisition targets, with an eye toward buying them outright or simply taking …

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Dollar General Aims to Supply Healthcare to the Underserved. Drugstore Clinics Should Take Note

Dollar General Aims to Supply Healthcare to the Underserved. Drugstore Clinics Should Take Note

Dollar General Aims to Supply Healthcare to the Underserved. Drugstore Clinics Should Take Note Dollar General has seen a lot of succes swhere many retailers couldn’t be bothered—by offering low prices with sometimes minimal selection to customers who may not have many other options. It’s worked, though, with some of their stores evolving to offer the only access to fresh fruits and vegetables for miles around when mom-and-pop grocery stores in rural communities close up …

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Will Walgreens’ New Drone Delivery Service Crash and Burn on Takeoff?

Will Walgreens’ New Drone Delivery Service Crash and Burn on Takeoff?

A new mode of delivering certain drugstore goods is literally ready to take flight in the communities of Frisco and Little Elm, TX, as Walgreens is taking a flyer on drone service from Wing, a subsidiary of Google. There’s no doubt the initiative scores a lot of points as a novelty and on the convenience scale—the company claims items can be delivered within 10 minutes—but there are significant drawbacks. For one thing, only around 100 …

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CVS Is Closing 900 Stores. Does That Reflect a Decline in the Retail Health Model?

CVS Is Closing 900 Stores. Does That Reflect a Decline in the Retail Health Model?

CVSHealth says it’s going to close roughly 300 stores a year over the next 3 years—almost 10% of its locations across the country—in what it claims is a reaction to changing customer preferences. The company says it is also going to try new formats for its stores. Some will be “traditional” pharmacies that also offer retail products and some healthcare services ; others will still attempt to offer primary care services. While new versions of …

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Here We Go Again: Walmart Takes Another Run at Succeeding as a Healthcare Destination

Here We Go Again: Walmart Takes Another Run at Succeeding as a Healthcare Destination

Walmart has been trying any number of tactics, for years, to become known as a reliable destination for immediate healthcare needs, essentially aspiring to become a rival of urgent care centers in their communities. As JUCM News readers know, one of their most recent efforts saw Walmart Health fail to land in 20 locations (which would have only constituted 0.004% of their 4,700 U.S. anyway). That was followed by a mass exodus by upper management …

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Retailer Efforts to Grab COVID-19 Test Customers Face Steep Obstacles—Such as Immediacy

Retailer Efforts to Grab COVID-19 Test Customers Face Steep Obstacles—Such as Immediacy

Many retail outlets are trying desperately to capture revenue from the seemingly endless need for COVID-19 testing facilities. Some, such as national drugstore chains, are doing so successfully. Others face steep obstacles, however. Costco, for one, has tried hard to make it convenient for customers to self-test for the virus by offering a home version. The first challenge they encountered was the fact that many people who get a COVID-19 test are doing so to …

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Walmart Tries Again to Draw Patients Away from Other Retailers—and from Urgent Care

Walmart Tries Again to Draw Patients Away from Other Retailers—and from Urgent Care

JUCM readers are well aware that Walmart has failed—multiple times—to establish a foothold as a healthcare provider. The concept, market, or locales have just never lined up right. They’re trying again, though, this time in partnership with primary care company Oak Street Health. The pair plan to open clinics in three Walmart supercenters in the Dallas–Fort Worth area this fall with an emphasis on preventive primary care and urgent care. What could make this effort …

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Retail Clinics Are Having a Hard Time Bouncing Back—with Some Going Virtual

Retail Clinics Are Having a Hard Time Bouncing Back—with Some Going Virtual

JUCM News readers know the urgent care industry took a pretty big hit in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re starting to come back strong, but retail clinics are having a harder time rebounding. RediClinic just announced it will close all 36 of its locations in Texas, in favor of expanding its telemedicine offerings for patients—for which they’re aligning with Rite Aid Virtual Care. Most of those locations were associated with H-E-B food …

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Walgreens Dives into the COVID-19 Testing Pool, Hoping to Draw More Patients

Walgreens Dives into the COVID-19 Testing Pool, Hoping to Draw More Patients

In line with recent efforts by retail drugstores to bulk up primary care-type offerings, Walgreens plans to open 15 drive-thru COVID-19 testing locations in Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Texas. The company says it chose locations after consulting with the Department of Health and Human Services on areas where the virus is on the rise. The move comes weeks after Walgreens, CVS Health, Target, and Walmart joined President Trump to discuss how retailers …

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Is Retail the Place for Employee Drug Screens and Other Occ Med Testing?

Is Retail the Place for Employee Drug Screens and Other Occ Med Testing?

MinuteClinic has made its name by giving customers shots and offering immediate care for low-acuity infections (ie, those for which prescriptions can be dispensed within the store). Now, however, it has announced a plan to partner with Alere eScreen to provide occupational medicine-type services for employers—most notably, including drug screens. The plan is to contract with companies who will send their workers to the CVS-operated clinics for biometric screenings, vaccinations, and Department of Transportation physicals, …

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