JUCM News readers know Walgreens has been making inroads toward urgent care by partnering with MedExpress in select locations. Now comes word that the chain drugstore giant is working with VillageMD to offer primary care for adults at five locations in the Houston area. By the end of this year, the plan is to start opening VillageMD primary care clinics next to existing Walgreens stores. Each will be called Village Medical at Walgreens, offering primary care services that will be integrated with the pharmacy. The partners say they’re open to expanding that model into other markets, but have no specific plans to do so at present. It’s not Walgreens’ first attempt at primary care. It teamed up with Humana’s Partners in Primary Care subsidy last year to test the idea of a “neighborhood health hub” that would offer certain services for Medicare beneficiaries in the Kansas City area.
Walgreens Tries Wading Deeper into Primary Care