Retail Clinics a Factor in CVS-Aetna Merger

Retail Clinics a Factor in CVS-Aetna Merger

Retail clinics should get a boost both in recognition of concept, and in clinic numbers as a result of the recent $69 billion-dollar CVS- Aetna deal and the expressed interest of CVS to be the 'front door" of healthcare. CVS is the largest provider of retail clinics and the addition of a healthcare insurer signals increased usage. There's plenty of reasons why there's room to grow for clinics, as well as other alternative healthcare services. We take a look at some of the current stats on in-store clinics from our report earlier this year.


7 Things to Know About Urgent Care Centers

7 Things to Know About Urgent Care Centers

A sleeper health trend, urgent care centers have been around since the 1970's. But now they are getting attention. They offer walk-in care, great hours, and a wide-range of services. From location growth to booming business, here's seven things to know about urgent care centers from Kalorama's newly-published report on these facilities.


Retail Clinics Solidify Niche Role in Healthcare, Continue Success Through Unique Proposition to Patients

Retail Clinics Solidify Niche Role in Healthcare, Continue Success Through Unique Proposition to Patients

Kalorama Information has closely monitored the development of the U.S. retail clinic industry as an emergent channel for therapeutics and diagnostics, but also as a vehicle for healthcare services that is uniquely responsive to shifts in the U.S. healthcare system. Retail Clinics 2015 bases its findings on an expansive consumer survey as well as Kalorama’s research into point of care testing (POCT) and medical device markets. Retail clinics are proliferating in the United States by virtue of the...


Kalorama Consumer Survey - Retail Clinics Solidify Role in U.S. Healthcare

Kalorama Consumer Survey - Retail Clinics Solidify Role in U.S. Healthcare

According to a recent consumer survey conducted by Kalorama Information, U.S. retail clinics have delivered on their promise to carve out and elaborate on a specific role in health care. In the last two years, the share of respondents that have ever visited a retail clinic (located in a drug store, grocery store or retail supercenter) has increased from approximately one-fifth to over one-third. The rising utilization of retail clinics has occurred within a well-defined, yet diverse set of avail...


Pediatric Warning On Retail Clinics May Be Unnecessary

Pediatric Warning On Retail Clinics May Be  Unnecessary

Recently the American Academy of Pediatrics issued an advisory against bringing small children to retail clinics versus a primary physician for care, but Kalorama’s recent survey suggests US consumers may be viewing clinics as adult zones in any case. The association is worried about maintaining continual patient care if a patient visits many sources of care. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/24/us-health-kids-retail-clinics-idUSBREA1N0ZU20140224. This is a valid concern in theory, but our ...


CVS Stokes a New Fire - From Tobacco to Patient Care in Post-ACA America

CVS Stokes a New Fire - From Tobacco to Patient Care in Post-ACA America

The recent announcement by U.S. drugstore giant CVS that its locations will phase out sales of tobacco products is, at first blush, jarring - both in terms of the drugstore public image and the company’s own bottom line. Behind the decision, however, is CVS’s recognition of the greater business opportunities opening in the U.S. healthcare system. CVS is already a U.S. retail clinic leader, operating around one out of every two retail clinics in the country. Positioning will be key for CVS and ot...