Retail Chain Pharmacies Add CLIA-Waived Point-of-Care Blood Testing and Other Preventive Health Services to Their In-store Offerings

Independent clinical laboratories may continue to see their customer numbers drop as more consumers choose healthcare delivered in non-traditional locations More clinical laboratory companies are offering testing in non-traditional locations with non-traditional delivery systems to serve busy healthcare consumers and ambulatory patients. One such company is eTrueNorth, a pharmacy‐based clinical laboratory services network. The Mansfield, Texas-based company has partnered with Walmart...

Walgreens, CVS Add New Healthcare Services and Technology to Their Retail Locations; Is Medical Laboratory Testing Soon to Be Included?

Expanding healthcare services into communities is expected to increase orders for clinical laboratory tests, promote precision medicine, and lower overall costs Clinical laboratories continue to adapt to servicing providers in non-traditional healthcare settings. These include freestanding urgent care centers as well as mini-clinics in retail locations. Dark Daily has covered this trend extensively in previous e-briefings. To secure a share of this new market, national retailers, pharmacy...

Quest Diagnostics and LabCorp Ink Deals to Put Patient Services Centers in Grocery Stores and Retail Pharmacies, But Not for the Same Reasons as Theranos

Agreements to open PSCs in the nation’s largest retail grocery and pharmacy chain stores shows a willingness by clinical laboratories to attract customers through convenience Greater use of retail stores as the location for patient services centers (PSCs) may be an important new trend for the clinical laboratory industry. That’s because, historically, medical laboratories placed most of their patient service centers in hospital campuses or near medical office buildings. However, in recent...

More Medical Laboratory Testing Expected as Retail Clinics Change Delivery of Routine Healthcare Services

As popularity of retail clinics grows among consumers, so does the likelihood of increased clinical pathology laboratory testing at these locations Retail clinics (RC)—often called “rapid clinics”—are growing at a phenomenal rate. At the same time, more hospitals and health systems are deciding to participate in this growing trend, either by owning and operating such retail clinics in their communities or by providing the clinical staff. Since the inception of this new care delivery model...

Consumer Demand for Convenient, Low-Cost Medical Care Moves Hospitals Into Retail Clinic Business

Hospitals Opening Retail Clinics to Capture Greater Market Share Walk-in rapid medical clinics in retail stores are so popular with consumers that now hospitals want in on the action. Some of the nation’s most famous hospitals have inked agreements to put their brand on rapid clinics located inside many of the country’s largest retail and pharmacy chains. Hospital-branded rapid clinics are inside 25 Wal-Mart stores nationally, according to a New York Times article. Additionally, Cleveland...