Three companies that operate quick-stop health clinics at retail stores have agreed to support a set of standards established by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Leawood, Kan.-based doctors group announced.
The three companies -- MinuteClinic, RediClinic and Take Care Health -- all said they would use evidence-based approaches to care, offer only a limited selection of medical services and ensure that each site has a formal connection with a physician in the community.
The doctors group, which represents about 94,000 family physicians and medical students nationwide, already has a tie to one of the companies. Last May, Minneapolis-based MinuteClinic, now a wholly owned subsidiary of the Woonsocket, R.I.-based CVS Corp., announced the formation of a national clinical-quality advisory panel whose members include the AAFPs immediate past president, Michael Fleming, and Andrew Eisenberg, a member of the AAFPs commission on practice enhancement. Eisenberg represents the AAFP on the council, while Fleming is an independent member, according to the AAFP.
Top officials with the doctors group said they are involved with the advisory board to help ensure quality of care at the clinics. The AAFP does not endorse any particular retail health clinic business model or company, said Rick Kellerman, the organizations president. Retail healthcare clinics are sprouting at a rapid pace across the country, and now operate in about 40 of the 50 states, AAFP officials said. -- by Michael Romano