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Retail clinics gaining more chronic-care clout

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A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report describes how retail clinics are moving deeper into chronic-disease care  while adding electronic health record systems.

Many of the clinics are connecting electronic health record systems with health systems.

“Meanwhile, physicians apparently are still wondering about how far they need to go to become more retail-friendly, a change that some say is necessary for physician groups to survive in their current form,” reports H&HN.

H&HN reported that “The authors add that the full value of retail clinics won’t be realized without certain things happening, some dependent on the clinics and others on outside forces. Among the needed changes are integration into the delivery system, the provision and measurement of high-quality care and increased scope of practice rules for nurse practitioners and physician assistants in certain states.”

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