Report: Doctors Express clinic hopes to become franchise in the U.S.
TOWSON, Md. As the retail-based clinic model continues to grow and evolve, another player may soon be thrown into the mix — an urgent-care franchise.
Former emergency room physician, Dr. Scott Burger, has spent the last three years treating patients at his Doctors Express center in Towson and now hopes to franchise urgent care in the United States, according to a recent USA Today report.
“In every community, at least one,” Burger was quoted as saying, referring to his ultimate goal. “So when people think of where they need to go for their health care needs, the first thing they think is ‘Where is the Doctors Express?'”
The first franchise is slated to open July 30 in Temple, Texas. There are roughly two dozen more sold in Texas, Georgia, New Jersey, South Carolina, North Carolina, Colorado and Virginia, the report stated, but there’s no schedule yet as far as openings.
The hope is to open 3,000 centers nationwide where patients can be treated without an appointment, in the evening or on weekends when their primary care physician’s office is closed. Services at the physician-staffed Doctors Express clinics would be broader than what is currently offered in the retail-based clinic model and would include things like stitches, treatments for broken bones or fractures, as well as drug screenings, pre-employment physicals and vaccinations, USA Today reported. All of the facilities would also have digital X-ray equipment, a lab and a pharmacy to dispense drugs, which other urgent-care centers may not have.
Unlike many other centers, corporate managers who don?t have a medical background can own many Doctors Express franchises, the article stated. They would be guided in everything from what credentials to look for when hiring staff and how to select an ideal location.
Burger teamed up with two partners, his former college roommate Tony Bonacuse and Peter Ross, and together they co-founded Doctors Express in 2005. The Towson center opened a year later. Bonacuse serves as the company’s president and Ross is CEO. Burger is chief medical officer.
According to USA Today, Ross and Bonacuse found franchising success about two years ago with an in-home medical assistance company called Senior Helpers. It then became clear that there was potential in doing something similar with Doctors Express.
With a price tag of roughly $500,000 to get up and running, a franchised facility would be a cross between a private physician?s office and a medical center with four to six rooms and an on-duty physician, X-ray technician, a nurse or medical assistance and a receptionist, USA Today reported.
Experts discuss medication adherence
WASHINGTON Poor adherence to medication regimens could counteract the benefits of healthcare reform, a panel of experts concluded Wednesday.
The panel — which brings together experts from GlaxoSmithKline, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation, the National Consumer’s League and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America — hopes to open a dialogue about medication adherence with between experts from the health, medical, insurance, business, employer, academic and government sectors.
“To date, medication adherence hasn’t been a prominent part of the debate,” conference moderator and founding editor of the journal Health Affairs John Iglehart said in a statement. “But no matter what shape health reform takes, it will ultimately be more successful if it supports the education and motivation of patients to properly follow their medication regimens.”
Participants in the panel will receive briefings on two new research efforts on medication adherence conducted by Avalere Health and the RAND Corp., respectively, using findings from the studies to guide the creation of policy and public education recommendations.
As many as 80% of patients may not be adhering to their medication regimens, according to research, resulting in adverse consequences and draining $100 billion to $300 billion from the healthcare system every year.
MiddleBrook Pharmaceuticals develops copay program for Moxatag
WESTLAKE, Texas A company making a long-acting formulation of a common antibiotic has announced a program to minimize the drug’s cost to consumers.
MiddleBrook Pharmaceuticals announced Wednesday a $20 maximum copay program for Moxatag (amoxicillin) extended-release tablets in the 775 mg strength, designed to keep the drug’s cost to patients at $20 or less. The company said it will field 300 representatives and district managers to begin supplying physicians with voucher cards for the program.
“In this tough economy, we recognize the need to improve Moxatag’s affordability to the patient,” MiddleBrook president and CEO John Thievon said in a statement. “This $20 maximum copay program will replace our current $15 point-of-sale copay check program, which has been in place since Moxatag’s launch.”