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Take Care Health Systems, Community Health Network further illustrates growing role of clinics

BY Antoinette Alexander

Take Care Health Systems, which is owned by Walgreens, has formed a clinical collaboration with Community Health Network to improve access to care for patients throughout central Indiana.

Such collaborations are not only important for improved access to healthcare services by patients, but it also illustrate the growing role that they play within the healthcare system and the acceptance of such clinics among the medical community.

It is no secret that over the years some professionals in the medical community have said a major concern is the threat of patient records from the clinic visits not making it into the hands of their primary care physician — making it possible that more serious health issues may go undetected. Clinic providers, however, have long stressed that such clinics are intended to augment — not replace — a patient’s primary care physician. While some within the medical community continue to express their concerns, there’s no doubt that many are increasingly embracing the clinic concept. Collaborations such as the one between Take Care Health Systems and Community Health Network — which has more than 200 sites of care and affiliates throughout Central Indiana, including eight hospitals and a network of more than 2,000 credentialed physicians — further illustrates that point.

Meanwhile, MinuteClinic also is working to further expand its strategic affiliations with major health systems.

The healthcare environment is rapidly changing, and retail-based health clinics and the healthcare professionals working in them will only become increasingly important players within the U.S. healthcare system. This change will be further accelerated by healthcare reform and the 30 million newly insured Americans come 2014, as well as technological advancements, demographic shifts and changes in patient behavior. As Larry Merlo, president and CEO of CVS Caremark, said during its Analyst Day meeting in December, the healthcare industry is on track to change more in the next 10 years than it has in the past 50 years.

 

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Harris Teeter reports Q1 2013 sales of $1.2 billion, up 3.7%

BY Michael Johnsen

MATTHEWS, N.C. — Harris Teeter Supermarkets on Thursday reported that sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 ended Jan. 1 increased by 3.7% to $1.2 billion. The increase in sales was driven by an increase in comparable store sales of 2.5%, the grocer added. 

"We continue to focus on driving unit sales and growing our marketshare," stated Thomas Dickson, Harris Teeter chairman and CEO. "During the first quarter of fiscal 2013, our pricing and promotional strategies were effective in this regard, as evidenced by an increase in the number of active households and number of customer visits we experienced over the prior year."

Since the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2012, Harris Teeter has opened 12 new stores, opened one store that replaced a store closed in the first quarter of fiscal 2012, closed two stores and sold six stores to Lowes Foods, for a net addition of five stores. 


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McKesson Q3 revenue up 1% to $31.2 billion

BY Michael Johnsen

SAN FRANCISCO — McKesson Corporation on Thursday reported $31.2 billion in revenue for its third quarter ended Dec. 31, up 1%. 

“Our full year view of the operating performance in our Distribution Solutions segment is now better than our original expectations, and our full year view of the operating performance in the primary businesses in Technology Solution remains unchanged,” stated John Hammergren, chairman and CEO. 

“This operating strength is offset by the charge in our Canadian business and revenue deferral in our international technology business, and as a result, we are updating our previous outlook for the fiscal year and now expect Adjusted Earnings per diluted share of $7.10 to $7.30 for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013," Hammergren added.


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