Retail clinics have become a more mainstream part of
healthcare than previously thought possible. The idea of retail clinics was
initially downplayed by the healthcare industry. Retail clinics offer basic
services, from immunizations to walk in clinics for basic needs such as sore
throats or bladder infections. One will see retail clinics in places like
Walgreens, that offer a multitude of immunizations, no appointment necessary,
and will submit claims to insurance companies as well so that portion is not an
issue. Another example of retail clinics are similar to places like Urgent
Care, or Quick Care, FastCare, where local hospitals have an extension of
themselves placed in a retail space for patients to walk in. This usually
includes hours that the retail space is open for business, clients can walk in
and have a throat culture done, or a urinalysis to determine if they have
infections. Immunizations can be given. If someone is sick or injured instead
of going to an emergency room clients can utilize one of these retail clinics.
Retail clinics usually have hours that appeal to clients that work during the
day, that can not get into see their own doctor or those that want to avoid the
cost or wait in an Emergency Room setting. The retail clinics are overseen by
an interdisciplinary health care team, depending on the setting, there are
medical assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, all overseen by a
specific doctor, reviewing cases as they occur.
ACOs is a group of care providers, who willingly come together, to help provide the best care to a patient while working together as a team (Daly, 2013). ACOs stands for Accountable Care Organizations. ACOs work together to take care of Medicare patients, while planning to providing the right care for patients, helping manage chronic illnesses, and attempting to prevent duplications of medical treatments and preventing medical errors (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services, 2018).
This approach to care can greatly improve the quality of patient care and increase safety. By having all cares provided by one group, it can cut down on many different problems that could arise. By getting all cares done by one group, medication errors and prescribing can be controlled by limited number of providers. This can decrease risks of drug interactions and medication errors. Also by having all cares done by one group, all medical treatments and cares records are readily available to the providers at this facility. By having all the care providers in one group, communication of care can easily be spread between the group, which can help improve care and help the care team. By using the group care, overall care of the patient can improve and improve safety of the patient.