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Retail Health Clinics: A Policy Position Paper From the American College of PhysiciansACP Policy Position Paper on Retail Health Clinics

Hilary Daniel, BS; Shari Erickson, BA, MPH, for the Medical Practice and Quality Committee of the American College of Physicians*
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This article was published online first at www.annals.org on 13 October 2015.

* This paper, written by Hilary Daniel, BS, and Shari Erickson, BA, MPH, was developed for the Medical Practice and Quality Committee of the American College of Physicians. Individuals who served on the Medical Practice and Quality Committee at the time of the project's approval were Nitin S. Damle, MD (Chair); Julie A. Blehm, MD (Vice Chair); Moises Auron, MD; John Cox, DO; Jacqueline W. Fincher, MD; Alice L. Fuisz, MD; Christine S. Hunter, MD; M. Douglas Leahy, MD; Robert McLean, MD; Mary Newman, MD; John O'Neill Jr., DO; Charles Michael Soppet, MD; and Fatima Syed, MD. Approved by the ACP Board of Regents on 27 April 2015.


From the American College of Physicians, Washington, DC.

Financial Support: Financial support for the development of this guideline comes exclusively from the ACP operating budget.

Disclosures: Disclosures can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M15-0571.

Editors' Disclosures: Christine Laine, MD, MPH, Editor in Chief, reports that she has no financial relationships or interests to disclose. Darren B. Taichman, MD, PhD, Executive Deputy Editor, reports that he has no financial relationships or interests to disclose. Cynthia D. Mulrow, MD, MSc, Senior Deputy Editor, reports that she has no relationships or interests to disclose. Deborah Cotton, MD, MPH, Deputy Editor, reports that she has no financial relationships or interest to disclose. Jaya K. Rao, MD, MHS, Deputy Editor, reports that she has stock holdings/options in Eli Lilly and Pfizer. Sankey V. Williams, MD, Deputy Editor, reports that he has no financial relationships or interests to disclose. Catharine B. Stack, PhD, MS, Deputy Editor for Statistics, reports that she has stock holdings in Pfizer.

Requests for Single Reprints: Hilary Daniel, BS, American College of Physicians, 25 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20001; e-mail, hdaniel@mail.acponline.org.

Current Author Addresses: Ms. Daniel and Ms. Erickson: American College of Physicians, 25 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20001.

Author Contributions: Conception and design: H. Daniel, S. Erickson.

Analysis and interpretation of the data: H. Daniel.

Drafting of the article: H. Daniel.

Critical revision of the article for important intellectual content: H. Daniel, S. Erickson.

Final approval of the article: H. Daniel, S. Erickson.

Collection and assembly of data: H. Daniel.


Ann Intern Med. 2015;163(11):869-870. doi:10.7326/M15-0571
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Retail health clinics are walk-in clinics located in retail stores or pharmacies that are typically staffed by nurse practitioners or physician assistants. When they entered the marketplace in the early 2000s, retail clinics offered a limited number of services for low-acuity conditions that were paid for out of pocket by the consumer. Over the past decade, business models for these clinics have evolved to accept public and private health insurance, and some are expanding their services to include diagnosis, treatment, and management of chronic conditions. Retail health clinics are one of several methods of health care delivery that challenge the traditional primary care delivery model. The positions and recommendations offered by the American College of Physicians in this paper are intended to establish a framework that underscores patient safety, communication, and collaboration among retail health clinics, physicians, and patients.

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