Take Care Clinics are now offering three new diagnostic tests and administrative physicals.

These new services have been introduced following input from patients, managed care organizations, and health care providers, which suggested ways to help prevent the progression of disease and use the most appropriate point of care. The new services also advance the Well at Walgreens strategy as Walgreens bolsters its services as a community health care provider and transforms into  what it calls a health and daily living destination. Take Care Health Systems is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Walgreens, Conshohocken, Pa.

New point of care tests now available at Take Care Clinics include:

  • A1C Test – A blood test used to monitor type 1 and type 2 diabetes and to gauge a patient’s success in managing the disease.
  • Microalbumin Test – A urine test often recommended for people with diabetes and high blood pressure to detect possible kidney damage or disease.
  • Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) – A lab test that can help identify hidden blood in the stool, which could be an indicator of colon cancer or polyps in the colon.

“By providing convenient access to common diagnostic tests in Take Care Clinics we can assist primary care providers and others in the health care system in early detection, diagnosing, managing, and ultimately helping to prevent disease,” said Sandra Festa Ryan, RN, MSN, CPNP, FAANP and chief nurse practitioner officer for Take Care Health Systems. “Providers often recommend these tests for patients based on history and clinical findings, and our convenient hours and locations remove barriers for those who would otherwise forego care. By making these tests more accessible to patients, our clinics can play an important role in preventing unchecked disease progression and overuse of more costly emergency rooms.”

Completing preventive care services such as the A1C Test, Microalbumin, and FOBT is an important measure in the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS), which provides information on the performance of America’s health plans. It’s also a key measure for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Star ratings, which allow for comparison of Medicare plans. With the addition of these services in the Take Care Clinic setting, health plan providers can work with Take Care Health Systems to help provide their membership with high-quality, easy access to appropriate diagnostic services, according to Walgreens.

Take Care Clinics are professional health care centers located at more than 360 select Walgreens drugstores across the country and offer walk-in and appointment availability. Board-certified family nurse practitioners, and physician assistants treat patients 18 months and older for common illnesses, offer preventive services and are licensed to write prescriptions, when necessary, that can be filled at the patient’s pharmacy of choice.

[Source: Walgreens]