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Take Care workplace clinics accredited as medical homes
February 19th, 2014
DEERFIELD, Ill. – All of Walgreen Co.'s more than 50 Take Care primary care workplace clinics have received medical home accreditation from the the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).
Walgreens said Wednesday that the move completes the process announced in December 2012, when half of the company's employer-based primary care centers received accreditation. The clinics are managed by Take Care Employer Solutions Group, a division of Walgreens focused on work-site health solutions.
As part of the yearlong accreditation process, AAAHC representatives visited workplacee clinics at a number of Take Care client sites, including BP, Hewlett-Packard and the University of Notre Dame, among others. At each location, on-site surveys were conducted to evaluate whether the clinics meet AAAHC criteria as a medical home.
"Working with our employer clients to provide on-site health care, we're providing comprehensive personal care to each individual in partnership with the health care provider, while reducing costs and improving health outcomes for employers across the country," Trent Riley, divisional vice president for Walgreens' Take Care Employer Solutions Group, said in a statement. "We're changing the culture in health care by driving a new model for care delivery and creating a better overall patient experience, and the medical home accreditation from AAAHC further validates the impactful work we're doing."
AAAHC's standards for the medical home require that such facilities be patient-centered, physician-directed, comprehensive and accessible. The medical homes also must coordinate care with all of a patient's primary and specialty care providers.
"We are pleased that Walgreens has completed the accreditation process for its work-site health centers," stated John Burke, president and chief executive officer of AAAHC. "The work-site health model offers a valuable alternative to traditional points of care, and we are proud to be recognizing them as a patient-centered medical home."
Overall, Walgreens' Take Care Employer Solutions Group manages 370 employer health centers, of which the Take Care primary care workplace clinics are one segment. Take Care work-site health centers are staffed by doctors, nurse practitioners and other medical professionals and offer such services as primary care, pharmacy, occupational health, fitness, chronic condition management, physical therapy, dental and vision.