Drug Store News Group/Retail Clinician Magazine and the Convenient Care Association Announce the Launch of National Convenient Care Clinic Week

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Inaugural National Convenient Care Clinic Week designed to highlight the importance of convenient care clinics and practioners in offering affordable and convenient health care.

We are very excited to launch Convenient Care Week. Convenient care clinics and their providers are part of the solution to ensure that all Americans have access to quality primary care when and where they need it at a price they can afford

In order to better promote the pivotal services provided by retail clinics, the Convenient Care Association (CCA) has announced the creation of National Convenient Care Clinic Week (NCCCW), August 2-6, 2010, which will be held in conjunction with The Drug Store News Group/Retail Clinician magazine's annual Retail Clinician Education Congress.

"We are very excited to launch Convenient Care Week. Convenient care clinics and their providers are part of the solution to ensure that all Americans have access to quality primary care when and where they need it at a price they can afford," said Tine Hansen-Turton, executive director of the CCA.

Since the first convenient care clinic (CCC) opened in 2000, the CCC industry has grown quickly. There currently are an estimated 1,200 clinics across the country that have served more than 15 million patients. The number of clinics and patients are expected to increase as healthcare reform gets underway.

"Any solution to our healthcare challenges has to address cost, convenience and quality -- convenient care clinics meet all of these challenges head-on. Clinics provide an easy-to-understand menu of services and prices, thousands of retail locations -- with many more to be added -- and high-quality care delivered by medical professionals who are trained and experienced in diagnosing common illnesses," said John Kenlon, VP and group publisher of The Drug Store News Group.

NCCCW is designed to celebrate the role of retail-based clinics and practitioners in complementing traditional medical service providers in delivering care to patients, and to promote its expanding scope of service under recent health reform.

"We're seeing an uptick in providing services for chronic care disease management for conditions like diabetes and hypertension," said Wayne Bennett, publisher of The Drug Store News Group. "With high-quality, cost-efficient and accessible health care provided by these clinics both in the retail and worksite locations, convenient care clinics are well positioned to take a more prominent role as more Americans receive access to health care, and help payers lower cost and improve patient outcomes."

"We know that convenient care clinics can help meet increased demand by providing easy access to basic healthcare services. Already, according to the RAND study released in September 2009, nearly one-third of Americans live within about a 10-minute drive of a retail-based clinic, and that number will only grow in the future as new clinics open," said Lisa Loscalzo, president of the CCA and president of The Little Clinic.

The Retail Clinician Education Congress, which will serve as the backdrop for NCCCW, is the only educational event focused on retail-based practitioners and their specific needs, and will be held in Orlando, Fla., from August 2-4. The event is a three-day educational and networking forum designed to meet the needs of the growing field of convenient care practitioners. Presented by Retail Clinician, in association with The Drug Store News Group and the Convenient Care Association, RCEC brings together retail clinicians from across the country to fine-tune their skills while earning CE/CME credits and learning about the latest products and services the industry has to offer.

The Drug Store News Group, which publishes Drug Store News, Retail Clinician, Pharmacy Practice, Pharmacy Tech News, and Specialty Pharmacy, has been the voice of the retail drug industry for more than seven decades. The multimedia news and information leader, Drug Store News is read by nearly 90,000 industry professionals for its timely coverage of industry news, merchandising trends and pharmacy developments. Its authoritative articles and studies provide extensive coverage of every major segment of retail pharmacy, including drug and supermarket chains, mass merchandisers, club stores and independents, keeping it No. 1 in readership. It is the only publication in America that serves all of retail pharmacy.

The Convenient Care Association is the association of companies and healthcare systems that provide consumers with accessible, affordable, quality health care in retail-based locations. The CCA works primarily to enhance and sustain the growth of the convenient care industry through sharing of best practices and common standards of operation. The CCA was founded in October 2006.

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