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Walgreen clinics add care of chronic illnesses to boost sales

Monday, April 8, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Melissa Moody
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April 4, 2013 (The Denver Post) Walgreen, the largest U.S. drugstore chain, is expanding into treatment of diabetes, asthma and other chronic illnesses to lure new customers including millions gaining insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

More than 330 of Walgreen's roughly 370 Take Care Clinics in stores are now offering chronic-care services as well as advising consumers on whether to seek preventive care such as laboratory tests, the Deerfield, Ill.-based company said Thursday in a statement.

At Walgreen, nurse practitioners and physician assistants assess, treat and manage chronic conditions. That category accounts for 77 percent of U.S. health-care spending, according to Kermit Crawford, president of the retailer's pharmacy, health and wellness division. Chronic patients are also more profitable than acute patients, he told analysts in February.

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