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.