Use and costs of care in retail clinics versus traditional care sites

Published: September 1, 2008
Category: Bibliography > Papers
Authors: Maciosek MV, Solberg L, Thygeson M, Van Vorst KA
Countries: United States
Language: null
Types: Care Management, Finance/Budgeting
Settings: Health Plan, Hospital

Health Aff 27:1283-1292.

HealthPartners in Minneapolis, MN, USA

Erratum in Health Aff (Millwood). 2008 Nov-Dec;27(6):1751.

Retail clinics have generated much interest, promising convenient, lower-cost service for the treatment of minor conditions than conventional care sites can offer. Using health plan claims data, we describe utilization trends, patient mix, and cost per episode of care for the five conditions most frequently treated at a retail clinic chain in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, as compared with other care settings. Retail clinic use for these conditions is increasing at about 3 percent per year and offers savings of $50-$55 per episode. However, it accounts for only 6 percent of such episodes, and the impact on overall cost and quality remains undetermined.

PMID: 18780912

Cost Burden Evaluation,Resource Use,Practice Patterns Comparison,United States,Adolescent,Adult,Ambulatory Care Facilities/economics,Ambulatory Care Facilities/utilization,Child,Delivery of Health Care/methods,Episode of Care,Gender,Insurance,Health,Middle Aged,Minnesota,Regression Analysis,Young Adult

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