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Take Care Health Systems Expands Treatment for Skin Conditions and Minor Injuries | Business Wire

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Take Care Health Systems, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Walgreens

(NYSE:WAG) (NASDAQ:WAG) and the largest and most comprehensive provider

of convenient care clinics and worksite health and wellness centers in

the country, is now offering a new set of procedures for skin conditions

and minor injury treatments.

As part of this expansion of services, Take Care Clinics now offer the

following procedures:

  • Wart removal with Cryotherapy

  • Skin tag removal

  • Closure of minor cuts with Dermabond®

  • Treatment of skin irritations (Contact Dermatitis)

  • Expanded scope of skin evaluation and treatment for skin infections,

    injuries and rashes

Take Care Clinics provide access to high-quality, convenient and

affordable health care to meet the needs of patients and their families.

The addition of these new services is a result of feedback from

patients, Take Care Health Providers and recent research which

identified a desire for the treatment of these types of skin conditions

in the convenient care setting. According to the Department of Health

and Human Services, over 48 million skin examinations are conducted each

year, which result in 3.2 million viral wart procedures and 3.3 million

skin tag removals.

“Patients are very satisfied with the service and offerings at Take Care

Clinics, and we’ve found that they are looking for additional

high-quality, convenient and affordable treatment options in our care

setting,” said Peter Miller, Take Care Health Systems’ president and

CEO. “We will continue to evaluate and implement new services which meet

the needs of patients and can be offered with clinical excellence at

Take Care Clinics.”

Take Care Clinics are professional walk-in health care centers open

seven days a week, with extended evening and weekend hours. Clinics are

staffed by board certified nurse practitioners and physician assistants

who treat patients 18 months and older for common illnesses such as

strep throat, ear and sinus infections, pink eye and poison ivy, and are

able to write prescriptions when necessary. The clinics also offer

preventative services, such as camp, sport and back-to-school physicals;

men’s and women’s health evaluations and vaccinations including GARDASIL

(HPV), Menactra (Meningitis), the Shingles vaccine and others.

Take Care Health Systems encourages all patients to have a health care

home, a primary care provider they see for ongoing medical needs and

routine exams. If a patient’s condition falls outside the scope of

service at a Take Care Clinic, the patient is referred to an appropriate

site for care, such as a primary care provider or specialist.

“Take Care Health Systems employs exceptional health care professionals

who are educated and prepared to offer high-quality treatment for an

array of skin conditions,” said Sandra Ryan, RN, MSN, CPNP, FAANP and

chief nurse practitioner for Take Care Health Systems. “If a patient at

a Take Care Clinics is seeking treatment for a condition that falls

outside of our scope of service, our clinicians expertly advocate for

patients, making sure they get the right care, in the right place, at

the right time.

Take Care Health Systems currently manages 345 Take Care Clinics at

Walgreens drugstores in 35 markets across 19 states, including locations

in: Atlanta, Boulder-Longmont, Colo., Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland,

Columbus, Ohio, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Green Bay, Wis., Houston,

Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Knoxville, Las Vegas,

Louisville, Madison, Wis., Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Nashville, Tenn.,

New Orleans, Orlando, Fla., Oshkosh, Wis., Peoria, Ill.,

Philadelphia-area, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Rockford, Ill., St. Louis,

Tampa, Fla., Topeka, Kan., Tucson, Ariz., West Palm Beach, Fla. and

Wichita, Kan.

About Take Care Health Systems

Take Care Health Systems (,

a wholly owned subsidiary of Walgreens and part of Walgreens Health and

Wellness division, is the largest and most comprehensive manager of

worksite health and wellness centers and convenient care clinics in the

country. TCHS is comprised of Take Care Consumer Solutions (

and Take Care Health Employer Solutions (

Take Care Consumer Solutions manages Take Care Clinics at select

Walgreens drugstores throughout the country. Patient care at each of the

Take Care Clinics is provided by Take Care Health Services, an

independently owned state professional corporation established in each

market. Take Care Health Employer Solutions manages primary care, health

and wellness, occupational health, pharmacy and fitness centers at large

employer campuses. Combined, Take Care Health Systems manages more than

700 worksite and retail health care centers.

About Walgreens

Walgreens (

is the nation’s largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2008 sales of $59

billion. The company operates 6,857 drugstores in 49 states, the

District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Walgreens provides the most

convenient access to consumer goods and services and cost-effective

pharmacy, health and wellness services in America through its retail

drugstores, Walgreens Health Services division and Walgreens Health and

Wellness division. Walgreens Health Services assists pharmacy patients

and prescription drug and medical plans through Walgreens Health

Initiatives Inc. (a pharmacy benefit manager), Walgreens Mail Service

Inc., Walgreens Home Care Inc., Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy LLC and

SeniorMed LLC (a pharmacy provider to long-term care facilities).

Walgreens Health and Wellness division includes Take Care Health Systems.

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Healthcare a Costly Affair For Aam Aadmi in India

Are the Multi Crore corporate Hospitals making Health-care, A Costly affair for the “Aam Aadmi” in India?


Are they bringing in cutting edge advancements in Healthcare, which were earlier beyond the reach, rather inaccessible for the Common man?


Is it the declining state of the public healthcare system that has fueled the growth of private healthcare sector with no regulations or monitory control over the ever-growing private healthcare sector, which has made things worse for the common man?

All this are matters of great debacle to justify whether the big corporate hospital groups, which have come up in the recent past, having pumped crores into infrastructure development with a touch of luxury offer services beyond the horizons of treatment and cure. Are they leveraging on the declining state of the public healthcare system?

Earlier Hospitals and health services segment used to be the business of some irresponsible governments which never had accountability for any lapse that happened because of poor management of health issues.

Or that of some Missionaries supported by some business conglomerates, which out of compulsion and with some CSR on agenda, provided some relief to the diseased population.

Getting a speciality care was far out of the scope of a common man. Now there seems to be a complete deviation from the ancient concept of hospital which provided help and care to the diseased and needy, hospitals were considered as temples of love and care.

Now with giant corporate's venturing into this industry, the so-called temples have turned out into business centers with focus on profits.

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Austin and Boxerman's information systems for healthcare management, 7th ed.


Austin and Boxerman’s information systems for healthcare

management, 7th ed.

Glandon, Gerald L. et al.

Health Administration Press


288 pages




Glandon (health services administration, U. of Alabama,

Birmingham), Smaltz (Ohio State U. Medical Center), and Slovensky

(health services administration, U. of Alabama, Birmingham) present an

overview of how the management of healthcare organizations can be

improved by the intelligent use of information technology. The text is

suitable as a reference text for practicing healthcare executives and

managers, and as a textbook in a one-semester graduate or advanced

undergraduate course in health information systems. The seventh edition

includes expanded discussion of strategic planning, an updated chapter

on project management, a new chapter on the government’s role in

information management and information technology (IM/IT), a new chapter

on how IM/IT investments are evaluated, updated information on the

electronic health record and other clinical and administrative

applications used in healthcare enterprises, and a profile of hospital

IM/IT leadership.

([c]2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR)

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UnitedHealth Group Recognized by The Civic 50 as Nation’s Top Community-Minded Health Care Company for Third Year in a Row | Business Wire

MINNETONKA, Minn.–()–UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) was recognized today as an industry

leader by <i>The Civic 50</i>, an initiative from that highlights companies that improve the quality of life

in the communities where they do business.

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The company ranked first in the health care industry for the third year

in a row, and has been included in the rankings every year since The

Civic 50 initiative began in 2012.

“This recognition reflects the commitment of our people to serving

others,” said Stephen J. Hemsley, CEO of UnitedHealth Group. “They

embrace our mission to help people live healthier lives and bring that

mission to life in communities around the world every day through their

work, their giving and their volunteerism.”

Through community-centered programs and initiatives, UnitedHealth Group

focuses on fostering partnerships that serve people who are most in

need, helping employees give back and providing actionable data to drive

important discussions. Three UnitedHealth Group efforts highlighted this

year include:

  • Supporting Service Members, Veterans and Their Families:

    UnitedHealth Group and United Health Foundation continue to deepen

    community relationships with military service members, the nation’s

    veterans and their families. From partnerships to improve access to

    mental health services to meeting the needs of wounded warriors,

    UnitedHealth Group is committed to serving those who are serving and

    have served. In

    May 2015 UnitedHealth Group partnered with Fisher

    House Foundation to provide a “home away from home” in Camp

    Pendleton, Calif., for people visiting service members who are being

    treated at nearby military hospitals. The house is able to serve more

    than 280 families annually by providing no-cost housing.

  • Empowering Employees to Give Back to Their Communities:

    Through UnitedHealth Group’s giving! program, employees throughout the

    company are encouraged to give back to their communities by donating

    their time and talent to programs and organizations that echo the


    mission of helping people live healthier lives. United Health

    Foundation also matches employee contributions – dollar for dollar –

    to nearly all nonprofit organizations. In 2015, donations through the

    giving! program ranged from support for leading disease management and

    cure research organizations, to local community health outreach, to

    disaster relief around the world.

  • America’s Health Rankings:America’s

    Health Rankings is the longest-running annual assessment of

    America’s health on a state-by-state basis, compiled by United Health

    Foundation and published by UnitedHealth Group. The report’s purpose

    is to stimulate action by individuals, elected officials, health care

    professionals, public health professionals, employers, educators and

    communities to improve the health of the U.S. population. An example

    of helping to inform the public health conversation, America’s

    Health Rankings has been used to shape state health priorities and

    lead to important changes for state health systems.

“Since 2012, we have seen a notable shift in the results from the survey

in a direction that speaks to the commitment of American companies to

connect values of community service and civic engagement to the culture

and operating practices of their businesses,” said Jennifer Lawson,

executive director of the Corporate Institute at Points of Light.

The Civic 50 is the only survey and ranking system that

exclusively measures corporate involvement in communities, and was

developed in partnership with a high-profile working group of

researchers and industry thought leaders. As a result of this

collaborative process, the initiative reflects leading insight and

thinking about how corporations can and should connect with communities

in a twenty-first century economy. The findings are determined by an

annual survey and compiled for a report to create a roadmap for

companies seeking to best use their time, talent and resources to

improve the quality of life in the communities where they do business.

About UnitedHealth Group
UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) is a

diversified health and well-being company dedicated to helping people

live healthier lives and helping make the health system work better for

everyone. UnitedHealth Group offers a broad spectrum of products and

services through two distinct platforms: UnitedHealthcare, which

provides health care coverage and benefits services; and Optum, which

provides information and technology-enabled health services. For more

information, visit UnitedHealth Group at

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Bringing Behavioral Health Into The Electronic Age

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Mental health and addiction treatment providers today face a critical issue – how can they best manage information to improve patient care and safety while protecting patient rights and privacy. Behavioral health is part of the broader healthcare industry, which is in the midst of a massive transformation to better manage patient health information. This transformation has been occurring almost naturally because of advances in information technology and management. It promises an improved healthcare system that will hopefully put an end to the 44,000 to 98,000 patient deaths that occur annually due to preventable information related mistakes.

The federal government is participating in healthcare’s information technology transformation. In 2004, President Bush issued Executive Order 13335 that called for the widespread adoption of information technology in healthcare and established the Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology (ONCHIT) to help achieve this goal. To a service provider, the Electronic Health Record may sound like a software issue, but it is in fact a retooling of business practices affecting patient safety and quality of care.

How can behavioral health become part of healthcare’s information technology transformation? Behavioral health providers must first decide on essential mental health and addictions treatment information for inclusion in a common EHR. This decision must resolve five key policy issues:

1. What unique behavioral health information must be incorporated into an EHR?

2. Should there be time limits on behavioral health information in the EHR – for instance, should a diagnosis of alcoholism be maintained 25 years after sobriety has been attained?

3. What opportunities exist for the behavioral health field to participate in the development of the EHR?

4. What role should behavioral health consumers and service providers play in actively managing behavioral health information and other data standards?

5. How should the EHR address privacy and confidentiality?

How is the behavioral healthcare faring so far in this transformation? Unfortunately, not very well. Information technology used in behavioral health generally supports only administrative reporting and is a far cry from fulfilling the potential to improve clinical decision-making and program planning.

To help behavioral health better react to this transformation, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment sponsored the Behavioral Health Treatment Standards Group (BHTS) in 2005. The mission of BHTS is to increase knowledge, understanding, and use of behavioral health data standards in addictions treatment and mental health. BHTS members include a mix of organizations representing addictions prevention and treatment, and mental health services as well as software vendors involved in developing EHRs for behavioral health providers.

BHTS is achieving results. One important result has been to get standards-setting organizations that are shaping the design of the technology and information infrastructure for EHRs (like Health Level Seven) to reflect the unique needs behavioral health patients and providers with regard to privacy and confidentiality. BHTS is also raising awareness and understanding within the public and private sector about the significant potential of EHRs in clinical services and administrative matters, especially for reporting to the multiple entities that fund behavioral health services. BHTS is now working to collect information about the cost of adopting such systems and to learn more about reporting requirements for behavioral health providers. This knowledge will be used to better shape the public effort to make behavioral health part of the transformation occurring in healthcare.

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