DEERFIELD, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Walgreens (NYSE:WAG)(Nasdaq:WAG) and the Accreditation Association for
Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) today announced that all of the more than
50 primary care worksite health centers managed by Take Care Employer
Solutions Group, a division of Walgreens dedicated to providing
workplace health solutions, have received medical home accreditation.
This completes the process first announced in December 2012, when half
of the company's employer-based primary care centers received
AAAHC accreditation recognizes that each worksite health center meets
the Association's requirements to be considered a patient-centered
medical home, embodying best practices and operating in compliance with
nationally recognized standards of care.
"Working with our employer clients to provide onsite health care, we're
providing comprehensive personal care to each individual in partnership
with the health care provider, while reducing costs and improving health
outcomes for employers across the country," said Trent Riley, divisional
vice president for Take Care Employer Solutions Group. "We're changing
the culture in health care by driving a new model for care delivery and
creating a better overall patient experience, and the medical home
accreditation from AAAHC further validates the impactful work we're
As part of the year-long accreditation process, AAAHC representatives
visited worksite health centers at a number of Take Care client sites,
including BP, Hewlett-Packard Company, and University of Notre Dame,
among many others. At each location, on-site surveys were conducted in
order to evaluate whether the health center successfully meet AAAHC
criteria as a medical home.
The AAAHC accreditation brings further recognition to Take Care's core
structure for demonstrated compliance with AAAHC established clinical,
quality and organizational standards related to the management and
operation of its worksite health centers.
AAAHC has established specific standards for the medical home that
require them to be patient-centered, physician-directed, comprehensive,
accessible, and to coordinate care with all of the patient's primary
care and specialty care provider teams.
"We are pleased that Walgreens has completed the accreditation process
for its worksite health centers. The worksite health model offers a
valuable alternative to traditional points of care and we are proud to
be recognizing them as a patient-centered medical home," said John
Burke, PhD, president and CEO, AAAHC.
AAAHC, which in 2009 launched the nation's first medical home
accreditation, was also the first organization to offer an on-site
survey for the medical home. The peer-based surveys allow for a more
rigorous process examining the quality of care provided, and are
conducted by physicians, nurses and clinical administrators who work in
ambulatory health care delivery.
Walgreens is a leader in implementing innovative strategies to address
employer health care needs and challenges. The primary care worksite
health centers are a segment within the 370 employer health centers
managed nationwide by Take Care Employer Solutions Group. Areas of focus
at the worksite centers include leveraging advanced analytics to develop
tailored strategies and health and wellness services to best meet
clients' needs; expanding the patient-centered medical home model across
new and existing sites; and establishing medical neighborhoods to
connect the worksite health center with Walgreens community pharmacies
and other providers.
Take Care worksite health centers are staffed by physicians, nurse
practitioners and other medical professionals, and offer a broad
spectrum of services including primary care, pharmacy, occupational
health, fitness, chronic condition management, physical therapy, dental,
vision and more.
The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC),
founded in 1979, is the leader in ambulatory health care accreditation
with nearly 6,000 organizations accredited nationwide. AAAHC accredits a
variety of ambulatory health care organizations, including ambulatory
surgery centers, office-based surgery centers, college student health
centers, health plans/managed care organizations, military health care
clinics, large medical and dental practices and medical homes. In 2010,
AAAHC launched an international accreditation. AAAHC serves as an
advocate for the provision of high-quality health care through the
development of nationally recognized standards and through its survey
and accreditation programs. AAAHC accreditation is recognized as a
symbol of quality by third-party payers, medical organizations,
liability insurance companies, state and federal agencies and the
public. For more information visit www.aaahc.org.
As the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2013 sales of $72
billion, Walgreens (www.walgreens.com)
vision is to be the first choice in health and daily living for everyone
in America, and beyond. Each day, Walgreens provides more than 6 million
customers the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and
services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness
services and advice in communities across America. Walgreens scope of
pharmacy services includes retail, specialty, infusion, medical facility
and mail service, along with respiratory services. These services
improve health outcomes and lower costs for payers including employers,
managed care organizations, health systems, pharmacy benefit managers
and the public sector. The company operates 8,206 drugstores in all 50
states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin
Islands. Take Care Health Systems is a Walgreens subsidiary that is the
largest and most comprehensive manager of worksite health and wellness
centers and in-store convenient care clinics, with more than 750
locations throughout the country.