RediClinic to start accepting Medicare
NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted July 9, 2007
RediClinic, a Houston-based chain of retail clinics, has signed a provider agreement with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to accept traditional Medicare in all RediClinic locations. RediClinic operates in-store convenience clinics inside H-E-B, Walgreen and Wal-Mart stores. Web Golinkin, RediClinic's president and chief executive officer, said in a prepared statement that Medicare patients already make up 10% of RediClinic's customer base.
Tine Hansen-Turton, executive director of the Convenient Care Assn., a trade group for retail-based clinic operators, said that many of CCA's members are pursuing partnerships with Medicare. Several private insurers, as well as those offering Medicare Advantage Plans, have also signed provider agreements, making it easier for members to take advantage of the clinics.
Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2007/07/09/bibf0709.htm.