Managed Care ran a story last month about the pros and cons of covering services obtained at store-based clinics ["Retail Medical Clinics Draw Patients & Payers"]. In it, we pointed out that physicians may not be thrilled with the idea of patients getting care from nurse practitioners at malls. Even before the article went to press, the American Medical Association came out with nine guidelines that the organization suggests store-based clinics follow. Not surprisingly, the rules stipulate a doctor's role in such a clinic. Here are some of those guidelines, as spelled out by the AMA:
In calling for the guidelines, the AMA cites a Harris Interactive poll that shows that while 78 percent of people likes the idea of the clinics, 75 percent "raised concerns about the quality of care these clinics provide."