AMA adopts guidelines for in-store clinics

June 19, 2006

The American Medical Association house of delegates has adopted a series of key principles to guide the establishment and operation of store-based healthcare clinics. The following principles are included in the guidelines: store-based health clinics must have a well-defined and limited scope of clinical services, consistent with state scope of practice laws; establish arrangements by which their healthcare practitioners have direct access to and supervision by physicians; and establish a referral system with physician practices or other facilities for appropriate treatment if the patients' condition or symptoms are beyond the scope of services provided by the clinic.

AMA adopts guidelines for in-store clinics

The American Medical Association house of delegates has adopted a series of key principles to guide the establishment and operation of store-based healthcare clinics. The following principles are included in the guidelines: store-based health clinics must have a well-defined and limited scope of clinical services, consistent with state scope of practice laws; establish arrangements by which their healthcare practitioners have direct access to and supervision by physicians; and establish a referral system with physician practices or other facilities for appropriate treatment if the patients' condition or symptoms are beyond the scope of services provided by the clinic. MinuteClinic, which operates 82 clinics in 10 states and has plans to open 150 additional centers by the end of the year, applauded AMA's actions.

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