LAS VEGAS — Healthcare professionals working within the growing field of convenient care convened here Tuesday for the sixth annual Retail Clinician Education Congress, a three-day educational and networking forum that is accredited for both nurse practitioners and physician assistants.
The 2013 RCEC conference, which is hosted by Drug Store News Group in conjunction with the Convenient Care Association and Partners in Healthcare Education, is being held at the Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas. It runs from May 14 to May 16.
The event kicked off Tuesday morning with a breakfast and Product Theatre presentation presented by Teva Respiratory. Speaking at the presentation, which is new to this year’s RCEC agenda, was Judith Newell, family nurse practitioner with the Pulmonary Associates in Phoenix. Newell spoke on the advances in exercise-induced bronchospasms and the therapeutic considerations.
Also new to this year’s RCEC agenda is a poster session program, which not only represents an important opportunity for healthcare providers to share research, programs and results with their peers but it also increases the number of CE credits that clinicians can earn at RCEC. Attendees can also mingle with the authors to learn more about their poster presentations during the Meet the Author events. The posters cover such topics as weight management and infectious diseases.
(Posters in Poster Session Program will remain on display throughout the conference)
This year’s event once again features, in addition to a track that is accredited for nurse practitioners and physician assistants, the Executive and Health Systems Leadership Colloquium. The executive track is designed for management, upper management and C-level executives of retail clinic operators, and companies and organizations interested in entering the retail clinic industry.
Tuesday’s executive track, supported by Athenahealth, kicked off with a session titled, “Healthcare Reform: The Role of Retail Clinics Meeting ACA Requirements Surrounding Quality and Preventative Care.” Speakers included Web Golinkin of RediClinic, Eileen Myers of The Little Clinic, Cynthia Stamper Graff of Lindora and Alan London of Take Care Health Systems. Each talked about different programs within their clinic operations, what works best and why, and how other clinic operators can offer such services.
For example, Golinkin talked about the success of RediClinic’s 10-week weight/lifestyle management program called Weigh Forward.
(Web Golinkin of RediClinic speaking at the Executive and Health Systems Leadership Colloquium)
“This is as much a lifestyle management program as it is a weight management program and parenthetically it is also a platform that we are using as the foundation for disease management programs,” Golinkin told attendees. “We firmly believe that this combination of brief visits with a clinician, combined with access to a technology platform both for the clinician and the patient, is the way you maximize impact and minimize cost.”
London discussed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and its impact on the U.S. healthcare system and also how Take Care Clinics are expanding their scope of services.
“It is a perfect storm. We have, I really believe, a once-in-a-career opportunity … to be at a point where we can actually change the way health care is delivered and financed,” London told attendees. “… You all are at the front end of that change in a very exciting time, but we have to be able to prove we can do this. So, over the next few years we have to prove that we can expand and consistently provide care all across the country, that we can improve access, that we can improve outcomes, we can improve care coordination with the physicians. And if we do that, we will become an indispensable segment of the healthcare delivery system.”
Additional executive tracks held throughout the first half of the day included “What the Future Holds: Building the Workforce” and “Strategic Partnerships and the Building of the Business Model.”