Walgreens Worksite Health Centers Receive Accreditation as Patient-Centered Medical Homes from the Accreditation Association for

  Walgreens Worksite Health Centers Receive Accreditation as Patient-Centered
  Medical Homes from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care

 Recognition reflects high quality and coordination of patient care delivered
                  by Walgreens employer-based health centers

Business Wire

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- December 20, 2012

Walgreens (NYSE:WAG) (Nasdaq:WAG) and the Accreditation Association for
Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) today announced that half of the primary care
worksite health centers managed by Walgreens Employer Solutions Group have
received Medical Home accreditation, with plans to have all of the company’s
employer-based primary care centers accredited in the first half of 2013. The
accreditation recognizes that each worksite health center meets AAAHC
requirements to be considered a patient-centered medical home, embodying best
practices and operating in compliance with nationally recognized standards of

“We’re proud to have received accreditation from AAAHC, an organization that
shares our commitment to ensuring health care delivery meets the highest
quality standards and is coordinated across the health care spectrum,
benefitting both employers and employees,” said Trent Riley, divisional vice
president for Walgreens Health and Wellness division. “Walgreens has
demonstrated how investing in worksite health programs can reduce costs and
improve health outcomes for our clients, and this recognition underscores the
broad capabilities and quality of care delivered by the dedicated health care
providers at our centers.”

As part of the approximately year-long accreditation process, AAAHC
representatives visited worksite health centers at a number of Walgreens
client sites, including Toyota, Southwire and Fieldale Farms. At each of these
locations, on-site surveys were conducted in order to evaluate whether the
Walgreens facilities successfully meet AAAHC criteria as a Medical Home.

The AAAHC accreditation brings further recognition to Walgreens 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. “The delivery of worksite health care continues to gain
momentum as a valuable alternative to traditional points of care, and we look
forward to continuing to work with Walgreens to complete its accreditation
process,” 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 provided, and are conducted by physicians, nurses and clinical
administrators who work in ambulatory health care delivery.

Employers are increasingly looking to offer on-site health and wellness
services, according to a 2011 report from Towers Watson and the National
Business Group on Health. The report shows 23 percent of companies currently
offer on-site health services and that an additional 12 percent of companies
plan to begin to offer services this year.

Walgreens Employer Solutions Group is a leader in implementing innovative
strategies to address employer health care needs and challenges. Its primary
care worksite health centers are a segment within the 370 employer health
centers managed by Walgreens nationwide. 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.

Walgreens 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,
nutrition, chronic disease management, physical therapy, infusion services,
chronic disease management, 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 5,300
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.

About Walgreens

As the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2012 sales of $72 billion,
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com) vision is to become America’s first choice for
health and daily living. 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
8,057 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
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 700 locations throughout the


Jim Cohn, 847-315-2950
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