"It is unfortunate that theAmerican Academy of Pediatricscontinues to oppose patient access to safe, convenient and affordable care. At a time when our nation is searching for ways to meet growing health care needs and bring down health care costs, our patients need all providers working together to improve health care. Instead of opposing retail based clinics, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) has taken a different approach. We are engaging in proactive dialog with the Convenient Care Association on issues that matter to patients, primary care providers and the retail-based clinic community. Singling out and opposing retail based clinics is not going to solve the health care system's need for coordinated care or access—especially when most of the retail based clinics already have policies that require communication with a patient's primary care provider. Investing efforts toward creating mechanisms that improve community-wide health record integration, expanding state immunization registry programs, advancing affordable options and increasing appointment availability are endeavors that have the promise of real improvements for patients and can further coordinated care across multiple settings." Read AANP's complete response here.