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Experts agree that the key to solving our healthcare crisis is rebuilding primary care. Advocates of the "patient-centered medical home" maintain that our system would deliver higher quality care at lower cost if primary-care doctors better coordinated their patients' care. Yet in the real world, patients have a hard time getting in to see their primary-care physicians. So we have the phenomenon of the urgent-care center, which caters to patients who want to be seen right away but don't have a problem that's serious enough for them to go the emergency room.
There are now 8,700 urgent-care centers in the U.S., up from 8,100 in 2007. Once derided as "doc-in-the-boxes," they have now…
Urgent-care centers are a symptom, not a cause of the fragmentation that afflicts our system. Yet their expansion will worsen that fragmentation and work against the coordination of care.
But knowing whether urgent care is your best bet isn't always that black and white. To help you figure it out (and optimize your care once you're there), we rounded up 11 need-to-know secrets from urgent care workers.
Urgent care is on the fast track for growth in the U.S., for reasons that are economic, as well as related to consumer cost and access to care. The nation has about 6,900 urgent care centers, according to the Urgent Care Association of America (UCAOA). While the market is fragmented, there are some major players in the urgent care market. Here, we list some of the largest operators of centers in the U.S.
Urgent care centers — walk-in medical clinics that treat minor conditions such as sprains and colds, as well as conduct imaging and blood tests — have seen significant growth in recent years. Their lower costs compared with emergency departments and easy access have attracted both patients and investors as the industry looks for lower-cost options and resources...
The College of Urgent Care Medicine will continue and extend the pioneering work begun by physicians within UCAOA, work which supports the clinical practice of urgent care medicine...
Convenient Care Association is the national trade association of companies and healthcare systems that provide consumers with accessible, affordable, quality healthcare in retail-based locations. CCA works primarily to enhance and sustain the growth of the Convenient Care industry through sharing resources, best practices and common standards of operation.
The National Urgent Care Center Accreditation program is an independent, non-profit organization that provides Accreditation to properly qualified Urgent Care Centers throughout the United States.
We exist to advance and distinguish the role of urgent care medicine as a healthcare destination and support the ongoing success of our membership through education, advocacy, community awareness, benchmarking and promoting standards of excellence.
The American Academy of Urgent Care Medicine (AAUCM) is the leading society for physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners practicing Urgent Care Medicine. The AAUCM is comprised of physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners actively engaged in the field of Urgent Care Medicine.
The Journal of Urgent Care Medicine® (JUCM) is the official journal of the Urgent Care Association of America (UCAOA). Each issue contains a mix of peer-reviewed clinical and practice management articles that address the distinct clinical and practice management needs of those who are working in today’s busy urgent care centers.
It is our mission to provide the best healthcare possible, in a kind and caring environment, while respecting the rights of all patients, in an economical manner, at times and locations convenient to the patient.
When you are sick or injured, the last thing you need is a long wait at the doctor's office or emergency room. You deserve quality medical care that's also convenient. CareNow is dedicated to reducing your wait while improving your health.
Injuries and illnesses are unpredictable and inconvenient. That’s why there’s CareSpot. We’re open throughout the week with extended hours to provide you same-day treatment -- including weekends, evenings, and holidays.
Concentra, a division of Select Medical, is a national health care company focused on improving the health of America’s workforce, one patient at a time. Through its affiliated clinicians, the company provides occupational medicine, urgent care, physical therapy, and wellness services...
We're doctors and nurses that work around your schedule. Offering Family Care, Urgent care, Evenings and weekends –With or without an appointment.
At FastMed, your health is what matters most. If your health suffers, nearly all areas of your life are impacted—from work productivity to your emotional wellbeing to the quality of your family time. This is why we do what we do at FastMed Urgent Care.
A visit to MD Now costs a fraction of a trip to the emergency room or hospital-affiliated urgent care. The lower cost setting we provide results in significant savings to the overall healthcare system, in addition to lower copays, out-of-pocket expenses and self-pay rates for our patients.
MedExpress provides high-quality, convenient, and affordable health care. With a full medical team at our neighborhood medical centers, we offer a range of services, including urgent care, basic wellness and prevention, and employer health services. Our unique approach to health care puts patients first.
By creating a health care delivery model that responds to consumer demand, we're making it easier for Americans to access high-quality medical treatment.
When you are in need of urgent care, wouldn’t you like to be assured that you are going to receive exceptional, affordable service? As one of the nation’s largest providers of urgent care and occupational medical services, we at NextCare strive to ensure you and your family will experience the highest level of care.
Since opening our first medical center in 1981, Patient First's vision remains the same: making access to quality medical care as convenient and cost-effective as possible. To achieve this objective, we have adopted and continue to embrace many innovative operating systems and practices.
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