Retail clinics have become a popular choice for routine aliments and quick primary care treatment, but they may not be reducing visits to emergency departments, according to a new analysis.
Over the past two years, hospital chains and insurance companies have snapped up urgent-care centers in a spate of mergers and acquisitions. Health systems, too, are moving into this space, striking joint ventures with independent urgent-care operators, says Tom Charland, chief executive of consulting firm Merchant Medicine.
The demand for urgent care centers has been growing, and venture capitalists are buying up clinics throughout the country, Ritucci said. Hospital systems are, too, as it helps them expand their footprint in local markets and serves as an added revenue stream.
The health insurers see urgent care as yet another way keep patients healthy and out of the more expensive inpatient hospital setting. Such a value-based approach to medicine is increasingly replacing the fee-for-service model that emphasizes volume of medical care delivered.
Will I go back to my PCP next time I need urgent care? Maybe, but if I think it’s strep again, I’ll probably look for a reliable urgent care provider who offers rapid strep tests. For working adults who aren’t medically complex, convenience and minimum delays in treatment are key.
Many cities and towns now have urgent care or “walk-in” clinics, sometimes attached to hospitals, where patients can be seen without appointments or long waits.
Medical facilities offering fewer services than an emergency room, but more than most walk-in clinics, are cropping up in strip malls and medical office buildings nationwide.
When you're sick with no doc—or face too long a wait—determining where to go isn't always clear.
Health systems across the country have been making huge investments to create coordinated care delivery systems that allow patients to get the right kind of care at the right time—whether at retail clinics, primary care clinics, urgent care centers, or traditional bricks-and-mortar hospitals.
Retail medical clinics have done what the healthcare industry has been unable or unwilling to do - give consumers what they want...fast, convenient and affordable care for minor problems.
Urgent care clinics also have a crucial business advantage over traditional hospital emergency rooms in that they can cherry-pick patients. Most of these centers do not accept Medicaid and turn away the uninsured unless they pay upfront. Hospital E.R.s, by contrast, are legally obligated to treat everyone.
“Many people may feel they are saving time or money by going first to urgent care, but in instances of serious illness, that loss of time can be dangerous. Urgent care centers are great options for common medical problems, but they are not substitutes for emergency care.”
Parents have a natural tendency to fear the worst when it comes to their children and often opt for a “better safe than sorry” course of action -- but how should you decide whether to go to urgent care or the emergency room?
Urgent care, which can also be referred to as immediate care, bridges the gap between an injury that’s too urgent to wait for the primary care physician and the
life-threatening situation that calls for a trip to the emergency room. Built
around patient convenience, Urgent Care clinics are often found with extended
hours, and are sometimes even open on holidays. Although all clinics are
different, you can sometimes find them where no appointment is necessary.
We identified six distinct reasons explaining why patients choose to access emergency and urgent care services: limited access to or confidence in primary care; patient perceived urgency; convenience; views of family, friends, or other health professionals; and a belief that their condition required the resources and facilities offered by a particular healthcare provider.
It's a sea change for an industry that for decades operated in far-flung office parks and medical buildings and often required patients to drive 20 or 30 minutes to get stitches or a flu shot.
The American health care system may finally be catching up to the rest of the 21st-century economy, in which convenience is not only expected, but demanded — and massive retailers are driving the change.
Hey Dr. Young, I’m looking for some basic mentoring advice. I’ve been moonlighting at ZZZ Urgent Care for about a year. Not my favorite work, but oh well. I don’t routinely prescribe antibiotics for URI, but I have gotten a little heat for “underprescribing” as well as not ordering enough additional tests.
Pine and her husband kept driving until they came upon a facility called PrimeCare Emergency Center. "There was nobody in the waiting room, so we went ahead and went in."
Pine’s daughter Myra, then 3, was given an antibiotic shot and a prescription for oral antibiotics and sent home. It wasn’t until Ginger Pine saw the bill that she realized she hadn’t taken her daughter to a new urgent care in the neighborhood, but to what’s called a freestanding emergency room.
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.
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