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Posted On February 6, 2018By Stuart WilliamsIn Marketplace

NC Psychiatric Urgent Care Clinic Is Finding Its Footing

In September, we told you about an urgent care center in North Carolina that had committed to serving the immediate needs of patients with psychiatric and behavioral health concerns—but was struggling to attract enough patients. The staff was seeing fewer than 17 patients a week then; today, it’s closer to 50, halfway to their goal of serving 100 each week. Carolina Outreach just conducted an open house to celebrate its 6-month anniversary and to continue to educate the public about the services it offers. The center contracted with Alliance BehavioralRead More
The growing geriatric population in the U.S. and increasing demand for convenient and cost-effective care worldwide will be key in the continued growth of the global urgent care market—pushing its overall value to $30.5 billion by 2020, according to a new report from Market Research Reports Search Engine (MRRSE). Urgent Care Centers Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2017–2020 cautions that the physician shortage being experienced in multiple practice settings, including urgent care, could slow growth somewhat. It predicts that North America will continue toRead More
Flexibility and responsiveness to patient needs have become synonymous with the urgent care industry—though often it’s smaller, urgent care-exclusive operators who have the wherewithal to act so fast. Novant Hospital in Charlotte, NC is taking a page from their playbook, though, by responding to a perceived need in the community and opening the Women’s Urgent Care Center. Averaging roughly 50 patients per week, the clinic would be hard pressed to survive as a stand-alone entity, but in the context of getting nonemergent patients into the care of a provider asRead More
The Mercy health system and GoHealth Urgent Care have big plans for 2018, partnering on a joint venture that will create a growing network of urgent care centers across the Midwest. GoHealth already covers both coasts with 80 urgent care centers in Connecticut, New York, California, and Oregon; they’ll launch more than 30 cobranded Mercy-GoHealth Urgent Care Centers over the next 2 years in St. Louis and Springfield, MO; Oklahoma City; and northwest Arkansas. Hospital system partnerships have become a hallmark for GoHealth, already working cooperatively with Northwell Health, LegacyRead More
Another urgent care entrepreneur is taking her show on the road, this time in and around Colorado Springs. The brainchild of nurse practitioner Eileen Flavin, Anywhere Urgent Care is a house calls-only urgent care that boasts it offers 90% of the “essential” urgent care services available in clinic locations (leaving out x-rays and ultrasound, but including basic labs, simple suturing, and treatment for an array of complaints) as well as the off-hours convenience that’s become the hallmark of urgent care. Anywhere Urgent Care will start working with insurers after NewRead More

Posted On December 19, 2017By Stuart WilliamsIn Marketplace

Urgent Care Drives Growth in Health Systems

Dissatisfied patients who have flocked to urgent care rather than more traditional care locations are forcing health systems and clinics to reevaluate how they offer care, according to a new report in Becker’s Hospital Review. “Regardless of the clinical enterprise’s desire to connect everyone with a long-term physician relationship, responsive health systems will recognize they cannot form relationships through experiences that leave individuals unsatisfied. These relationships are particularly important at the individual’s first point of contact with the healthcare system,” according to the article. It also shares data from aRead More

Posted On December 19, 2017By Stuart WilliamsIn Marketplace

Dental Urgent Care Chain Wants a Bigger Bite of the Big Apple

Dental365, a chain of dental urgent care clinics affiliated with CityMD in and around New York City, has gone on a holiday shopping spree and plans to open five recently acquired locations early in 2018. Like traditional, physician-based urgent care, Dental365’s model is based on greater convenience on a walk-in basis, with many locations open 7 days a week, often with evening hours. The company says it sees an average of 1,400 new patients monthly in the 14 locations it already owns. It’s not alone in expanding this segment ofRead More
It hasn’t been 2 weeks since the first of two healthcare megadeals was announced (CVS buying Aetna, followed closely by UnitedHealth Group announcing it was going to buy DaVita’s medical group), but they’re already being cited as the reason for consolidation in the hospital marketplace. Dignity Health in California and Colorado’s Catholic Health Initiative are expected to team up in a move that would have the combined system controlling some 700 care cites and 139 hospitals. In addition, Advocate Health Care in Chicago and Aurora Health Care (Milwaukee) are workingRead More
We told you in October that Walgreens was going to start offering services more aligned with urgent care than with traditional retail health services in Las Vegas. Now the pharmacy giant has announced broader plans in the urgent care sector: In addition to expanding those Las Vegas sites, they’re making similar moves in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota. In each instance, they’ll be partnering with MedExpress (whose parent company, UnitedHealthCare, just announced plans to buy HealthCare Partners). Walgreens already boasts 11 urgent care centers in West Virginia, Virginia, Nebraska, andRead More
If CVS’s $69 billion deal to buy Aetna goes through, one of the first things the company is expected to do is broadly expand its retail health clinic business—ultimately saving the company more than $1 billion annually, according to a report from Reuters. The presumed savings would flow out of efforts to improve access to preventative care through the CVS clinics. CVS has roughly 9,700 drugstores (though only a thousand or so have clinics), while Aetna provides medical coverage for some 23 million people. For its part, the insurer wouldRead More