Northwell Health-GoHealth Offers Priority Urgent Care to First Responders

Northwell Health-GoHealth Offers Priority Urgent Care to First Responders

Every night at 7 pm in some cities, residents come out on their front stoops or hang out their windows to cheer, clap, and bang pots and pans together in a show of appreciation for frontline healthcare workers and first responders. Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care may be going them one better by giving those workers priority access to care at 52 urgent care centers in New York City, Long Island, and Westchester County, NY during …

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Enlisting Telehealth May Help Patients Concerned About COVID-19 While Protecting the Public—and Your Team

Enlisting Telehealth May Help Patients Concerned About COVID-19 While Protecting the Public—and Your Team

With public fears over COVID-19 at a high pitch, emergency rooms and urgent care centers are being taxed to keep up with demand for immediate attention and care. They’re also learning on the fly how to mitigate risk for infecting other patients, and the staff themselves. Most patients have nothing to worry about, but those who might actually be infected run the risk of infecting others if the right procedures aren’t followed once those patients …

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Partnerships Between Pediatric Urgent Care Operators and Children’s Hospitals Could Be a Game-Changer

Partnerships Between Pediatric Urgent Care Operators and Children’s Hospitals Could Be a Game-Changer

There are 220 children’s hospitals in the United States; many have their own pediatric urgent care facilities. At the same time, as we’ve reported, non hospital-affiliated urgent care operators are popping up everywhere. There’s been little or no overlap, outside of referrals as needed—until PM Pediatrics struck a partnership with WakeMed Children’s to provide urgent care services to younger patients in the Raleigh, NC area. It’s an interesting blend of cultures. Children’s hospital-affiliated urgent care …

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Next Up on the Evening News—Why Not You?

Next Up on the Evening News—Why Not You?

What do you think it would cost to get 6 minutes of exposure on television, demonstrating your clinical expertise by talking about a wide range of high-interest health topics? It’s actually a moot question, because a) you probably couldn’t afford it and b) if you’re the chief medical officer of Peachtree Immediate Care in Atlanta, you just got it for free. James Yost, MD sat down with one of the hosts of 11 Alive’s atl&co …

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‘Tis the Season of Giving—and of Getting to Know New Prospective Patients

‘Tis the Season of Giving—and of Getting to Know New Prospective Patients

The holiday season brings out not only the average person’s generous side, but also more social activity, celebratory dinners, and travel to areas where they probably don’t have access to their usual healthcare facilities. So, getting your name out there at this time of year can reap untold benefits. One good way is to join with your community to help the less fortunate among us. Integrated Medical Alliance (IMA) Urgent Care and Primary Care in …

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Sometimes It’s Not Prescribing, but Taking Away Medications That Saves a Life

Sometimes It’s Not Prescribing, but Taking Away Medications That Saves a Life

Unfortunately, many patients become unknowing conduits to illicit use of prescription drugs, consequent addiction, and sometimes even death. They receive an appropriate prescription for, say, an opioid pain medication that they take responsibly for as long as necessary. Then they put the remaining pills back in the medicine cabinet, where anyone in the house can get hold of them and take them recreationally or to feed an addiction. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration created the …

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They’ll Come for the Free Sports Physical, but Return Later to Pay for Care

They’ll Come for the Free Sports Physical, but Return Later to Pay for Care

A provider’s time is tight in urgent care. Margins can be, too. But time you put aside to give away your services in measured quantities can wind up paying great dividends down the road. Xpress Wellness Urgent Care is investing in that concept by offering free sports physicals for student athletes in the Duncan, OK area this fall. Anyone taking them up on the offer even gets to go online to pick a time that’s …

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If the Patient Can’t Come to Urgent Care, Why Not Bring Urgent Care to the Patient?

If the Patient Can’t Come to Urgent Care, Why Not Bring Urgent Care to the Patient?

Urgent care offers convenience that’s just not feasible in a traditional primary care practice, at a price far lower than the emergency room would charge for the same acuity-level of care. That’s why it’s caught on. Similarly, urgent care providers who offer occupational medicine services have found success in offering those benefits to local businesses, especially those whose work force engages in physical labor or has a public safety aspect to it (such as warehouses …

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Your Expertise Can Be a Powerful Promotional Tool in the Community

Your Expertise Can Be a Powerful Promotional Tool in the Community

Vaping seems to be linked to pulmonary disease—even killing some patients. Vaccine-preventable diseases like measles are reappearing in alarming numbers. Flu season is coming, and the public needs to be reminded that they need to wash their hands regularly and stay home from work if they have symptoms that could be the result of influenza infection. More and more, healthcare news is mainstream news, and local television stations, cable news outlets, online publications, and newspapers …

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Build Strong Relationships by Stepping Up When Your Community Needs You—Like NOW

Build Strong Relationships by Stepping Up When Your Community Needs You—Like NOW

Urgent care providers want to help people. That’s why they chose their profession—and there may no better time to put that instinct front and center than when a community is in dire need. The interesting thing is, even if you put your “usual” way of doing business on hold you can still wind up initiating or solidifying relationships with the people who keep your business afloat. Take what one urgent care provider is doing for …

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