Some States Are Moving to View APPs Like Physicians. What Does This Mean for Urgent Care?

Some States Are Moving to View APPs Like Physicians. What Does This Mean for Urgent Care?

Utah state legislators just voted to expand physician assistants’ ability to practice without physician supervision. North Dakota did the same 2 years ago. While that’s clearly a nod to advanced practice providers’ essential role in administering healthcare, as well as a concession to the downturn in physicians choosing to practice primary care, there are concerns among some in the urgent care community that the trend toward recognizing care provided PAs and nurse practitioners on the …

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Freestanding ERs Are Trying to Make a Killing on COVID-19 Tests

Freestanding ERs Are Trying to Make a Killing on COVID-19 Tests

A couple of years ago, stories of patients getting surprise bills from freestanding emergency rooms—often based on the mistaken presumption that they had actually visited an urgent care center—ran rampant. Legislation in various states reduced the risk of that happening, and urgent care centers did their part by taking great pains to differentiate themselves from freestanding ERs. However, now that COVID-19 testing has become both common and urgently necessary, patients are again getting stung by …

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The Good News: Urgent Care Visits Are Climbing in the New Year

The Good News: Urgent Care Visits Are Climbing in the New Year

As we’ve noted in recent weeks, urgent care had a tough time of it through much of 2020, from challenges in receiving COVID-19 testing supplies to patients who were unnecessarily afraid to visit their local urgent care center. Now, though, in spite of again being overlooked as a potentially valuable partner in vaccinating the country against the virus, visits to urgent care centers are actually up 67% vs the previous 3-year average according to data …

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Questions Arise on Why Pharmacies Are Again Taking Center Stage with COVID-19

Questions Arise on Why Pharmacies Are Again Taking Center Stage with COVID-19

When the COVID-19 pandemic first started taking hold, it seemed like pharmacies in the United States could get all the testing supplies they needed while urgent care centers were relegated to the sidelines. Now that several viable vaccines are available, that balance has yet to shift in any substantive way. Sure, hospitals and local and regional public health agencies are also conducting immunization programs but urgent care is again getting short shrift—but this time others …

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UCA Is Beating the Urgent Care–COVID-19 Drum Out There—Now It’s Time for You to Assist, for Your Own Good

UCA Is Beating the Urgent Care–COVID-19 Drum Out There—Now It’s Time for You to Assist, for Your Own Good

We’ve told you recently that the Urgent Care Association is involved in both lobbying and public advocacy to advance the cause of urgent care operators in regard to COVID-19 testing and immunization. They’ve been successful enough in raising the industry’s profile that UCA is now assisting some local health departments with strategizing vaccine rollout to healthcare workers—but they’re asking for your help to move the ball even further down the field. The Association has developed …

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Urgent Care’s Voice Must Be Heard on COVID-19 Vaccination Issues—so Raise Yours

Urgent Care’s Voice Must Be Heard on COVID-19 Vaccination Issues—so Raise Yours

Urgent care was overlooked by public health entities at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic—but the College of Urgent Care Medicine and the Urgent Care Association are fighting to ensure that never happens again. That’s of critical importance as cases continue to rise in various parts of the country and the vaccine continues to roll out. Most recently, UCA got in touch with every state vaccination administrator and/or governor’s public health advisor to advocate on …

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Emergency Rooms Are Overflowing Thanks to COVID-19—and One ED Chief Says Urgent Care Is the Solution

Emergency Rooms Are Overflowing Thanks to COVID-19—and One ED Chief Says Urgent Care Is the Solution

In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic last spring, many emergency rooms were slammed with patients who either had COVID-19 or were terrified they could have it. And while urban, hospital-aligned urgent care centers saw similar crippling volumes, many others had empty waiting rooms as patients who had relatively minor concerns stayed home out of fear they’d be exposed to the virus. Now as 2021 dawns there’s a greater understanding of who is really …

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Be Sure You and the Health Department Are on the Same Page When It Comes to the COVID-19 Vaccine

Be Sure You and the Health Department Are on the Same Page When It Comes to the COVID-19 Vaccine

With several COVID-19 vaccines heading for approval and rollout, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Each state has required every state to submit plans for statewide administration, including distribution and how populations within the state will be prioritized. Of even more relevance to the urgent care operator, the plans are also expected to include provider enrollment details. If this is news to you, or if you’re fuzzy on the details, you should be aware …

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With News of a Possible COVID-19 Vaccine, It’s Time to Stake Urgent Care’s Seat at the Table

With News of a Possible COVID-19 Vaccine, It’s Time to Stake Urgent Care’s Seat at the Table

The news that Pfizer’s version of a COVID-19 vaccine was 90% effective in preventing infection was celebrated by many and greeted with skepticism by some, but across the board signaled a new phase of the fight against the pandemic. The question is, how can urgent care ensure it’s in the mix when it’s time to distribute a vaccine for public use? This is something you actually have the opportunity to influence in urgent care’s (and …

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Arrival of the COVID-19 Vaccine Could Influence the State of Urgent Care and Retail Clinics for Years to Come

Arrival of the COVID-19 Vaccine Could Influence the State of Urgent Care and Retail Clinics for Years to Come

When tests for COVID-19 first became available, there was no place at the table for urgent care. Supplies were allocated elsewhere, while simultaneously patients were afraid of visiting urgent care center locations, lest they raise their risk of getting sick (a largely unfounded fear). The drop in patient visits and revenue has been well documented. Now as talk of the arrival of one or more vaccines against the virus heats up, there’s concern in some …

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