As 2020 Winds Down, Urgent Care Acquisitions Heat Up

As 2020 Winds Down, Urgent Care Acquisitions Heat Up

In such a topsy-turvy year, it only makes sense that a changing urgent care landscape is making headlines as 2020 comes to a close. First, WellNow Urgent Care announced that it has acquired Hometown Urgent Care & Occupational Health and its 34 locations across Ohio and Michigan. That move nearly doubles WellNow’s size and moves it onto the list of top 10 urgent care companies in the country. Not to be outdone, FastMed Urgent Care …

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Keep Your Eye on the Local Marketplace; When Practices Close, Patients Need New Options

Keep Your Eye on the Local Marketplace; When Practices Close, Patients Need New Options

The recent closure of an urgent care center in Hartselle, AL, as reported by local television station WAFF, has left regular patients scrambling to find new options for same-day care. Some patients who came to rely on the practice as a de facto primary care office are in especially dire straits, needing a quick refill of subscriptions for hypertension and other chronic conditions. While the reason for this particular urgent care center’s sudden closing is …

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Zoom+Care Thinks Telehealth Will Boost Their Reach Dramatically

Zoom+Care Thinks Telehealth Will Boost Their Reach Dramatically

Zoom+Care has carved out an identity for itself as a tech-savvy provider of urgent care services on a regional level in the Pacific Northwest. According to a report posted on Geekwire.com, however, the company says it’s going to devote more energy into offering virtual medicine services—to the extent that they think they reach nearly 8 million more patients in Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. There are also plans to open additional brick-and-mortar facilities in both …

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People Are Stressed Out and Anxious. Is It Time for Behavioral Health Urgent Care to Take Off?

People Are Stressed Out and Anxious. Is It Time for Behavioral Health Urgent Care to Take Off?

There have been murmurs about operators launching behavioral health urgent care centers for years now, but the movement has not really gotten a foothold. There are signs that could be changing, however. Sisters of St. Mary, a major health system in the St. Louis area, has opened one such facility at DePaul Hospital while Los Angeles County, CA is finishing up construction of its own Mental Health Urgent Care Center. Local media coverage of both …

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Pop-Up Shops Rake in the Holiday Bucks. Can the Same Strategy Work for Urgent Care During the Pandemic?

Pop-Up Shops Rake in the Holiday Bucks. Can the Same Strategy Work for Urgent Care During the Pandemic?

Retailers have learned that just because something isn’t of interest to consumers 12 months a year doesn’t mean a venture can’t be highly lucrative. Think about the “pop-up” shops that appear seemingly out of nowhere every Halloween and winter holiday season. Carbon Health appears to be hoping that same strategy can work for urgent care, as the company announced the launch of 100 COVID-19 pop-up testing centers in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Brooklyn, and Manhattan, …

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Walgreens Amps Up Efforts to Become a Primary Care Player

Walgreens Amps Up Efforts to Become a Primary Care Player

JUCM News readers may recall that Walgreens established a partnership with VillageMD to open primary care clinics in connection with Walgreens locations around the country. The company is moving ahead in a big way now, announcing plans to open between 500 and 700 such clinics over the next 5 years. Besides putting pharmacists and primary care providers in the same location, Walgreens says it will also offer telehealth services and at-home visits under the partnership’s …

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Finally, Weekly Visits to Urgent Care Are on the Rise

Finally, Weekly Visits to Urgent Care Are on the Rise

Most urgent care centers across the U.S. have taken a beating since social distancing recommendations and lockdown orders took hold. Patient visits fell sharply as patients who would typically come in for relatively minor complaints decided leaving home wasn’t worth the perceived risk. Finally, as parts of the country start to ease restrictions, data tracked by Experity show the industry is bouncing back strongly. Perhaps the most encouraging statistic is the difference in 7-day average …

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It’s Time to Address the Disconnect Between the Public, the Media, and You

It’s Time to Address the Disconnect Between the Public, the Media, and You

The U.S. Department of Health and Humans Services chose a handful of chain drugstores, and even grocery stores, to participate in community-based COVID-19 testing programs. No urgent care businesses. Mainstream media reports have carried misleading headlines suggesting that urgent care is “the last place you want to be right now” (one actually said that verbatim). That wrongheaded thinking is contributing to a sharp downturn in patient visits in some locations, unfortunately. The presumption is that …

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Is Urgent Care Flying Under the Radar as COVID-19 Testing Becomes More Accessible?

Is Urgent Care Flying Under the Radar as COVID-19 Testing Becomes More Accessible?

As large, national retail chains announce they’re ready to test anyone concerned they could have been exposed to COVID-19, a glaring question arises: Why is there no mention of urgent care? One reason is that drive-up testing centers, often staged in the store’s parking lot, are supported by the federal government and state health departments and offer testing at no cost to the customer. Lacking that funding, an urgent care operator would be hard pressed …

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As New Processes Take Hold, Some Healthcare Providers Are Losing Shifts

As New Processes Take Hold, Some Healthcare Providers Are Losing Shifts

It seems paradoxical at first thought, but one of the unforeseen consequences of the COVID-19 crisis is that some healthcare providers—certainly high on the list of “essential workers”—may see their jobs adversely affected by the pandemic. As noted in a post on Inside Sources, emergency rooms are emptying out as hospitals reroute patients presenting with symptoms or even concerns related to the virus to other areas of the hospital. Many other patients are opting not …

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