It’s a Good Time to Take Another Look at the Price of ‘Convenience’ in Freestanding EDs

It’s a Good Time to Take Another Look at the Price of ‘Convenience’ in Freestanding EDs

Hospitals in some U.S. cities are getting slammed with COVID-19 patients, leaving some patients to consider what their best option might be when they need immediate care. Many know urgent care is the best bet. Before the term COVID-19 even existed, however, operators of freestanding emergency rooms touted their own ability to see patients with a broad array of injuries and illnesses faster than would be likely in conventional emergency rooms. It’s a claim that …

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Insurer-Owned Clinics Are a Growing Threat to More Traditional Practices

Insurer-Owned Clinics Are a Growing Threat to More Traditional Practices

More U.S. insurance companies, not satisfied to merely decide what care and treatments they’ll cover, and to what degree they’ll compensate clinicians, are opting to establish their own healthcare facilities in an effort to control both delivery and payment for healthcare, according to an article published recently in The Wall Street Journal. It cites UnitedHealth Group as a prime example. Through its Optum unit, UHG has been buying up practices—including urgent care centers, individual primary …

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Real News About Fake Urgent Care Centers; Do Prospective Patients Know the Difference?

Real News About Fake Urgent Care Centers; Do Prospective Patients Know the Difference?

Mobile, digital communication platforms and urgent care are a natural fit. Someone who wants to see a healthcare provider today but doesn’t need to go to the emergency room is likely to whip out their cell phone and Google “urgent care near me” or something to that effect, expecting to get multiple, valid options to choose from. Sometimes, though, what they get is a screen full of misinformation and a healthy dose of frustration. ABC15 …

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Concentra Continues Gobbling Up Local and Regional Urgent Care Networks

Concentra Continues Gobbling Up Local and Regional Urgent Care Networks

Already one of the largest U.S. companies to offer both urgent care and occupational medicine services, Concentra is continuing a slow but consistent practice of buying small local and regional urgent care and occ med networks. The latest acquisition is southern Colorado’s EmergiCare, which operates four urgent care locations in Colorado Springs and Pueblo.  Concentra already operates 21 clinics in the region. Over the past 2 years, Concentra has acquired 12 other occupational medicine providers, …

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Real Estate Pros Are Intrigued by Urgent Care–ED ‘Hybrids’—but Are They a Good Idea?

Real Estate Pros Are Intrigued by Urgent Care–ED ‘Hybrids’—but Are They a Good Idea?

You don’t hear much about urgent care–emergency room “hybrid” locations—unless you happen to be in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Albuquerque, or Indianapolis market, where they’re starting to become more common. Like urgent care, the UCC/ED combo locations (wherein an urgent care center and a freestanding ED are “co-located” on the same property) have gotten the attention of real estate professionals who recognize a perfect pairing between businesses looking for a lease and high-traffic shopping centers. Healthcare …

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When Flu Patients Have a Choice, They Opt for Walk-In Care Over the ED and Primary Care

When Flu Patients Have a Choice, They Opt for Walk-In Care Over the ED and Primary Care

It’s a tough flu season out there, which means it’s a tough flu season in every healthcare setting. According to new data from a team of economists, however, many patients find it less so in immediate care settings like urgent care. Researchers from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Princeton University, and Northwestern University found that patients who live close to retail clinics are less likely to seek treatment in the emergency room when they …

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New Merger Creates the Busiest Urgent Care Operation in Georgia

New Merger Creates the Busiest Urgent Care Operation in Georgia

Piedmont Urgent Care by WellStreet and Summit Urgent Care have gotten together in a merger that creates the largest urgent care network, by patient visits, in the state of Georgia. The move diversifies the geographic areas for both companies; where Summit’s locations have been primarily in suburbs surrounding the city, Piedmont’s clinics are spread throughout more urban Atlanta neighborhoods. The ability to reach patients in both types of neighborhoods could give the newly formed operation …

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Will Placing Urgent Care Centers in Big Malls Mean Big Revenue?

Will Placing Urgent Care Centers in Big Malls Mean Big Revenue?

Retail drugstore clinics have been knocked for offering such limited services, at least compared with urgent care centers. On the other hand, the wisdom of giving patients even easier access to healthcare services in a setting they’re visiting anyway is undeniable. So, some major healthcare organizations are making commitments to offer higher-acuity services in large shopping malls. First, M Health Fairview opened a walk-in clinic at Mall of America in Minnesota—the first such facility in …

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Will Placing Urgent Care Centers in Big Malls Mean Big Revenue?

Will Placing Urgent Care Centers in Big Malls Mean Big Revenue?

Retail drugstore clinics have been knocked for offering such limited services, at least compared with urgent care centers. On the other hand, the wisdom of giving patients even easier access to healthcare services in a setting they’re visiting anyway is undeniable. So, some major healthcare organizations are making commitments to offer higher-acuity services in large shopping malls. First, M Health Fairview opened a walk-in clinic at Mall of America in Minnesota—the first such facility in …

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After Announcing Clinic Closings, Walgreens Forges Ahead with Primary Care Partnership

After Announcing Clinic Closings, Walgreens Forges Ahead with Primary Care Partnership

Just a couple of weeks ago, we told you that Walgreens had announced it would close nearly half of its in-store clinics in the face of withering competition. That move has nothing to do with their long-in-the-works plan to open physician-staffed primary clinics in partnership with VillageMD, however; the company just revealed that it has opened the first of five such locations in Houston. They expect the rest to open next month and in January …

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