Defense Bill Veto Leaves Urgent Care Visits in Limbo for Military and Families
President Obama’s veto of the $612 billion defense spending bill last week could affect more than traditional military contractors and pay raises for service members. The bill would have allowed more than a million military personnel and their families toRead More
NY Urgent Care Centers Agree to Beef Up Insurance Disclosures
A handful of urgent care centers in New York will have to find ways to make their fee structure and status with various health plans clearer to prospective patients as part of a settlement with the state attorney general’s office.Read More
Agreement could signal added requirements for transparency in pricing, marketing at urgent cares
Urgent care centers in New York State are being tasked with additional measures to ensure patients understand the costs of treatment. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman reached agreements with four New York urgent care centers this week to provideRead More
Visits to Urgent Care Clinics Keep Climbing
The past five years have been another good stretch for the urgent care marketplace: new data from Accenture, a management consulting firm, show that visits to urgent care clinics increased 19 percent from 2010 to 2015 (projected)—equating to 176.8 millionRead More
CDC’s Get Smart About Antibiotics Week 2015 Supports Urgent Care Patient Education
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Get Smart About Antibiotics Week 2015 offers an opportunity for urgent care center management to get the word out about both their own services and the importance of responsible antibiotic use. With moreRead More
October 1: Out with ICD-9, in with ICD-10
“Urgent care” was in its infancy and electronic medical records were practically the stuff of science fiction when the ICD-9 codes were released in 1979. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) takes one giant leap toward catching upRead More
New Orleans Urgent Care Center Launches Clinical Trials
In & Out Urgent Care in New Orleans is the latest urgent care center to enter the world of clinical trials. Partnering with a company called Urgent Care Clinical Trials, the center is studying treatment of shingles (herpes zoster). It’sRead More
California Pilot Program: Is Urgent Care a Viable Destination for Ambulances?
A multicenter pilot program in California is studying whether urgent care centers could be a destination for ambulances carrying lower-acuity patients. Paramedics in participating locales receive advanced training to triage and transport 911 patients with cuts, soft-tissue injuries, and woundsRead More