More primary care physicians understand urgent care’s rightful place in the continuum of care—and the advantages it might offer traditional office-based practices, according to a new article in Medical Economics magazine (How Urgent Care Relates to Physicians’ Practices, http://medicaleconomics.modernmedicine.com/medical-economics/news/how-urgent-care-relates-physicians-practices). David Meyers, MD, chief medical officer for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, reflects that “urgent care centers help put resources in the right places” by providing immediate care to those who need it at a cost that is lower than in hospital emergency rooms or freestanding EDs, allowing PCPs more time to focus on preventive care and disease management. It also notes that growth in the urgent care industry is expected to continue, allowing for further exploration of how more choice for patients can equate to a greater sense of satisfaction for providers in various settings.

PCPs Starting to See the Advantages of Urgent Care
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