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The Urgent Care Surge

Author: UCA Admin/Tuesday, April 30, 2019/Categories: Industry News

Posted in Managed Care Magazine

Floor-to-ceiling windows line three sides of the glass and steel front of one of the newest urgent care centers in Massachusetts. In the resort town of Falmouth (winter population of 30,000 but almost three times as many in the summer), ConvenientMD opened the latest of its 15 urgent care centers in New England.

On one of Falmouth’s busiest streets, ConvenientMD built this two-story structure last year, replacing a former BP filling station. One day in late February, the waiting room was empty except for three long couches and dozens of black fabric and steel-legged chairs against the windows. Inside is a suite of 15 rooms, two each for triage and procedures, eight for exams, and one for patients requiring IVs. It also has an X-ray room and an area to run routine clinical laboratory tests.

A far cry from a crowded hospital emergency department, it’s a spotless and shiny example of urgent care, a growing presence in the American health care system with a middle-ground price point: below what hospitals charge patients for an ED visit but perhaps just a bit higher than what a physician might charge for last-minute walk-in care....

...ConvenientMD is among a growing number of urgent care centers in the country owned by private companies. According to an annual report from the Urgent Care Association (UCA), private companies now own 39% of the urgent care centers in the country. The next large group are joint ventures with a hospital (16%), followed by hospital-owned centers (15%), and those owned by physician groups (14%).



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