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United States urgent care centers market: An under-the-radar healthcare revolution
The U.S. Market for Urgent Care Centers - a new market research report on 2014-03-05 01:49:02
The United States urgent care centers market includes facilities that can handle most medical situations from the flu to a laceration to a broken arm. Hospitals and governments have been using them since the 1980s to relieve overburdened and unprofitable ERs. Physicians have looked to them as a way to leave unprofitable and exhausting practices. And insurance companies have found them to be a great partner in reducing healthcare costs. And according to this report, they have already seen recent growth in anticipation of healthcare reform.Located in strip malls or free standing buildings off highways and busy corners, urgent care centers, facilities that can handle a variety of medical conditions are demonstrating growth. Facilities have grown from 8,000 in 2008 to 9,300 in 2012. Six hundred new facilities sprung up since 2010.With so much focus on the hospital and the physician waiting room, many have ignored an under-the-radar healthcare revolution that has been going on, and that is the increasing availability and usage of urgent care centers.Urgent care centers have better hours than most physicians, and the facilities are larger and differ from traditional physicians´ offices with procedure rooms for lacerations and fractures and a radiology department for x-ray services, sometimes an in-house pharmacy. Increasingly, many urgent care centers have laboratories and the larger chains boast of their lab facilities. While some traditional physician practices may have these facilitates, it is more the exception. It is the rule for urgent care centers to have these service spaces available. This, the firm thinks, should be of interest to IVD companies.Most labs do some kind of testing and a sizable portion can perform either moderate or full certified CLIA testing. POC testing is the norm, flu tests, infectious disease, but some run routine clin chem. Increasingly you are seeing the centers fulfill more primary care functions and thus a variety of tests will be needed.The success story of urgent care centers is one of the bright spots of healthcare provision in recent years, and is not unnoticed by traditional health venues. In the future, watch hospitals and physicians mimicking the best parts of the urgent care business model. Retail clinics in stores and other sorts of fast care will see increased usage. Some hospitals are developing non-emergency triaging in the ED, this and the increasing competition among centers will mean the market for urgent care is not without challenges.Report ScopeThis report, The U.S. Market for Urgent Care Centers, represents our analysis of the current market and future opportunity for urgent care centers. The report looks at center location growth, and the market for services performed by urgent care centers.The report also looks at sales that suppliers may earn selling products to urgent care centers including the following:- Breakout of Urgent Care Revenues by Type (Cold/Flu, Infectious Disease, Laceration/Wound, Fracture Sprain, Pharmacy, Laboratory, Physical, Respiratory, Others)
- IVD Sales to Urgent Care Centers
- X-Ray Sales to Urgent Care Centers
- Other Imaging Sales to Urgent Care Centers
- Prescriptions Written by Urgent Care Centers
- Vaccinations Performed by Urgent Care CentersThe urgent care business model involves providing a full range of services of non-emergency acute care. The model promises service and relies on a substantial investment in equipment and staff. Most have a physician on staff, generally more than one. UCC´s differ from traditional Physicians´ offices with procedure rooms for lacerations and fractures, radiology department for x-ray services, and a laboratory. While some traditional physician practices may have these facilitates, it is more the exception. Convenient hours are a key strength of urgent care centers. Most urgent cares have hours at least as early as 8 a.m. but sometimes 7 a.m. and close at 8-10 p.m. at night.In addition to market estimates and forecasts, the report provides the following:- Number of Centers Estimate and Growth Forecast, 2008-2016
- Average Hours Opening and Closing
- Staff at Urgent Care Centers
- Ownership of Urgent Care Centers
- Lab Complexity (No testing, CLIA-waived, CLIA-moderate, Fully Complex)
- Age of Urgent Care Clinic
- Drivers of Growth
- Limitations and Challenges
- Profiles of Representative Urgent Care Companies
- Likely Effects of Healthcare Reform
- 3 Year Medical School, Mixed Urgent-Primaries, ER Costs and Other Trends

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