urgent care

Pediatric call centers fast-track urgent careThe first call center was introduced in 1988 as a uniquely pediatric innovation. This month’s article presents a brief history of call centers, discusses their advantages, and describes how they will improve patient care.
Four priorities your health plan must embrace to thrive in the future
Four priorities your health plan must embrace to thrive in the futureHealth plans of the future will focus on consumers: designing products, care and services to support improved health.
How health plans can derail ER care costsThe ER Savings Initiative is designed to deliver care in a hybrid model that collaborates with health systems to eliminate the unnecessary use and costs of their ERs.
How urgent care relates to physicians practicesAn in-depth look into how these new care collaborators can complement, not compete, with your services.
Practice Innovators: Building for success
Practice Innovators: Building for successIn this Practice Innovators profile, Medical Economics looks at how John Kulin, DO, makes customer service an important part of treating patients.
Starting an urgent care centerIs 2015 the year you decide to open an urgent care practice? If you are interested in urgent care medicine, you are not alone. Growth is expected to continue as patients seek immediate access to medical care and lower-cost alternatives to emergency department visits. Despite the rewards, urgent care medicine comes with risks—especially for physicians unprepared for the business demands of operating an urgent care center.
Letter to the editor: Practicing medicine no longer joyfulA reader says that the business pressures of running a medical practice makes it no longer enjoyable.
Parents often are not aware of available enhanced access servicesDo parents know whether their pediatric provider offers enhanced access services? Is access to such services associated with fewer visits to an emergency department (ED)? Investigators conducted an Internet-based national survey of 820 parents to answer these questions and determine the prevalence of such enhanced access services in pediatric primary care.