UCAOA Study Shows Hospitals Leading the Way in Urgent Care Center Ownership

April 10, 2015


Will reported rise in patient visits challenge this growth?

April 10, 2015 - To meet patient demands, create revenue and add new patients, hospitals are making urgent care part of their ambulatory care strategy. For example, patients who use urgent care might be referred to the main hospital for further care, or they could be introduced to a larger healthcare network that the hospital belongs to.

In an urgent care market expected to grow 6% a year until 2018*, hospitals are leading the charge. According to the 2014 Benchmarking Survey Report from the Urgent Care Association of America (UCAOA) — a membership association that provides leadership, education and resources for the successful practice of urgent care — this rapid growth is fueled by:

  1. Hospitals including urgent care as part of their ambulatory care strategy, access to growth capital, and a model that caters to the needs of consumers and the patient experience 
  2. The shortage of primary care physicians and, therefore, access to them 
  3. The newly insured as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

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