HSC Study Shows Urgent Care as More Convenient and Less Expensive Than Emergency Rooms

Study Shows Urgent Care as More Convenient and Less Expensive Than Emergency Rooms

A study recently completed by the Center For Studying Health System Change (HSC) discusses the potential impact of the growth of urgent care to improve access to care and reduce costly emergency room visits.   The study concentrates on six market areas that tend to have a high number of urgent cares with varying affiliations with hospital systems.

HSC Research Brief  – July 2013
Tracy Yee, Amanda E. Lechner, Ellyn R. Boukus

As the U.S. health care system grapples with strained hospital emergency department (ED) capacity in some areas, primary care clinician shortages and rising health care costs, urgent care centers have emerged as an alternative care setting that may help improve access and contain costs. Growing to 9,000 locations in recent years, urgent care centers provide walk-in care for illnesses and injuries that need immediate attention but don’t rise to the level of an emergency. Though their impact on overall health care access and costs remains unclear, hospitals and health plans are optimistic about the potential of urgent care centers to improve access and reduce ED visits, according to a new qualitative study by the Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC) for the National Institute for Health Care Reform.

Across the six communities studied—Detroit; Jacksonville, Fla.; Minneapolis; Phoenix; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; and San Francisco—respondents indicated that growth of urgent care centers is driven heavily by consumer demand for convenient access to care. At the same time, hospitals view urgent care centers as a way to gain patients, while health plans see opportunities to contain costs by steering patients away from costly emergency department visits. Although some providers believe urgent care centers disrupt coordination and continuity of care, others believe these concerns may be overstated, given urgent care’s focus on episodic and simple conditions rather than chronic and complex cases. Looking ahead, health coverage expansions under national health reform may lead to greater capacity strains on both primary and emergency care, spurring even more growth of urgent care centers.

Click here to read the full story – http://www.hschange.org/CONTENT/1366/


Follow Legal Guidelines When Considering Purchasing A Franchise

Seeking legal counsel is an important component in due diligence when considering not only the purchase of a franchise, but through the lifecycle of the business.  Understanding the legal climate and specific regulations impacting the decision making will help reduce risk and potentially avoid  future litigation.

Here is an article by The Witterman Law Firm P.C. discussing the importance of following legal guidelines when considering the purchase of a franchise.

Click here to view the article – Follow Legal Guidelines When Considering Purchasing A Franchise

Potential franchisees are advised to follow all legal guidelines

By : The Witterman Law Firm, P.C. posted in Franchising on Thursday, June 13, 2013.

Georgia entrepreneurs wanting to buy into a franchise may see a business opportunity leading to dancing dollar signs, but they need to follow the legal requirements to operate this type of business. A franchise is an agreement between the operator, or franchisee, and the franchise, or business, to use the business brand and marketing strategies to realize a faster return on their investment. Theoretically, it may sound simple on paper. But building a successful franchise takes careful planning and solid business advice.

Franchises can include either starting from scratch or taking over an existing business. There are as many franchising opportunities as there are types of businesses, and before embarking on this type of endeavor the franchisee should decide what they want in a business. It brings greater risk than working a 9-to-5 job, the hours are longer and there is always the possibility of losing money. But owning a franchise can also generate greater financial rewards.

After doing the research and attending franchise workshops and webinars on the topic, finding a trustworthy franchise broker is an important first step. An ethical broker can help the franchisee avoid making bad business decisions that might lead to legal trouble. Deciding whether to take on a business partner or go solo is also critical, as is learning the laws regarding employees’ rights on the job. Small businesses are the backbone of Georgia’s economy, and entrepreneurs with a clear understanding of the legal landscape can avoid litigation more easily.

Georgia is one of 26 states with business opportunity laws in effect. Many of those laws ban sales of business opportunities unless the seller provides potential purchasers with a pre-sale disclosure document that was previously filed with a designated state agency. Unlike some other states, however, no filing is required in Georgia. This is an important detail, and potential franchise operators can obtain legal counsel from a business and commercial lawyer.

Source: Advantage Business Magazine, “Are You Thinking About Buying A Franchise? Here Are 10 Things You Need To Know“, Ellen Sullivan, June 10, 2013

Source: http://www.alpharettagabusinesslawblog.com/2013/06/potential-franchisees-are-advised-to-follow-all-legal-guidelines.shtml

Entrepreneur Magazine Article – Two Medical Pros Change Course With an Urgent-Care Franchise

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This article ran in Entrepreneur Magazine August 2012 about our opening a Doctors Express Center. We were the 16th Doctors Express to open in the country and the first to open in Florida. It has been a very rewarding experience to be part of a quality-driven, affordable business that meets the needs in local communities.