Source: The Journal of Urgent Care Medicine 

By JUCM

June 2, 2016

Urgent message: As hospitals and health systems develop and grow +their urgent care footprints, many leverage the expertise and experience of outside partners. Five common affiliation models fit differing strategic objectives and distinct market conditions.

As the number of urgent care centers increases across the United States, so too do the variety of urgent care center models and the ways in which urgent care centers seek to meet the growing demand for urgent care. Gone are the days when simply being more convenient and cheaper than the emergency department (ED) was enough to ensure success. Private equity investment, strategic health-system growth and development, payor vertical integration, and mergers and acquisitions are all fueling growth and evolution of the care-delivery model and increasing consolidation in what is still a highly fragmented market.