Denver, CO (PRWEB) March 2, 2006
AfterOurs, the first Front Range urgent care center operating all night, weekends and holidays opens its second metro Denver clinic on March 3 at 200 W. County Line Rd. in Highlands Ranch (near C-470 and Broadway). The first AfterOurs clinic opened in Thornton in August, 2005.
AfterOurs Urgent Care centers are open when physician offices and other urgent care centers typically are closed—providing a complement to physician practices, and an economical alternative to the hospital emergency department (ED).
AfterOurs delivers care for non-life threatening conditions at less than half the cost of a typical hospital ED visit, and no appointment is required. Total treatment time at AfterOurs’ Thornton clinic has averaged less than an hour, with the most severe needs treated first. That’s compared to an average of 3.2 hours in a hospital ED, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Urgent care conditions include sports injuries, accidents and falls, cuts needing stitches, fever, vomiting or diarrhea, fractures, earaches, colds and flu, sore throat or sinus congestion, pink eye, headaches, minor infections, and other aches and pains that can’t wait.
Patients with a major medical emergency or a potentially life-threatening condition should call 911 immediately or go directly to the hospital emergency department. Such emergencies include chest pain, loss of consciousness, stroke symptoms, excessive bleeding and sudden inability to breathe.
Those unsure about coming in can call the AfterOurs Medical Hotline at 303-861-7878. AfterOurs accepts most major insurance including Medicare and Medicaid, and pre-authorization generally is not required.
AfterOurs CEO Jill Flateland said, “Copays typically run $40 versus $50 to $100 or more at the hospital ED, and total treatment cost averages $200, compared to $450 on up to $2,000 in the ED.”
COO Rod Bennett emphasized that board-certified physicians and clinically experienced support staff are being hired. The majority of non-physician staff has over 20 years of healthcare experience. “We are equipped to handle over 50% of cases that usually end up at the ED, in an extremely efficient manner,” said Bennett. “Unlike most urgent care centers that are open during the day up until 8 to 10 PM, we cover the busy all-night shift, weekends and holidays.”
AfterOurs Chairman of the Board David White pointed out, “This truly complements existing physician practices and provides a seamless care continuum for patients every hour of every day. We actually help build patient loyalty to their regular doctors instead of diverting care away from them.”
“A key component of the service we provide is timely, consistent communication back to a patient’s primary care physician, making follow-up safe and effective. That doesn’t always happen in an ED environment,” said Dr. David Zieg, a former ED physician and medical director of the Thornton AfterOurs clinic. Dr. Zieg added that AfterOurs relieves pressure on already overcrowded hospital emergency departments, enabling them to be available to handle the more serious cases—the primary reason they exist.
AfterOurs’ patient billing system, provided by partner The Pinnacle Group, also contributes to the efficiency of the urgent care center. “Accurate, efficient coding and lower treatment costs mean faster claim processing and less hassle for the patients,” noted White. AfterOurs is open Monday-Friday 5 PM to 7 AM; Weekends beginning at 5 PM Friday through 7 AM Monday; and Holidays from 5 PM the day before through the holiday until 7 AM the day following the holiday. For more information, go to http://www.afteroursinc.com or call 303-861-7878.