Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) August 4, 2006
Recent published reports show that our healthcare system in the United States is built on classifications of disease, illness or injury. It is in fact reimbursed for its services according to these classifications. There are a few exceptions such as regular check-ups and lab work, yet our system has been built around CPT and ICD-9 code and fee structures which are triggered by these events, and reimbursed accordingly.
Our system of Hospitals,Clinics and Physician Offices have been established under the same circumstances. Clinics and Physician offices have historically been operated on the basis of appointments long-term medical care and a Monday through Friday, 8 am – 5 pm delivery system. The Hospital Emergency Room has served well as an after hours delivery system, but is now recognized as the wrong site for routine medical problems due to its cost structure, reimbursement and inconvenience.
It has become evident that 85% of the public in the United States is otherwise healthy with only an episodic need to access our disease, illness and injury system. The consumer demands on this system have forced the market and providers to reconfigure the distribution of healthcare services. This consumer group is well informed and has demanded that these episodic services be delivered similar to other services they consume in a competitive marketplace.
The largest growing sector for this care is Urgent Care. UCC practitioners specialize in treating a disease, illness or injury when presented on an episodic basis. The disease, illness or injury is usually acute but non-life threatening, and with treatment is fully corrected in seven to fourteen days. Because of the focus on only episodic problems, the UCC practitioners do not provide obstetric services, in-hospital admissions, long term management of chronic diseases such as cancer or diabetes.
The demand for these services is driven by the 85% of the population who are healthy. They are medical consumers who want treatment quickly, want it convenient and affordable and do not require the services of a hospital.
Physician Partnerships International has developed a unique model that allows all local physicians, as opposed to the normal 1 physician, to invest in, own shares of and control the quality of care in the area Urgent Care Center. In many states, the nurse practitioner or physician's assistant who staff it can also become a shareholder. PPI has formed Urgent Care Centers, LLC to roll out this model on a nationwide basis.
Urgent Care Centers are walk-in ambulatory care centers, generally open seven (7) days each week often 13 or more hours each day. No appointment is required for a patient to receive care. These centers have a broad array of diagnostic and therapeutic services, often including x-ray, laboratory testing, on-site pharmacy, procedure rooms for laceration and fracture care, exam rooms, and specialized corporate services for employee health and workers compensation cases. The UCC is staffed by a mid-level healthcare provider such as a Physician’s Assistant or Nurse Practitioner and supervised by a physician.
For more information on establishing an Urgent Care Center in your area, or revitalizing your current UCC, please contact Randy Tibitts (478) 278-2845.
Parts of this announcement contain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Although management believes that these forward- looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, these assumptions are inherently subject to significant economic, regulatory and competitive uncertainties and contingencies that are difficult or impossible to predict accurately and are beyond our control. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in these forward-looking statements. We do not assume any obligation to update these statements in a news release or otherwise should material facts or circumstances change in ways that would affect their accuracy.
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