Single specialty networks and group purchasing organizations allow independent centers to compete on a level playing field with the corporate giants. This was the catalyst for the formation of the Urgent Care Integrated Network.
Scottsdale, AZ (PRWEB) April 23, 2013
John Shufeldt, MD, Urgent Care Industry thought leader, today commenced operations of the Urgent Care Integrated Network (UCIN). UCIN, a Federal Trade Commission compliant single-specialty network, is the first of its kind specifically serving the purchasing and contracting needs of independent urgent care practices. As the cost of doing business continues to escalate, independent practices now can enjoy access to a scalable solution that heretofore only large corporate enterprises or hospital systems were able to achieve.
UCIN effectively addresses the twin challenges every independent urgent care practice faces: first, lack of economy-of-scale to secure lower cost products and services; second, lower reimbursement due to lack of negotiating power with insurance companies.
As Accountable Care Organizations begin to apply downward pressure on reimbursement, independent urgent care practices who are not affiliated with a network will be at a disadvantage and will lose their remaining ability to positively impact their reimbursement.
“Today, the urgent care business is much different than it used to be. Not long ago, reimbursements were fair and supported the reasonable profitability of centers. That is decidedly not the case today. Independent urgent care centers are being severely squeezed by payers, large competitors and hospital systems,” said John Shufeldt, MD, MBA, UNCIN’s founder and CEO “Single specialty networks and group purchasing organizations allow independent centers to compete on a level playing field with the corporate giants. This was the catalyst for the formation of the Urgent Care Integrated Network,” said Shufeldt,
Dr. Shufeldt’s twenty plus years in urgent care practice ownership, management and consulting has given him a unique insight and a wealth of knowledge about an important segment of the nation’s health care delivery system. Membership in UCIN provides a gateway for Urgent Care practices to purchase at a discount, products and services that include Medical and Pharmaceuticals supplies, Radiological Services and Equipment, Malpractice Insurance, Virtual Medical Care, Urgent Care Consulting, HR Services and much more.
The first 30 days are free. Then membership is $95.00 a month for each center. UCIN is an attractive option that will save centers thousands of dollars annually from a comprehensive suite of clinical, legal and financial services supported by a team of experienced professionals. Membership applications are available on the network’s website at http://www.ucinet.org.
Additionally, UCIN partners with vendors who guarantee the quality of their products and services and who have extensive experience in the urgent care space. UCIN is committed to assisting its members operate more efficiently and at less cost.
The Urgent Care Integrated Network is national single-specialty network of independent urgent care centers. The company is based in Scottsdale, AZ.
The Urgent Care Integrated Network team is well equipped to guide, empower and assist its members both now and in the future.
Top notch medical products
Expert knowledge and know-how
Independent urgent care practices can find more information and apply for membership directly on the network’s website at http://www.ucinet.org.