||[Sep. 28th, 2006|12:40 pm]
Because politics matter!
It was suggested to me here that the following post might be more appropriate here, even though here it is out of the blue and there it was in context. Anyway, hope you folks are interested.|
I was unaware that Urgent Care facilities were required to treat patients just as hospital emergency rooms are, and I live near a medical group that called itself Urgent Care when they opened and for awhile afterwards. I drove by it today, and noticed it is now called Convenient Care. I did some googling, and found the following. What I'm wondering is how can a consumer know whether a particular facility is legally required to treat patients without regard to ability to pay? It becomes unclear when facilities start doing name changes that cease to imply that they are Urgent Care facilities. I wonder if I should stop in and ask them if they are Urgent Care, but if you know of a website that tells of the law you refer to, it could be useful to people willing and able to fight for health care.
FirstMed Clinics To Be Renamed Genesis Convenient Care
Other communities of this size have discontinued Convenient Care or Urgent Care services. Within the last 18 months, the hospitals in New Prague and Monticello closed their Urgent Care Services....
Why is District One closing Convenient Care?
There are three primary reasons.
“It is really important for people to establish a relationship with a primary care physician. Too
many people were using Convenient Care as their ‘primary care clinic,’” says Cheryl Arnold,
Emergency Department manager.
By consolidating the two areas into one, the department can be more efficiently managed and
operated. By combining both staffs into one, there are more hands available during peak patient
census in the ED.
By eliminating Convenient Care as a stand-alone service, District One hopes to stem financial losses in that area. Payment from insurance companies didn’t match the cost of providing services. And many insurance companies require a referral from the primary care physician to Convenient Care
before they’ll pay a claim.