Health systems revamp their approach to retail clinics

March 20,2021

Modern Healthcare

Early evidence indicates that retail clinics aren’t associated with a reduction in emergency department utilization. EDs in close proximity to retail clinics didn’t experience a reduction of visits from patients with low-acuity illnesses like influenza, UTIs and ear aches, a 2016 study published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine found. About 13.7% of all ED visits are for low-acuity conditions, the authors note.

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