🏪 How Urgent Care Centers Can Cost-Effectively Help Patients on Medicaid

Posted by Brent Walker, PatientBond on Tue, Apr, 18, 2017

Since ACA Medicaid expansion began, the number of people enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP has climbed to 74,165,854—a 27 percent increase in just a few years. Given the current primary care physician (PCP) shortage, especially in medically underserved areas, many anticipated challenges with access to care.

Despite the rumors, however, the percentage of physicians accepting new Medicaid patients is close to 70 percent.

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Tags: Psychographic Segmentation, Medically Underserved, Urgent Care

💰 How Urgent Care Centers Can Cost-Effectively Serve the Medically Underserved

Posted by Brent Walker, PatientBond on Tue, Mar, 14, 2017

The rise in healthcare consumerism combined with the primary care physician shortage has fueled growth in the urgent care industry, with experts anticipating that this segment will reach $18 billion in 2017.

That sounds like good news for medically underserved areas — except that demographic analysis of communities with urgent care centers shows that more than 75 percent are located in urban or suburban areas and where residents are more likely to have higher incomes and private insurance levels.

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Tags: Psychographic Segmentation, Urgent Care, Medically Underserved

4 Ways Urgent Care Centers Can Engage Medically Underserved Patients

Posted by Brent Walker, PatientBond on Wed, Mar, 1, 2017

Medically underserved patients pose challenges for urgent care centers—usually resulting from the unique challenges the patients themselves face. Whether due to distance, demographics/socioeconomics or other common barriers, medically underserved patients require effective patient engagement to help drive healthy behaviors. How can your urgent care center engage and activate these hard-to-reach patients?

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Tags: Psychographic Segmentation, Urgent Care, Medically Underserved

🏥 Is Your Urgent Care Center Prepared to Serve the Medically Underserved?

Posted by Brent Walker, PatientBond on Wed, Feb, 22, 2017

Last fall, the Rainier Valley Community Clinic in South Seattle unveiled a new urgent care center, located inside an affordable housing complex. It represents an expansion of the center’s services, which originally were focused on women’s prenatal care.

Noting the large immigrant population and the hour-long bus trip required to access the nearest hospital, Amy Martin of the South Seattle Women’s Health Foundation noted that the additional services are important for the community.

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Tags: Psychographic Segmentation, Urgent Care, Medically Underserved

📆  3 Ways to Encourage Medically Underserved Patients to Keep Their Appointments

Posted by Brent Walker, PatientBond on Tue, Jan, 31, 2017

Often, the first fact shared about missed patient appointments addresses the cost to healthcare organizations. But as we’ve noted here before, the price tag extends beyond a wasted time-slot in your schedule and a hit to your bottom line.  

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Tags: EHR, Patient Engagement, Medically Underserved, Medicaid

How Tech Can Help Providers Profitably Deliver Care to Medically Underserved Patients

Posted by Brent Walker, PatientBond on Sat, Jan, 21, 2017

Missed patient appointments exact a toll that goes far beyond the $150 billion price tag to the U.S. healthcare system. While it is tempting to blame the “no-shows,” research indicates that scheduling and other issues contribute to the problem.

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Tags: EHR, Patient Engagement, Medically Underserved

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