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Reimbursement changes spur expansion among urgent care operators
With a push from value-based care, consumers and provider organizations are looking to urgent care centers to get inexpensive care quickly, on a walk-in basis. Urgent care centers continue to be on the fast track for growth—the nation has more than 7,000 urgent care centers, according to the Urgent Care Association of America (UCAOA). And competition is growing, as retail locations, such as drug stores operated by CVS, are heavily marketing in-store clinics to customers. Next week, we’ll list some of the top retail organizations expanding into this space.

In all venues, the use of IT is growing among these centers, as they aim to fit into the care continuum and communicate treatment with other providers in the community.

Here, we list some of the largest operators of centers in the U.S., with help from Merchant Medicine, which regularly reports on growth among care center chains.