60 urgent care centers were purchased.  In addition there’s a bit of competition in Texas going on right now too with Optumimage (United Healthcare) who has also opened up a couple urgent care centers.  Tenet also has their rebranded Urgent Care Centers named MedPost. 

Big Boom With Hospital Stand Alone Emergency Rooms Continues Along With Insurers Getting Into the Game As Well With Urgent Care Centers…

Now with both free standing ER centers and urgent care centers, people are getting confused too and the charges are much higher at a free standing ER room.

Which Is It, A Free Standing ER Or An Urgent Care Center, Or Both?

We keep seeing hospitals close and the impact of both free standing ER and Urgent Care centers I’m sure are having an impact.  BD 

(Reuters) - HCA Holdings Inc (HCA.N), the largest U.S. hospital operator, on Tuesday announced a deal to acquire a Dallas-based provider of urgent-care services and said its board authorized the repurchase of up to $1 billion of its outstanding shares.

HCA, which previewed its third-quarter results earlier this month, also said its quarterly profit rose 42 percent from a year ago as it admitted more patients to its hospitals.

HCA said it was acquiring CareNow, a privately held operator of 24 urgent-care centers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Nashville-based HCA operates 165 hospitals and 113 surgery centers in 20 states. With the CareNow acquisition, it will have 60 urgent-care centers in various markets.

HCA said admissions increased 2.8 percent in the quarter compared to the prior-year period at its facilities open at least one year.



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