In an effort to meet the growing need for quick and affordable health care in the United States, the establishment of urgent care clinics (UCCs) across the nation has begun to increase in recent years.
According to the Urgent Care Association of America (UCAOA) Benchmark Report of 2017, there are 8,154 UCCs in the U.S., and on average, each of handles three patients per hour, for a total of 50 visits per day. The report also highlighted the importance of PAs and NPs in successful staffing models.
Urgent care clinics have become essential providers of patient care in the healthcare industry. At NP PA Recruiters, as a medical recruitment agency, we seek to provide NPs, PAs, and healthcare industry employers with the information they need to make the right decisions.
Since UCCs are growing with the objective of meeting patient demand, we will be discussing the roles of PAs and NPs in reaching this goal.
NPs and PAs in the Urgent Clinic Setting
Industry organization Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) found that 78 percent of better performing medical practices not only employed PAs and NPs but also had higher revenue.
In an urgent care setting, NPs and PAs are able to enhance an urgent care clinic by:
- Providing general medical and primary care services. – UCCs strive to provide comprehensive medical care which can be administered directly by NPs and PAs, often without the oversight of a managing physician.
- Enhancing revenue. – While hiring and retaining NPs and PAs can mean a greater initial expense, the ability to provide better and faster care for patients can also result in an increase of clientele, thus increasing revenue streams.
- Reducing labor costs. – Hiring a physician assistant or nurse practitioner to provide primary care to your patients can be much more cost effective than hiring another physician. In many states, PAs and NPs are able to provide nearly an equal amount of medical care as a traditional physician, including providing prescriptions, at lower labor costs to your clinic.
- Improving the work environment – Hiring a PA or NP can improve workload distribution for all team members, helping to provide a better work-life balance. This will, in turn, generate a better work environment which will be reflected in the quality of service provided to patients.