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Urgent care centers draw some ER visits but associated with higher spending overall

Dive Brief: While urgent care centers do keep some lower-acuity patients from visiting costly emergency departments, their presence is not associated with a drop in total healthcare costs, according to a report in Health Affairs. Using commercial claims and enrollment data from 2008 to 2019, researchers found an increase of 1,000 lower-acuity urgent care visits resulted in… Read More »

In-person healthcare visits can be done safely despite coronavirus risk, small JAMA study suggests

Dive Brief: A small study of obstetrical patients at four hospitals in Boston found no meaningful association between the number of in-person visits and the rate of novel coronavirus infection. The study looked at 111 patients with an average of three in-person visits between April 19 and June 27, when all obstetrical patients were tested… Read More »