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Urgent Care and the Affordable Care Act
Urgent Care Medicine is poised to meet the healthcare needs of all the newly insured Americans entering the healthcare market
Just as Urgent Care Medicine has been part of the solution to the Emergency Room crisis, Urgent Care will be available to meet the healthcare needs of the estimated 32 million individuals that will be entering the healthcare market.
Urgent care clinics have become part of the medical safety net upon which people are increasingly relying, and with the huge influx of newly insured patients, Urgent Care will fill this role now more than ever. In addition, with a national shortage of primary care physicians, and average wait times for appointments with a primary care physicians averaging from 60 to 90 days, Urgent Care will be ready to accept those patients seeking care.
The public is learning that Urgent Care is a great choice for their immediate healthcare need; healthcare needs. The AAUCM will continue to improve the ability of patients and their physicians to achieve better health outcomes, and gain additional access to the Urgent Care centers.
What is Urgent Care Medicine?
Urgent Care Medicine is the provision of immediate medical service offering outpatient care for the treatment of acute and chronic illness and injury. It requires a broad and comprehensive fund of knowledge to provide such care. Excellence in care for patients with complex and or unusual conditions is founded on the close communication and collaboration between the urgent care medicine physician, the specialists and the primary physicians.
About the AAUCM
The American Academy of Urgent Care Medicine (AAUCM) is a national organization which represents thousands of physicians who practice urgent care medicine in various clinical settings throughout the United States. The purpose of the AAUCM is to contribute to the field of urgent care medicine in the areas of professional growth, scientific and medical research, and medical education, all to improve the overall quality of medical care. Our mission is to advance the profession of urgent care medicine by elevating its standards through education, basic and advanced training, and to encourage physicians to seek board certification in urgent care medicine. The AAUCM Urgent Care Center Accreditation (UCCA) Program recognizes outstanding facilities which demonstrate the highest level of commitment to patient care and the practice of Urgent Care Medicine.