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Did you know adding occupational medicine to your urgent care center’s service lines is a great way to drive revenue and increase overall patient volumes? With the right strategy in place, you can use occupational medicine to grow your urgent care practice.
Occupational medicine is such a natural fit for urgent care because it allows urgent care centers to continue delivering services during non-peak periods, using its staff more efficiently and increasing patient volume. While urgent care is typically busiest during the cold and flu season – usually December through April – occupational medicine visits typically increase when companies are hiring during the summer months of June through August. Workplace injuries also typically spike during the summer months when construction season is in full swing. Urgent care centers can draw in patients during their off-season by taking advantage of this opposing seasonality.
Although workplace injuries drive the majority of revenue for occupational medicine contracts, urgent care centers can also use occupational medicine to further fill those non-peak periods by scheduling employer paid services (drug screens and physicals) during those slower times of day when episodic visits have decreased. This helps you ensure you use your staff as efficiently as possible so no one is standing around with nothing to do during your “off” season.
Collecting payment can sometimes be easier with occupational medicine because companies are required by law to carry workers’ compensation insurance that pays their preventive and compliance services, or they are required to demonstrate their ability to self-insure. Some companies are willing to set up Net/15 terms for occupational medicine services in which they pay for services within 15 days after being invoiced. This can mean some steady revenue for your urgent care center if you build solid relationships with several area employers.
Ready to add occupational medicine at your urgent care center? These should be on the top of your planning list:
For urgent care providers who would like to grow their practices, adding occupational medicine is the logical next step. Occupational medicine is exceptionally complementary to the urgent care model, and with a strategic approach, it can help urgent cares increase their revenue and patient volumes.
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