How to compete with retail clinics
Medical Economics August 12, 2019
David Boles, DO, owns a family medicine clinic with four physicians in Clarksville, Tenn. In recent years, he has seen an upsurge in competition from retail clinics, urgent care centers and a freestanding emergency clinic.
Those alternative care sites have hit his bottom line hard by taking away the lion’s share of the minor acute-care visits that used to be his practice’s bread and butter. That has left him and his colleagues to deal with the harder cases that they get paid less for in relation to the amount of time they take.
“If I see 25 patients in a day, it will be 25 complicated patients,” he says. In the past, he recalls,... Rama Juturu2019-08-12T22:52:00-04:00