by Carol Davis, Principal & Laura Zacchigna, Manager
Becker's Hospital Review
Thinking About Developing a Freestanding Emergency Department? Four Reasons to Reconsider
There has been tremendous growth in freestanding emergency departments (FSEDs), with a more than 100% increase in the number of such EDs between 2008 and 2016.
The popularity of FSEDs is rooted in their potential to increase community access to vital healthcare resources. Consumers perceive them as having more extensive clinical capabilities than an urgent care center, combined with shorter wait times than a hospital-based emergency department. Health systems and hospitals are attracted by reimbursement rates that are more favorable than those for urgent care centers, and by their strategic potential to capture market share from competitors in adjacent markets.
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