Orthopaedic Urgent Care Centers
It has been said that orthopaedic surgeons make bad pilots and bad business people. Our reputation in business is changing as we work toward lower cost, higher quality care and as we help to develop new care delivery models. One such evolving model is Orthopaedic Urgent Care Centers.
No one is better at managing musculoskeletal injuries than orthopaedic surgeons. Studies show that the sooner orthopaedic surgeons are involved in the care of an injured patient, the better the outcome. Therefore, the need to develop dedicated Orthopaedic Urgent Care Centers makes sense.
The Reno Orthopaedic Clinic is an example of one group that has successfully opened two dedicated orthopaedic urgent care centers that offer immediate orthopaedic care in an outpatient setting. These centers offer faster, more efficient patient care, more accurate diagnoses, and better treatment than traditional urgent care centers. In addition, the care is provided at a lower cost. Visit ROC Express to learn more about their success.
Not all of us can be great pilots like WOA Past President Paul Collins, MD, but we can all strive to be better business people and to work towards lower cost, higher quality orthopaedic care for our patients.
Brian Jewett, MD
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