Freestanding emergency departments and urgent care centers are proliferating — and raising questions

From H&HN (hat tip: Dr. Menadue):

The Affordable Care Act has expanded coverage and increased demands on the health care system. In many states, patients without a regular source of care are defaulting to emergency departments as their touch point in health care, even though coverage expansion holds the promise to create more-stable and appropriate primary care options. At the same time, in many states such as Texas, Ohio and Colorado, freestanding EDs and urgent care centers are growing like wildfire, worrying critics that cherry-picking will undermine the economics of emergency medicine for many community providers. Where are we headed with emergency care?

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