Proximity to Retail Clinic Cuts Emergency Department Utilization

From PatientEngagementHIT:

Living close to a retail clinic can curb emergency department (ED) utilization for low-acuity health needs, according to a research note authored by economists from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Princeton University, and Northwestern University.

This comes as the medical industry rethinks primary and preventive care and how those two factors can cut high healthcare spending for preventable, high-acuity care. When a patient can access affordable, convenient treatment in a primary care setting, it may prevent higher acuity and more expensive health episodes down the road.