Benefits of a Hybrid Model

National health spending is projected to rise at an average of 5.6% annually from 2016 to 2025, and 4.7% per capita. Data from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services reveals that health care spending per person is already at almost $10,000 annually, a number that is steadily increasing.

Part of the reason for such high spending on health care is ER care. According to data from Truven Health Analytics, more than 70% of these visits are for non-emergency situations. While the ER is a valuable service, it's also an expensive one, especially if you're visiting for a non-emergency.

Fortunately, patients can pay about one-fifth of regular ER costs by visiting an urgent care center. But what happens when you don’t know if a situation is an emergency or not?

That’s where the hybrid model comes in. The hybrid ER and urgent care model provides full access to ER services but only bills patients based on the level of services provided. In essence, it takes the choice out of the equation for patients.

Approximately 80% of patients who visit a hybrid ER/urgent care clinic are treated at urgent care level. Getting appropriate treatment and billing for convenient medical care has never been simpler.