UnitedHealthcare recently expanded the availability of its on-site and near-site clinics program, which may help improve the health and productivity of employees while reducing health care costs.
On-site and near-site clinics are buy-up products now available to fully insured and self-funded groups with 300 employees and up. Operated by MedExpress, which, in partnership with Optum, is a neighborhood medical center designed to help deliver quality, convenient, and affordable walk-in care. They offer urgent care, employer health services, and basic wellness and prevention services to help ensure families and employers have access to patient-centric care when they need it.
On-site and near-site clinics offer a variety of significant benefits to both employers and employees. For employers, these clinics may increase employee health and productivity, reduce absenteeism and presenteeism due to illness and injuries, lower overall health costs, and attract and retain top talent in a competitive landscape. For employees, they can help manage chronic health conditions, save time and money through convenience and reduced wait times, integrate with wellness programs to help encourage better lifestyle choices, and maximize the value of overall benefits.
One key advantage to on-site and near-site clinics is to help reduce the need for employees to visit the emergency room (ER). A company with 1,000 employees that does not have an on-site or near-site clinic likely averages about 600 ER visits per year. If half of those visits were treated at an urgent care facility rather than the ER, there may be a potential cost savings of more than $1,500 per episode – which may help reduce costs for that company by up to $450,000.1
For employers that do not have a suitable space or budget to support an on-site clinic, near-site clinics provide urgent care and clinical services at a location near an employer facility. The near-site clinic is typically an existing MedExpress urgent care center, which can provide 90 percent of the services offered in an emergency room for a fraction of the usual cost. A network of MedExpress Urgent Care clinics are available to all UnitedHealthcare members and can be located in the Provider Search on myuhc.com®.
Prospective or renewing UnitedHealthcare clients interested in setting up an on-site or near-site clinic should contact their sales teams, as they have access to a Reporting Tool to help create customized reporting on client membership near MedExpress locations.
For more information, please contact your UnitedHealthcare representative.
1 Average allowed amounts charged by UnitedHealthcare Network Providers and not tied to a specific condition or treatment. Actual payments may vary depending upon benefit coverage. UnitedHealthcare 2015 (Estimated $1,500 difference between the average emergency room visit and the average urgent care visit.) The information and estimates provided are for general informational and illustrative purposes only and is not intended to be nor should be construed as medical advice or a substitute for your doctor’s care. You should consult with an appropriate health care professional to determine what may be right for you. In an emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. This information is not intended to replace the advice of a physician. It is information that is generally available. Each person has unique medical needs based on several factors including age, genetics, body type and build, medications, exposures to illness and medical history, to name a few. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition that you are experiencing. If you are suffering from a non-emergent medical situation, it is suggested that you visit the nearest MedExpress center or your family physician. If you believe you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911.