ERDMAN E-News – Eight Models of Ambulatory Care



Eight Ambulatory Models of Care
Health Facilities Management, January 6, 2016


New ambulatory care models have proliferated as healthcare has shifted toward outpatient centers to drive down costs. Familiar and newly-emerged types of outpatient care can be organized into eight models, which have distinct patient types, operations, affiliations, and care sites. These include: technology-enabled remote care, mobile clinics, convenient or retail clinics, urgent care clinics, freestanding emergency departments, work-based clinics, primary care clinics, and specialty centers. Ambulatory care in all models is considered either transactional or multidimensional, which is more complex in nature and requires greater consideration of patient history.

Currently, many of these environments are seeking to expand their services and patients types. Further, more care in general, and with higher acuity, is being provided in the patient’s home via wearable and communication technology. Considering relationships, competition, and market strategy related to all eight types is crucial for health systems.

Trends and Best Practices in Behavioral Health
ERDMAN, Jen Edmonds, January 14, 2016


In the United States, it is estimated that 18.6% of the population currently suffers from at least one type of mental illness. With greater numbers of people gaining the means and motivation to access treatment for their conditions, the current supply of behavioral health providers and facilities is falling short of demand.


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