Position Statements

Position Statements state the Urgent Care Association’s and College of Urgent Care Medicine’s positions on issues related to the Urgent Care industry, the practice of Urgent Care medicine, and/or Urgent Care professionals.

The Urgent Care Association recognizes that systemic racism undermines the health and well-being of the individuals and communities we serve.  Ongoing violence, racial inequality and discrimination negatively impact mental and physical health and contribute to unequal access to quality healthcare, and quality of life. Racism is among the CDC’s list of complex factors that drive health disparities and risk among people of color, and we acknowledge this urgent public health issue as one that affects our own team members and their families, our association members and their patients. As part of our mission to advance and support our industry through education, advocacy, and community awareness, we are committed to standing against racism and prejudice, toward the better health of all.

Antibiotic resistance is a serious public health concern that affects patient care, safety, and healthcare costs. The College of Urgent Care Medicine (CUCM), the Urgent Care Association (UCA), and the Urgent Care Foundation (UCF) are proud to represent the thousands of urgent care centers and professionals who treat more than 160 million patients each year. Read more.

Urgent Care medicine has become an important link in the chain of healthcare delivery, providing quick, convenient and quality care for millions of people. Preserving and improving access to Urgent Care should be an important consideration for policymakers and payers as an increasing number of Americans gain health insurance. Read more.

Encumbering Urgent Care centers with Certificate of Need (CON) regulations inhibits access, threatens a community’s ability to respond to emergency needs, and drives up, rather than lowers, the cost of care. Read more.

June 17, 2021 – The recent criticism of UnitedHealthcare’s ER policy plans (to review ER visits that were non-emergencies and consider changes in coverage) by the American Hospital Association and the American College of Emergency Physicians intimated that patient safety would be compromised if patients chose initially to be seen in a lower-cost site of care, such as an urgent care center.

Click here to read the UCA/CUCM Statement: Urgent Care Industry Responds to Criticism of UnitedHealthcare’s ER policy