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Latest Accredited Urgent Care Centers Updates

Oct 31, 2022
A surge in respiratory syncytial virus is putting severe strain on children's hospitals nationwide. Hospitals first began seeing the unseasonable RSV rise in August. Now, many are reporting a case increase of over 300 percent compared to last month. (Becker's)
Oct 28, 2022
Flu-related hospitalizations nationwide have risen dramatically in recent weeks, reaching levels historically not seen until much later in flu season, according to data released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (NBC News)

Accredited Urgent Care Centers FAQs

  • Are all urgent care centers certified or accredited?

    No. There are an estimated 12,000 urgent care centers in the United States. Of that total, only about 2,500 of them have been certified or accredited by a certifying organization such as the Urgent Care Association (UCA) or National Urgent Care Center Accreditation (NUCCA).

  • Why should patients care about certification and accreditation?

    When you see the UCA Accreditation logo it means you can rely on the care and services being delivered, as these centers have received dual Certification and Accreditation through the Urgent Care Association, an industry authority for ensuring the safe delivery of high-quality, patient-centered care. UCA Certification covers the scope of services, so centers earning this designation have met nationally standardized criteria that can include accepting walk-ins, being open 7 days a week, having onsite X-ray and labs, among other requirements.

  • What is the Urgent Care Association (UCA)?

    Urgent Care Association (UCA) is recognized as the largest, most notable trade and professional association in urgent care with more than 3,300 member centers representing urgent care clinical and business professionals from the United States and abroad.

  • What does it mean for a clinic to be Certified by the UCA?

    UCA Certification identifies the specific scope of services offered. Centers earning this designation have met nationally standardized criteria that include accepting walk-ins, open 7 days a week, having onsite X-ray and labs, among other requirements.

  • What does it mean for a clinic to be Accredited by the UCA?

    Urgent care accreditation includes the scope of service requirements covered by Certification, as well as additional standards of patient safety and quality. An onsite survey is conducted, where safety and quality measures are reviewed such as patient care processes, physical resources, patient privacy, in addition to the center's scope of care.

  • Are there other organizations that certify and/or accredit urgent care centers?

    While the Urgent Care Association (UCA) is the most prominent accrediting organization for the urgent care industry, there are at least two others of significance: National Urgent Care Center Accreditation (NUCCA) and The Joint Commission (JCAHO). The Joint Commission accredits and certifies over 22,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States with urgent care being one of their industry subsets. NUCCA, like the UCA, focuses exclusively on the urgent care industry.

Urgent Care Accreditation

Urgent care accreditation is a voluntary process that allows a facility to assess the quality of its services and performance against nationally recognized benchmarks. Accreditation demonstrates a commitment to provide the scope of care consistent with an urgent care center or clinic that meets the criteria, including on-site x-ray and lab services, as well as a quality and safety commitment to your patients and employees, and it is a symbol that an organization is committed to providing high-quality care.

While some patients may be interested in urgent care accreditation, it is mostly used to increase the appeal of an urgent care center to payors and employers, as well as to recruit the best doctors who want to work at a top-notch urgent care center.

Urgent Care Certification

Urgent care certification acknowledges urgent care centers that satisfy nationally established criteria to demonstrate their commitment to meeting the scope of minimum expectations that characterize a competent urgent care facility. This accreditation informs the public and payers that the urgent care center's scope of practice meets a set of requirements that define quick access and services that allow for the treatment of a wide range of illnesses, injuries, and diseases.

Urgent care clinics that have been certified by a recognized body have a significant advantage in terms of educating their community and stakeholders, marketing their level of services, and avoiding confusion with other types of providers.

Types of certifications available to urgent care centers include

  • Comprehensive
  • Occupational Health
  • Orthopedic
  • Mobile
  • Convenient Care

Additionally, age specialization for both pediatric urgent care centers and adult urgent care centers are available.


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  1. Urgent Care Association (UCA) Accreditation Program (2021)
  2. Urgent Care Association (UCA) Certification Program (2021)
  3. National Urgent Care Center Accreditation (NUCCA) (2021)

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