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Urgent Care Centers: Corporate Practice of Medicine, State Licensure, EMTALA, Reimbursement Compliance

Recording of a 90-minute CLE video webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Tuesday, November 10, 2020

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This CLE course will provide healthcare counsel with a review of the key legal and business issues involved with urgent care centers. The panel will offer guidance on forming, operating, acquiring, and selling urgent care centers. The panel will also address the impact of COVID-19 on urgent care centers.


The urgent care center industry has seen significant growth in the number of facilities in recent years, with over 9,000 facilities in 2019. This is expected to continue, spurred by changes in healthcare and managed care organization coverage that encourages members to use urgent care facilities rather than emergency rooms. In 2020, urgent care centers were forced to adjust how they do business and treat patients in light of COVID-19.

Forming urgent care centers is an attractive business for hospitals, retailers, and private investors. When developing urgent care centers, counsel faces challenges, including compliance with laws regarding the corporate practice of medicine and state licensure requirements, contracting for reimbursement with private and government payers, determining the best staffing model to use, and others.

Listen as our authoritative panel of healthcare attorneys discusses key structural, legal, and business considerations for the formation, operation, acquisition, and sale of urgent care centers. The panel will also address the impact of COVID-19 on urgent care centers.



  1. Urgent care centers: a brief overview of the industry and its growth
  2. Legal considerations when starting and operating urgent care centers
    1. Corporate practice of medicine
    2. Staffing models
    3. State licensure and permits
    4. Documentation and coding
    5. Other areas of focus
  3. Business considerations
    1. Location, management, and services
    2. Issues in buying or selling an urgent care center
    3. Partnering with hospitals and investors


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What are the primary legal and business considerations for counsel to healthcare providers opening and operating an urgent care center?
  • What are the most common business models used when forming urgent care centers?
  • What factors should healthcare counsel consider when acquiring and selling urgent care centers?


Leone, Alyson
Alyson M. Leone

Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer

Ms. Leone’s practice includes the representation of physicians, medical practices, ambulatory surgery centers,...  |  Read More

Lewis, David
David T. Lewis

Lewis Health Advisors

With over 25-years of healthcare industry experience, Mr. Lewis has counseled numerous healthcare entities...  |  Read More

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