What is Urgent Care?
“Urgent care” is a phrase commonly used throughout the United States and considered by many as synonymous with ‘Immediate Care’. However, until January 15, 2015, the phrase ‘urgent care’ was differentiated from the phrase “immediate care” in the state of Illinois for its potential ambiguity and the implication that a facility was equipped to handle true emergencies. The Act now reads: (b) No person, facility, or entity shall hold itself out to the public as an “emergi-” or “emergent” care center or use any similar term, as defined by rule, that would give the impression that emergency medical treatment is provided by the person or entity or at the facility unless the facility is the emergency room of a facility licensed as a hospital under the Hospital Licensing Act or a facility licensed as a freestanding emergency center under the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems Act. This Section does not prohibit a person, facility, or entity from holding itself out to the public as an “urgi-” or “urgent” care center.