November 16, 2017

Microhospitals: Inpatient Services With Outpatient Convenience

Outpatient care in convenient settings, such as in MinuteClinics and urgent care centers, continues to be a successful strategy in providing accessible healthcare. Based on the success of these models and the overall growth of the ambulatory care market, we’re now seeing a rise in the business case for microhospitals.

Microhospitals are “micro” due to their number of inpatient beds (typically 8-12) and their overall compact size. In addition to being convenient for patients, they provide healthcare systems with affordable settings to deliver care, and the ability to test demand in new communities or provide enhanced services in established markets without an extensive investment.

Of course, the ability to reduce costs and risk by testing a market before going all in is extremely attractive. Although microhospitals usually require more upfront costs than ambulatory care and urgent care centers, they’re significantly more affordable than a full-service hospital and they currently experience a much higher reimbursement than ambulatory care facilities due to their inpatient facility classification.

This paper explores the rise of microhospitals and introduces strategies for how microhospital architecture, design and planning can give healthcare systems a competitive edge.

Download our paper.