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Walk-in clinics are popping up in shopping malls and main streets across the United States and private equity is helping fund the expansion.
And LLR Partners and health insurer WellPoint Inc invested last summer in 12th ranked Physicians Immediate Care, a chain of 20 urgent care clinics based in Chicago for an undisclosed sum.
Private equity firms say they help clinics standardize procedures and consolidate overhead costs like billing. Scott Perricelli of LLR Partners said his firm also spends a lot of time helping clinics look for new branch locations and recruit doctors - two tasks physicians are usually too busy to tackle.