KANSAS CITY, Mo., Nov. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Infusion Express, a patient-focused alternative to hospital infusion centers, is opening several new treatment centers as part of a national expansion, advancing a new paradigm of patient care in the tradition-bound infusion drug therapy business. The five new Infusion Express clinics opening in the Chicago, Philadelphia and San Francisco metropolitan areas will enable individuals with chronic conditions for the first time to enjoy high-quality care in a convenient, comfortable, private setting with extended hours, including evenings and Saturdays.
Until now, patients with autoimmune disorders and other chronic conditions who need regular drug infusion treatments had just two choices, a hospital or, less frequently, a physician's office. Since infusion treatment can take several hours, the limited availability and short business hours of these settings pose a significant disruption to patients' lives—often compounded by administrative hassles and parking expenses. Moreover, the high cost of hospital infusions—up to four times more expensive than infusions in stand-alone clinics—has led some health insurers to discourage physicians from referring patients to hospital-based clinics. "Patients who need regular infusions often are deeply inconvenienced by their conditions and yearn to feel empowered to choose where and when they get treatments. They lead busy lives and want to minimize treatment disruptions so they can get back to work, school, friends and family," said Don Peterson, CEO and founder, Infusion Express. "We've created an alternative for patients across the country that offers the same high-quality healthcare they receive at a hospital or doctor's office but in a setting where they're treated like a guest, not just a patient." Infusion Express contracts with self-insured employers and most health plans as an in-network provider for their employees and members. By providing high-quality infusions in a standalone outpatient setting, Infusion Express provides its customers substantial savings over hospital-based infusions.