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Call for Nominations
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New Directors of the UCAOA Board are elected by UCAOA members at the National Urgent Care Convention this April.

Nominations for the candidates for Director positions may come from the members, and we encourage all of you to consider nominating an individual you believe would represent urgent care centers well on our Board of Directors. The nomination period is open through Sunday, Feb. 10.

If you are interested in nominating someone (or self-nominating), please complete and return the nomination form by Feb. 10.

Meetings & Education

January Webinar
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Physical Therapy in Urgent Care
Thursday, Jan. 17 at 1-2 p.m. Central

Join us for an hour of learning about what it takes to add physical therapy to your urgent care center. Brandon Phillips, COO of Physicians Rehab Solution, will share his knowledge of developing physician-rehab clinics. He has worked with orthopedic, primary care, multispecialty and urgent care physicians across the nation.

Register today for this one-hour webinar.


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This month's Perspectives article, authored by Tammy Mallow, corporate director of professional service management and consulting for Rowan Urgent Care and its management company, Schumacher Group, outlines the key elements to have in place as you start contracting and credentialing and some helpful hints to expedite the process!

Click here for the article!

Certified Urgent Care Program

Newly Certified Centers
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Forty-three more facilities just received the Certified Urgent Care designation ... that puts the total number of Certified centers right around 500! The CUC program helps the public identify urgent care centers and promotes and advances the urgent care industry. Each certified center has met specific nationally standardized criteria which clearly describe the level of services provided.

For a list of all certified urgent care centers, visit www.ucaoa.org/certification.


Now Online in JUCM
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A new Tricks of the Trade tip for urgent care practice — involving Eustachian tube dysfunction — is now available only online in JUCM. The Valsava maneuver is standard in such cases for adults, but what to do for small children who can't grasp that technique? Combine a balloon, a straw and a rubber band for a practical, fun and effective approach to this common problem. Click here to learn more on JUCM online.

The Journal of Urgent Care Medicine supports the evolution of urgent care medicine by creating content that addresses the clinical practice of urgent care medicine and the practice management challenges of keeping pace with an ever-changing healthcare marketplace. Are you an urgent care provider who would like to write for our journal? Send an email to editor@jucm.com for information on our author guidelines.

Industry News

Hospital 'facility fees' boosting medical bills, and not just for hospital care
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Controversial charges known as "facility fees" are routinely tacked onto patients' bills, not just for services actually provided in hospitals, but also by outpatient care centers and doctors' offices simply because they've been purchased by hospital-based healthcare systems. Hospitals argue they can't afford to keep the doors open without facility fees. More

ED use drops when medical practices extend office hours
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When primary care physicians keep their doors open after usual business hours, patients are able to contact those doctors for care and advice instead of going to an emergency department, a report concludes. One expert suggested that practices partner with urgent care facilities in the community that supply after-hours care if the doctors can't offer these services themselves. More

Coordinated care can address disabled adults' high rates of emergency department use
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Working-age adults with disabilities account for a disproportionately high amount of annual emergency department visitors, reports a comparison study from National Institutes of Health researchers. As emergency department care may not be the best to address non-urgent concerns and is higher in cost, finding a way to decrease these visits is of interest to many stakeholders. One of the first detailed looks at this population's heightened use of urgent care, the NIH study published online in Health Services Research, analyzed pooled data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey.

Hospitals on track to being paperless
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The Affordable Care Act, the federal healthcare reform law passed in 2010, has provisions that hospitals must meet in phases — the first in 2013 and the second in 2014 — to be considered paperless. Pete Furlow, director of information technology at Anniston, Ala.'s Regional Medical Center, said the Anniston hospital is about halfway through phase one and is on track to completing it in May in accordance with federal timelines. Furlow said the multimillion-dollar project, much of which will be reimbursed by the federal government, includes the installation of significant hardware and software along with training of personnel. More

Nonprofits weigh benefits of buyer joint ventures
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The growing number of joint ventures and mergers between nonprofit and for-profit hospitals may signal a warming trend in longstanding frigid relations as the rival sectors come to recognize the merits of working together in an evolving healthcare environment. More


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