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UCAOA NEWS


A quicker trip to the doctor, for minor ailments
The New York Times
Christine O'Rourke, who often travels for her job as a regional sales manager for a laboratory company, says she doesn't have time to wait to see a doctor when she is ill. So instead, she visits a local urgent care clinic near her home in Morris Plains, N.J. Urgent care clinics are a growing option for many Americans. There are now roughly 9,000 such clinics nationwide, and about two-thirds have opened in the last five years, according to the Urgent Care Association of America.
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MEETINGS & EDUCATION


Your New Year's resolution: Attend the National Urgent Care Convention
UCAOA
It's a new year and that typically means making, and breaking, those New Year's resolutions; however, make a resolution for 2014 you would enjoy keeping — register to attend UCAOA's 10th National Urgent Care Convention. This annual event is renowned in the urgent care community for its basic and advanced clinical and practice management courses. The upcoming National Urgent Care Convention's educational program has been expanded to now offer even more courses and topics. Register today for this influential event to:
  • Commit to advancing your knowledge and career through continuing education opportunities.
  • Connect with peers and network with industry leaders and experts.
  • Celebrate urgent care and the 10th anniversary of UCAOA.
Watch your mailbox for the advance program or visit the official website of the Spring Convention to learn the latest details and to register.
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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT


A year's worth of Ideas of the Week
UCAOA
Every week, UCAOA presents practical suggestions from our members and content advisors for improving the performance of your urgent care center(s). In case you missed any, this week we recap Ideas of the Week for 2013. Why not take a moment to review the list and see what you can do to improve your operation in 2014?

"For last year's words belong to last year's language and next year's words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning." ~ T.S. Eliot. Help ensure your "voice" is heard in 2014: Share your tips or advice for inclusion in the Idea of the Week section of UCAccess by sending them to Amanda Mannina at amannina@ucaoa.org.

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JUCM


Now online in JUCM
UCAOA
Patients with diabetes often present to urgent care centers, either incidentally, because of a complication from the disease, or as a result of side effects of diabetes treatment. JUCM's latest Web-exclusive article reviews current diagnostic criteria for diabetes, classification of causes of diabetes and screening and management issues relevant to urgent care physicians. Click here to read :Diabetes Mellitus: Current Diagnosis, Screening, and Management Issues in Urgent Care" by Anthony J. Pick, MD, CDE, and David L. Pick, MD, FAAFP — available only 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.

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HEALTHCARE REFORM




Administration puts off an Obamacare penalty
TIME
The Obama administration scaled back another part of the new healthcare reform law allowing people whose health insurance policies were canceled to buy catastrophic insurance and saying they won't face a penalty if they don't buy insurance next year.
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Think 2013 was a bad year for health politics? Just wait for 2014
NBC News
The health insurance exchanges were supposed to be the crowning glory of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, now known widely as Obamacare. The new law was designed to get health insurance to the 45 million Americans who don't have any. For the early part of 2014, however, this will mean lots of questions about who is covered and who isn't. One fear is that people will think they signed up for coverage even if they didn't take the final and vital step of paying the first premium, and will seek care.
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Obamacare: Are there enough doctors for the newly insured?
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Signing up for health insurance on the new state and federal exchanges was supposed to be the easy part of the Affordable Care Act. The really dicey part, lots of health policy experts have always feared, will come on Jan 1. That is when Americans who have enrolled in health insurance for the first time under the ACA are likely to discover that having coverage doesn't guarantee them easy access to a primary care doctor, dentist or mental health professional.
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Study: Poor access to primary care, anxiety play big role in ED use
Modern Healthcare
Experts hope that the healthcare reform law's insurance expansion in 2014 will reduce the need for Americans to visit the emergency department to get care. But a new survey suggests that anxiety and poor access to primary care — not just lack of insurance — play a substantial role in driving patients to the ED, calling into question the degree to which expanded coverage will reduce ED use.
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Key dates to watch for the Affordable Care Act rollout
PBS NewsHour
The Affordable Care Act springs to life Jan. 1, after nearly four years of political turmoil and three months of enrollment chaos. The course of 2014 will show whether Obama can get affordable care to millions of people in need, without doing intolerable damage to the 85 percent of U.S. residents who already were insured. Republicans and Democrats will jostle all year to influence the public's assessment of changes to American healthcare not matched since Medicare and Medicaid were launched nearly a half-century ago.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Why retail clinics failed to transform healthcare
Harvard Business Review
When retail clinics entered the U.S. health care market more than a decade ago, they were greeted with high expectations. The hope was their lower cost structure and focus on convenience and price transparency — two things sorely lacking in traditional healthcare — would engender radical changes. Nonetheless, their performance has been disappointing: Their growth has been less than expected, they have not expanded care to underserved markets (namely, the poor), and their impact on healthcare spending — helping to lower it — remains unclear.
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Fixing the crowded ED Part 1 — building a burning platform
Medscape
The emergency department can be thought of as a factory in which work flow is described as "a patient arrives, stuff happens and the patient leaves." Of course it's much more complex than that, but it is important to understand throughput in emergency medicine and break work flow down into three basic components: input, throughput and output. In this first article of a three part series, the author focuses on various input models that have been deployed in an attempt to solve the problem of ED crowding, an issue well known to those who practice contemporary emergency medicine.

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MEMBERS IN THE NEWS


Podiatry specialist care now available at ZoomCare
The Lund Report
ZoomCare patients wanting to have healthy feet will now receive expert podiatry services and specialty treatments for athlete's foot, ankle sprains and ingrown toenails from a board-certified provider at ZoomCare's Multnomah Village clinic located in Portland, Ore.
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Healthcare demand drives rapid expansion and growth for MD Now Urgent Care
PR Newswire via The Sacramento Bee
MD Now Medical Centers has opened its newest urgent care in Sunrise, Fla., at the corner of West Oakland Park and Nob Hill Road. This latest facility increases the number of MD Now Urgent Care centers to 12, with 10 more presently under construction. Driving this rapid growth is a national trend of patients turning to urgent care centers for quick, convenient and affordable healthcare. According to leading publisher of business intelligence IbisWorld, the $15 billion urgent care market is the fastest growing sector of the overall healthcare industry.
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Urgent care helps fill doctor shortage gap
Battle Creek Enquirer
If the primary care doctor shortage affecting the nation can be compared to a battle, one of the front lines can be found in the waiting rooms of urgent care clinics. At Bronson Battle Creek Outpatient Center — Beckley Road Urgent Care, those who need medical care on short notice can get it. Dr. Terence Grogan, facility medical director, said urgent care clinics can help those experiencing trouble finding a doctor, but can't be thought of as long-term solutions to the shortage problem.
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Immediate Care to continue participation with Blues
The Buffalo News
Immediate Care will continue to participate as an in-network urgent care center with BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York through June 30 as a result of a New York State Supreme Court ruling, according to the two organizations.
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NextCare Urgent Care awarded Arizona Foothills 'Best Urgent Care'
Digital Journal
NextCare Urgent Care, one of the nation's leading providers of urgent care medicine and occupational medical services, is the winner of the Arizona Foothills Best of Our Valley 2014 award for "Best Urgent Care." This is the first year that the readers' choice contest has included the category, highlighting NextCare as the inaugural winner.
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MEMBERS ON THE MOVE


CareSpot expands into West Tennessee with two urgent care centers
PR Newswire
Nashville-based CareSpot is expanding into the greater Memphis area. The Bartlett center is located at 3025 Kirby Whitten Road; and the center in Cordova is located at 1645 Germantown Parkway. The Bartlett and Cordova communities were invited to a Grand Opening Week celebration from Dec. 9-13 at both centers.
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Patient First now open in Towson, Md.
The Baltimore Sun
A new Patient First medical center has opened on York Road in Towson, Md., ending a protracted planning and construction process and providing urgent and primary care in northern Towson. The clinic, which features urgent care, primary care, digital X-rays and lab work, will be open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day of the year.
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MedExpress continues expansion with eastside Lafayette site
Journal and Courier
A new option for quick medical care opened last month in Lafayette, Ind. MedExpress opened its ninth facility in Indiana since May 2013 at 102 Sagamore Parkway South. The urgent care center specializes in preventive care and non-life threatening issues.
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