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Industry Awareness Survey
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UCAOA is seeking feedback regarding its 2012 industry awareness campaign, as well as your future needs. Please take a few minutes to provide us your feedback via this short survey.

Click here to participate in the survey.

Thank you for assisting us in raising awareness among consumers about the value and purpose of urgent care! Survey participants will be entered into a raffle to win a 2012 Urgent Care Benchmarking Report.

Meetings & Education

Spring Convention — Early Registration Ends Next Week!
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Join us in Orlando this spring for the 2013 National Urgent Care Convention. It is being held at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel during spring break — so travel arrangements should be made early.
  • PreConvention events are April 7-8
  • Main convention runs April 9-11 (with a kick-off reception in the exhibit hall the evening of April 8)
Early registration ends Jan. 31, so don't delay! Go to the National Urgent Care Convention page for more information on registration, session topics and the overall agenda. See you in Orlando!

Clinical Consult

Is it really the Flu ... or something else?
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This month's feature from Dr. William Gluckman, UCCOP's president, addresses the current influenza outbreak.
Influenza is hitting the United States early and hard this year. Urgent care centers and ERs are being swamped with febrile illnesses. Proper diagnosis can be tricky given the overlapping of symptoms with other illnesses. It is important to consider other diseases when evaluating patients with a fever during the flu season.

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Now Online in JUCM
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A new urgent care Images Challenge case is now available only on the JUCM website. Review the case of an 18-year-old man with a blow to his toe. Consider what your diagnosis would be, then check the case resolution to see if you were right. Click here to take the JUCM Images Challenge.

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.

Idea of the Week

Idea of the Week
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Many health clubs hold "member appreciation nights" in which local vendors set up tables to distribute literature to the club's members. Reach out to health clubs in your area and consider setting up a table, offering free protein bars or mini-smoothies to draw members to it, and speaking to members about your center. Such a table would also work well for reduced price (cash pay) flu shots. Health clubs appreciate activities that add value for their members.

Industry News

Study: Many seek acute care within month of hospital release
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Nearly 20 percent of patients who are discharged from hospitals return for acute care within 30 days, researchers reported. The team, led by a Yale emergency medicine researcher, scoured records collected between July 2008 and September 2009 that reported on 4,028,555 patients in California, Florida and Nebraska. They found that 17.9 percent of hospitalizations resulted in at least one hospital-based "acute care encounter" within 30 days, including readmissions for inpatient care and emergency department visits. More

Groups urge feds to issue physician payments final rule
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Groups and coalitions representing physicians, labor unions, and distributors are expressing frustration that little progress has been made on a final rule outlining full disclosure procedures for medical device manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services set a deadline of October 2011. More

Growing pains as doctors' offices adopt electronic records
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VideoBriefInformation technology has transformed much of the American economy, but its use in health care still lags, especially when it comes to electronic medical records. There is a digital disconnect that's holding healthcare back, says Dr. Art Kellermann, a policy analyst with the Rand Corp. He says the ability for doctors to easily share information is the exception in the United States, not the rule. More

Medicare quality reporting penalty expected to strike most physicians
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Physicians could lose up to a total of $1.3 billion a year from their Medicare pay by not satisfactorily reporting quality measures to the program, researchers determined in an analysis of reporting trends. The loss would be the result of hundreds of thousands of physicians and other health professionals not participating in, or not meeting criteria for, the Medicare physician quality reporting system. More

The future of medical records
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Electronic medical records are not working like they should — or could — according to a new analysis in Health Affairs that revisited previous predictions for the EMR revolution and found disappointing results, in terms of efficiency, saved costs and patient care. But technology is "only a tool," as an expert who helped push for the adoption of EMRs said. "Like any tool, it can be used well or poorly." Here are some ways it could be done very, very well. More


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