UC Access February 02, 2012
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We've gone weekly!
Welcome to Urgent Care Access! This newsletter, now delivered to you every Thursday, includes news from the Urgent Care Association of America, practice management and clinical articles, vendor information, industry stories and much more. The new weekly format allows us to provide you with much more timely industry news than a monthly format. Enjoy!


Certification Deadline
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Mark your calendars! Applications for the first cohort of 2012 Certified Urgent Care Centers are due Friday, Feb. 24. UCAOA's Certified Urgent Care designation defines what an urgent care center is. Facilities with the CUC have:

  • A Mark of Distinction — to educate your community and eliminate confusion with other kinds of providers
  • A Tool for Negotiation — to provide a national benchmark for discussing higher fee schedules
  • An Edge in Marketing — to clearly and effectively describe your level of services
Review the Criteria and Apply for Certification today!

Members on the Move

UCAOA Member Appointed to Michigan Board of Medicine
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President and Medical Director of Livonia-based Michigan Urgent Care, Mohammed Arsiwala, MD, has been appointed by Gov. Rick Synder to serve a four-year term on the Michigan Board of Medicine. The board oversees the practice of medicine of approximately 36,330 medical doctors and serves as the state's licensing board.

Exhibitor Highlights

Saluting our 6 Year Exhibitors
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For the next few weeks, we are recognizing our loyal exhibitors. This week, please join us in thanking our 6+ year exhibitors for their participation at our meetings, general financial support and ongoing service to the urgent care industry.

2012 National Urgent Care Convention exhibitor, Booth #1101

PD-RX Pharmaceuticals
2012 National Urgent Care Convention exhibitor, Booth #1016

Physician Partner
2012 National Urgent Care Convention exhibitor, Booth #401

Click here to visit the 2012 National Urgent Care Convention floorplan to make plans to visit them live in Las Vegas!


Expert Blogger Invitation
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Looking for a new platform for your voice to be heard? Love sharing your industry knowledge with others? Submit a blog post for UConnect!

Expert bloggers have recognizable and relevant knowledge in specific areas of urgent care. Participating is as easy as submitting a short article (300-600 words) on the topic of your choosing. Selected posts will be featured on the homepage of UConnect in the Expert Blog section. Interested parties should contact Laura for more information. Don't miss this opportunity to be a thought-leader for your urgent care colleagues!

If you're a member of UCAOA and haven't checked out UConnect, what are you waiting for? There's no excuse for missing out — access to the online member community is part of your member benefits and logging in is easy. Take a look!


Now Online in JUCM
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Visit the JUCM website to read the January issue and our case report on high-risk conditions that present as back pain, by Erica Marshburn, BS, BA, and John Shufeldt, MD, JD, MBA, FACEP. Cervical and lumbar pain are common in urgent care and significant pathology is relatively rare with these presenting complaints. But the authors caution urgent care providers not to be lulled into a false sense of security and to document all potential diagnoses in these patients. Turn to page 19 online for information on what to consider in your differential the next time you are called upon to treat an adult with back pain.

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 e-mail to editor@jucm.com for information on our author guidelines.

Industry News

Urgent care clinics offer emergency room option
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With local urgent care clinics, families have another medical treatment choice, one that may be a growing force in the debate over healthcare reform in the next few years. Healthcare providers are increasingly using alternative primary care settings, especially urgent care clinics, to capture an after-hours market and divert traffic from emergency rooms to control rising medical costs. More

Improved patient problem list enhances diagnoses
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A new clinical decision support tool developed by researchers at Harvard-affiliated Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston can increase the completeness of patient problem lists in electronic health records. Having all of a patient's diagnoses on a single list helps physicians provide better care, because they're more likely to treat a condition such as diabetes or hypertension if they're reminded of that problem when a patient visits. More

What are the obstacles to digital health records?
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What's standing in the way of the wider spread of health IT? Plenty of things, according to a new report from the Bipartisan Policy Center. The report says boosting use of electronic medical records and other health IT "enjoys bipartisan support." It's also being pushed by billions of dollars in government incentives. More

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