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Official launch of the Urgent Care Foundation
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We are pleased to announce that the Urgent Care Foundation has officially launched with a brand-new website and ambitious fundraising plans and project goals. The UCF was created to support research, new educational initiatives, and humanitarian efforts for the urgent care field.

UCAOA helped it get up and running, but before UCF can begin providing research grants and scholarships, it needs funds to create those opportunities. Once their fundraising shows results, UCF will begin providing large and small grants for all kinds of research (that we all know our industry desperately needs), plus scholarships for training for both new and existing physicians and other providers, and after that the possibilities are endless.

Click here to visit the new website ... and to learn more about what UCF is planning and how you can get involved!

Patient Resources

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As you may already know, UCAOA launched a new website during 2011 in an effort to help expand awareness efforts about our industry. UrgentCareCenter.org is a patient-directed website dedicated to shaping public understanding of urgent care through education and awareness efforts. Through the site, patients can evaluate their symptoms, find a local urgent care provider, learn about common illnesses and injuries, and much more. Visit www.urgentcarecenter.org to see it for yourself ... and feel free to add it to your center's website as a patient resource!

Clinical Consult

Lumbar Spine Fractures
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This month's feature from Dr. Phillip Disraeli, UCCOP's Director of Clinical Programs, begins with a case report of a 31-year-old male presenting with low back pain after a motor vehicle accident — and goes on to take a close look at lumbar spine fractures. Click here to get the full case report, and to brush up on this type of fracture (uncommonly seen in urgent care).

Exhibitor Highlights

Saluting our 8 Year Exhibitors
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During the next few weeks—leading up to the Spring Convention—we are recognizing our loyal exhibitors. This week, please join us in thanking one of our 8+ year exhibitors for their participation at our meetings, general financial support, and ongoing service to the urgent care industry.

Dispensing Solutions, Inc.
2012 National Urgent Care Convention exhibitor, Booth #209

Click here to visit the 2012 National Urgent Care Convention floorplan ... and be sure to make plans to visit DSI's booth in Las Vegas!


Now Online in JUCM
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Did you know that more than 45 million people in the United States today speak a language other than English? That's one of the illuminating facts you'll find in our article on telephone interpreting in the February issue of JUCM, now available online. In this month's practice management piece, Bruce Merley of Pacific Interpreters reviews the benefits of using telephone interpreters in an urgent care setting to provide better care to patients who are Limited English Proficient. Turn to page 22 online (or in print) for information on what to look for in an interpreter for your practice.

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

What's driving physician referral patterns today?
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From 1999-2009, the rate at which physicians referred patients to another physician, most often a specialist, nearly doubled. Physicians referred patients 4.8 percent of the time in 1999, but one decade later that number rose to 9.3 percent. The trend was steady across all provider subgroups, barring the slower growth among physicians who had ownership stakes in their practice or those with a majority of income from managed care contracts. More

eHealth Initiative issues IT recommendations for ACOs
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Flexibility to support continual change and the ability to ensure the security of patient data are key to creating and maintaining the infrastructure of accountable care organizations, according to a new report published by the eHealth Initiative. The report's authors argue that health IT will be crucial to the success of ACO models because they depend on relaying timely health data to and from multiple sources. More

CMS will re-examine ICD-10 timeline
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The acting head of the CMS signaled that the agency will extend the timeline on ICD-10 implementation. After speaking to attendees at the American Medical Association Advocacy Conference in Washington, acting CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner told reporters that the CMS will "re-examine the timeframe" through a rulemaking process. More

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