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Closed March 1-2
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The UCAOA Chicago office is moving next week to our new location:

387 Shuman Blvd
Suite 235W
Naperville, IL 60563

Phone (877-698-2262) and website will stay the same.

The office will be closed Thursday, March 1, and Friday, March 2 ... please bear with us as we get back up and running! We'll be checking in intermittently during the move, and will return phone calls/emails as quickly as possible. For a behind-the-scenes look at UCAOA's new digs, check out our Facebook page!

Fixed: UrgentCareCenter.org
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A glitch on www.urgentcarecenter.org was recently identified and fixed ... thanks for being patient with us while we experienced technical difficulties with the site!

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.

Meetings & Education

What Not To Pack For Vegas
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Things You Won't Need for the Footsteps for the Foundation "Walk" in Las Vegas:

Competitive Walking Shoes
Energy Bars, bananas
Walk Pledge Card
Work-out Apparel
Stop Watch, iPod
5 a.m. wake-up call

We hear there's a misconception that Footsteps for the Foundation is an actual walk — BUT IT'S NOT — it's a pedometer walk. (Vegas is a big place. You'll be doing a lot of walking. So why not clip on our pedometer, log those steps, and get a T-shirt?) And it's for a good cause — supporting Urgent Care. And it's only $20. We won't be meeting at dawn to go around a track together!

To register, complete this form and send it back to us (or just call UCAOA at 877-698-2262). If you are bringing guests with you, they are welcome to sign up as well! For the Foundation to really get started in its work, it requires industry support (which means all of us!) so please join us in this kickoff event. Thanks!

What's this Foundation all about anyway?
Learn more at www.urgentcarefoundation.org

Fall 2014
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We'll give you a few hints about which NEW host city will be home to the 2014 Fall Urgent Care Conference:
  • Urban sophistication coupled with outdoor adventure
  • Great steakhouses and innovative eateries
  • A walkable downtown district packed with shopping, nightlife, and cultural attractions
  • Eight professional sports teams
  • 5,280 feet above sea level (did that give it away?)
We're headed to DENVER! Looking forward to spending time with you in the Mile High City come Fall 2014. To keep tabs on all future conference dates/location announcements, click here.

Members on the Move

8 New Centers Achieve Accreditation
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UCAOA would like to congratulate the eight Exigence Group-managed Immediate Care facilities in Buffalo, N.Y. (five facilities in the Buffalo area known as Western New York Immediate Care) and Rochester, N.Y. (two facilities known as Rochester Immediate Care) and Austin, Texas (one facility known as Austin Immediate Care) on achieving urgent care Accreditation through UCAOA's partnership with The Joint Commission.

These centers have undergone a rigorous survey of their internal processes and quality of care, specific to urgent care centers, and met Joint Commission standards for quality and safety. Please join us in applauding these centers on joining the highly select ranks of Accredited centers that are practicing with excellence.


Now Online in JUCM
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Considering making the leap to digital imaging in your urgent care practice? Then you'll want to read our article on pros and cons of digital versus conventional imaging in the February issue of JUCM. In our first practice management article for this month, Registered Technologist Trip Hale provides a real-world case study of the cost to operate a digital versus analog radiology area in the setting of a start-up clinic. Turn to page 21 online (or in print) for information on what you need to know about digital imaging.

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.

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 in our meetings, general financial support, and ongoing service to the urgent care industry.

NMN Consultants
2012 National Urgent Care Convention exhibitor, Booth #201

Click here to visit the 2012 National Urgent Care Convention floor plan ... and be sure to make plans to visit the NMN Consultants booth in Las Vegas!

Industry News

More hospitals charge upfront for non-urgent care in ERs
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Next time you go to an emergency room, you should be prepared for this: If your problem isn't urgent, you may have to pay upfront. Last year, about 80,000 emergency-room patients at hospitals owned by HCA, the nation's largest for-profit hospital chain, left without treatment after being told they would have to first pay $150 because they did not have a true emergency. More

ACOs need 'more' than an EMR
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There's no way around it: Accountable Care Organizations, or ACOs, are the future of healthcare in the United States, and providers had better get on the bus sooner rather than later. Healthcare information technology is the essential backbone for ACOs, said Premier's Joe Damore. Damore said comprehensive IT needs of ACOs extend beyond an electronic medical record system. More

Putting data in nurses' hands
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Although the title of chief nursing informatics officer or nurse informaticist isn't exactly commonplace, data is increasingly becoming a part of nurses' day-to-day working lives. Typically the largest employee population, nurses also have the most frequent direct contact with patients. And so getting data into their hands can have a big impact on patient care. More

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