UC Access March 1, 2012
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CLOSED Today and Tomorrow
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Just one last friendly reminder that the UCAOA offices are closed today (3/1) and tomorrow (3/2) while we move to our new location:

387 Shuman Blvd
Suite 235W
Naperville, IL 60563

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

Don't forget to check out our Facebook page for pictures of the new place ... and thanks for your patience as we get back up and running!

Members on the Move

UCAOA Member News
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Once a month, Urgent Care Access features a short update about one (or more!) member center in the "Members on the Move" section. This is a recurring opportunity for you to share with our readership (12,000-plus people) big news from your center. We welcome your submissions of news and pictures for publication.

Simply email Laura to secure a spot in an upcoming installment of Access!


Expert Blog: The One Reason Start-up Urgent Care Centers Fail
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New Expert Blogs are featured on the homepage of UConnect. Posts are short and thought-provoking. This installment is authored by Alan A. Ayers, MBA, MAcc.

The latest Expert Blog post addresses a common question of attendees at UCAOA conferences, "What percentage of urgent care start-ups fail each year?" ... and discloses the one reason why centers permanently cease operations. One key takeaway: It's important to look at the big picture (beyond the statistics of how many centers fail) by taking into account the reasons behind a center's success or failure.

Click here to read "The One Reason Start-up Urgent Care Centers Fail," by Alan Ayers.

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, the site is part of your member benefits and logging in is easy. Take a look!


Now Online in JUCM
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Looking for a synopsis of the latest news from the medical literature that is likely to impact urgent care practice? You'll find it in the February issue of JUCM. In our Abstracts in Urgent Care department, Nahum Kovalski, an urgent care practitioner from Israel, reviews a handful of abstracts from, or relevant to, urgent care practices and practitioners. In our February issue, Dr. Kovalski summarizes a study that shows healthcare workers often neglect hand hygiene when using gloves and a report on antibiotic prescribing practices during ambulatory pediatrics visits, among other items from the literature. Turn to page 33 online (or in print) for Abstracts in Urgent Care.

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 Highlight

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-plus year exhibitors for their participation in our meetings, general financial support, and ongoing service to the urgent care industry.

2012 National Urgent Care Convention exhibitor, Booth #501

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

Industry News

A medical facility fitting for healthcare reform: Free-standing ED
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Satellite emergency departments are progressively growing medical facilities that stand to benefit health system and hospital executives, especially in response to healthcare reform. As health systems trend toward smaller, neighborhood-based facilities, satellite EDs are popular buildings that continue to generate revenue while providing convenient and quality care. Free-standing EDs are ripe for healthcare reform for several reasons, including, for urgent care matters patients don't need to pay higher priced hospital bills. More

Filling an urgent need
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With the shortage of primary care doctors and crowded emergency rooms, urgent care medicine has been on the rise nationwide. The convenience of the clinics continues to win over new patients each year. Their lower costs also have made them an affordable alternative for the uninsured. More

UnitedHealth launches new mobile app for customers
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UnitedHealthcare is taking another step into the burgeoning mobile healthcare field with an app — "Health4Me" — that allows people tap into their own healthcare information. It lets users store health plan identification card, find the closest hospital or clinic, get information on claims and benefits and keep track of deductible spending. The mobile website for one Minnesota health plan allows people to see how long a wait they'll have at its urgent care centers or the emergency room at St. Paul's Regions Hospital. More

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