Brief survey: Antibiotic prescriptions in urgent care
Antimicrobial resistance is a global concern because resistant microorganisms cannot be treated with many first-line drugs, which prolongs illness and treatment and increases healthcare costs. This article suggests that competition between doctors and retail clinics/urgent care centers is leading to higher rates of prescriptions for antibiotics, fueling resistance to those drugs. UCAOA wants to obtain insight on how your urgent care center prescribes antibiotics. Please participate in this survey and feel free to post your comments on the subject at the end of the survey.
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UCAccess reader survey
Every Thursday, UCAccess is delivered to more than 10,000 inboxes. To be able to better meet the needs of urgent care business professionals and clinicians as well as industry and financial representatives, UCAOA is conducting a brief 12-question survey. Please take a couple of minutes to participate in this instrumental survey so that UCAOA can continue to meet the needs of the growing urgent care industry.
Practical considerations in integrating urgent care and occupational medicine
Increasingly urgent care centers are augmenting their consumer walk-in injury and illness business with employer-focused occupational medicine services. Meanwhile, formerly pure-play occ med providers are opening their on-demand medical services to the general public under the banner of "urgent care." While there are clear operational, clinical and business synergies between the urgent care and occ med businesses; in this month's expert blog, Alan Ayers, MBA, MAcc, UCAOA Board Director and Practice Management Content Advisor, explains how physical location, billing and clinical systems, patient flow, clinical practice and sales/marketing often limit the ability for mixed-model operators to fully realize these synergies.
2015 Spring Convention: What's new, what's hot, and what's on trend
The UCAOA 2015 Spring Convention (April 27-30 in Chicago) is the destination for all urgent care team members to learn what’s new, what’s hot, and what's on trend for the future of our industry. Beyond the 24 interactive Basic and Advanced Clinical Sessions, 44 engaging Practice Management sessions, 2 inspiring Keynotes, 2 informative M&A panels, 2 Evening Receptions, and 1 large Exhibit Hall, the Spring Convention serves as a forum for networking with industry experts, sharing ideas with peers, and furthering business connections. There is no other event in the industry of the same quality or caliber as the UCAOA Spring Convention. See for yourself and take a look at all of the new sessions planned by leading business and marketing experts.
Make the decision to join hundreds of your peers in Chicago for the largest, dedicated gathering of urgent care business and clinical professionals. Act by March 26 and avoid paying higher tuition. Please note the UCAOA hotel room block at the headquarters hotel, Hyatt Regency Chicago, is close to selling out; make your reservations now to avoid paying higher room rates elsewhere.
Special discount on UCMC
Earn your Urgent Care Management Certificate (UCMC) to demonstrate your knowledge and confidently lead an urgent care center to the next level of excellence. Nearly all practice management courses held at the 2015 Spring Convention (April 27-30 in Chicago) and listed on the Online Education portal count toward earning your certificate. Apply for UCMC now and receive $50 off the application fee by using the promo code UCMCSpring15.
Live webinar: Hazard Communication Standard
Join presenter Ann Bachman, BS, MT (ASCP), CLC (AMT), when she leads the live webinar "Hazard Communication Standard," on Thursday, March 19 from 1-2pm Central. Participants will review new safety data sheets and labeling requirements set by OSHA. The enforcement of these new standards goes into effect June 1, 2015. Click here to learn more and to register.
Rise in flesh-eating bacteria in Western NY concerns health officials
Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality
More than a dozen cases of "Group A" strep have been reported and confirmed so far this year in Monroe County in Western New York, according to a WHEC report. "Group A" strep can lead to necrotizing fasciitis, a flesh-eating bacteria, or toxic shock syndrome if left untreated. Considering the number of reported "Group A" strep cases over the first three months of the year in Monroe County has ranged from six to 15 since 2010, the 13 cases that have been reported in 2015 alone is unusually high.
Pregnant women with asthma need to curb urge to ask for antibiotics
Getting sick when you're pregnant is especially difficult, but women whose children are at risk for developing asthma should avoid antibiotics, according to a new study. The study, published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the scientific publication of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, followed 298 mother-child pairs through the child’s third year of life.
Random Acts of Kindness Week
UCAOA via Concentra
Concentra's Lancaster, Pennsylvania, center celebrated Random Acts of Kindness Week when Assistant Center Operations Director Jen Angeles challenged colleagues to perform at least one random act of kindness a day — for a patient or colleague. When anyone witnessed the act of kindness, they were to write it on a notecard and put it in a box on her desk. Every morning Jennifer took the notes and hung them on a Random Acts of Kindness board near the checkout area. During the week, colleagues turned in over 30 notes with random acts of kindness, and colleagues are still leaving notes in Jennifer's box even though the week is over.
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CHOP opens third urgent care center
Philadelphia Business Journal
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) opened its third urgent care center Monday. All three urgent care centers are staffed by CHOP pediatricians and nurses, and provide after-hours for children with non-life-threatening illnesses or injuries that do not require the resources of an emergency room.
MedExpress to expand into two more states
Pittsburgh Business Times
MedExpress has plans to add at least 10 more urgent care centers to the privately-held chain, bringing the total to 149 centers in 13 states. “When you look at the continuum of care, we fill a big need," said COO and CMO Robert Maha. "We fit hand in glove with primary care, serving as a portal of entry to the healthcare system."
Doctors Express directors weigh in on measles vaccine
West Hartford News
Dr. Thomas Brown, medical director at Doctors Express Urgent Care in Danbury and West Hartford, Dr. David Lauren, medical director at Doctors Express Stamford, as well as Dr. Michael Tugetman, medical director at Doctors Express Hartsdale and the Bronx, say measles is a virus that can be easily prevented with the MMR — measles, mumps, rubella — vaccine. While these general practitioners say they respect that parents may have differing views on vaccines, they stand firm and united on the power of medicine and science when it comes to vaccinating.
Before the ICD-10 is implemented, ICD-11 is already looming
Becker's Health It & CIO Review
The ICD-10 implementation date was delayed not once or twice, but three times. During that delay, global plans moved forward for ICD-11. The U.S. is set to transition to ICD-10 on Oct. 1, barring any last minute delays. The ICD-10 must be met before transitioning to the ICD-11.
New insight into antibiotic resistance strengthens call for increased focus on research
Scientists at the University of Birmingham have identified a new mechanism of antibiotic resistance in bacterial cells which could help us in understanding, and developing solutions to, the growing problem of antibiotic resistance. The research, published today in PNAS, describes the way in which a strain of Salmonella within a patient was able to develop resistance to the commonly used antibiotic drug ciprofloxacin.
Digging out of a hole: The 2 sides of patient engagement
Implementing a patient-centered strategy will not only improve the care given by healthcare providers but it can also increase practice revenue, advised Adele Allison, former co-chair of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s Beacon-EHR Vendor Affinity Group.
Infographic: How does Google plan to transform healthcare?
Here are seven places where Google is dabbling to make serious delivery on its promises for health care.
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