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Spring Convention — Regular Registration Ends March 15!
UCAOA
Go to the National Urgent Care Convention for more information about registration, session topics and the overall agenda. Click here for the downloadable brochure.

PreConvention | April 8 (Choose One)

• Comprehensive Clinic Startup — April 7-8*
(Starts one day earlier than other PreConvention courses)
• Growing Your Urgent Care
• Successful Reimbursement Strategies
• Plain Film Radiology: An Expert Review
• Taking Your Center From Good to Great

Main Convention | April 9-11

NEW Healthcare Reform General Session
• Motivational keynote by Molly Fletcher
• 34 practice management sessions
• 29 clinical sessions
• Hospital-affiliated track
• Formal and informal networking
• Exhibit hall










Discounted Disney Tickets for Spring Convention Attendees

Take advantage of discounted Disney theme park ticket prices while attending UCAOA's Spring Convention (must be purchased in advance — by April 11). To purchase discounted tickets, visit: www.mydisneymeetings.com/ucaa413/.

*Note: Discounts do not apply on one-day tickets.

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Daylight Savings Time — Spring Forward March 10!
UCAOA
On Sunday, March 10, at 2 a.m., be sure to set all clocks in your center one hour forward.

This includes all display clocks, credit card machines, diagnostic and clinical equipment (such as blood alcohol testing and pulmonary function testing equipment), kitchen appliances (such as microwaves), exterior signage timers, security system video, thermostats and any other timers that do not auto-update. Computers generally update the time automatically but staff should be reminded to verify the time on all equipment on Sunday morning.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS


UCAOA Board of Directors Election — 2013
UCAOA
The UCAOA Board of Directors election will be held during the National Annual Convention April 8-11. All completed ballots must be received by Wednesday, April 10, at 1:30 p.m., directly following the members' meeting. There are four director positions up for election.

Click here to visit the members-only section and view the candidates!

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JUCM


Now Online in JUCM
UCAOA
With multiple drug therapies becoming more common and patients' medication lists growing longer, urgent care providers are increasingly likely to see patients with complaints related to drug-drug interactions. This month's cover story, by Maya Heck, MS1, and John Shufeldt, MD, JD, MBA, FACEP, reviews the risk factors for drug interactions with warfarin, antibiotics, oral contraceptives, statins and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. The key for providers is to maintain a high level of suspicion when making changes or additions to a patient's medications and to thoroughly review existing medications when prescribing something new. To read "Strategies for Avoiding Drug-Drug Interactions in Urgent Care," turn to page 9 JUCM online (or in print).

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.

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Idea of the Week
UCAOA
To assure patients can find you through their insurance companies, be sure your center is listed correctly in all payer directories. To check, go to each payer's website and click under "Provider Directory" or "Find a Physician" and enter your zip code. Be sure you center is listed using the name you do business as (i.e. First Walk-in Urgent Care Center) and not the professional or legal entity (i.e. John Smith, MD, PA) that may have executed the insurance contract.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Urgent care facilities among solutions aimed to stem ER crisis
The Herald-Journal
When the doors of the emergency room swing open, there's no telling who might enter. Others who visit the emergency room seek treatment for a runny nose, sore throat or a minor cough. The Federal Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act requires emergency departments to screen and stabilize every patient who walks, limps, crawls or is rolled into the door, no matter the severity of their condition. As a result, the emergency room is often crowded — a problem many hospitals across the country are actively trying to cure.
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Missed diagnoses common in the doctor's office
Reuters
Missed or wrong diagnoses are common in primary care and may put some patients at risk of serious complications, a new study suggests. Although mistakes during surgery and in medication prescribing have been at the center of patient safety efforts, researchers said less attention has been paid to missed diagnoses in the doctor's office.

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Fraudulent data may have led to use of risky treatment in ICUs
HealthDay News
Studies loaded with fraudulent data may have encouraged the use of a treatment for patients in intensive care units that now appears to do more harm than good, new research shows. At issue is hydroxyethyl starch, an intravenous solution sometimes used to replace lost blood volume in critically ill patients.

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Solving primary care physician shortage by turning PCPs into anesthesiologists
Forbes
Are there really too few primary care physicians? And if so, what can we do to solve the PCP shortage? The standard answer to the first question is "yes, we have too few PCPs." And the standard solution is to train more such docs, or allow more foreign-trained primary care docs into the country or, better yet, simply pay PCPs more money, so that graduating medical students will be more likely to pursue such careers. Article's author has a different set of answers.

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Eye-tracking tool might quickly spot stroke
HealthDay News
The key to correctly diagnosing when a case of dizziness is just vertigo or a life-threatening stroke may be surprisingly simple: a pair of goggles that measures eye movement at the bedside in as little as one minute, a new study contends.
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Early alarms sound online when illnesses go viral
American Medical News
As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention waited for physicians and others to send data on influenza cases, it monitored Google Flu Trends, developed to determine the level of illness based on how often people used the company's search engine to search for flu-related topics. The promise of Google Flu and other Internet resources, particularly social media sites such as Twitter or other online chatter, has some health experts saying that physicians can use the Web as an early-warning or just-in-time tracking system for outbreaks of not only the flu but also other diseases.
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Has the swine flu disappeared?
Forbes
Whatever happened to the flu pandemic? In 2009, a new flu strain swept across the world. The new strain, called H1N1, emerged from pigs and jumped over to humans sometime in late 2008, and then swept through the human population starting in the spring of 2009. Panic ensued. Was the panic justified? If so, where are all the victims?
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Mini-medical schools: Breaking barriers between doctors and patients
By Kemi Tomobi
Patients don’t get to talk with their doctors as much as they would like, so they do not get the full explanations as to why certain diseases have certain treatment plans, or how some diseases develop. Or they may have significant concerns to address, but may not know how to go about addressing them with their doctors. Some people have always had the lifelong dream of being a healthcare professional. Finally, some just want to be better communicators and owners of their health, and thus want to have better relationships with their doctor, in order to be taken seriously. This is where the mini-medical school can come into play.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

New flu shot could mean fewer illnesses in 2014 (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
National Urgent Care Convention page (UCAOA)
Pediatricians urged to treat ear infections more cautiously (NPR)
Missed diagnoses common in the doctor's office (Reuters)
Solving primary care physician shortage by turning PCPs into anesthesiologists (Forbes)

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How tablets are influencing healthcare
HealthLeaders Media
Like a surging tide, the next wave of technology has landed in hospitals, changing the nature of healthcare delivery. Tablet computers are overturning concepts of how clinicians will use technology, raising work-life balance issues, and having a beneficial impact on hospital IT budgets.
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